- Tiger girls at 5-3

Seymour's Hannah Clark (40), left, prepares to grab a rebound against Fordland's Shelby Thomason in the Tigers' 35-19 home loss last week to the Eagles. Seymour enters tourney action in Fordland this week with a 5-3 record.

After a stellar start to the season that saw the Seymour Middle School “A” girls’ basketball team with records of 3-0 and 4-1, the Tigers ran into a slight roadblock early last week in home losses to Marion C. Early of Morrisville and neighboring rival Fordland.

However, the two-game losing streak was snapped last Thursday in a 20-11 home victory over the Springfield New Covenant Academy.

Seymour enters this week with a 5-3 record.

“It was nice to get back into the win column,” Tiger coach Trent Copling said after his ballclub’s nine-point win over New Covenant. “We held them to only 11 points, which is the lowest an opponent has scored against us this season.

“We moved the ball well on offense, but we’ve got to get better at executing our scoring opportunities. What did make me happy in this game was in the final two minutes, we got a few big baskets to seal the win.”

The Tigers led 4-3 after one quarter and 12-8 at halftime.

Both teams only scored a single point in the third quarter, which left Seymour with a 13-9 edge entering the game’s final frame.

“I felt like we were getting the shots we wanted,” Copling said. “For the most part, those shots just weren’t falling.”

Leading the Tiger offense in Thursday’s win was seventh-grader Addison Ridenour with a game-high 10 points. She also grabbed 17 rebounds.

Jadyn Johnson added 4 points and 11 rebounds, while point guard Katelynn Smith scored 3. Hannah Clark had 2 points; Elisa Valbuena rounded out the Tigers’ scoring with 1 point.

“That win gives us some momentum going into this week’s tournament at Fordland,” Copling said. “We have a 5-3 record entering the tourney, and of the six girls’ teams, we have the worst record (in the tourney). That’s how tough this tournament will be.”

A year ago, Seymour’s “A” team struggled to a one-win season.

This year, the turnaround continues.

On Monday, Sept. 30, the Tigers played host to a one-loss team from Marion C. Early of Morrisville and fell in a 35-26 shootout.

“This probably was the best we’ve played all season on the offensive end,” Copling said. “MCE is the best team that we’ve faced this season.”

The score was tied 6-6 after one quarter; Morrisville led 18-14 at the half.

“We handled their press in the first half,” he said. “But we got a bit tired in the second half and started to turn the ball over, which led to some easy baskets for them.”

Seymour trailed 30-21 entering the fourth quarter.

Again, Ridenour was the top Tiger scorer with 10 points.

Mikayla Rowland added 6 points, Harley Watkins scored 5, and with 2 points each were Clark and Johnson.

Valbuena scored 1 point.

The Tigers played host to Fordland on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and lost 35-19.

“This one was a tale of two halves,” Copling explained.

Seymour led 10-9 at halftime.

“In the second half, their press got to us,” he added. “We got tired, made some mental mistakes. In the fourth quarter, they pulled away.”

Fordland led 20-15 after three quarters.

The Tigers’ leading scorers were Ridenour and Smith with 6 points each.

Johnson netted 4.

Rowland had 2 points, while Clark chipped in with 1.

This week, the Tigers are in the aforementioned tourney action at Fordland.

The remaining game schedule appears elsewhere in the newspaper, eEdition and www.webstercountycitizen.com on Page 5.

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