Slow start sinks Owls against Red Devils


Tuesday night’s Seymour-Jeffersonville girls basketball game was all about the start.

The Red Devils jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead and left the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium with a 73-51 Hoosier Hills Conference win.

Owls Coach Jason Longmeier said his team ran into a buzz saw.

“We probably saw their best game,” he said. “They got some easy shots. I thought they were on the attack at the beginning. They found where the mismatch was and attacked it. We helped out too early, and they took advantage. The credit goes to them.”

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The Owls sputtered offensively form the start, as they had turnovers on their first four possessions and didn’t get a shot off while Jeff was building its lead.

Megan Ritz scored the Owls’ first basket with 1:30 left in the opening period, and Aidan Hiester followed with a 3-pointer for an 11-5 score, but the offense hit another dry spell. The Devils scored 13 straight points to lead 24-5 at the end of the period. All five Jeff starters scored in the first period.

Alyssa Perry opened the second period with a 3-pointer for the Owls, but again, Seymour went into a deep freeze on offense. The visitors scored 13 straight to open a 37-8 lead before Ashton Chase hit two 3-pointers in the final three minutes of the half to make it a 45-19 game at the break.

The Owls (11-9, 3-3 in the HHC) had 16 turnovers and made 7 of 17 shots from the floor in the first half, while the Devils made 11 of 18 in the first period and 19 of 31 for the half.

Longmeier said the press helped his team in the third period.

“The press, coming out in the second half, gave us some energy,” he said as the Owls outscored Jeff 23-18 in the third period.

Chase opened the third period with a 3-pointer, and she added another trio plus two deuces for 10 points in the period, and Makenna Fee hit a three and had six points and three rebounds in the quarter.

Grace Meyer also picked up her offense with five points in the period, but the Owls trailed 63-42 going into the final period.

Chase topped the Owls with 18 points and Fee scored 11, and both seniors had seven rebounds.

Five Jeff (11-9, 5-1 HHC) players reached double figures in scoring, topped by Nan Garcia with 19 and Tori Handley and Kiersten Poor with 14 each.

Seymour will travel to Scottsburg on Saturday for a girl-boy doubleheader.

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