Head Coach Scott Norman and the Seymour Middle School Eagle’s boy’s basketball team are off to a 3-0 start on the year after breezing through their first week of competition last week.
The Eagles defeated the New Center Rockets 60-31 Thursday night to cap the undefeated opening week.
Kyle Koeneman and Brad Silvers led SMS in scoring against the Rockets by tallying 14 points each. Raymond Wagner chipped in seven-points and Duncan Smith scored six.
Seymour raced to a 17-3 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to a 13-1 scoring run in the final five minutes.
After scoring the first four-points of the second quarter, Norman started emptying his bench and getting some playing time for his younger guys. However, after seeing the Rockets trim the lead to 21-10 at the 3:39 mark, he went back to his starters, extending the lead to 33-15 at the break.
Seymour went on a 12-0 run in the final five minutes of the third quarter to lead 51-20 before coasting through the final eight-minutes for the win.
Shawn McAward (5), Derrick Lee (3), Chase Parrot (3), Todd Ogle (3), J.C. Allen (2), Todd Fink (2) and Drew Fox (2) rounded out the scoring for Seymour.
The Eagles had previously beaten Carpenter Middle School 46-27 behind 16-points from Koeneman and eight-points from point guard Derrick Lee.
Seymour knocked off arch-rival Sevierville Middle School earlier in the week 56-49. Smith led the scoring with 15-points. Silvers and Koeneman added 12 each. Guards’ Chase Parrott and Derrick Lee chipped in eight and seven-points, respectively.
The Lady Eagles’ Middle School team pulled away in the second half to improve to 2-1 after the first week, handing the Lady Rockets of New Center a 41-33 defeat.
The contest went back and forth in the first half with Seymour leading 9-6 after one and 18-17 at halftime.
The Lady Eagles scored first in the third quarter on a Crystal Suttles lay-in and were able to score some points in the paint during the quarter to take a 29-22 lead after Keila McClain nailed a three-pointer with less than a minute left in the third.
McClain came back down and drained another trey in the first minute of the fourth and Seymour got big buckets from Suttles and Christy Burchell to help stave off a Lady Rocket rally and hold on for the win.
The Lady Eagles got 14 each from Suttles and McClain, seven from Burchell, five from Holly Huskey and a free throw from Katie Thomas.
The Lady Rockets were led by Jessica Tharpe with 13-points, Stephanie Carr and Amber Strable with eight-points each and Amber Feeney with four.

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