Owls start fast, finish fast in victory against Batesville

From the first possession, the Seymour girls basketball team came out with intensity as it opened with a 10-1 lead by the 4:58 mark.

The Owls never trailed in the contest, as they went on to take a 64-34 victory at Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

In the first quarter six different Owls scored, led by six points by junior forward Kayla Griffin.

Batesville notched its first basket with 3:32 left in the first quarter on a layup from Baylee Rohlfing.

Up 21-6 after eight minutes of play, Owls junior Katie Suits drilled a 3-pointer to start the second quarter.

A pair of baskets by junior guard Lauren James gave the Owls a 28-9 advantage around the five-minutes mark.

Bulldogs freshman Ellie Waechter sank a pair of 3-pointers, but the visitors trailed 30-18 at intermission.

“I thought it was a great start, but it was really lackadaisical in the second quarter,” Owls coach Jason Longmeier said. “We got a little passive and started playing slower. I would have liked to have seen the quick tempo from the first quarter. I think that once we figure out how we can do that for four quarters, we’re going to take the next step.”

In the first half, the Owls had two turnovers to the Bulldogs’ nine giveaways.

The Owls went on a 11-3 run to start the third quarter, as Lubker had four and Griffin notched five points to lead 41-22 with 4:08 on the clock.

After three quarters, the Owls had a 48-26 lead.

By 2:16 in the fourth quarter, the Owls had outscored Batesville 12-2, as senior Morgan Ritz led by hitting a pair of 3-pointers and James tallied four points.

With 1:56 left in the game, the Owls cleared their bench and cruised to the win.

Ritz finished with 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals for Seymour.

Griffin also finished with 13 points, while Lubker and James each added 11.

Longmeier said that he wants the offense to continue the Owls’ pace in the next matchup.

“We have to do a better job of feeding our bigs, and our bigs need to want it,” he said. “We’ve talked about that all week and will continue to harp on that. We have to play through our bigs, and if we do our guards are going to get easier shots,” Longmeier said.

“What happened today, is that when we started setting those down screens and (Batesville) started jumping those it opened up the perimeter. They played off our bigs a little bit, and our bigs can also hit some outside shots. We do a good job of stretching the floor with that.”

The Owls (4-0, 1-0 Hoosier Hills Conference) host South Central (Elizabeth), who Seymour has never faced, on Thursday.

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