In a game the Seymour High School varsity’ girls’ basketball team dropped by 27 points, Tiger coach Trent Copling said the vital number was 31.

Why 31?

That’s the number of turnovers committed by the Tigers last Monday, Nov. 25, in Seymour’s home and season opener against a strong squad from Forsyth.

“Our passing wasn’t good,” Copling said of the 64-37 loss to the visiting Panthers.

“We had 31 turnovers, but only three of them came versus Forsyth’s press. That’s not a good thing ... it means that we had 28 turnovers in our half-court offense. We won’t win games doing that.”

The contest opened on a bright note.

In the Tigers’ fi rst possession, 5’7” freshman guard Lillie Rasmussen hit a three-point shot for a 3-0 lead.

Two possessions later, 5’6” junior guard Crystal Misemer connected on another three-pointer, and the Tiger lead stood at 6-0 with 6:21 left in the opening frame.

Unfortunately, less than 10 seconds later, Seymour junior post player Karli Henry picked up her second foul. Before Copling could get her to the bench, Henry was whistled for her third foul, relegating her to the sideline for the remainder of the first half.

Forsyth scored on its next possession.

And kept scoring.

Over the next 14 minutes of game time, Forsyth outscored the host Tigers 38-10, turning Seymour’s early six-point edge into a 28-point deficit by halftime.

The Tigers trailed 15-7 after the fi rst frame and 38-16 at halftime.

Forsyth led 56-26 after three quarters.

Seymour outscored the Panthers 11-8 in the final frame.

“Overall, I wasn’t pleased with how we played,” Copling said. “(Forsyth) beat us on the boards by a lot; it wasn’t a small margin.”

The Tigers had 27 rebounds in the game; Forsyth had 46.

“Foul trouble also hurt us,” he added. “Karli got three quick fouls in the fi rst quarter. (Sophomore post player) Madi Kyle also had three first-half fouls. Those two being in foul trouble left us very thin in the post, which was a factor in the rebounding margin.”

Poor shooting also hurt the Tigers.

Seymour shot 8 for 36 from the fi eld — 22-percent accuracy.

The team was 5 for 27 (19 percent) from two-point range, while the Tigers hit 3 of 9 (33 percent) three-point shots.

“It’s not a good thing when you only have fi ve more shots from the field than turnovers (36 shots versus 31 turnovers),” Copling said. “We’ve got to do better than that.”

Leading the team in scoring against Forsyth was senior guard Libby Buchanan with 10 points. She also grabbed four rebounds.

Misemer added 9 points and 4 assists.

Rasmussen scored 8 in her debut. She hit both of her shots from the field, adding 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

Henry and sophomore Hailey Felton each had 4 points.

Kyle rounded out the scoring with 2.

Felton and Henry each grabbed 4 rebounds.

Next action for the Tigers arrives at 6 p.m. next Monday when Hartville visits.

“Things won’t get any easier for us,” Copling said.

“Forsyth was a very good team, one of the best on our schedule this year. But Hartville is better.”

Hartville enters the season as Missouri’s seventh-ranked team statewide in Class 2.

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