TALLMADGE — In the 2004 movie Kill Bill 2, Beatrix Kiddo, played by Uma Thurman, gets buried alive during her crusade to get revenge on her former colleagues.
Nonetheless, the protagonist’s fierce determination allowed her to not only dig herself out of her own grave, but it also allowed her to take down her attempted killers.
Southeast head girls basketball coach Jenny Gamertsfelder had a similar message for her team Wednesday evening.
Thankfully for Gamertsfelder and her players, their circumstances were far less traumatic.
"I just told them they are going to get dirt thrown on them the whole time," she said. "It’s about how you respond. Are you going to be buried alive or are you going to step on that dirt and persevere?"
The Lady Pirates certainly had to deal with an abundance of that so-called "dirt."
But like "The Bride" in Quentin Tarantino’s classic, they thrived just when it seemed hopeless.
Southeast improved to 6-7 after earning a come-from-behind 45-37 victory over host Tallmadge Wednesday evening at James O. Maddox Court.
The Lady Blue Devils (6-6) led 17-7 early, but the Lady Pirates went on a 9-0 run to get back in the game.
Southeast continued to carry the momentum in the third quarter.
The Lady Pirates opened the second half on a 12-0 run and were up by as many as 12 later in the period (38-26).
Tallmadge came back as Southeast had ball-handling issues in the final eight minutes. However, the Lady Blue Devils could not convert from the outside despite getting good looks.
"We missed a ton of open shots," Tallmadge head coach Collin Epstein said. "The shots were not falling even though we had open looks. They (the Lady Pirates) got the 50-50 balls. This is a game I really felt we should have won."
The Lady Blue Devils got within three (40-37) when sophomore guard Jordyn Severns scored a layup with 2:11 left in the game.
But Southeast, which has faced its share of quality programs thus far, made five of its last six free throws to pull away.
"This is a great win," Gamertsfelder said. "We have played a really tough non-league schedule. We played (Uniontown) Lake, Austintown-Fitch, Jackson Milton and Newton Falls.
"These girls have learned persistence. We went to double overtime against Cloverleaf and we had another game go to overtime."
Southeast was led by junior forward Andrea Radcliff, who was an unstoppable presence in the post throughout the evening. She finished with a game-high 20 points and 17 rebounds.
Radcliff, who scored 14 points in the first half, also was pretty much automatic from the foul line. She made 10 of 12 shots from the charity stripe.
"We talked about defending (Radcliff)," Epstein said. "We talked about digging down and helping as much as possible. They (the Lady Pirates) kind of chipped away after they got the lead. Mentally, we didn’t respond."
Radcliff, who was the tallest player on the court, has been Southeast’s go-to-player throughout the season.
"Andrea is the girl who can make things happen when we get it to her," Gamertsfelder said. "We give her the ball even when she goes against girls who are bigger than her. She’s a nice presence for us, especially in the paint."
Sophomore guard Kayla Prater added 11 points, including nine points on a trio of 3-pointers. Prater, along with Shelby Morehead, each had 6 rebounds for Southeast.
"Shelby did a great job on the boards," Gamertsfelder said. "Even though she didn’t even touch the ball, she made sure her girl didn’t touch the ball."
Point guard Leann James made the offense go with 7 assists. A total of eight players scored for the Lady Pirates.
Junior guard Andreana Gotto led the Lady Blue Devils with 13 points and Severns added 9 points.
Tallmadge scored just 13 points in the second half, including five in the final eight minutes. The Lady Blue Devils made only 3 of 8 foul shots.
Southeast was much more reliable when it came to its freebies. The Lady Pirates converted 16 of 20.
"We have to get better defensively," Epstein said. "We can’t get complacent if we get up early. When they took the lead in the fourth quarter, it was tough for us to dig ourselves out of hole."
As for the opponent, digging itself out of a hole was business as usual for Southeast.
Host Tallmadge improved to 3-3 in the Suburban League American Conference after posting a 53-50 win over Revere Saturday at James O. Maddox Court.
The Lady Blue Devils led 26-23 at halftime and 35-33 after three quarters.
Lizzie Bickar led Tallmadge with 18 points and Severns added 12 points for the Lady Blue Devils. Seven players scored for Tallmadge, which was outrebounded 33-27.
Taylor Rinn had a game-high 23 points for the Lady Minutemen.
The Lady Blue Devils are scheduled to visit American Conference rival Aurora Saturday. They are set to entertain conference foe Theodore Roosevelt Wednesday. Both varsity games are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.