Owls drop first Hoosier Hills Conference contest


Seymour ran into a buzzsaw at Jeffersonville on Friday, dropping its first Hoosier Hills Conference game of the season 89-40 at William S. Johnson Arena.

The Class 4A No. 5 Red Devils scored on their first six possessions and led by as many as 24 points in the first quarter on their way to a 3-0 start to the season.

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Despite the lopsided defeat, Seymour coach Tyler Phillips lauded his team’s effort.

“They’re ranked fifth in the state for a reason,” Phillips said. “They’re big and athletic and we know we’re going to struggle with that, but the kids competed. I was proud of how hard they competed, but (Jeffersonville’s) a good basketball team.”

Darin Starks scored nine of his 17 points in the first period and Jeffersonville led 31-8 at the first stop. The second period was the Owls’ best offensively with 15 points. Five different Owls scored in the period, but Jeff extended its lead to 56-23 at the break.

A big reason for the 33-point halftime edge was turnovers. Seymour committed 10 in the first, seven in the second and had 27 on the night.

“That’s what they do to you,” Phillips said. “They want to create extra possessions however they can. That’s one way they do it and they were successful with that tonight.”

Another reason for Seymour’s troubles was Jeffersonville junior Tre Coleman, who led Jeff with 20 points and eight boards on the night. The likely 2020 Indiana All-Star and Division I recruit dominated the second period with 11 points, six rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals.

Devean Franklin got a steal and a basket on the first possession of the third period to make it 63-27. By the end of the third quarter, the Red Devils held a 72-32 edge.

Jeffersonville continued to add to its lead in the fourth quarter after clearing its bench. Sophomore Caleb Mason scored eight points in the fourth, including a pair of 3-pointers. Freshman Kobe Stoudemire, who had 26 points in the Devils’ 55-46 junior varsity win, finished with six points, three assists, two steals and a rebound in less than five minutes of game time.

Seymour, which hosts 11th-ranked New Albany Friday, was led by 10 points from Roberts.

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