NEW ALBANY — For the second game in as many nights, the New Albany boys’ basketball team set a season-high point total on Saturday at The Doghouse.
The Bulldogs shot 37-of-70 from the field (53 percent) to defeat Scottsburg, 93-44. It was the first time New Albany had scored more than 90 points since it defeated Silver Creek on Jan. 16, 2010, 96-48.
Senior A.J. Schmidt led the Bulldogs (7-4) with a game-high 22 points, as he nailed six 3-pointers. Schmidt’s first 15 points came on five trifectas.
Teammate Leondre McBirth tallied 13 points, while New Albany’s Garrett Arnold and Javen Reeves each scored 11. Reeves scored all of his points in a 35-point fourth quarter.
Also for the Bulldogs, Jermaine Parrish scored nine points and Louis Donastorg chipped in eight.
“We started using kids who wanted to work hard tonight,” New Albany assistant coach Ron Eads said.
The Bulldogs led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter and 24-16 at halftime. Their lead grew to 58-31 by the end of the third.
New Albany forced 31 Scottsburg turnovers, while only committing eight. The Bulldogs were 9-of-22 from 3-point range and outrebounded the Warriors, 36-30.
New Albany will return to action on Friday when it visits Silver Creek.
• Generals stay in first in MSC: Clarksville remained in first place in the Mid-Southern Conference with an 81-53 victory at Austin.
Senior Jake Hartlage paced the Generals (12-0, 5-0 MSC) with 24 points, knocking down six 3-pointers.
Three other Clarksville players scored in double figures. Aidan McEwen had 17 points and seven rebounds, younger brother Calvin McEwen tallied 14 points and five assists and Austin Johnson scored 10 points. The Generals made 11 3-pointers, four coming from Calvin McEwen.
“We got off to a pretty good start,” Clarksville head coach Jason Connell said. “Anytime you win on the road in the conference, it’s big. We’ll take it.”
The Generals will travel to Scottsburg on Friday.
• Highlanders fall at North Harrison: Floyd Central suffered its second loss of the weekend with a 55-52 setback at North Harrison.
Senior forward Nick Bomersbach paced the Highlanders (6-8) with 16 points. Teammate Connor Schellenberg scored 15 points, hitting three 3-pointers.
Floyd Central led 11-4 after the first period. But the Cougars outscored the Highlanders 38-18 in the middle two quarters to go up 42-29.
Floyd Central tried to mount a rally in the fourth, outscoring North Harrison 23-13 in the stanza, but it fell short.
The Highlanders will host Jennings County on Friday.
• Rock Creek thumps Washington Catholic: DeJon Garner and Will Brown each scored 16 points to lead visiting Rock Creek Community Academy past Washington Catholic, 88-40.
The Lions (5-8) snapped a two-game losing streak. They will host Medora next Saturday.
• Mustangs stay winless: New Washington dropped to 0-14 in a 40-29 loss at Shawe Memorial in Madison.
Junior Ian Hughes was the only Mustang to score in double digits with 13 points. Senior Brad Baker added seven.
New Washington was up 20-19 at halftime, but it only scored nine points in the second half. The Mustangs will visit Austin Thursday.
• Pirates lose heartbreaker at Madison: Landon Perry hit a clutch shot in the closing seconds to give Madison a 67-65 win over visiting Charlestown.
The Cubs snapped the Pirates’ two-game winning streak. Charlestown (5-6) will travel to Eastern on Friday.
• Dragons earn huge win at Austin: Silver Creek stayed alive in the MSC title race with a 41-35 win at Austin.
Dragon junior Emily Clayton and Alex Tinsley each scored a team-high 11 points. Teammate Mandi Martin and Kristi Molck chipped in six apiece.
Leading 30-29 at the end of the third quarter, Silver Creek (12-2, 6-1 MSC) sealed the victory by outscoring the Eagles 11-6 in the fourth. The Dragons shot 12-of-13 from the free-throw line.
“I thought we played extremely well,” Silver Creek head coach Scott Schoen said. “Anytime you go to Austin and win, it’s huge. We did what we had to do to win the game.”
Schoen lauded the defensive effort from Dragon junior Kira Jamros, who held Austin standout Jessie Davidson to three points in the second half. Davidson wound up with a game-high 14 points.
Silver Creek is now tied for second place in the MSC standings with Class 2A No. 2 Eastern. Both teams are a half-game behind first-place Scottsburg (6-0 MSC).
“All we have to do is win out,” Schoen assessed the Dragons’ MSC title hopes. “One of our goals is to win conference. It’s in our hands now.”
Silver Creek will visit New Washington on Tuesday.
• Bulldogs fall to Olympians: Columbus East’s Allyson Bunch was too much for New Albany to handle on Saturday.
The sophomore scored a game-high 29 points to lead the host Olympians past the Bulldogs, 64-51. Bunch tallied 18 points and made each of her four 3-pointers in the first half.
“We didn’t have an answer for her today,” New Albany head coach Tammy Geron said.
With the Olympians up 10-9 at the end of the first quarter, they outscored the Bulldogs (11-4) 16-6 in the second period to go up 26-15 at halftime. New Albany could not cut into East’s lead after that.
Tanner Marcum was the Bulldogs’ top scorer with 16 points. Senior guard Kamaren Cole chipped in 12, and New Albany freshman Lauren Camm scored nine.
“We had no energy on the defensive end,” Geron said. “We never could get back over the hump after the second quarter.”
The setback hurt the Bulldogs’ Hoosier Hills Conference title hopes. They are now 3-2 in conference play, trailing HHC leader Bedford North Lawrence by two games.
New Albany will visit Charlestown on Tuesday.
• NW’s Johnson posts career high in win: Sophomore Ashley Johnson scored a career-high 31 points to lead New Washington to its third victory in a row, defeating host Switzerland County 72-59.
Johnson nailed five 3-pointers, as the 5-foot-5 guard benefited the most from the Mustangs’ 18 assists.
“Her teammates did a good job of finding her and getting her the ball. Credit the 18 assists we had for that,” New Washington assistant coach Kirsti Holloway said.
Also for the Mustangs (9-6), Caroline Ricks scored 19 points and Kriston Sarver had 11. New Washington will host Silver Creek on Tuesday.
• Red Devils’ win streak ends: Jeffersonville’s four-game winning streak came to an end in a 53-49 loss at Jasper.
Lakin Roland had a solid floor game for the Red Devils (6-8) with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Teammate Lavada Roberson chipped in 13 points and five assists.
Also for Jeff, Taylor Hines had eight points and Chelsea Lewis made six steals.
The Wildcats led 13-2 at the end for the first quarter, but the Devils outscored the hosts 21-8 in the second to go up 23-21 at intermission.
Jasper responded in the third period, winning the quarter 17-9 to go up 38-32.
“In the first quarter, we weren’t patient on offense. It was one pass and then a shot,” Jeff head coach Jana Costner said. “We had an extremely slow start.”
The Red Devils will host Seymour on Tuesday.
• Borden falls at Seymour: Host Seymour shot 33-of-51 from the floor (65 percent) and 7-of-13 from 3-point range (54 percent) to down Borden, 77-35.
Erin Mikel was the Braves’ leading scorer with 18 points.
“They had a 13-0 run in the third quarter,” Borden head coach Terry Rademacher said. “Other than that, it felt like we were playing with them for most of the game.”
The Braves (8-5) will host Salem on Tuesday.
• Floyd Central falls at Bedford: Floyd Central recorded its season-low point total in a 59-37 loss at Bedford North Lawrence. No other details from the game were reported.
The Highlanders (7-8, 1-4 HHC) have dropped two games in a row and will host South Central on Tuesday.