MURRAY — A clash between two undefeated Bluegrass Conference teams saw No. 14 Seymour prevail on Tuesday night as they took down Murray 53-42.
It was the Warriorettes toughest test so far this season and they still managed to win by double digits. Once again it was their defense that propelled them past Murray.
Seymour’s bigs were able to lock down the paint getting numerous blocks and turning them into fast break opportunities on the other end.
Seymour found themselves trailing early after Murray got off to a 7-2 start working the ball inside. The Warriorettes made it tough to score inside the rest of the night and would end the first quarter on a 12-1 run to take the lead. They would not surrender that lead for the rest of the game.
Riley Jewett and Katie George had great energy for Seymour and used their quickness to get by the Murray defense. Jewett would finish with 17 points including shooting 7-of-11 from the free throw line. George was hitting her open jump shots and finished with 16 points in the contest.
“We always have one or two that step up,” said Seymour head coach Paul Hinners. “We don’t have a set leading scorer, usually we have three or four of them so there are always going to be one or two of them that rise to the occasion.”
Seymour never led by more than 14 points as Murray kept themselves seemingly in contention the entire way by closing both halves with small runs to cut into the Warriorette lead.
Murray’s Kayla Wookey saw success on both ends of the floor. She was able to jump passing lanes and finish in transition to finish with a team-high 16 points. Hinners had to make some adjustments to slow her down.
“My gameplan was to keep from driving, but the Wookey girl, she had a couple of really nice drives,” said Hinners. “I think it helped when I brought my other post in to match up a little better.”
With the win, Seymour is now just one of four teams that are still undefeated in Class 1A joining North Mahaska, Central Decatur and Newell-Fonda. This was just the second game Seymour hasn’t won by 29 points or more. The other game was a 62-50 win over Diagonal.
No. 14 Seymour (12-0) host Ankeny Christian Academy (2-7) on Friday at Moravia at 6 p.m.