ATTICA - Seneca East coach Dave Stallings said for his team, it's simple.
"Defense is definitely our key," he said.
It certainly was Tuesday night against Colonel Crawford. The Tigers kept the Eagles scoreless for the first 4:37 of the game, building a 10-2 advantage, and taking off from there, beating Colonel Crawford 65-33.
Seneca East was never in any real trouble after taking the early lead, extending it to 18-5 at the first stop and 41-18 at the half.
The Eagles also endured a scoreless stretch in the beginning of the second half, not scoring its first third-quarter points until 2:41 remained in the period. By that time, the rout was on.
Seneca East was keyed by the defense of Kristen Camp, and the offensive production of Seina Adachi (23 points) and Brittany Brookes (21 points).
Brookes got hot behind the 3-point line, making three of her teams four treys.
"There was good rotation; I had open shots," she said.
Stallings said he wants Brookes to be aggressive.
"We've told Brittany, 'If it's there, take the shot. If not, you have plenty of help around you,'" Stallings said.
The Tigers also dominated up front, out-rebounding the Eagles 42-21. Leading the way was SE's Amber Enders, who came up with a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Tigers also got six boards from Hannah Hahler, and six from Paige Reichert.
"She's got talent," Stallings said of Enders. "We're trying to get her to show that talent, show her mean side."
Stallings also credited Camp, saying she was able to disrupt Colonel Crawford's offensive flow.
The Eagles were paced on offense by Katie Siegel, who had 10 points. Colonel Crawford committed 26 turnovers in the loss.
"We didn't compete tonight," Colonel Crawford coach Kyle Fenner said. "We didn't guard anybody."
Seneca East improved to 3-1 with the win.