Silver Creek’s girls basketball team scored the first four points of Friday night’s game at Seymour, and the Dragons managed to lead all the way and win 44-41.
The Dragons held a 33-32 lead going into the fourth quarter when coach Scott Schoen had his team work the ball around the perimeter until Lexi McFarland made a 3-point shot at 4:42 to extend Silver Creek’s lead.
Silver Creek added another basket before Seymour’s Morgan Ritz and Logan Personett each made a pair of free throws to close the gap to 38-36 with 1:53 remaining.
The Owls missed their first eight field goal attempts of the final quarter until Paxton DeHaven made a 3-pointer as time expired. The Owls were 6 for 6 at the free-throw line in the period.
“We really struggled to put the ball in the basket,” Owls coach Jason Longmeier said, as the Owls made 12 of 43 shots from the floor.
“I thought we did some good things,” Longmeier said. “Effort-wise, I can’t fault the kids one bit. They fought like crazy. This is what I expected to have happen tonight score-wise. I expected them to come in here and play a grind-out game and try to keep it in the 40s, and they did. We’ve got to make sure we knock down shots and make free throws, and if we do that, as poorly as we played at times, we still find a way to steal it.”
Seymour’s offense sputtered at the start. The Owls had turnovers on their first three possessions and missed their first three shots from the floor to fall behind 8-1 after three minutes. A layup by Personett at 3:37 was the Owls’ first basket of the night, but the team shot only 3 for 10 and trailed 15-7 heading into the second period.
Silver Creek built its lead to 26-11 with 2:30 remaining in the half before Personett made three free throws and Ritz added a 3-pointer to make it a 26-17 game at the half.
Longmeier had his team play man-to-man defense until midway through the third quarter, when the Owls switched to a zone. The Dragons ended up with 15 turnovers in the second half.
“They really exposed some of our half-court man-to-man weaknesses,” he said. “They took advantage of some of our younger kids with some back-door cuts and some offensive rebounds, and that really forced us to go to the zone. We really felt, with four minutes left in the third quarter, and even though we were down nine, that was our best chance to get back into it.”
The Dragons were on top 30-19 when the Owls scored eight-straight points, with the final two being free throws by Personett with 2:27 left in the third quarter. Seymour pulled within 33-32 at the end of the period.
Personett topped the Owls with 16 points and nine rebounds.
McFarland had three 3-pointers and topped the Dragons (1-0) with 13 points.
The Owls are 1-1 and Tuesday will travel to Batesville.
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