EDINBURGH — Seymour’s size and full-court press were too much for the host Edinburgh girls basketball team in Monday night’s season-opener for both teams.
The Class 4A Owls forced 32 turnovers and shot 44 percent from the field to blow out Class A Edinburgh 78-47.
Senior Sidney Carr, a 5-foot-11 center, led Seymour with 21 points on 10-of-20 shooting. She grabbed seven rebounds.
Senior guard/forward Logan Personett went 5 of 12 shooting from the field 18 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
And freshman guard Morgan Ritz added 16 points and five boards for the Owls.
Edinburgh (0-1) hung close with Seymour (1-0) early. But a 23-8 Owls run to close the first half broke the game open, and the Lancers never recovered.
Seymour coach Jason Longmeier said he wasn’t surprised by Edinburgh’s scrappiness to start the game.
“Anytime you come into the building of a smaller team, they want to take you down,” he said.
“And early on, they knocked down some shots and made it interesting. Then our bench came in, gave us some energy, and from there, we played well.
“I don’t think we had a very good start, but that was just first-game jitters.”
Lancers senior guard/forward Jennifer Stinson led all scorers with 23 points. She made 4 of 9 3-point attempts and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
Senior guard Maile Cox scored 11 points for the Lancers. She was 7 of 9 from the free-throw line.
As a team, Edinburgh made only 13 of 38 (34 percent) field-goal attempts and lost the rebound battle, 40-33.
Despite Edinburgh’s inability to handle Seymour’s press, coach Bob White applauded the Lancers’ effort.
“I’m overall pleased,” he said “We now know what our biggest weak points are, and we have a lot of them. We hadn’t worked on a press offense or press defense yet. We have work to do.
“But we did some things well.”
Seymour jumped out to a 7-0 lead with its full-court defense. The Owls forced Edinburgh (0-1) into six turnovers within the first five minutes.
The Lancers settled down midway through the first quarter, and Stinnett hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to get Edinburgh on the board. That bucket started a 7-0 run for Edinburgh, forging a 7-all tie.
The game was tied at 14-all with 7:26 remaining in the second quarter before the Owls took control.
Seymour closed the half with a 23-8 run to for 41-25 halftime lead. The Lancers struggled to keep up throughout the second half.
Edinburgh plays again Friday at Class 3A Brown County. Seymour hosts Class 3A Silver Creek on Friday.