Basketball begins; Seymour splits with Loudon
Tuesday night’s visit from District 4-AA Loudon dealt mixed results for the Seymour Eagles basketball teams in their opening Hall of Champions game.
The Lady Eagles beat a 2011 AA state tournament team 40-33, while the boys ran into a hot-shooting group of Redskins and lost 59-51.
An unfocused fourth quarter nearly undermined a great third period effort by the Lady Eagles in their 40-33 win.
“We had too many turnovers tonight, and had some bad decisions down the stretch,” Seymour coach Brandi Stallings said. “I think we maybe relaxed a little bit, got a little over-confident. We’re going to have to go back to the drawing board and stress to them about playing the whole game through and not letting up and seeing it through. (Loudon’s) a good team, they’re scrappy. Hats off to them for not giving up.”
The girls in blue and gold strung together a 10-0 run during the 16-2 third quarter, as teammates Kasey Norman and Lexi Justus made their shots from deep and forced several Loudon turnovers.
Norman sparked the Lady Eagles to life with a 3-pointer to break an 18-18 halftime stalemate.
Four free throws from Justus and Mariah Flynn kept the streak going, and Justus bombed in another bucket from deep stretched the lead to 28-18 before Loudon finally found the scoreboard on an Aspen Jordan two in the post.
The Lady Eagles would stretch their lead to its biggest of the night, however, 34-20, before quarter’s end thanks to another 3-ball from Norman and a fast-break layup from Justus.
But the fourth quarter brought renewed energy from the Loudon squad, and especially Jordan, the team’s 6-foot-2 sophomore post.
Behind 10 points in the paint from Jordan and a timely 3-pointer from Jodi Dailey, the Lady Redskins pulled the game to within five points at 38-33 with just under a minute to play.
“I think we just kind of relaxed and didn’t see it through, kind of thought the game was over, and that was not the case,” Stallings said.
Fortunately for the Lady Eagles and their home crowd, a beautifully-executed press-break resulted in a Cheyenne King layup and effectively ended the late Loudon threat.
Justus led five Lady Eagles’ scorers with 12 points, while Norman added 11.
Flynn tallied nine, while sophomore Cheyenne King and freshman Hannah Schrimpsher totaled four apiece.
Jordan led Loudon with 17 points, playing against a Lady Eagles squad missing two of their starting frontcourt, junior Payton King and sophomore Victoria Nelson.
“Having two injuries (to more experienced) players doesn’t help,” Stallings said. “We’ve been there before. We’ll piece it together, get the young kids some experience early on and then hopefully it will help down the road.”
In boys action it appeared Seymour might have had the upper hand early, only to be dealt a come-from-behind loss to the Redskins.
Going up 9-0 out of the gate may have been too much of a good thing for the Eagles.
It didn’t take the the visiting squad long to battle back and move out front 23-22 by halftime.
In the second half furious scoring by both teams better suited the Redskins, who were feeling it all night from beyond the 3-point arch.
Jordan Blevins gunned in 22 points for Loudon in the victory, including six 3-pointers, four of which came in the decisive second half.
His teammates added four more threes, and Ty Holston and Andrew Hendrix each broke double-figures on the night with 10 and 11, respectively.
Senior Peyton Lee, despite a slow start, led Seymour with 17 points.
D.J. Griffin was next with 13, while Gunner Gibson tallied 11 and Jake McBrayer 10 for the Eagles.
Douglas Maples and Nick Sexton had four points each.