Seneca Girls Basketball Team Gets Back to Work
Following a trip to Disney World, the girls resumed league play with a 43-32 loss at North Hills Monday night.
Coming off a week of national competition at the 48-team KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl., Seneca Valley resumed league play with a 43-32 loss at North Hills Monday night.
Seneca Valley moved to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in section play.
"It was not only a great trip as far as team building goes, but we're really starting to play basketball the right way and we're starting to see that come out," Seneca Valley coach Rob Lombardo said.
Lombardo said North Hills (6-3, 2-1) and Seneca Valley both like to crank up the pressure on defense, and it showed.
"We had seven points in the first half, and we held North Hills to 16 points in the second half," he said. "So it was really a battle of attrition."
Junior guard Julia Vandrak led Seneca Valley in scoring with nine points.
While the tough run through the section has started, Lombardo said, the buzz surrounding the Disney trip hasn't stopped.
"The girls were very excited about it and they're already talking about it to everybody," he said. "The younger kids are already looking forward to it three years from now.
"I think it's a nice tradition we started," he said. "All in all, once the weather warmed up the last three days, it was an outstanding trip."
The Raiders finished 2-1 on the court at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, and the team's off-court activities included breakfast with the Disney characters and a trip to Universal Studios for a theme party titled, "A Celebration of Athletes."
Seneca Valley senior forward Brianna Sieminski also put up some impressive statistics. Along with two other teammates, she rode seven different attractions at three separate theme parks in one night.
"It was really fun, and we made it back before curfew," she said with a laugh. "We visited the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom all in one night. And no lines."
Sieminski said the team learned to adjust quickly to different game plans against teams from California to Texas.
"You see a lot of different styles of play, but it's still basketball, so it's fun not knowing their game," she said. "We're familiar with our section opponents, so it was interesting not knowing each other so well."