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New head coach guides Owls' 'motion offense'


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New Seymour girls basketball coach Jason Longmeier isn’t having any illusions about finding a player to replace Indiana All-Star Amanda Moore.

He’s looking for an entire team to do it.

Moore, who averaged 23.4 points a game in leading the Owls to a 17-5 season and earning The Republic Athlete of the Year in girls basketball, is at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Gone, too, is veteran coach Beth DeVinney, who is at Lebanon.

“I think our system is so much different than what coach DeVinney’s system       really was,” said Longmeier, a former Jennings County girls coach who was a boys assistant for the Panthers last season. “She always had that one big player. In our system, you can’t focus on just one kid.

“It’s a motion offense, which really gets everybody involved. I think that’s how we’re going to make (Moore’s scoring) up.”

Seymour suffered another big setback this summer when second-leading scorer and point guard Brianna Gillaspy tore an ACL. The 5-foot-7 senior, who averaged 11.0 points and 4.5 assists in earning All-Hoosier Hills Conference honors, could be back in a week or two.

Taylor Gossett, a 5-11 senior, averaged 5.8 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds. Logan Personett, a 5-8 senior, added 4.4 points.

“She’s probably one of the hardest-working kids I’ve ever coached,” Longmeier said of Personett.

Moving into the lineup this year are 5-10 senior post player Sidney Carr (4.8 ppg) and 5-6 senior Abby Thompson (1.4 ppg).

Paxton DeHaven (0.4 ppg), a 5-5 junior, has been filling in for Gillaspy at the point.

Longmeier is also looking to 5-6 freshman Morgan Ritz, 5-7 freshman Macy Lubker and 5-8 freshman Chandler Clark for depth.

“We have a really strong freshman class,” Longmeier said.

The Owls are 2-1 with wins over Edinburgh and Batesville and a loss to Silver Creek.

“We can’t really complain right now,” Longmeier said. “We put in a new offensive and defensive system, so it’s going to take some time. I think defensively, we have a shot to be pretty good, and I’m pretty happy with the way we’ve played offensively to this point.”

The Owls tied with Columbus East for second behind Bedford North Lawrence in last year’s HHC race.

“We want to find a way to shock Bedford,” Longmeier said. “We know on paper Bedford is the team in the conference to beat and the team in the sectional to beat, and we want to find a way by the end of the season to give them a run.”

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