FOUNTAIN CITY, Ind.
When a fastbreak layup rimmed out in the first half Monday night, it was clear Northeastern’s Marissa Webb was a little frustrated.
It would soon get better for Webb — and the Knights.
Seconds later, Northeastern had the ball back, and Webb was swishing a wide-open 3-pointer.
It was that kind of night for the senior sharpshooter. Webb made seven 3’s and Northeastern made the plays to earn its first victory of the 2013-14 season, a 52-39 win over visiting Seton Catholic.
Webb led all scorers with 26 points, and she scored 13 of them during an 18-0 first-half run for the Knights.
“It was really nice after the first couple of games to come back with a good win,” Webb said.
Seton Catholic’s Abby Dargie hit a 3 midway through the first quarter to put the Cardinals ahead 8-7.
The next 7 minutes belonged to Northeastern.
Webb responded with a trey of her own to give the Knights back the lead, and Northeastern didn’t look back. By the time Webb connected on her fourth 3 at 6:38 of the second quarter, Northeastern was in control 25-8.
“All in all, for the most part, I thought things looked a lot better,” said Northeastern coach Max Adams.
“I was proud of them. I thought they did a good job. Of course, you always see some things you might want to fix, but there were a lot of really good things tonight.”
Seton saw its share of good things, too, especially in the second half.
The Cardinals trailed 34-13 at halftime, and cut that deficit to 47-36 after a spirited run over the final two quarters.
Julia Reichley hit a pair of free throws to make it an 11-point game with 4:58 remaining.
But Northeastern’s Amanda Canon answered with two free throws of her own — followed by one final trey from Webb with less than a minute to play.
“Last game was really rough, so it was nice to hit a couple,” Webb said.
Canon added 12 points for the Knights, while Kaitlyn Shaffer and Madeline Adams each scored five.
Dargie paced the Cardinals with 23 points, followed by 10 by Megan Schroeder.
“They made it a close ball game,” Seton coach Brandy Wells said of her squad. “We just changed up the defense, tried a little 1-2-2 on them.
” … My kids picked it up in the second half. … They went to being strong in the paint, fighting for some balls and taking care of the ball and attacking the basket.”
Seton (0-3) plays at Union on Wednesday. Northeastern (1-2) is at Monroe Central the same day as part of a doubleheader with the Knights’ boys basketball team.
“I was just really pleased they got their first ‘W,'” coach Adams said. “That’s huge.”