BY: LEE RAMSEY
HERALD SPORTS
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The Seymour Eagle basketball team lost their first game of the season last week to county rival the Gatlinburg-Pittman Highlanders by a score of 70-63 at Seymour.
A huge reason for that win was G-P’s Jalyn Hickman who scored 30 points for the Highlanders and was 20 for 20 from the free throw line.
G-P (1-2) built a big lead early in the game leading 14-0 and led 16-3 at the end of the first quarter. At the start of the fourth quarter G-P led 57-44.
After G-P scored two more points and held a 15 point lead, the Eagles turned the score around after going on a 13-0 run and eventually tied the score 61-61 with 2:32 left in the game.
Seymour’s Zach Wyatt got the scoring streak started with a 3-pointer before Blake Parker scored nine unanswered points. Ryan Lee evened the score at 61-61.
The Highlanders showed a lot of composure to carry on and hold the lead after that point especially due to the fact that they had not won a game this season.
In the second quarter, the Eagles got within three points, 29-26 after a layup by Ben Knight but G-P had the lead at the half 35-29.
Early in the second half the Highlanders expanded their lead to eight points after an and-one. With 2:52 left in the third quarter, G-P led 49-37 and it looked as though they were going to get an easy win but that changed in the fourth quarter after Seymour’s scoring run.
Seymour was led in scoring by Lee with 14 points, Parker with 12 and Taylor Britt with ten.
Seymour’s next game will be at Sevier County High School, located at 1200 Dolly Parton Pkwy. in Sevierville on Dec. 1.
The game will begin at 6 p.m.
After that, the Eagles will return home to face Jefferson County High School on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

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