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Hinton's 37 lifts Floyd over Seymour

Floyd Central Sectional Final

February 24, 2010
Camry Hinton was as smooth as glass last Wednesday night as the Floyd Central senior swished 21 of 23 free throws and scored 37 points to help give the Lady Highlanders their first sectional championship since 1993 as Floyd Central rallied to thump Seymour, 80-69.

"It feels pretty good," a smiling Hinton said after the win. "It's a big deal. Coach (Joe) Voelker and the team has wanted this so bad this whole season, so we've been working for it. I'm just glad we got it done."

"It's very special," Voelker said. "It's special to our school. You saw the turnouts the last two nights. … We've had a lot of support along the way."

It was tough to know what was going to happen early as both teams turned the ball over six times to begin the game. Floyd Central got an early lead, but Seymour stormed back with a 17-3 run to lead 17-8 after one quarter.

Floyd Central’s Camry Hinton poured in 37 points and hit 21 of 23 free throws against Seymour to lead the Lady Highlanders to their first sectional championship since 1993. Photo by Wade Bell
Sydney Carr gave the Lady Owls a 19-8 lead to begin the second period. At that point, Hinton began to pull her team back into the game, scoring eight points in a 10-0 Floyd Central run.

Seymour countered with five, but Floyd Central later used another 9-0 run to lead 31-28. Amanda Moore swished a Seymour three-pointer, but Mercades Bierman negated that with a triple at the buzzer for a 34-31 Floyd Central advantage at halftime.

Voelker said there had been some concern about a letdown following the Lady Highlanders' win over rival Jeffersonville in the second round. The snow delay, however, may have helped alleviate that problem with the days off.

"I think it could have," Voelker said. "I think our group could have played. I think this game was a little more taxing than the Jeff game. In some ways, it was more up and down. There were more possessions in it."

Floyd Central scored the first eight points of the second half for a 43-31 lead. Seymour rallied to close to within four, 43-39, but Hinton pushed Floyd Central's lead to 48-39 with five unanswered points.

Floyd Central senior Brigid Morrissey said the team knew Hinton had the hot hand and worked to get her the ball as well as take a few hints from her play.

"We knew what she was doing was working, so I tried to follow suit," Morrissey said. "She was taking it to the basket, so I knew I had to take it to the basket. I'm not nearly as strong as her, but our game plan was to go inside, and it worked, so we just kept doing it."

Hinton scored 20 of Floyd Central's 32 points in the fourth quarter as the Lady Highlanders went on for the 80-69 win.

"She took over," Voelker said of his senior. "A lot of people had a lot of hands in it. Camry's worked hard. She's worked hard with our strength and conditioning people. She's worked with our weightlifting coach. It came through tonight."

"I just knew every point was going to count, and I was going to have to put it in," Hinton said. "That's it. I just knew I had to get it done. This whole week, we've been shooting a lot of free throws in practice just because that's what most games come down to during tournament time. So, we've been practicing that a lot."

Besides Hiinton's 37 points, Jennifer Smith had 16 and Morrissey added 10. The Lady Highlanders connected on 20 of 42 (48 percent) field-goal attempts and had 13 turnovers. Floyd Central hit 39 of 48 free throws.

Morrissey said the season has been different with the kind of expectations her team has faced.

"We've always been underdogs," she said. "We've always had to prove ourselves that we were a good team. I knew that we would be a tough team just because I've played with my senior teammates since seventh grade. I played AAU with Jennifer (Smith) and with our whole team, so I knew that we're a special team ever since we formed. I wouldn't want to share this moment with anybody else right now."

Erin Murphy led Seymour with 26 points, with Brianna Gillaspy and Moore adding 15 and 14, respectively. Seymour was 17 of 50 (34 percent) from the field and 27 of 29 from the stripe. The Lady Owls had 14 turnovers.

The Wednesday night game gave Floyd Central just two days to prepare for Saturday's Bedford Regional.

"We'll prepare for (Evansville) Harrison and have somebody go prepare us for the other two," Voelker said. "We'll be ready to play on Saturday morning. If we're fortunate enough to get that one, we'll be ready on Saturday night."

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