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Seymour opened up a 14-7 lead on Brownstown Central after the first period and rolled to a 64-42 win in a girls basketball game Tuesday in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

Lauren James made her first two shots, both 3-pointers, to help the Owls (6-2) to an 8-2 lead at 5:32.

The Braves (5-4) rallied back and closed the difference to 8-7 on a free throw by Payton Farmer at 4:28.

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Seymour then scored the final six points of the first quarter and first four of the second to stretch their lead to 18-7 on a layup by Kayla Griffin with 5:50 left in the period.

The Braves missed their first four shots of the second period and didn’t score until Tayler Garland made two free throws at 5:37.

Makenna Fee scored five points and Sarah Benefiel four in the second period to help the Owls to a 32-22 lead at the half.

Ashley Schroer scored six points to lead the Braves in the first half. James led the Owls with 10 points in the first half.

The Braves committed three turnovers at the start of the third period, and the Owls increased their lead to 37-22 on a 3-point basket by Sarah Benefiel.

James scored nine points in the third period as the Owls held a 52-23 lead going into the fourth period.

“I really felt in the third quarter we came out with a different intensity, and that’s what we wanted to do,” Owls coach Jason Longmeier said. “In these rivalry games you want make sure you don’t get to the fourth quarter with a chance for them to steal it.”

Seymour coasted through the fourth to pick up its fourth straight win.

James topped the Owls in scoring with 23 points and Griffin added 13.

Longmeier was pleased with the performance of his team.

“We had a few more weapons than what they had,” he said. “I think we had some more scoring options in the way we were able to put the ball in the basket.

“Our defense gave them some problems. We did a pretty good job of changing things and keeping them off-balance, and not let them do what they wanted to do.”

Seymour won the rebound battle 24-22. Both teams finished with 14 turnovers.

Schroer was high scorer for the Braves (5-4) with 13.

Braves coach Karla Rieckers said the team struggled on offense, which led to some tough defensive stops.

“We’ve really shooting lately,” she said. “We get in a game and can’t convert. It’s a struggle when you can’t get the ball in the basket and then you have to get back and play defense all the time. We just have to find a way to put the ball through the hoop.

“We’re not where we want to be at and we’re going to keep working.”

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