Seymour powers past Sevier County in fifth game

Sep. 10, 2013 @ 10:50 PM

Sevier County exploded out of the gate one round too early.

The Bearettes won eight straight points to start the fourth game against Seymour before the Eagles won nine of the first 12 in the fifth en route to a 25-23, 15-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-11 victory.

“I think they got mad enough in that loss in the fourth game to actually play hard,” said Seymour coach Erin Biddle. “That's the only way I can figure it. They got mad enough to actually want it.”

After falling behind big in the fourth, the Eagles rallied, pulling within two at 21-19 before losing 25-20. The momentum seemed to carry over, though, and the Bearettes couldn't keep up in the fifth.

“That's always been our toughest thing, finishing out games,” said Sevier County's Brittany Tarr. “I don't know. We worked our butts off. We just couldn't pull it out.”

Victoria Nelson had 11 kills for the Eagles while Lexi Justus added 11 digs.

The first game was back and forth, with the teams pulling even three times over the last 18 points. Finally a Nelson kill gave Seymour a game point the Eagles converted. Sevier County responded by taking game two, building off an early 10-2 lead. Seymour took the lead by winning the third, setting up an intense final two games that riled the crowd at Seymour High School.

“It's just us getting aggressive and staying up,” Nelson said. “We started getting pumped because we knew it was 15 points and we pushed through it.”

South-Doyle 3, Seymour 0

SEYMOUR — Beat up at the end of a tough stretch that included a double overtime game last week, the Eagles struggled to possess against the Cherokees.

Bailey Gale had two second-half goals while Amy Browning had the other tally. Seymour midfielder Madi Miller said it was tough to keep up with South-Doyle.

“It's awful,” Miller said. “I hated it. I wish we could've held possession better. That's what our coach teaches us to do is to play possession. We had only had little spurts of it and it wasn't very good.”

Eagles coach Ron Blaydes said his team didn't play its game. Seymour couldn't take advantage of its weapons up front with the ball stuck in its defensive third.

“We were doing a lot of chasing where we should've been handling the ball, which we do very well. We're proud of the way the girls handle the ball and control the ball,” Blaydes said. “We just couldn't get it going together tonight for some reason.”