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Gragg impressive in high school debut as Seaman girls rout No. 3 Lions

By RICK PETERSON

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It's hard to imagine a much better start to the basketball season than Seaman's girls and Viking freshman Maddie Gragg got off to Friday night.

Seaman, playing its first-ever game in the United Kansas Conference, scored the first 14 points of the night and went on to lead by 33 points on the way to a 62-32 home win over Lansing.

MaddieGragg3Seaman freshman Maddie Gragg scored a game-high 17 points in her high school debut Friday night against Lansing. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

AnnaBeckerLansingSophomore Anna Becker had a double-double with 15 points an 10 rebounds in Seaman's 62-32 UKC win over Lansing Friday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

Gragg scored a game-high 17 points in her high school debut to lead three Vikings in double figures as Seaman, ranked No. 9 in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Class 5A state rankings rolled past No. 3-ranked Lansing.

"I felt good,'' Seaman coach Matt Tinsley said. "We jumped out 14-0 and it's kind of a natural tendency to let up, but they hit us with a run and I wanted to see how we would respond to that. We missed a lot of layups that we normally make but we can maybe attribute that to first-game jitters.

"We just go out and play our game and we're excited to get the season started off with a 'W' and we need to get ready for Tuesday (home against Topeka West) now.''

Gragg, 5-foot-9, scored seven of Seaman's first nine points as the Vikings held the Lions scoreless until the 2:50 mark of the opening quarter.

"She's a gamer and I knew she was kind of under the radar, no longer any more though,'' Tinsley said. "She's played a lot of competitive basketball and she knows how to read and make passes and kind of feed off girls. I thought she did a good job.''

Seaman went on to lead 18-7 at the end of the first period and was in command by a 37-20 margin at the half.

The Vikings then followed that up with a 21-7 third quarter to force a running clock throughout the final eight minutes.

Sophomore Anna Becker added a double-double for Seaman with 15 points and 10 rebounds while junior Taylin Stallbaumer had 12 points, including three 3-pointers.

Seaman played 13 players in the game, with eight players cracking the scoring column.

Senior Skylar Weaver led Lansing with 14 points, including the Lions only two 3-pointers.

SEAMAN GIRLS 62, LANSING 32

Lansing     7 13 7 5 -- 32

Seaman  18 19 21 4 -- 62

Lansing(0-1, 0-1) -- Jaccard 4-7 0-0 8, Linaweaver 1-5 0-1 2, Krause 0-2 1-4 1, Calloway 1-2 0-2 2, Weaver 5-9, 2-6 14, Martynowski 0-0 1-2 1, Koontz 0-1 0-0 0, Anderson 1-2 0-0 2, McNabb 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 13-29 4-15 32.

Seaman (1-0, 1-0) -- Schumann2-6 1-1 5, T. Stallbaumer 3-8 2-4 12, Becker 7-15 0-0 15, Gragg 8-14 1-2 17, Gormley 1-5 0-2 2, Anderson 1-5 0-0 2, Wilhelm 0-2 0-0 0, J. Stallbaumer 2-5 2-2 7, E. Stallbaumer 0-3 0-0 0, Miller 0-3 0-0 0, Moulden 0-0 0-0 0, McLaughlin 1-1 0-0 2, Steiner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-68 7-11 62.

3-point goals -- Lansing 2 (Weaver 2), Seaman 5 (T. Stallbaumer 3, Becker, J. Stallbaumer). Total fouls -- Lansing 11, Seaman 17. Fouled out – none.