For The Tribune

The Seymour girls basketball team opened up a 10-2 lead on South Central in less than five minutes Thursday night, then outscored the Rebels in each of the last three periods to coast to a 65-37 win in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

Owls coach Jason Longmeier said he liked the balance his team showed throughout the night.

“I like the way we got our post involved early,” he said of Mikayla Fee, who topped the Owls in points with 13 to go along with eight rebounds. “We kept her involved, and I think that opened some things up.”

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Fee drove for a layup at the 3:50-mark, and converted a 3-point play on Seymour’s next possession to extend the lead to 10-2.

“I really liked Lindsey Hume coming off the bench, and early on when we weren’t playing well, I thought Maci Lubker did a really good job of finding wide open for a couple of 3s.”

Hume’s second 3-pointer of the night pushed Seymour’s lead to 15-4 with two minutes left in the opening quarter before Katie Suits scored on a layup and off an offensive rebound to make it a 19-9 lead at the end of the period.

Hume and Lubker opened the second-quarter scoring with 3-pointers, and the Owls held a 29-13 lead at the half as the Rebels managed only 1-for-6 shooting from the floor.

The Owls, who shot 12-for-28 in the first half, came out hot at the start of the third when Kayla Griffin scored off and offensive rebound, and Lauren James and Griffin added layups to increase the margin to 35-13.

Morgan Ritz added a 3-pointer later in the quarter, while Fee also had two buckets in the quarter as the Owls outscored the Rebels 21-12 to lead 50-25 entering the fourth quarter.

Griffin added 12 points and topped the Owls in rebounds with 9 to help her team to a 30-21 advantage in that department.

“I thought we rebounded well in stretches, but there were too many times that we were trying to rebound under the basket instead of getting good, solid block outs,” Longmeier said. “We’ve got to fix that.

“I’m real pleased with what we’re doing for about 26 of the 32 minutes per game. What we have to do a better job of is figuring out how to put together 32 minutes.”

The Rebels went on a 6-0 run late in the first half, and outscored Seymour 10-2 during a 3½ minute stretch in the fourth quarter.

The Owls (5-0) had five turnovers each in the first and fourth quarters and 15 for the game.

“I think careless, sloppy turnovers and lack of focus where we had stretches where it looked like we had lack of effort — it’s not that at all,” Longmeier said. “These girls never have a lack of effort. Even though it looked sloppy at times, I think we lost some focus when the lead ballooned a little bit. That’s where I would like to see us enjoy that opportunity, and just keep plugging away, see how many we can hang up there on the board.”

Ally Davis topped the Rebels (0-1) with 16 points.

The Owls shot 27-for-55 for the night, and the Rebels finished with 11 for 44.

Nine of the 10 Owls who played either scored or hand a rebound, Longmeier said. “That’s the strength of this team. I thought defensively at times we were good.”

The Owls will face Floyd Central at home Tuesday night in Hoosier Hills Conference action before traveling to Rushville on Friday night.

“Those are going to be two of the more physical teams we play all year,” Longmeier said. “They are two teams that are very capable of beating us. It’s going to be physical, so our girls are going to have to match that.”

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.