Seymour girls fall to Morristown East in consolation game

Feb. 17, 2014 @ 10:30 PM

 The surprising Morristown East Lady Hurricanes blew the doors off the gym with an 82-64 win over Seymour in the District 2-AAA consolation contest at Jefferson County High School on Mondaynight.

"We didn’t show up to play," said Seymour coach Brandi Stallings. "We played with no heart. We didn’t execute. We weren’t aggressive offensively. That’s the bottom line."

The game didn’t start that way for the Eagles, however.

When senior forward Mariah Flynn drained a 16-footer to give Seymour (16-13) a 24-15 lead with 1:38 left in the first, it appeared as if it would be a Blue-and-Gold kind of night, all night.

But the Hurricanes (14-16) refused to be blown away and came rushing back for a nine-point lead of their own, 33-24, when post Lauren Blaylock drove the baseline strong to the hole for a layup.

Moments later and Blaylock gave East its biggest first-half lead, 11 points, with a pure power move to the basket to make it 35-24 with 3:48 to go in the second period.

A rare 4-point play by Seymour sophomore guard Hannah Schrimpsher, who sniped a trey from the corner while being fouled, cut the East lead to 38-34 at the half and kept the Eagles within striking distance.

Seymour wasted little time grabbing the lead back in the second half.

Junior forward Victoria Nelson opened the third with a 15-foot baseline shot with 7:47 on the clock, and sophomore guard Camille Davis followed with a 3-pointer to make it 39-38 Seymour with 7:16 on the clock.

The Eagles built their lead to as many as six points when Schrimpsher hit another trey to make it 48-42 with 4:31 left in the third.

But the Hurricanes would not be denied and rallied back for a 54-50 lead heading into the fourth, led by East forward Katelyn Davidson’s six points to close the third.

East’s Blaylock took over in the fourth, hitting three unanswered layups for a 60-50 Morristown lead with 6:43 in regulation. Blaylock finished with 13 fourth-quarter points en route to a 30-point night, leading all scorers.

Seymour cut it to a five-point contest when junior guard Cheyenne King drove in for a layup to make it 60-55 East with 5:49 to go in the game, but that’s as good as it would get for the Eagles the rest of the way.

Schrimpsher and Flynn led Seymour with 17 points apiece, Davis added 10, Nelson had eight, senior Lexi Justus had six, sophomore Caroline Ford had four and King had two in the loss.

Morristown had four players finish in double-digits. Jordan Hayes had 20 points, Whitney Donaldson had 13 and Davidson had 12 to go along with Blaylock’s 30. Madison Bunch was the only other East player to score, finishing with seven on the night.

Both teams have earned region tourney berths, likely playing either Science Hill or Dobyns-Bennett.