Although they started well, the Seymour Lady Eagles basketball team faltered later on in the game and lost to the Gatlinburg-Pittman Lady Highlanders by a score of 53-37 at Seymour.
Even though it was a non-district game, the contest is still a long time heated Sevier County rivalry. Seymour is the larger of the two schools but G-P has held its own over the years and this season’s game was no different.
Two Lady Highlanders; Ivy Bales and Shelby Moore basically controlled the game. The two combined for 39 of G-P’s 53 points.
Early in the game, Seymour’s (1-2) defense was strong holding the Lady Highlanders to 12 points and giving the Lady Eagles a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
After that it was all G-P as far as defense.
In the first quarter, Seymour was shutting down passing lanes and causing turnovers with their press.
In the second quarter, the Lady Eagles lost the lead and never regained it. Seymour’s offense went cold as G-P’s defense stepped up. Seymour could only manage six points in the second quarter and trailed 27-21 at the half.
With six minutes left in the third quarter, G-P led 34-24 and going into the fourth, G-P led 41-33.
The Lady Highlander defense held Seymour to only four points in the fourth quarter and that earned them the win.
Maci Pitner led Seymour in scoring with 20 followed by Kallyn Newport with eight.
The Lady Eagles later hosted Morristown East on Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles will next travel to Sevier County High School, located at 1200 Dolly Parton Pkwy. on Dec. 1.
The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. after the boy’s team.
Next, the Seymour Lady Eagles will return to their home nest to go head-to-head with Jefferson County on Dec. 5. This game will also begin at 7:30 p.m.
For a complete schedule of all high school home and away games for Seymour, South-Doyle and The King’s Academy, see page two of the Herald’s Sport Section.

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