Trojans down Seneca, 55-42

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Southwest Trojans traveled to Seneca on Thursday night and came away with a 55-42 win over the Indians.

The Trojans relied on a balanced scoring attack and their trademark stifling defense to subdue the Indians. Three Southwest players reached double figures, and Seneca scored a mere 16 points in the entire second half, with half of those coming from the free-throw line.

Seneca held a 17-15 lead after one evenly played quarter, and clung to a 26-25 lead at halftime. Southwest took the lead in the third quarter when the Trojans scored 9 and limited the host squad to 5.

The Trojans ran away on the court and on the scoreboard in the final period, with the 21-11 quarter producing the 55-42 final.

Skylar Knoll led Southwest with 14 points, hitting six of his eight field goal attempts and burying both of his tries from the charity stripe. Jeff Elkins added 11, hitting three of his five attempts from beyond the arc. Jordan Epling also scored 11 for the Trojans.

The Southwest defense helped create scoring opportunities throughout the second half. Seneca had trouble just advancing the ball past the timeline against the relentless, ball-hawking pressure of the Trojans.

Southwest improved to 15-4 with the win. Seneca fell to 9-8 with a fourth consecutive loss.

Southwest scoring: Skylar Knoll, 14; Jeff Elkins, 11; Jordan Epling, 11; James Pettit, 6; Travis Hayworth, 5; and Tyler Ferguson, 4.

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