Edinburgh freshman starter Mara Cox suffered an injury early in Monday’s girls basketball season-opener at Seymour.
She had to be carried off of the court, and she never returned.
It was then up to the rest of the players, consisting of only one senior and the rest freshmen and sophomores, to try and stop Seymour.
But it wasn’t in the cards, as the Lancers were dealt a 90-14 loss.
“We’re a young team, not a lot of experience. We only have one senior, and the rest are freshmen and sophomores,” Lancers coach Amy Macy said. “Then we’ve had some injuries. Mara, one of our starters, went down there in the first two minutes, and two starters are already injured.”
Seymour scored the first 14 points of the game. Brianna Schooler halted the Owls’ run with a jumper, but the Lancers only managed a free throw during the remainder of the quarter and trailed 25-3.
After Allie Schooler’s basket at 6:35 of the second quarter, Seymour closed the half with 21 unanswered points for a 49-5 score at halftime.
Edinburgh, a Class A school, doesn’t have an easy start to the season, facing several Class 3A and 4A teams.
“We don’t play a 2A or a 1A school until close to Christmas,” Macy said. “It’s good competition. Our goal is sectional, to get ready for that. We’ll be ready by the time sectional comes, and that’s what we’re trying to get by. Win or lose, it doesn’t matter. You could be 20-0 or 0-20 by the time sectional comes, and so our big thing is just keep our heads up, keep playing hard. They played hard all the way until the end, and I think that says something about my girls.”
Seymour started the second half with the first 17 points, and then Edinburgh’s Bailey Woodall hit two free throws. The Lancers, however, trailed 76-10 entering the final quarter.
Seymour’s Maci Lubker led all scorers with 21 points, while Lindsey Hume came off the bench and shot 6 of 8 from 3-point range for 18 points, and starter Emilee Pollmann had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Owls coach Jason Longmeier liked seeing his team get the ball going in transition.
“That’s been a focus for us all offseason is last year, that was probably my biggest disappointment with the team is we didn’t transition very well,” he said. “This year, even tonight, I bet we got 30 transition points.”
Seymour (1-0) shot 35 of 63 from the field and had a 41-18 rebounding advantage.
“We were 19 of 65 shooting against Guerin Catholic (in Thursday’s scrimmage), and it wasn’t that we took bad shots; it was that we didn’t take great shots,” Longmeier said. “I thought tonight, we did a good job of passing up some good looks to get great looks, and it started to open up the perimeter even more.
“We rebounded really well,” he added. “We’ll see when we go back and look on film, ‘Did we outrebound them because we were that much more athletic than they are or because we are getting blockouts every time?’ I’m hoping it’s because we’re getting good blockouts because that’s a carryover.”
Woodall and Brianna Schooler each had five points to lead the Lancers (0-1).
“We had freshmen out there who are just nervous playing their first varsity game,” Macy said. “There’s a big step up asking somebody to come up from eighth grade to play varsity level.
“We’ve just got to keep our heads up, keep playing hard and just keep building as we go.”