Basketball team hands out honors

The Seymour girls basketball team celebrated one of the most successful seasons in program history this past Monday at the high school cafeteria.

During the 2015-16 season, the Owls went undefeated in Hoosier Hills Conference play (7-0) while also going unblemished at home at 9-0.

Following a short presentation by C team coach Allison Darling, junior varsity coach Amanda Gerth had her team hit the stage.

Gerth said that the JV Owls finished 12-7 on the season and that her girls learned through triumph and defeat through the 19 games.

Varsity coach Jason Longmeier then took the podium to recap the season and briefly preview the future.

In the regular season, the Owls finished with a program-high 18 wins with just five losses.

Longmeier said that his team played with some of the best teams in state, being a part of the HHC, and that Southern Indiana has some of the most competitive basketball around.

He emphasized how close the program is to becoming a contender and how the team has grown intrinsically over his years of coaching.

Longmeier said that the team bought in year-round.

Other school records the Owls accomplished were 3-point percentage (34) and free-throw percentage (34).

The fourth-year coach highlighted his senior group of Emilee Pollmann, Lindsey Hume, Morgan Ritz, Mikayla Fee, Maci Lubker and manager Katie King.

“These seniors were with me when I first came in,” Longmeier said. “I’ve grown with them, and they’ve grown with me. Our program has gotten stronger every year since year one. Those kids did a really good job of getting this thing started and teaching our younger kids how to work and get the job done.

“You become a family. You want them to succeed. Those are relationships that are important and what will be missed most.”

Longmeier said that he doesn’t giving out awards based on voting, so he tries to stick to statistics for the plaques.

Junior Kayla Griffin got the offensive award by leading the team with 273 points and the rebounding award totaling 177 boards.

Ritz took home the steals award, with 49 on the season, and the assists award (76 total).

The free-throw percentage award was given to junior Lauren James, who shot 85 percent from the charity stripe.

Junior Sarah Benefiel was given the Most Improved award. Benefiel saw limited minutes in the beginning of the season and ended the season in the starting rotation.

The Coaches’ Award was presented to Lubker. Lubker also joined the 800-plus points club by totaling 807 for a career.

Fee and Griffin were named to All-HHC, while Ritz and Lubker received Honorable Mention status.

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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.