Brownstown Central scored the first points, but Seymour’s girls basketball team enjoyed the lead nearly start to finish during a 62-45 victory on Thursday night.
After Maddy Hackman hit a 3-pointer to start the contest, the Owls raced to an early 7-2 lead and would build their first-half advantage to 13. The Braves managed to narrow the gap to five late in the second quarter, but Seymour used a quick second-half start and stellar fourth-quarter foul shooting to pull away.
Thursday’s win extended the Owls’ current win streak to five and once again gave Seymour the upper hand in the intra-county rivalry. The Owls have won their last two contests with Brownstown after the Braves had taken two of three in the series.
Seymour ended with four scorers in double figures, led by Grace Schrader’s game-high 19. Brooke Trinkle (14 points), Journee Brown (12) and Kendall Sterling (11) followed Schrader.
The Owls enjoyed an efficient night from the floor, hitting 19 of 31 field goal attempts (61 percent). Thanks to Trinkle’s perfect 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point range, Seymour made five long shots on just seven attempts.
Though they struggled from the foul line during the first three quarters, making just four of nine free throws, the Owls sealed their victory by making 15 of 16 foul shots in the fourth quarter. Schrader paced Seymour with 9-of-10 shooting from the line in the final quarter.
Brown finished the night with a game-high 10 rebounds to help Seymour to a 25-21 advantage on the boards.
Brownstown also helped itself throughout the game with excellent foul shooting, ending 20 for 25 from the line, but struggled from the field. The Braves shot just 29 percent from the floor (10 for 35) and 27 percent from 3-point range (5 for 18).
Hackman led Brownstown with 17 points. The junior made four of her team’s five 3-pointers and pulled off a rare five-point play when she nailed a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and then was fouled on the floor after the shot.
Hannah Stahl added 14 points for the Braves. Kalee Borden and Andrea Bair each pulled down a team-high four rebounds.
Thursday’s game was slowed by a combined 35 called fouls and 50 foul shots. Each team took 25 shots from the foul line.
Seymour (5-2) looks to continue its winning ways next Tuesday when it travels to Jennings County. Brownstown (3-6), meanwhile, will try to end its current three-game losing streak when it hosts Eastern Pekin on Saturday.