The Seymour Lady Eagles picked up two big district wins last week, at Fulton on Tuesday night and at state-ranked Austin East on Thursday.
The Lady Eagles now own sole possession of second place with a record of 6-3 in region 3-AA with only one region game remaining (at Alcoa on Tuesday).
If Seymour defeats Alcoa, they will be assured of at least a second place seed in the district tournament and a first round bye. The Lady Eagles chief competition for second place is Carter (5-3), who defeated Alcoa on Friday, nevertheless the Lady Hornets also need for Alcoa to get a win over Seymour on Tuesday.
The one thing for sure is that Austin East (9-1) will be the regular season champions. The Lady Roadrunners will get a first round bye and play the sixth place team (either Gibbs or Fulton) on the second night of the tournament.
Alcoa can finish either third or fourth. Carter is the team with the most to lose this week, as their position could swing from second to fourth. Seymour, however, can do no worse than third.
The Lady Eagles improved their standings by pulling away from an overmatched Lady Falcon squad 54-45, and pulling off a big 65-53 upset over the sixth ranked Lady Roadrunner team. Austin East had a record of 23-1 going into the game, with their only loss coming to a good Campbell County team who play in one of the strongest AAA regions in the state.
“We put ourselves in a position to finish in second place, so we had a big job to do at Fulton and here (Austin East),” said Seymour coach Brian Channel. “ Coming here and winning at Austin East was a huge game for us, considering the circumstances. They had beaten us 54-45 earlier in the year at our place, so these two game’s should give us a lot of confidence.”
Sophomore sensation Brooke Johnson stepped up her game and solidified her position as an All-State candidate by scoring a total of 58-points, pulling down 18-boards and blocking 14-shots in the two games combined.
The Lady Falcons never had a chance against Johnson and the Lady Eagles, although they did play hard and scrap to stay in the game, they had no one come close to matching up with the 6’ 3 center.
Johnson poured in a game high 28-points, 18-boards and eight blocked shots in about three-and a half quarters.
“She’s (Johnson) had about 10 or 15 triple-doubles in her career, so those numbers don’t surprise me,” Channel said. “ We played a little better and our ball-movement was better,” Channel added. “Our guards did a nice job of getting it inside and in the end we had a chance to play some of our younger player’s.
“We played two kids at our point-guard position-Heather Wright and Ashley Murphy- who did not turn the ball over the entire game,” said Channel. “When your point guards don’t turn it over, good things usually happen.”
Seymour led 13-12 after a nice penetration lay-up by McMillan with 2:45 left in the first. After a defensive stop, Johnson got fouled in the act and hit her first attempt and missed her second, but followed her shot and wrestled the ball from a defender before dishing it to McMillan for a lay-up. Fulton followed with a jumper but Seymour got a lay-up off a nice inbound pass from Wright to make it 18-14 after one.
Andrea Huskey then went coast- to- coast in the closing seconds of the second period for a lay-up to put the Lady Eagles up 28-21 at the half.
The Lady Falcons battled back in the third period by connecting on three trey’s and took the lead 39-38 at the end of the third.
Seymour got two buckets by Johnson and Gina Ownby in the first minute of the fourth and then outscored Fulton 9-6 the rest of the way to get the 54-45 win.
Seymour scoring: Andrea Huskey 2; Brooke Johnson 28; Rachel Ketron 2; Jamie McMillan 8; Gina Ownby 3; Jessi Peterson 4; Danielle Wolfe 9.
Qtr. 1 2 3 4
SHS 18 28 38 54
FHS 14 21 39 45

The Lady Eagles picked up their biggest win of the year Thursday at Austin East by jumping out to a 9-8 lead with 2:20 left in the first quarter and never looking back on their way to the 65-53 win.
To go along with upset win, Johnson scored the1,000th point of her career with 6:15 left in the second period, knocking down a quick lay-up after receiving a nice assist from Wolfe.
Johnson’s bucket gave Seymour a 23-14 lead. Austin East then scored five straight on a trey and a jump-hook, before the Lady Eagles got another Johnson lay-up off a McMillan assist and another off a Wright assist, before Ashley Murphy connected on an open trey to make the score 30-19 with 2:40 left in the half.
Seymour got two more Johnson lay-ups before AE got a jumper and one-of-two free tosses in the final forty-seconds to cut the Lady Eagle lead to 34-26 at the half.
The Lady Roadrunner’s came out of the intermission and decided that their new plan would be to stop Johnson by zoning -in under the goal and see if someone else could beat them.
Wolfe was up to the challenge, as she came out and nailed consecutive trey’s before Johnson got an assist from Ketron and forced in a lay-up with two Lady Roadrunner’s hanging off her back. The ensuing free-toss was off-target, but after a defensive stand, Wright threw a pretty give-and -go to Johnson back to Wright for the lay-in to make it 48-31 with 2:00 left in the third.
Seymour then got nine-straight from Johnson to open the fourth and successfully held off a small Austin East rally to get the 65-53 win.
The Lady Eagles will play Heritage at home on Monday night. Seymour High School has never beaten Heritage in girls basketball. The final district game will be Tuesday night at Alcoa and the final regular season contest will be at Rutledge on Thursday.
Seymour scoring: Brooke Johnson 30; Ashley Murphy 7; Jessi Peterson 4; Danielle Wolfe 22; Heather Wright 2.

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