Cosby impressive in loss to Class AAA foe Seymour

Cosby’s Bralyn McGaha drives to the basket on Tuesday night against Seymour. 

COSBY—No team wants to begin their season with a loss in the books. For the Lady Eagles of Cosby though, the loss against Seymour proved they were here to compete with any girls’ basketball program.

The visiting Lady Eagles of Seymour, a Class AAA school, already had the advantage on Cosby, who is a Class A school. However, looking at the final result, you wouldn’t be able to tell Cosby was playing a larger school. Seymour did pull off the 47-43 victory, though, to begin its season 1-0.

“I thought we did some really good things, and I thought we did some really bad things,” head coach Cody Lowe of Cosby said. “I thought we played good defensively. We had to face a tough team that had some great ball players. I think we had some looks that just didn’t go our way.”

Cosby (0-1) had the game tied up at 34 apiece with a little over three minutes remaining but could not get the shots to fall in the end.

“We were in the game late and couldn’t make enough plays happen,” Lowe said. “I thought we were getting good looks but we just couldn’t get them to fall our way. We were right where we needed to be to win the game. We just have to hit our shots.”

It was Seymour who stood victorious after out-scoring Cosby 13-9 in the final three minutes. Maci Pitner led the way for Seymour with 13 points. Brielle Turner and Emily Russell followed with nine points each.

Turner tallied seven of her nine points in the fourth quarter and knocked down two free throws to put Seymour up 45-37 with a minute remaining.

Bralyn McGaha led Cosby with 13 points and Leia Groat dropped 10.

Groat scored her first seven points in the first quarter as Cosby jumped out on top 13-11 heading into the second quarter.

“I thought we rebounded well in the first half,” Lowe said. “We had some good defensive possessions.”

Seymour stole the momentum from Cosby inside the second quarter after Cosby only made one field goal, which allowed Seymour to tie it at 18 at the half.

The same struggles followed Cosby in the third quarter as they could only knock down one shot from the field in the second-straight quarter. Seymour took advantage of Cosby’s offensive struggles and built a 29-20 lead going into the final eight minutes.

The fourth quarter was much more kind to Cosby after scoring 23 points but coming from behind did not play in Lowe’s favor.

“We had our back against the wall,” Lowe said. “We battled back and got ourselves back into the game. We tied it with two minutes left and got a silly foul.”

Gracie Meyers of Cosby dropped eight points and nailed two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The first three put Cosby within one and the second gave Cosby the tie.

After Myers three, Seymour did what it needed to do to secure the win.

“Myers played so well down the stretch,” Lowe said. “It wasn’t just the big shots she hit, but she made the right pass or made the right defensive play. She came up big for us there in the final quarter. I wish we could’ve finished it out and won the game, though.”

Scoring:

Cosby (43): Bralyn McGaha 13, Leia Groat 10, Gracie Myers 8, Tessa McGaha 5, Gracie Johnson 3, Lauren Ford 2, Alley Smith 2.

Seymour (47): Maci Pitner 13, Emily Russell 9, Brielle Turner 9, Jaden Cummings 7, Caiden Russell 5, Katelyn Wagner 2, Bailey McCoy 2.