Blown out by the Bull Dogs: Poor shooting leads to big loss for Seymour against Columbus North


Seymour’s girls basketball team has searched for an offensive identity for much of the start of the 2018-19 season.

Against Columbus North, the Owls didn’t find their answers.

The Owls shot 29 percent and had 21 turnovers against the Bull Dogs in a 46-26 rout at the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium Tuesday.

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In a low-scoring first quarter, the Owls’ Ashton Chase showcased her range on offense.

The Bull Dogs (7-3) led 8-4, behind a pair of 3-pointers from Nadia Lomax, before the Owls (6-6) strung together a 9-0 scoring streak in the final 1:42 of the opening eight minutes to lead 13-8.

Chase had 11 of the Owls’ 13 points, making four field goals (two 3-pointers) and splitting a pair of free throws.

North opened the second quarter on a 10-0 scoring run, in part of five points by Alexa McKinley, prompting an SHS time out with the score at 18-13 with 4:34 left in the half.

The teams traded the next four baskets before the Bull Dogs closed the half on a 6-1 mini run.

At the buzzer, Tessa Lomax hit a jumper at the free throw line to extend the Bull Dogs lead to 28-10.

Both teams had 11 field goal attempts in the second quarter, with the Bull Dogs making nine and the Owls hitting two.

North continued to dominate in the third quarter, scoring 10 unanswered points through the first 4:15 of the second half. Four different players scored in that span.

SHS got its first points of the second half on a layup by Grace Meyer, with 3:25 on the clock. However, the basket proved to be the only one for the Owls in the period.

Going into the final eight minutes of play, the Bull Dogs led 38-20.

Grace Schrader converted an and-one on the opening possession of the fourth quarter, and Chase added a trey with 2:40 left in regulation, but the deficit was too big for the Owls.

On the game, the Owls were 10-for-35 shooting from the field to the Bulldogs’ 19-for-38.

“At this point in time, as a coach, I need to put them in better positions to get shots,” Seymour coach Jason Longmeier said. “It’s easy to sit back as a coach and complain about our lack of shooting percentage at times, but it’s my job to get them better shots. Once we get better shots, if we aren’t hitting them, we have other things to figure out.”

North won the rebounding battle 25-15 and turnover margin 11-15.

Chase led the Owls with 16 points. No other SHS player scored more than four points.

McKinley topped the Bull Dogs with 15 points and Nadia Lomax chipped in 12.

Leading up to the North game, the Owls had played seven games in 15 days, including four of the past seven.

“North took us out of what we wanted to do, and we didn’t have legs on our shots,” Longmeier said. “This is a game I would have liked to of played with our kids fresh, but unfortunately that wasn’t the situation. I thought we got through the first quarter on energy. We executed well and then when they got on us, we got more and more tired.”

The Owls are off until Dec. 22 when they host Rushville.

“We need to get crisper offensively, and hopefully with the time we have now to practice, we can clean some of that up,” Longmeier said.

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