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Red Devils' defensive pressure too much for Owls

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JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville’s full-court pressure in the first half was smothering.

Seymour’s boys basketball team struggled to get the ball on its end of the court because of it, and the Red Devils limited the Owls to single-digit scoring in all four quarters of Friday’s Hoosier Hills Conference game and won 83-21.

Seven of Seymour’s 10 turnovers in the first quarter were a result of Jeffersonville steals. The Red Devils then forced seven more turnovers in the second quarter in building a 45-7 lead at halftime. Seymour finished with 26 turnovers to only nine for the home team.

“They are a very, very good basketball team,” Owls coach Scott Miller said of the Red Devils. “But our troubles have remained consistent. We have a huge turnover issue, and we’re really having a tough time finding scorers right now.

“Are we ready at this point in the season to play at this level? Not right now. We’ve got a long way to go. But we’ve got kids that haven’t given up. We’re going to keep working.”

Jeffersonville is typically an athletic team, and that remains the case for now.

“There’s no doubt. But it doesn’t mean they are the best,” Miller said. “What makes Jeff good is that they have a press that’s really not comparable. Having said that, New Albany has got a press that can cause you just as many problems.”

Jeffersonville scored the first 13 points of the game, and then poured in the first 16 of the second and third quarters. The Red Devils shot 14 of 23 from the field and 15 of 16 from the free-throw line in the first half. Seymour’s Logan Miller came off the bench and hit a 3-pointer in the first half for one of his team’s two baskets, and he hit back-to-back 3s in the third quarter. He finished with a team-high 10 points, but no other player scored more than two points.

Jeffersonville was led by Darryl Baker’s 22 points and six rebounds. Keenan Williams added 12, and Kortrell White came off the bench and scored 12. Eleven of the 12 Red Devils who played in the game scored.

Seymour was outrebounded 33-11.

“It’s not about putting things behind you,” Miller said. “It’s about learning something. It’s about actually taking an event or taking an experience and applying what you’ve learned.

“Certainly, there was a talent difference tonight. Jeffersonville is a very, very good team. But what we’re most concerned about are non-talent issues. We’re concerned about those kind of things, and if we can get those to change, then we can change the complexion of our team.”

Seymour dropped to 0-1 in the HHC and 0-4 overall and tonight will play host to Whiteland.

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