JACKSON TWP — Abbie Trzeciak didn't wait long to test her shooting form.
After missing two games, Trzeciak wanted to find her rhythm offense.
Seventeen seconds in, Trzeciak tried her first shot. It went off the glass and in, starting a trend.
Trzeciak made her first four shots and helped the Seneca Valley girls basketball team's offense, which struggled in her absence.
Trzeciak finished with a game-high 18 points in the Raiders' 51-49 Section 3-AAAA win over Butler Thursday night at Seneca Valley High School.
“We did a little shootaround before practice and I was hoping to get back into the groove of things,” said Trzeciak, who also grabbed 14 rebounds. “Luckily, it did. It was nice to come out strong.”
Before beating the Golden Tornado, Seneca Valley had scored 67 points in their last two games, including a season-low 21 in a Feb. 3 loss to Oakland Catholic.
Lexus Lambert also finished in double figures for the Raiders, scoring 12 points.
“Everyone in this section struggles to get out of the 30s and 40s. For us to get to 51 tonight, it showed we can score,” Seneca Valley coach Rob Lombardo said. “We found a way to score 30 more points tonight against, in my opinion, a better basketball team.”
Seneca Valley (9-11, 7-5) opened with a flurry. Midway through the first quarter, the Raiders led 16-6 after Hannah Parey made a 3-pointer on an assist from Meghan Hess.
A letdown followed. Butler (9-9, 4-5) worked back and took its first lead, 21-20, on a layup by Lauren Bresnahan with 6:50 left in the first half.
That was the start of a major offensive drought for the Golden Tornado. Butler wouldn't score another field goal for nearly 14 minutes.
Seneca Valley took the lead for good, 28-25, when Hess made a 3-pointer with 1:46 left in the first half.
The Raiders pushed the lead to 33-26 at halftime and 41-28 at the end of the third quarter.
That was what Lombardo wanted to see.
“I know typically on Senior Night ...they came out of the gate flying on that emotional high,” Lombardo said. “ What I liked about it (the second quarter) was we extended the lead back to double figures again. We've been in so many close games. That's going to make us a tough playoff team.”
In the final minute, both teams had a hard time holding on. Julia Baxter helped Butler cut the lead to 48-46 with a layup with 56.6 seconds remaining.
Seneca Valley's Michaela Lamont was called for traveling, then stole the ball back. Another Raiders' turnover followed. Baxter, who scored a team-high 14 points and had nine rebounds, missed a driving layup and Danielle Hensel was fouled shooting after the offensive rebound, but missed both shots.