Third quarter run powers Science Hill past Seymour
Seymour trailed Science Hill by just eight points at halftime on Friday.
But the District 1-AAA champions ran away with the Region 1-AAA quarterfinal, outscoring the Eagles by 20 in the third quarter to cruise to a 73-44 victory.
“The third quarter’s been our nemesis all year,” said Eagles coach Brandi Stallings. “True to fashion, that’s what played out.
“Overall, I’m proud of my kids. They played very well in the first half. We come out third quarter and (the Hilltoppers) hit back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers. We panicked a little and just couldn’t recover.”
Lexi Justus had 16 points in her final high school game to lead Seymour. Victoria Nelson had nine and Hannah Schrimpsher added seven points. Tianna Tarter led Science Hill with 18 points but she was ejected late in the game after picking up a foul, Stallings said.
The loss ends the season for the Eagles (16-14). Stallings said that record doesn’t necessarily indicate the season Seymour had. The Eagles were barely above .500 back on Feb. 1 before ripping four straight wins, including a victory over Cocke County that got them into the region tournament.
Stallings said many teams may have packed it in early in the season, but not this group. They weren’t flustered by Science Hill’s perfect record on Friday either.
“I really was concerned about our mental state, just the fact of the seeing the name on the (jersey),” she said. “It surpassed my expectations in how they execute the game plan and rise up in big games. We’ve played some pretty tough competition. We just lack in getting over that hump.”