scorers ailing, Lady Eagles go
0-2 at holiday tourney
With two of their leading scorers battling illnesses, the Seymour Lady Eagles dropped two games over the holiday weekend in the Kessler’s Thanksgiving Classic basketball tournament at Heritage High School.
Lady Eagles’ Keely Moore and Brittany Mikels were hindered during the two-day tournament with flu symptoms, and without their two leading scorers, the Lady Eagles lost 65-56 to Tellico Plains on Friday, and were handed a 61-54 setback by the Webb Lady Spartans Saturday morning.
“The girls didn’t play with enough intensity (during the holiday tournament),” said SHS coach Randy Moore. “We had better ball-handling from our guards but we need to play with a sense of urgency. We don’t do that and it disappoints me.”
Moore cited juniors Jennifer Wilson and Megan Peterson as a pair of Lady Eagles who did play well during the tourney. Peterson had 18 points in the Friday loss to Tellico Plains and Wilson scored 15 Saturday against Webb.
Mikels led the team on both days with 17 points against the Lady Spartans and 19 against Tellico Plains.
Led by standout post player Glory Johnson (14 points), the Lady Spartans got off to a fast start and led the Lady Eagles 17-6 after the first quarter, held off a second quarter Seymour run to lead 33-26 at halftime. Seymour inched a little closer and closed the gap to 47-41 after the third but the Lady Spartans were able to maintain and hold on for the 61-53 win, dropping the Lady Eagles to 2-3 on the young season.
In Friday night’s action against an undefeated Tellico Plains team, Seymour led 12-9 after the first quarter but saw the Lady Bears go on a scoring run and take a 26-22 halftime lead.
The Lady Bears then added to their lead in each of the remaining two quarters to secure the 65-56 win.
A team that typically makes its living shooting behind the arc, Seymour did not score a three-point bucket in the loss to the Lady Bears.
Seymour will host Fulton in the season’s first district game Tuesday night.