By Lee Ramsey, [email protected]

Lady Eagle standout Mariah Flynn goes drives for a layup.(The Herald/ Lee Ramsey)

Lady Eagle standout Mariah Flynn goes drives for a layup.(The Herald/ Lee Ramsey)

If you believe in moral victories, the Seymour Lady Eagles didn’t look bad as they lost a close contest to the number one ranked AA team in the state, Grainger County, 52-44 on senior night at Seymour.

Currently, the Lady Grizzlies are 28-0. To play that close to the top team in the state is nothing to be ashamed of.

The Lady Eagles showed the intensity they have lacked lately.  They seemed focused and their execution was good except for a flurry of turnovers early in the fourth quarter.

“I was proud of the girls’ effort tonight,” said Lady Eagle coach Brandi Stalling.  “We had chances but just could not get the shots to fall.  Hopefully, this will give us some momentum going into the tournament.”

In the first quarter, scoring was fairly even but the Lady Grizzlies took the early lead and were still leading at the end of the quarter 13-9.

In the second quarter, the Lady Eagles took the lead after the Lady Grizzlies went over two minutes without scoring and Lexi Justus added five.  After a three point play by Justus, the Lady Eagles led 16-13 with 6:30 to go in the half.

Seymour actually led at the break 25-22. They led by 6 with a minute to go, but the Lady Grizzlies converted a three point play with 10 seconds remaining.

Seymour junior Lexi Justus goes up for the shot against a Lady Grizzly defender.(The Herald/ Lee Ramsey)

Seymour junior Lexi Justus goes up for the shot against a Lady Grizzly defender.(The Herald/ Lee Ramsey)

With two minutes left in the third quarter, the Lady Grizzlies took the lead for good 35-32.

Seymour lost the lead when they committed several turnovers and the Lady Grizzlies cashed in.  Fueled by the turnovers they built their lead late in the third quarter and throughout the fourth quarter.

Justus led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 11 points while Victoria Nelson contributed with 8.

The Lady Eagles will now host the 2-AAA District Tournament.  They will be the number 3 seed and will face the winner of Morristown East and Cherokee.

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