Lady Trojans top Seymour, clinch tie for IMAC title
Morristown West freshman Sydney Newsome is not a typical freshman. She has shown that with solid performances throughout the season for the Lady Trojans, and she did so again Friday night.
Newsome pumped in a game-high 28 points, including 24 in the second half to guide fifth-ranked West past visiting Seymour 80-57 inside Michael R. Reed Gymnasium.
With the win, the Lady Trojans have won 10 straight games to improve to 21-2 overall and 11-0 in IMAC play. The loss drops the Lady Eagles to 12-10 overall and 5-5 in league action. It also ended Seymour’s three-game winning streak.
West coach Johnny Galyon had high praise Newsome and her effort in Friday’s win.
“Sydney played great, and she is just a special freshman,” Galyon said. “She did a phenomenal job down low with the ball, and when she had opportunities to score, she did. She helped lead us to a big win. We’re now at the worst going to finish tied for first in the IMAC, but we have some work left to do with a big game coming up on Tuesday against Jefferson County.”
The Lady Trojans got off to a fast start, with Jenna Potts and Haylea Seals each hitting a 3-pointer and Potts and Jecca Simerly both adding a bucket inside to give West a 10-2 lead. Seymour chipped away at the deficit and took the lead on a 3-point play by Victoria Nelson, who scored 7 points in the frame. The lead was brief however, as Emily Brown nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Trojans a 17-16 advantage.
Brown’s trey sparked an 11-0 run for West, as Newsome hit a layup and Potts followed with back-to-back 3-pointers to push the margin to 25-14. The Lady Eagles cut the deficit to just 3 late in the half behind 5 points from Lexi Justus, but Blayke Shultz hit a layup and Potts beat the halftime horn with an NBA-range 3-pointer to give the Lady Trojans a 32-24 lead at the half.
West opened the second half with a bucket from Shultz and a 3-point play by Newsome, and they built the lead to 15 on two occasions. Abby McKinnish hit a pair of free throws late to make it 53-38, but a bucket by Caroline Ford made it 53-40 going to the fourth.
Seymour tried to keep it close in the fourth and claw back into the game, but the Lady Trojans had other ideas. Newsome did most of the damage, scoring 9 points in the opening 3:31 of the frame, and Brown added a 3-pointer to make it 68-50 with 4:29 on the clock. West continued to build on the lead, and it eventually reached 24 as they coasted in the final minutes to the win.
Potts added 19 points in the win, while Shultz had 8 and Brown finished with 7 for the Lady Trojans.
“I thought Shultz had a great floor game,” Galyon said. “Her and the other guards have really stepped up and played well to help fill the hole we had when Abbe Craine went down. I’m super proud of their effort.”
Justus paced Seymour with 21 points, while Nelson chipped in 15 and Hannah Schrimpsher totaled 11 in the defeat.
- By Matt Daniels, Tribune Sports Editor