By Greg Bates
ACN & Times-Press
When you’re sporting an 18-1 record, there aren’t a lot of season “firsts” this deep into the schedule.
But the Seymour girls basketball team had a first on Tuesday, Feb. 6, against Xavier. All five of the Thunder’s starters scored in double figures. That balance allowed Seymour to jump out to a big lead early en route to a 75-40 victory in Bay Conference play.
“As a team, we were the most unselfish we’ve been all season,” Seymour coach Bobby Kuchta said. “We really passed up a good shot for a great shot. Very unselfish. A lot of assists. It’s fun when you’re hitting shots. We had a lot of energy going.”
Hailey Oskey and Raven Vanden Langenberg each scored 15 points to lead the way for Seymour. Aubrey Buchholz added 13, Joeley Bluma 11 and Jenna Krause 10. That production was impressive, especially since each girl played just over 20 minutes of the game after being pulled early because of the blowout.
“We really transition well,” Kuchta said. “It’s hard for Xavier to keep up with us. We would get a stop, outlet to Jenna and she made some great decisions, some awesome passes.”
Seymour (18-1, 11-0 conference) was deadly from 3-point range with nine in the opening half. Xavier (5-14, 4-7) didn’t have answer for the Chiefs’ sharpshooters.
“We haven’t shot the ball very well the last five or six games, and I’m talking like 20 percent from 3-point range,” Kuchta said.
With a 47-19 lead at halftime, Kuchta used his starters sparingly in the second half. His primary players got to rest and the team was able to work on a few things – including a 2-3 matchup zone — it normally doesn’t get to text during games.
Seymour, which is ranked No. 3 in Division 2 in the latest WisSports.net Coaches Poll, is rolling having rattled off 12 straight wins. The Thunder haven’t tasted defeat in nearly two months.
“Since that loss to Kimberly, that was probably the best thing that could have happened to us,” Kuchta said. “We’re really bought in defensively. In the conference, we’ve only been giving up 33 points per game. In games where our shooting has been down, our defense has won us a number of games.”
With the playoffs right around the corner, Seymour was scheduled to take part in the postseason seeding meeting on Saturday. The Chiefs will be playing in the toughest sectional for Division 2 in the state. No. 3-ranked Seymour will have No. 1 Beaver Dam and No. 2 Milwaukee Vincent in their bracket.
By Greg Bates