By: Lee Ramsey
The Seymour Lady Eagles basketball team went up the road and took home a win over arch county rival and IMAC opponent the Sevier County Bearettes 55-54.
They also secured a third place finish in the 3-AA IMAC District and a home site for the first game of the IMAC District 3-AA Tournament at Seymour.
The win makes the Lady Eagles 15-10 overall and 10-4 in the district while the Bearettes are now 14-11 overall and 9-5 in the district.
After gradually building the lead throughout the game and leading at the half by a sizeable margin, the Lady Eagles led by 15 points midway through the third quarter 36-21.
That’s when momentum swung toward the Bearettes as they outscored Seymour by 7 the rest of the quarter making the score 41-34.
In the fourth quarter the Bearettes caught fire hitting 3 straight 3 point shots.
With 5:40 left in the game Sevier County had closed the gap to within 2 points 45-43.
At the 2:29 mark the game was tied 49-49.
The Bearettes then took the lead by 2 with 1:58 to go after hitting two free throws.
With one minute to go in the game the Lady Eagles trailed by 4.
Seymour’s Victoria Nelson scored off an offensive rebound with a put back shot cutting the deficit to two points 53-51 with 53 seconds to go.
Lexi Justus of Seymour tied the game on a pair of free throws then trailing by one hit the game winning layup with 8 seconds to go in the game.
Sevier County had the last shot which rimmed and dropped off along with the game for the Bearettes and the Lady Eagles went back home with a sweet win. One point wins may very well be the sweetest.
Sevier County won the previous contest at Seymour 53-46 in early January.
The Lady Eagles were led in scoring by Justus with 14, followed by Mariah Flynn with 13 who had an outstanding game, Nelson 11, Jordan Ballard 8, Payton King 6 and Kasey Norman with 3.
Next up for the Lady Eagles is Heritage at home.
Lady Eagles Defeat Sevier County
By: Lee Ramsey