The winless skid of the 2021 campaign ended Thursday for the Seymour Middle School “A” girls’ basketball squad as the Tigers defeated the visiting New Covenant Academy of Springfield by a 20-19 count.
Seymour led from start to finish.
The Tiger lead was 7-2 after one quarter, 11-6 at halftime and 17-15 after three frames.
“It was a nice win, although it was very tight at the end,” Seymour head coach Derrick Jessen said. “We played really well in the first half, then slowed down a bit offensively in the second half.
“But I felt the girls handled the pressure well, and they found a way to get that big first win.”
Leading the team’s scoring charge was Taylor Cantrell with 7 points.
Paisha Sturdefant added 6.
With 2 points each were Makaila Crawford, Moli Koop and Elianna Wallace. Addysann Baker rounded out the Tiger scoring with 1 point.
The victory improved the team’s record to 1-7.
In games on back-to-back nights early last week, Seymour fell to Marion C. Early of Morrisville and Fordland, respectively.
The Tigers lost 36-8 to Marion C. Early on Monday, Sept. 27, then dropped a 39-17 decision to Fordland the next night, Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Both games were at home.
Against Marion C. Early, Cantrell was Seymour’s leading scorer with 4 points.
Maggie Akers and Chloe Johnson each had 2 points.
Seymour only trailed 7-4 after one quarter.
“Although we had trouble scoring, we never gave up in this one,” Jessen said.
Against Fordland, the Tigers’ scoring charge was paced by Sturdefant and Wallace as each had 5 points.
Baker scored 3.
Cantrell and Koop each netted 2 points.
“We competed in the first half,” Jessen noted. “Again, we had some trouble scoring, and we really didn’t make many shots until it was too late.”
This week, the Tigers are competing in tournament action at Fordland, where final-round play arrives Friday.
Next Monday, Seymour plays host to Springfield Greenwood’s Jays.
Action starts at 5 p.m.