SEYMOUR — Seymour’s boys basketball team was forced to play catchup against Scottsburg on Monday night in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium, and the Owls weren’t able to post their first win of the season.
The Warriors scored the first eight points of the game, built their lead to 15-3 later in the first quarter and returned home with a 62-38 victory.
Owls coach Kyle Clough said his team wasn’t prepared to battle the Warriors. It was Seymour’s third game in four days.
“I think we can blame a bunch of things, but I didn’t have them ready to go,” he said. “I don’t know what the problem was. I don’t know if it was our walkthrough today. I don’t know if we were fatigued, but I’ve got to do a better job and make sure we’re ready to go when the moment shines and the lights come on.
“Tonight, we didn’t do that, and I take the hit on that, and we’ve got to find a better way to prepare these guys and make sure they’re ready to go.”
Kirk Hardin made two free throws at the 4:15 mark of the first quarter to give the Warriors an 8-0 lead.
Chase Salmon hit a 3-pointer for the Owls to make the score 8-3 at 3:35. Scottsburg came right back with a 7-0 run before Seymour’s Landon Booth made a 3 with two minutes left in the quarter.
The Owls, who shot 3 for 9 from the floor in the first quarter and trailed 19-8, cooled off to 2 for 16 in the second quarter as the Warriors increased their lead to 28-13 at the break.
“I thought we rushed a bunch of shots,” Clough said. “I think better defenses make you do that. They try to force you to play up the court a little bit, a little faster than you want to. For whatever reason, our kids turned over some early shots, which we talked about, and unfortunately they lead to runouts for them, and those guys are pretty good in the open court.”
The Owls did not score back-to-back field goals until the final 2:30 of the third quarter. Toriek Miller came up with a steal and made a basket, and the Owls forced another turnover and Salmon scored again for a 40-25 score going into the fourth quarter.
The momentum the Owls built up came to an end when Scottsburg outscored them 10-5 to build a 52-30 lead with five minutes remaining.
Salmon topped the Owls
(0-6) in scoring with 13 points, and Booth scored nine points.
Christian Barrett had a hot hand early for the Warriors
(4-3) with 13 points in the first quarter, and he captured game scoring honors with 20. Cameron Schmidt added 17, and Christian Evans had 14.
Clough said he was proud of the way his team battled to the end.
“They always do. I never question their effort,” he said. “They’re a bunch of tough kids, they work hard, they’re believing in the process, and I thought probably for the first time in a month, in six games, we maybe took a little step backwards and it could be fatigue, it could be Christmas break, it could be poor preparation on our part as coaches. Regardless of what it is, we’ve got to take a couple day off here, try to refocus and get ready to go after Christmas.”