By: Lee Ramsey
It was a great way to finish going into the Christmas break as the Lady Eagles destroyed the Lady Cherokees by a score of 55-29 giving Seymour a record of 8-2. The Lady Eagles under the guidance of Coach Brandi Stallings could easily be undefeated as both losses were by a very narrow margin.
Similar to the boys’ game, the Lady Eagles started slow and only led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Things were a little better in the second quarter and the score at the half was 27-16 Lady Eagles.
Stallings still wasn’t pleased however, “I wasn’t happy at all with how we played the first half. I was more proud of the third quarter than anything. The third quarter has been our nemesis but we came out and played hard tonight.”
The coach didn’t elaborate on what was said at the half but whatever it was, the message came across loud and clear as the Lady Eagles exploded with 24 points to South-Doyle’s 5 in the third quarter.
Stallings went on to say, “There was a big difference in the first and second half. When the kids buy in and they start clicking defensively it creates a lot of opportunities for us.
“We’re trying to get other people to step up and be leaders so it doesn’t have to be the same players every night.”
The Lady Eagle’s scoring was very balanced as every player on the roster scored.
Brittany Seagle led all scorers with 10 followed closely by Ashley McCarter with 9, Mariah Flynn 8, Kelsey Davis 7, Kasey Norman 5, Shaelyn Brown 5, Hannah Moore 3, Lexi Justus 3, Erin Fine 2, Jordan Ballard 2 and Brittany Cook 1.
“We have to play to win instead of playing not to lose. We did tonight,” Stallings said. “We have to be the aggressor. When we are, good things happen. We can’t just go with the flow.”
When asked about the improved play of sophomore point guard Kasey Norman, Coach Stallings responded, “Kasey struggled a little bit earlier in the year. She needs to be an extension of our coaching staff and she’s starting to understand that. She’s learning to be that complete point guard we are looking for.”
Coach Stallings summed things up by saying, “I like the direction we are headed.”
Next up for the Lady Eagles is the Christmas Tournament at Harriman on December 28.
Lady Eagles Blow out Lady Cherokees
By: Lee Ramsey