By: Lee Ramsey
After a tremendous comeback win over Morristown-West, the Lady Eagles came home for an encore over the Jefferson County Lady Patriots recently.
Seymour defeated the Lady Trojans of Morristown West 52-45, and then returned home to win 66-53 over the Lady Patriots. Both games were all important IMAC district games.
The win gives the Lady Eagles a 6-3 overall record and 3-0 in the IMAC which ties them with Morristown East for the IMAC lead.
Seymour had polarizing halves as they only scored seven the first half to trail 29-7 at the break.
Seymour head coach Brandi Stallings was pretty upset at the half time meeting, according to sources, and held a little heart to heart talk with her players.
After that, things began to change.
Seymour made an early run then later in the game they closed the lead to under 10 points.
The half time discussion must have really had an effect on junior Kasey Norman who put up 23 points for a career high. The Lady Eagles outscored MW 27-3 in the third quarter.
According to Stallings, the Lady Eagles deserved a lot of credit for not throwing in the towel early. The Lady Eagles kept fighting and came out on top.
At home, Seymour played a very different game against Jefferson County winning their third straight IMAC game and in convincing fashion. Seymour had been averaging in the forties in previous games but in this one they tended to resemble an NWBA team scoring 66 points as a team and individually scoring was divided rather equally.
The game started fast and furious as both teams ran the floor and scored at will. The 1st quarter score was 23-23.
In the second quarter again the split personality of this Lady Eagle team came out as they only scored 4 points in 8 minutes.
After that, scoring increased somewhat and it was capped off by a 3 pointer at the buzzer by Peyton King who got a pass from Lexi Justus which gave the Lady Eagles a 32-30 halftime lead.
The game seemed to settle down a little the second half with a more balanced outside-inside attach led my Mariah Flynn (inside), Jordan Ballard and Brittany Seagle (outside).
The third quarter score was 50-44 Seymour.
It could have been another Stallings sermon at the break that did it as the players broke the huddle fired up and scored an 8-0 run highlighted by a coupled of 3’s by Seagle. That flurry gave the Lady Eagles a 12 point lead and the game.
The Lady Patriots are the IMAC defending champions and Jefferson County ironically is Coach Stallings’ alma mater.
This Seymour Lady Eagle basketball team is successful because it’s all about the team with them not individuals. A winning attitude goes a long way towards success.
Lady Eagles Have Huge Early Success
By: Lee Ramsey