Wins keep piling up for the Seymour Middle School “A” girls’ basketball team.
Two more arrived last week, courtesy of home victories over Gainesville and Norwood.
However, the Tigers of coach Trent Copling did suffer their first defeat last week in road action at Hartville.
Seymour enters this week with a stellar 4-1 record, a marked improvement from the one-win season posted last fall.
“We’re winning because of our defense,” Copling said. “Offensively, we’ve got a lot of work to do. We often can struggle to score. But at the same time, opponents struggle to score on us, so we’re in every game.”
The Tigers survived a scare last Monday, Sept. 23, as they improved to 3-0 with a 21-20 decision over Gainesville.
“I felt we should’ve won that game much more comfortably,” Copling said. “As I said before, our defense is what won the game for us ... our defensive intensity.”
Seymour led 7-0 after the first quarter, but that lead was down to 10-9 by halftime.
After three frames, the Tiger lead was 18-15.
In the end, it came down to free throws.
Two of them by Jadyn Johnson.
“Jadyn hit two clutch free throws with 30 seconds left in the game,” Copling said. “The score was tied when she made both of them, and we held on.”
Leading Seymour’s scoring attack was seventh-grader Addison Ridenour with 8 points, while Johnson chipped in with 5.
Scoring 2 points each were Hannah Clark, Makayla Rowland and Elisa Valbuena, while Katelynn Smith and Harley Watkins each scored 1 point.
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Tigers traveled to Hartville and fell 22-11 to the host Eagles.
Seymour trailed 19-5 at halftime.
“We did outscore them 6-3 in the second half,” Copling noted. “Two things hurt us in this one. First, we didn’t handle their defensive pressure well and turned the ball over a lot. Second, Addison (Ridenour) and Katelynn (Smith) both got into early foul trouble in the first quarter.”
Ridenour led the Tigers with 7 points.
Johnson and Valbuena each netted 2.
On Thursday, Seymour got off to a slow start against Norwood and led only 6-5 at halftime.
“We played terrible in the fi rst half and still were up by one (point),” Copling said, smiling. “But we played much, much better in the second half and got the win.”
Seymour led 16-8 after three quarters.
Ridenour again was the Tigers’ leading scorer with a game-high 12 points.
Johnson and Smith each had 4 points; Clark scored 2.
Next action for the team arrives this Thursday when Springfield New Covenant visits.
Game time is 5 p.m.