By: Lee Ramsey
Winning is becoming a habit as the Seymour Lady Eagles basketball team defeated the Heritage Lady Mountaineers by a score of 48-40, giving them a 3-0 record.
The Lady Eagles are now 3-0.
The major turning point came in the first half as the blue and gold reeled off 15 unanswered points which was a direct result of great defense.
The run included 3 team steals and five layups by Jordan Ballard who finished the game as the leading scorer with 22 points, a career high for the junior.
The run, with 3:42 left in the half left the Lady Eagles with a 27-15 lead.
Head Coach Brandi Stallings had this to say about the first half performance, “We started a little jittery and missed some easy baskets.”
The Lady Eagle’s press was very effective creating several easy layups during the 15 -0 run.
“Our press really is effective when they (players) communicate to get to their spots, don’t reach or foul, and trap,” Stallings said. “We can make things happen and create offense that way.”
The lead was cut to 9 at the start of the fourth quarter as the Lady Mountaineers heated up. Brittany Seagle and Ballard scored enough to keep the lead in Seymour’s favor the rest of the game.
Ballard led all scorers with 22 followed by senior leader Shaelyn Brown with 6, Lexi Justice and Ashley McCarter with 5, Brittany Seagle with 4, Hannah Moore with 2, Erin Fine with 2 and Kelsey Davit with 2.
“It was a great win. Our kids don’t ever give up,” Stallings said. “Shae Brown is one of our leaders on the boards, assists, steals and rebounding. Others are stepping up also.”
Asked about playing Heritage with all their girls’ basketball tradition, Stallings responded, “Heritage is a quality opponent. They have always had a great program. They are well coached and very scrappy. We knew going in they would give us all we wanted. Coach Howard always has them well prepared.”
“The kids seem to be having fun and playing unselfish basketball. I’m very proud of their effort.”
After playing in the Grainger Tournament, the Lady Eagles will travel to Cosby and Jefferson County before returning home to play Morristown West on Dec. 7.
Lady Eagles Win Again
By: Lee Ramsey