By SCOTT COTTOS
FOSTORIA — Batman and Robin will forever be known as the Dynamic Duo.
But for one more season, Seneca East girls basketball fans can enjoy the exploits of a pair of players and develop a nickname of their own.
Guards Jessica Bowerman and Marina Adachi packed quite a 1-2 wallop on Saturday as the pair led the Tigers to a 75-56 win over Fostoria High School.
Bowerman, a 5-foot-8 freshman, and Adachi, a 5-7 junior, scored 22 and 18 points, respectively, as Seneca East upped its record to 17-4.
“You can’t run a box-and-one on them,” said Fostoria coach Gabe Sierra. “We thought about it. But you can’t leave any of those kids alone. They find the open player. They get the open shot, and it’s going in.”
Tyriana Settles’ 18 points were high for the Redmen (4-17), who could face Seneca East in Division III tournament play if Fostoria gets past Bucyrus in a first-round game Feb. 20 at Willard.
Certainly, Tigers coach Don Vogt enjoys having Bowerman and Adachi guiding his team’s attack. But he’s quick to note that there’s more to a squad that’s won 81 percent of its games this season.
“They are two fine guards but, you know, I can add, too, that I’m very pleased with Bonnie Bivens and the way she’s grown as a post player,” he said. “And Aubrey Saylors had (10) points today; she’s come around, honestly, from a non-shooter to somebody who will contribute offensively. Caylin Quiggle’s come a long way. So, yeah, we are blessed (with Bowerman and Adachi), but they know that they can’t do well without their teammates.”
Bivens matched Saylors with 10 points. Seneca East made 17 of 21 free throws with Bailey Hamilton going 4 of 4 and Bowerman knocking down 4 of 5.
As a whole, the Tigers turned in a performance that Vogt said “fell into the OK category,” with some problems at both ends of the floor.
“And you know what? Part of that is Fostoria,” he said. “They have some nice elements on that team and when you run into some good stuff like that, it points out your weaknesses. And, certainly, we need that.”
Evion Taylor scored nine points for Fostoria and Kyah Talley finished with seven, all in the fourth quarter.
Fostoria was in trouble by the end of the first quarter, as a 12-2 Tigers burst opened up a 26-11 lead. Adachi connected on a pair of 3-pointers in the run, which also included baskets by Bowerman, Alexis Hicks and Quiggle.
And so it went onward, as Seneca East simply capitalized on more opportunities. The Tigers’ biggest lead was 73-47 with 2:29 left in the game.
Scoring has been a season-long problem for Fostoria.
“Always for us, man,” Sierra said. “We get good looks at the basket, we get putbacks. We just can’t find it.”
seneca east (17-4)
Bowerman 9-4–22, Saylors 4-1–10, Adachi 7-2–18, Bivens 2-4–10, Quiggle 2-2–6, Hamilton 1-4–7, Hicks 1-0–2. TOTALS: 27 17-21 — 75.
Jones 1-0–3, Miller 1-0–2, Settles 9-0–18, Taylor 3-1–9, Williams 3-0–6, Weimerskirch 1-0–2, Talley 2-2–7, Cook 3-0–6, Dessausure 1-1–3. TOTALS: 24 4-10 — 56.
Seneca East 26 18 12 19 — 75
Fostoria 13 20 8 15 — 56
3-Point GOALS: Seneca East 4 (Adachi 2, Saylors & Hamilton 1); Fostoria 4 (Taylor 2, Jones & Talley 1).
junior varsity: Seneca East, 42-38.
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