Owls dominate Bulldogs
The underclassmen on the Seymour Lady Owls basketball team wanted to make sure seniors Brooke Trinkle and Lainey Jackson had pleasant memories of their senior night game.
The Owls outscored New Albany in each of the first three quarters to coast to a 51-31 win in Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium Thursday night.
Lady Owls head coach Jason Longmeier said Trinkle and Jackson have been key parts of the team’s success over the last four years.
“I think of both of them a little bit differently. Lainey’s leadership has been impeccable. Lainey’s attitude is great. Lainey doesn’t necessarily get the playing time that she would want to have, but that doesn’t change the way she shows up for work every day,” Longmeier said.
“With Brooke obviously you have somebody who we count on daily to contribute in the scoring column for us,” Longmeier said. “Brooke does a lot of things defensively that people don’t see, getting in some lanes and getting some steals and things for us.”
“They are two kids that are going to go on and play college athletics, just great student athletes here at Seymour High School. We’re going to miss them.”
Both were in the starting lineup Thursday night. Trinkle finished with five points and five rebounds while Jackson had four points and three rebounds.
The Owls led this Hoosier Hills Conference game from the start as Trinkle’s two free throws gave her team a 4-0 lead with the game two-and-a-half minutes old.
A layup by Kendall Sterling made it a 12-1 game with 1:12 left in the first period. Journey Howard made a jump shot and a 3-point basket in the final 23 seconds of the quarter for a 12-6 score going into the second period.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Jaidyn Nichols and Elizabeth Kirby pushed the lead to 18-8, and Nichols added another triple later in the period. Nichols scored eight points and Kirby five in the second as the owls built their lead to 28-19 at the half.
Seymour (13-9, 3-3 HHC) completely dominated the third period 22-3 as the only points the Bulldogs scored in the period came on three free throws.
Seven different Owls scored in the quarter, topped by Sterling with five, and Jackson and Greer Henry with four each, and Nichols added her third 3-pointer of the quarter.
Longmeier cleared the bench in the fourth as the Owls made only one free throw.
Sterling and Nichols topped the owls in scoring with 11 points each, and Kirby scored nine to go along with a game-high eight rebounds.
The Bulldogs finished with 9-for-33 shooting from the floor, and the owls were 18-for-46.
Howard was high scorer for New Albany (4-19, 0-6 HHC) with nine points.
Seymour and New Albany will play the second game Wednesday night in the Bedford North Lawrence Sectional.
Braves outlast North Harrison
The Brownstown Central girls basketball team came up with a big 47-43 Mid-Southern Conference win on Thursday night to end its regular season.
It was also senior night for the Braves, who honored Kalee Borden, Maddy Hackman, Camryn Thompson, Jo Brittain and Madison Stuckwisch before the game.
Fittingly enough, it was Borden who led the way with a career-high 27 points. Hackman was also in double digits on the night with 10 points.
Jenna Klosterman and Sophie Wischmeier each scored three points and Thompson had two to round out the scoring.
The win improved Brownstown to 17-7 as the No. 15-ranked Braves head into the postseason next week.
Brownstown will await the winner of Eastern (Pekin) and Providence, who play next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Austin High School.
The winner will take on Brownstown the following Friday at 6 p.m.