SEMINOLE — Seminole girls basketball coach Hollie Nelsen had mixed emotions after Tuesday's 34-30 season-opening victory over rival Osceola.
Though glad to win, she wasn't thrilled with the Warhawks' execution.
"I'm not happy with our performance," Nelsen said. "We did not run our offense well."
That was particularly true in the fourth quarter.
After dominating on both ends for the first 24 minutes, Seminole built a 20-point lead heading into the final period. Then things went south.
With most of their backups in the game, the Warhawks failed to score in the fourth and Osceola rallied to make it interesting, largely behind the play of Hannah Demarest (14 points) and Monica Brimm (eight).
"We've got some competitors," Osceola coach Rick Nash said.
Two Brimm free throws with 3.4 seconds left cut Seminole's lead to four, but Osceola didn't get off another shot.
Before Osceola rallied, Seminole built its lead thanks to some solid defense and timely passing. Laurie Thornton led the Warhawks with 10 points; Katie Gibbons added eight.
A strong second quarter helped Seminole go ahead 25-10 at the half. The Warhawks stretched the lead even more in the third, and Calera Dickman's 3-pointer at the buzzer put her team ahead 34-14.
"We're not happy at all," Seminole guard Jordan Wilson said. "We had a 20-point lead."