The Sevier County Smoky Bears came to Seymour looking for a win and they didn’t leave disappointed after defeating the Seymour Eagles basketball team by a score of 58-35. The game was not only a cross county rivalry game but also a District 2-AAA contest.
The Sevier County defense was tough throughout the game and Seymour’s scoring total reflected that. Also, there was another reason for Seymour’s lack of scoring. Three Eagle starters did not play. In the fourth quarter Seymour’s fourth starter went out with an injury.
The three starters that were out normally leads the Eagles in scoring, rebounding, steals and assists. They were Colin McGurk, Dylan Dickert and Avery Bryson who are all three out with injuries. Bryson was hurt during the game.
The first quarter started slow with the Bears taking an 11-6 lead at the end.
Things didn’t get much better in the second for Seymour as they could only manage eight opposed to Sevier County’s 15. Nic Childress scored half of the Eagle’s eight and the score stood 26-14 at the half.
In the third quarter, Seymour picked up the scoring pace with 15 opposed to the Bears 13. Eric Woods and Zach Wicker combined for nine of those points. At the end of three, Sevier County led 39-29.
The Eagles actually did well to only be down 10 going into the final period considering their adversity but they could only manage one field goal the rest of the game while the Bears exploded for 19 but at that point Seymour was down four starters.
“Three of our starters were out with injuries including our point guard and leading scorer,” Seymour coach Blake Carr said. “We played our butts off and only trailed by 10 going into the fourth. Our big guy got hurt in the third so we were out four of our starters in the fourth. That’s when Sevier County pushed the lead out. We just ran out of gas. They played hard and we had a good game plan. We just needed to hit some open shots and limit turnovers. I actually expected more turnovers with two main ball handlers out.”
Seymour didn’t have a single player in double digits. Woods led in scoring with seven followed by Wicker with six and Childress with five.