Seymour’s girls basketball team escaped with a win at Silver Creek on Friday night.
Despite trailing for the first three quarters — and shooting just 31 percent in the game — Seymour (2-1) outscored the Dragons 15-8 in the fourth quarter to pull out a non-conference road win.
In the first 16 minutes, the Owls’ offense sputtered.
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The Dragons (2-1) took a 5-0 lead before Makenna Fee hit a pair of free throws to put the Owls on the board at the 3:58-mark.
A basket by Kyle Wilkinson and 3-pointer from Jaclyn Emly then extended the Dragons lead to 10-2 with 2:39 on the clock.
Ashton Chase buried a trey, which would prove to be the Owls’ only field goal in the first quarter, six minutes into the game.
At the end of eight minutes, the Owls trailed 10-6.
Free throws from Maddie Roark and a basket from Fee cut the Owls’ deficit to 12-10 with 6:52 left in the half.
In the final 6:11 of the second quarter Roark scored four more points, but the Owls trailed 18-14 at intermission.
Seymour shot 16 percent from the field in the first half, including going one of 12 from 3-point range.
At the break, the Dragons also held a 14-6 rebounding advantage.
“Our plan in the first half was to pound the ball inside,” Owls coach Jason Longmeier said. “Early on, we didn’t. I didn’t think we executed or finished. We shot 12 3s in the first half, and quite frankly I’m not sure how many of them were even close. We needed to settle in and get some good looks.”
The teams traded baskets in the third quarter until the Owls mustered a 7-0 run.
Baskets by Fee, Chase and Megan Ritz, and a free throw from Roark, put the Owls up 26-25 with 39 ticks on the clock.
Emly buried a 3-pointer to put the Dragons back up 28-26 heading into the final quarter.
Seymour took advantage of the Dragons from the foul line in the fourth quarter, making 11 of 20 shots.
Aidan Hiester hit five free throws in the first three minutes to tie the game at 32.
A steal and score by Roark and free throws from Ritz put the Owls up 39-32 with 2:28 remaining.
The Dragons kept it close, and were fouled from the 3-point line with 44 seconds while trailing by four.
Silver Creek missed all its attempts, and Fee came up with a key block on an offensive rebound to regain possession for the Owls.
Despite making one-of-four free throw tries in the final 32 seconds, the Owls were able to hold on for the win.
“I thought we hit a couple shots, isolated Makenna, and made some free throws,” Longmeier said of the fourth quarter. “I thought it was a really gutsy performance for Aidan (six made free throws). For the first three quarters, they played off her and she missed a couple shots and got frustrated. I think she played big for us in the fourth quarter.”
Chase led the Owls with 11 points and Roark added 10. Emly topped the Dragons with 11 points.
Scoring 10 points, Roark hit exactly 1,000 points for a career on Friday. Roark scored 953 points at Trinity Lutheran in her freshman and sophomore years before sitting out from varsity play last season at Seymour due to transferring.
Seymour will host Batesville on Tuesday for another non-conference game.