Owls’ rally falls short
Heritage Christian jumped in front of Seymour 18-1 after five minutes of play then had to hold off a Seymour rally in the third period for a 47-39 win on the Eagles’ court Thursday night.
Makenna Fee, Kayla Griffin and Sarah Benefiel scored field goals late in the opening period for the Owls, who trailed 22-7 at the end of the period.
The Eagles built their lead to 33-14 before the Owls scored the final five points of the second quarter, then opened the third period with a 12-0 run to close to 33-31 on a 3-pointer by Ashton Chase with three minutes left in the quarter.
Chase had two 3-pointers, Fee had three baskets, and Griffin five points during that 17-0 scoring run.
Heritage, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 3A and the reining state champions, outscored Seymour 7-2 the final 2:20 of the period to take a 40-33 lead into the fourth quarter.
Seymour couldn’t get any closer than seven points in the fourth period
“I thought we played better than 39 points,” Owls coach Jason Longmeier said. “We had a lot of good shots that just didn’t fall. I thought for 24 of the 32 minutes we out played them.”
Griffin topped the Owls (7-3) with 11 points and Fee added 10.
Katlyn Gilbert topped the Eagles (7-1) with 14 points.
The Owls, who had their five-game win streak broken, will play at Madison Saturday afternoon in a Hoosier Hills Conference game.
Cougars snap losing streak
Trinity Lutheran built a nine-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back as they defeated Rising Sun 57-43 on Thursday.
After eight minutes, the Cougars (2-7) led 17-8.
The Cougars again scored 17 points in the second quarter as they took a 34-18 advantage into the half.
Trinity led 46-27 after three quarters before riding-out the fourth quarter.
Cougars junior Morgan Gabbard led with 13 points on three 3-pointers and senior Whitney Rogers tallied 11 points.
Trinity Lutheran sophomore Savannah Harweger and junior Abby Hackman each pulled-down seven rebounds of the Cougars’ 31 total boards.
The win snapped a four-game skid for the Cougars, who will host Orleans on Saturday.