- Tiger girls fall to Ava

Seymour sophomore Katelynn Smith (10), right, a 5'4" guard, races down the court on a fast break last week at Ava, a Class 4 state-ranked team. The visiting Tigers lost 51-32 to the host Bears. Seymour's record fell to 6-3 with the defeat. Smith had 4 points and a team-high 6 rebounds.

A trip to state-ranked Ava ended the three-game winning streak for the Seymour High School varsity girls’ basketball team as the visiting Tigers fell 51-32 to the host Bears last Monday, Dec. 20.

Ava, ranked ninth statewide in Class 4, led Seymour only 22-16 at halftime.

The Tigers fell to 6-3 with the loss.

“Ava’s a very good team,” Tiger head coach Derrick Jessen said. “They have a lot of talent and a lot of size.

“In the end, they really did a lot of damage to us in the post with nearly 60 percent of their points coming in the paint.”

Ava outscored Seymour 30 to 16 in the paint.

The Bears also outrebounded the Tigers 28 to 23 and won the turnover battle 21 to 12.

When given the opportunity to score at the free-throw line, Ava took advantage, hitting 16 of 20 (80 percent).

“Ava’s a team that is the favorite to win their conference and make a deep playoff run,” Jessen said. “It would not surprise me to see them in the Class 4 Final Four.”

Leading the Tigers’ offense was 5’7” junior guard Lillie Rasmussen with 20 points. She hit 8 of 16 shots from the field, including 4 of 8 three-point shots.

Rasmussen also had 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Adding 4 points each were 5’4” sophomore guard Katelynn Smith and 6’0” freshman forward Addison Ridenour.

Smith had a team-high 4 assists and 3 rebounds, while Ridenour grabbed 4 rebounds to go with 2 steals.

Junior guard Kenzie Gage and sophomore guard Elisa Valbuena each scored 2.

Gage led the Tigers with 6 rebounds.

Senior forward Hailey Felton added 5 rebounds, while sophomore guard Jadyn Johnson had 3 steals.

Next Thursday, Jan. 6, Seymour resumes regular-season play by traveling to Cabool.

Game time is 6 p.m.

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