Makenna Fee’s offensive rebound basket at the buzzer lifted the Seymour girls’ basketball team to a 40-38 win over Silver Creek in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium Friday night.
The Dragons had the ball with 12 seconds remaining when Jaclyn Emly put up a shot that was partially blocked, and Grace Meyer recovered for the Owls.
The Owls moved the ball to their end of the floor and called time with 4.9 seconds remaining.
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“What we did we used Fee to set a screen, and we were dropping her to the weak side and what we were hoping to get was Grace Schrader down on the block,” Owls coach Jason Longmeier said.
“What ended up happening was Grace Meyer’s player is the one that stepped up. We knew Fee was going to draw the attention. Megan Ritz threw a good pass and Grace Meyer up with a strong shot and I was surprised that one didn’t go in.
“Because of the way we ran the play it put Fee in position for the weak-side rebound.”
The Owls shot 5-for-12 and the Dragons were 3-for-11 shooting in the fourth period.
“It’s the second game in a row that we didn’t have it offensively, but its two different reasons. I think in the Salem game we missed a lot of easy shot,” Longmeier said. “Tonight though, they threw a little bit of a junk defense at us. They had two players on Fee the entire night.
“We kind of did a lot of standing around, waiting on somebody else to get some things done. We’ve not been able to get into an offensive rhythm. I think we won because we got defensive stops down the stretch. There was one time where we had six defensive possessions in a row where they didn’t score.
“You look at that and go back and if they score on just one of those we probably lose the game.”
The Dragons (2-1) held a 30-27 lead going into the fourth period, and were on top 35-32 when the Owls outscored the visitors 4-0.
Fee started that rally with a layup, and Meyer made a free throw at 1:32 to give her team a 36-35 lead.
Anna Wright hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 38 seconds remaining to put the Dragons on top 38-36, before Schrader scored on a move to the basket to tie the score at 38 all.
Meyer and Schrader topped the Owls with 10 points each, and Fee was high rebounder with eight.
Emly topped Creek with 17 points.
The Owls had 15 turnovers and made only 12 of 21 free throws.
“We’ve got to clean up the turnovers,” Longmeier said. “Some of those are careless and maybe at times it’s not knowing exactly what to do. We’re trying to do some different things offensively right now. It’s going to take a little bit of time for us to get some continuity with that.
“I’m just really happy with the fight that we had. This one, just like the Salem game, could have gotten away from us a little bit, but we hung in there and we battled and kept it right and a one- to two-possession game so we had a chance to steal it.”
The Owls (1-1) will play at Greenwood tonight.