Owls hold off Panthers' furious rally


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Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Seymour High School senior Logan Personett shoots a three-point shot beating the buzzer for half-time on Tuesday during Seymour's game against Jennings County High School.


Logan Personett’s free throw with 5:44 remaining in the third quarter of Tuesday’s Hoosier Hills Conference girls basketball game gave Seymour a 38-10 lead against Jennings County.

The visiting Panthers managed to cut the deficit to 42-23 entering the fourth quarter, and then 3-pointers late in the game helped them get as close as 48-41.

From there, though, Seymour got baskets from Brianna Gillaspy and Taylor Gossett and made a few free throws to secure a 56-43 victory.

“Late in the third quarter, fourth quarter, (the Panthers) got desperate, and they came after us, and we didn’t take advantage of it,” Owls coach Jason Longmeier said. “We didn’t take advantage of the traps. They had two or three kids in a trap, and if we throw over the top of it and were solid with the ball, we’d push the lead from 27 to 35 or 40 and then we’re fine. But traps really hurt us tonight, and our kids are really going to have to handle that.”

Gillaspy, the team’s point guard, is coming back from an injury, and Longmeier said, “We’re going to get better as Bri continues to get stronger and as our other guards get used to handling it. This will be a great film for us to watch, especially in the second half, and learn from it. They cut it to seven, and then I thought our kids really answered the call from that point.”

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