Lady Owls fall to Scottsburg by eight points


Both teams went through hot and cold streaks on Tuesday night, but the final hot streak belonged to the visitors.

For the home-standing Seymour girls basketball team, unfortunately, the end result was a difficult 55-47 loss to Scottsburg.

After fighting through cold shooting for much of the first half, the Owls came back from a double-digit deficit to take a three-point fourth-quarter lead, only to watch that advantage slip away.

“This is a shot-making game,” Seymour head coach Jason Longmeier said. “We had a stretch where we went a whole quarter without making a basket. That’s not going to work against quality teams. That’s been a common trend for us all season, going through those long stretches of struggling offensively. We talked about that as a staff. A lot of it has to do with pace. We get to playing too slow. We’ve got to be quicker.”

Seymour (7-8) opened the game quickly with an early 9-2 run but slid into a seven-minute scoreless slump that allowed Scottsburg (14-3) to assemble an 18-2 run and take a commanding 23-11 lead.

Journee Brown, after some early misses, caught fire for the Owls late in the second quarter, scoring seven straight points and closing the gap to 23-18 with a minute left in the first half.

Scottsburg countered with its own outburst, however. The Warriorettes scored five points in the final 20 seconds of the half to restore a double-digit lead at 28-18.

Seymour decided to respond in the third quarter by playing from the inside out.

“We felt coming out of halftime that we needed to play through Journee and Claire (Marshall),” Longmeier said. “We made a few adjustments with how we were running our offense.”

That plan worked as the Owls outscored Scottsburg 17-7 in the third quarter and tied the game at 35. Marshall had three assists during the period with Brown scoring another seven points.

With the inside game working, the outside loosened for senior Kendall Sterling. The 5-foot-10 guard matched Brown with seven third-quarter points and finished the game with a game-high 23 points.

On the first possession of the fourth quarter, Sterling assisted Sophie Skidmore’s 3-pointer from the right side that pushed Seymour ahead 38-35. Two free throws by Brown with 5:02 left in the game gave the Owls their last lead at 42-41.

That’s when Scottsburg constructed its final game-deciding streak, scoring eight straight points to take an insurmountable 49-42 lead. The Warriorettes used perfect 6-for-6 foul shooting down the stretch to resist Seymour’s comeback efforts.

Scottsburg, which won 12 consecutive games earlier in the season, finished with two 22-point scoring efforts by Ellie Richardson and Carrie Hiler. Eulalia Powell didn’t score a point but came off the bench to grab a game-high 10 rebounds.

For Seymour, Brown followed Sterling in the scoring column with 16 points. Skidmore ended with five points and six rebounds. Sterling finished with a team-high seven rebounds.

Scottsburg 55, Seymour 47



Scottsburg (14-3): Ellie Richardson 8 5-5 22, Carrie Hiler 9 0-0 22, Haley Thomas 2 2-2 6, Lola Fouts 1 0-0 3, Taneisha Griffin 1 0-0 2, Eulalia Powell 0 0-0 0, Totals 21 7-7 55.

Seymour (7-8): Kendall Sterling 8 4-4 23, Journee Brown 6 4-5 16, Sophie Skidmore 2 0-0 5, Emmy Munson 1 0-0 3, Claire Marshall 0 0-0 0, Jaidyn Nichols 0 0-0 0, Kenzie Gagner 0 0-0 0, Totals 17 8-9 47.

3-point goals: Scottsburg 6 (Hiler 4, Richardson, Fouts), Seymour 5 (Sterling 3, Munson, Skidmore)

Rebounds: Scottsburg 27 (Powell 10), Seymour 28 (Sterling 7)

Turnovers: Scottsburg 8, Seymour 11

Fouls: Scottsburg 9, Seymour 10

Junior varsity

Seymour 50, Scottsburg 26

Seymour (10-5): Emmy Followell 13, Abby Otte 12, Kennedy Burnette 10, Kelsea Hunsley 7, Claire Skaggs 5, Avah Kriete 2, Lizzie Morris 1.

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