Three road games, three lopsided wins for the Seward girls basketball team.
The Bluejays extended their win streak to a state-leading 104 games Tuesday night with a 62-36 victory over host Elkhorn. Seward, ranked No. 1 in Class B and No. 3 in the Nebraska Top 10, defeated Hastings (68-18) and Wahoo (67-41) last week.
“I’m really happy overall with the way we’re playing,” coach Tom Tvrdy said. “We’re getting some nice contributions from a lot of people.”
Seward jumped on the Antlers early, sprinting to a 21-7 first-quarter lead. The Bluejays sank five 3-pointers in that opening period and were 8 of 12 from the field.
“Starting fast always helps,” Tvrdy said. “And the fact so many players (six) scored in that first quarter is always nice to see.”
Seward led 31-13 at halftime as Elkhorn struggled from the field, sinking just 4 of 24 shots. The Bluejays made 11 of 24, and then widened their advantage in the third quarter by sinking 7 of 10.
Tvrdy’s squad led 49-18 after three quarters and cruised home as the Seward reserves finished up in the final period.
The game against the Antlers (0-2) had special meaning for the Bluejays. Elkhorn was the last team to beat Seward, a game which happened in the first round of the 2008 state tournament.
Since then, the Bluejays have rattled off four consecutive undefeated seasons and four Class B titles.
“We talked a little bit about that last loss on the bus ride here,” Tvrdy said. “We wondered if there was going to be any of that element to this one, but I think that quick start was big for us.”
Senior forward Kourteney Zadina led the way with 16 points and five rebounds. The 6-foot-2 Northern Colorado recruit was 6 of 9 from the field, including 4 of 5 from behind the arc.
Tuesday night’s victory pulled the Bluejays within seven of the state record for consecutive wins, set by West Point Central Catholic from 2001-06.
“That win streak is hard to ignore,” Tvrdy said. “But when our next loss happens, it will be business as usual the next day.”
Lindsey Placke added 12 points for the Bluejays while Taylor Seaman and Anna Schulz each had eight.
Senior guard Kelsey Martin scored 10 to pace Elkhorn while senior forward Leanna Willer had six points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Seward will play its home opener Friday night against Class A Lincoln Pius X while the Antlers return to action Friday night at Class B No. 2 Norris.
Seward (3-0) ................. 21 10 18 13—62
At Elkhorn (0-2) ................. 7 6 5 18—36
S: Hannah Tvrdy 6, Lindsey Placke 12, Taylor Seaman 8, Bailey Barry 4, Abbey Rumery 4, Anna Schulz 8, Jordan Nelson 2, Kourteney Zadina 16, Ashlyn Hanson 2.
E: Alicia Mountain 6, Kelsey Martin 10, Taylor Kahre 4, Leanna Willer 6, Anna Edet 6, Samantha Bowdino 2, Kristin Lange 2.
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