Moore, Bryant lead Lady ‘Canes past Seymour, 67-40

Morristown East’s Kiki Moore (31) puts up a shot against a Seymour defender during Tuesday’s IMAC basketball game at Morristown East High School.

Having been asked by her dad how close she was to 1,000 career points, Kiki Moore now knows for sure.

Moore surpassed the milestone against Jefferson County on Friday night and was officially honored for the accomplishment following Morristown East’s 67-40 win over Seymour at Isenberg-Siler Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

Moore’s special night went basically as any previous game had as she dominated the lane and accumulated 23 points to go with a pair of monster blocks underneath the goal.

“I feel like I’ve had really good teammates that helped get me the ball and give me opportunities to score, so I think it’s partially theirs and the coaches’ that have helped push me to that achievement,” Moore said after finding out of her accomplishment in the locker room.

Moore capped her seven-point first quarter by catching the inbounds pass under the rim and banking in the shot to give East (16-7, 8-2 District 2-AAA) a commanding 21-5 lead.

After finishing twice more in the paint during the second quarter, Moore closed the game in style with four baskets in the final period as she sprinted ahead of the defense for an easy transition layup before converting an and-one for her final points and a 62-38 cushion.

Mattie Bryant humorously used air quotes to describe her shooting touch, but her back-to-back 3-pointers in the second quarter made a serious impact.

Seymour (6-13, 2-8) had sliced the margin to 25-20 with a 15-2 run, but Bryant was on cue as she followed Jaleah Patton’s basket in the paint with her first triple before answering a Seymour 3-pointer with her second for a 33-23 lead.

Bryant hit once more from deep in the third quarter, and Devasia Kyle then busted another from downtown for a 49-25 advantage.

“I think my ‘touch’ started coming back in the Jeff County game, I think that’s when I started to feel more consistent than I had in the past, and it definitely carried over into tonight’s game,” Bryant said while expressing how much she cherishes playing with her fellow senior teammates Patton and Moore. “Our friendship is something so special to me. I love them both and it’s been an honor to play with them the past four years. I’m so pumped for Kiki that she made it to the 1000-point club.”

Kyle also hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter and totaled eight points for East.

In reflecting on her prep career to this point, Moore recalled how little of a transition there was when Michael Potts took over the Lady ‘Canes prior to the 2016-17 season.

“Having Coach C (Tracy Cloninger) my first two years really did help me, and it wasn’t a big transition since Coach Potts had been my AAU coach since seventh grade,” Moore said. “I feel like Coach Potts has pushed all three seniors to help our underclassmen out. Even when we don’t bring it, they push us to be good leaders.

“I just know we have two more conference games, and that’s all that really matters right now.”

At Rutledge, the Lady Grizzlies (17-3, 6-2 District 2-AA) held the Lady Panthers (10-6) scoreless into the second period and were never threatened in a 41-point blowout at home.

Grainger led 15-0 after one and 34-4 at halftime before taking a 50-12 lead into the fourth period, which was played with a running clock due to the mercy rule.

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