2nd-half rallies lead Seymour teams over West
Boys and girls each earn double-digit victories
Dec. 12, 2012 @ 10:36 PM
Just four days after sweeping the Morristown West Trojan squads, the Seymour Eagles completed the vexing of Hamblin County’s IMAC teams with a twin-killing of East Hurricanes Tuesday night.
Behind a strong third quarter, the Lady Eagles (9-2, 4-0) remained unbeaten in District 2-AAA thanks to a 52-39 victory over the Lady Hurricanes.
The Eagles followed that up with a 67-55 win of their own, which also came thanks in part to a huge third quarter.
Coach Brandi Stallings’ Lady Eagles had an unusually slow start in their game, and surprisingly trailed East (3-7, 0-3) 24-19 at halftime.
The team refocused at halftime, however, and played more like themselves in the second half.
“They kind of got themselves focused, and for whatever reason, settled down and started executing better,” Stallings said.
The Lady Eagles ended the second quarter on a 19-1 run, which effectively put the game away.
“I don’t know why they like to make it interesting. ... But I was proud of them for the way they came out and re-grouped.
“(But) how they started the first half was frustrating to say the least.”
In the end, the Lady Eagles had a very balanced scoring attack, led by junior post Mariah Flynn’s 13 points — nine of which came in the second quarter, when she was the only Lady Eagle scoring.
Payton King, Victoria Nelson and Kasey Norman had eight points each, followed by Hannah Schrimpsher’s six and Cheyenne King’s five. Lexi Justus also scored, tallying four points.
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In similar fashion to the girls, the Seymour boys dominated the second half to earn a big conference win.
After trailing by as many as six early in the second quarter, the Eagles made a nice 7-0 run late in the period to take a 31-29 lead to halftime. A 3-pointer by Braxton Dockery at the buzzer gave the both the team and the crowd a shot of energy at intermission, and it paid off in the second half.
“We brough our energy (in the second half),” coach Brian Jessie said. “I don’t know what it is that triggers this team. It’s just finding the energy. We’ve got some talent, but bringing consistent energy (is the challenge). I thought we brought a lot of consistent energy in the second half, and we took care of the ball a little bit better too.”
Behind Ethan Parks, Douglas Maples, Jake McBrayer and Gunner Gibson, the Eagles stretched the lead to six points by the end of the third.
The fourth quarter was D.J. time.
Senior D.J. Griffin, who was plagued by fouls in the game’s early going, netted 11 of his team-high 17 down the stretch to seal the double-digit Eagles’ win.
“We’re a totally different team when D.J.’s out there,” Jessie said. “It’s all about him being smart, and staying out of foul trouble. He picked up two pretty quick, and we had to sit him down and he missed the whole second quarter.”
Beyond Griffin’s 17, the Eagles got big games from Maples, who scored a career-high 15, and Dockery, who finished with 12.
Gunner Gibson added eight, followed by Ethan Parks’ six points, Peyton Lee’s five and Jake McBrayer’s four.
Both Seymour teams will be in action again Friday night at Cherokee.