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Seton coach Kevin Green had a question to ponder against Collins in a Class 2A Seton Sectional semifinal Monday. Was already thinking about the final on Thursday or trying to mend things together in the second half?
His team was up 21-2 at the break and went on to an easy 57-16 win.
The Sting (22-8) will meet the winner of GCAC squads St. Francis de Sales and Mount Assisi. Green’s team was 1-1 against De Sales this season and 1-0 against Mount Assisi.
“They are familiar with how we play and we are familiar with how they play,” Green said. “It was hard for them to judge us today because I had most of my JV in the game. Now I get to see what they do.”
The Sting led 11-0 after a quarter of play and 17-0 before the Warriors (11-10) got on the board on a layup by Quatricia Hamilton with 4:36 left in the half. Collins was 0-for-12 from the field at that point, and 0-for-8 from the free-throw line in the half.
It was hardly a text book game by the Sting, who seek to repeat as sectional champions.
“I told them this was our let-down game,” Green said. “We needed to tighten up on defense [in the second half] and step up and play Seton basketball. I gave them an idle threat [at half time] and I’m pretty sure they didn’t want to run [Tuesday].
Desiree Jackson led the way with 11 points and 10 rebounds in three quarters of play. Teammate Ebony Bailey added 10. The Sting had 11 players score. Aliyah Qualls led the bench with nine points on three three-pointers.
Hamilton led the Warriors with 12 of their 16 points.