Seymour girls off to strong opening

Only one team in Jackson County stands undefeated four games into 2014 girls basketball season: the Seymour Owls.

The Owls have epito-mized team basketball under seventh-year coach Jason Longmeier.

This team is getting it done on both ends of the floor. Thus far this season, the Owls are averaging 55 points per game while only allowing 47 points.

Maci Lubker, Emilee Pollmann, Lauren James, Morgan Ritz and Kayla Griffin are all nearly averaging double-digits in scoring.

The Owls have been able to score in the inside of the paint and behind the three-point line thanks to strong ball movement from the post to the wings.

Shooters are getting open looks, and post players are getting a lot of one-on-one matchups under the Owls’ offensive system.

Last season, the Owls started out 5-0 but finished the season with a record

of 11-9.

But this team is different than last year’s.

The Owls now have a group that has seen plenty of floor time together.

This year, the Owls have four seniors and six juniors as well as a couple of sophomores who have made their way into the rotation. With a more experienced squad than 2013, the Owls could make waves in the Hoosier Hills conference.

But the HHC crown won’t come easy.

New Albany (4-0, 1-0), Jennings County (4-0, 1-0) and Bedford North Lawrence (6-0, 1-0) all remain undefeated. Madison also isn’t far behind at 4-1 (0-0 HHC).

On a side note, the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association voted BNL as the best team in the state with 22 first-place votes going into week three action.

This week, the Owls will face a couple of big challenges.

Tonight, the Owls host Bloomington South (4-0).

In last year’s matchup,

the Panthers won 46-38.

The Panthers stopped the Owls’ five-game winning streak in 2013.

On Thursday, the Owls will host Brownstown Central. The Braves are 3-1 on the season. The lone loss for the Braves came against Columbus East — a Class 4A squad. The Braves are currently ranked No. 15 in Class 3A by the ICGSA polls.

While there are still many games to be played, it looks like the Owls are headed in the right direction.

Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7069.