SEYMOUR — The Columbus North Bull Dogs forced Seymour into nine turnovers in the second quarter and outscored the Owls 24-6 to pull away to a 67-42 win Tuesday night in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.
After Seymour’s Sidney Carr made a short jump shot to cut Columbus North’s lead to 26-21 with 6:40 left in the second quarter, the Class 4A No. 2 Bull Dogs turned up the defensive pressure and executed at the offensive end with 14-straight points to take a 40-21 lead. They went into the locker room on top 46-21.
“That (second quarter) is where the game got away from us,” Seymour coach Jason Longmeier said. “We had seven (turnovers) in a four-minute span, and six of those led directly to points. It goes from a three-point game to all of a sudden a 15-point game, and it’s hard to come back on a team like that.”
Kelsey Cunningham and Tayler Goodall made big contributions to the win, combining for 23 points and five rebounds and helping cause several of Seymour’s 23 turnovers.
Cunningham said, “We were just double-teaming whenever we had the chance. We pressured the ball so that we could hopefully get turnovers, and we just played stronger defense.
“We had full-court pressure, and we just doubled up man-to-man, and we trapped whenever the ball came close to another player. We trapped on screens, and we had had good help-side (defense) to help with the big girls down low. We’re really good at transition. We just need to stay together, play as a team and not try to play as individuals.”
Ali Patberg topped all players with 20 points, Goodall scored 12 and Cunningham 11. Columbus North made six 3-pointers, shot 27 for 50 from the floor and had 12 turnovers for the night.
Patberg scored eight, and Goodall scored seven points in the second period, and Patberg added eight points in the third quarter when Columbus North extended its lead to 59-34.
Goodall said, “Our offense is just an attack offense. Mainly what we do is attack the defense, and tonight, I think our defense really helped set up our offense. We do move the ball around very well. It’s something we really work on in practice a lot, and I think playing good defense can really open up your offense.”
Longmeier said when you’re on defense, you can’t concentrate on stopping one or two players.
“Patberg and Goodall are just so good. They create so many mismatches for anybody that they play,” he said. “Patberg is so strong, and she sees the floor so well. Anytime you help off of her, she finds where the ball needs to go. If there is a better sophomore in the state of Indiana than that girl, I don’t know who it is, and if there is a better player in the area, I don’t know who it is. She is absolutely fantastic.”
Taylor Gossett converted three three-point plays in the first quarter to keep the Owls close, and she topped Seymour with 13 points. Seymour made 16 of 41 shots from the floor.
Seymour had a 23-17 advantage in rebounds, with Logan Personett leading the Owls with nine and Hannah Poindexter topping the Bull Dogs with four.
Columbus North improved to 7-0. Seymour dropped to 4-5.