News and Tribune

February 12, 2014

CLASS 4A SECTIONAL: Bulldogs shocks Owls in opening round, 59-50

Highlanders have no answer for No. 2 Stars in 65-39 loss

By KEVIN HARRIS
kevin.harris@newsandtribune.com

NORTH VERNON — One Floyd County girls’ basketball team pulled off an upset in the first round of the Class 4A Jennings County Sectional on Tuesday night at Hurley Gymnasium.

The other Floyd County squad was not so fortunate.

New Albany pulled off a shocker in the opener, defeating Seymour 59-50.  In the nightcap, Floyd Central’s season ended with a 65-39 loss to second-ranked and defending Class 4A state champion Bedford North Lawrence.

The semifinals will be Friday at Hurley Gymnasium. The Bulldogs (8-12) will take on archrival Jeffersonville (16-5) at 6 p.m., followed by the Stars (21-1) facing the host Panthers (9-10).

The championship game will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.



NEW ALBANY 59, SEYMOUR 50

After the Bulldogs led 12-2 after the first quarter, the Owls (11-9) bounced back by scoring 12 straight points to go up 14-12.

That’s when New Albany coach Tammy Geron called timeout to settle her players down.

“Through experience, I know that this group has to be somewhat micro-managed,” Geron said. “During that first timeout that we took in the first half at the three-minute mark, we felt it was important to end the half well. I just reminded the kids of our game plan and what we needed to do to execute and be successful on the floor.”

The Bulldogs got the message.

They rebounded to take a 20-16 advantage at halftime. New Albany won the third quarter 19-12 to go up 39-28, and a bucket by junior forward Brianne Nixon at the start of the fourth gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of the contest at 13 points.

Seymour got within six points twice. The Owls trailed 48-42 with a little more than two minutes left in regulation after a pair of free throws by freshman Kayla Griffin.

That was the closest Seymour got to New Albany. The Bulldogs sealed the win by making 11-of-16 foul shots.

The Knight sisters made major contributions for New Albany in the victory. Senior guard Brittany Knight scored a game-high 20 points, as she was 10-of-14 from the free-throw line.

Freshman guard Jessica Knight had 12 points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range.

“I’m so glad to see her have a big game tonight,” Geron said. “She’s been battling a little adversity as a freshman. It’s a long season for them and she hit that wall you hit as a freshman sometimes. So it’s nice to see her come out tonight and really hit some major 3s for us. I’m really proud of her.”

Also for the Bulldogs, junior Lauren Camm had nine points and a game-high nine rebounds and freshman Marissa Jones tallied eight points.

Sophomore Emilee Pollmann paced the Owls with a game-high 20 points. Griffin chipped in 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while teammate Maci Lubker scored 10 points.



BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 65, FLOYD CENTRAL 39

The Stars grabbed control of the game at the outset.

Bedford nailed four 3-pointers to go up 12-1 in the first five minutes of the contest. Senior guard Sammy Dillman and Brittani Rizzi each made two 3s during the opening run.

“We knew they were going to make runs like that. They’ve done that all year,” Floyd Central coach Kirk Hamsley said.

Bedford was up 30-12 at halftime over the Highlanders (9-11) and got its advantage to as high as 30 points at 56-26 early in the fourth quarter.

The Highlanders’ 39 points matched their season-low. They shot 13-of-36 from the field (36.1 percent).

“Defensively, we did a great job. But offensively, we struggled to score,” Hamsley said. “The game was physical early and we didn’t adjust to it, especially getting the ball where we wanted to.”

Junior forward Madison Kaiser was the only Floyd Central player to score in double figures with 17 points as she was 7-of-15 from the floor. Highlander senior Abbie Engle had nine points. Both players grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

Six-foot-3 junior center Jenna Allen led Bedford with 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Allen also shared game-high honors for blocked shots with teammate Dominique McBryde with four apiece.

Rizzi tallied 12 points. Stars’ junior guard Alexa Bailey, the daughter of Bedford coach and former Indiana Mr. Basketball Damon Bailey, registered 10 points, a game-high six assists and a game-high four steals.

Floyd Central loses four seniors in Engle, Shelby Rost, Brooke Hinton and standout player Riley Kaiser.



CLASS 4A JENNINGS COUNTY SECTIONAL



FIRST ROUND

NEW ALBANY 59, SEYMOUR 50

Seymour      2 14 12 22—50

New Albany    12   8 19 20—59

    Seymour (11-9): Emilee Pollmann 6-9 5-9 20, Kayla Griffin 4-7 2-2 11, Maci Lubker 4-8 2-3 10, Mikayla Fee 3-8 0-0 6, Morgan Ritz 1-5 0-0 2, Sarah Benefiel 0-0 1-2 1, Macy Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Lindsey Hume 0-1 0-0 0, Lauren James 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-40 8-13 50.

    New Albany (8-12): Brittany Knight 4-6 10-14 20, Jessica Knight 4-5 0-0 12, Lauren Camm 4-8 1-2 9, Marissa Jones 1-4 5-6 8, Brianne Nixon 3-6 0-2 6, Aaliyah Bell 1-5 0-0 2, Ashley Lyninger 1-1 0-0 2, Claire Hirsch 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Shine 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-37 16-24 59.

    3-point field goals: Seymour 6-11 (Pollmann 3-3, Lubker 2-3, Griffin 1-1, Hume 0-1, Ritz 0-3); New Albany 7-11 (J. Knight 4-4, Knight 2-3, Jones 1-2, Nixon 0-1, Shine 0-1).

    Rebounds: Seymour 21 (Griffin 8); New Albany 29 (Camm 9).

    Assists: Seymour 9 (Ritz 3); New Albany 7 (B. Knight 3).

    Steals: Seymour 4 (Pollmann, Hume, James, Ritz 1); New Albany 5 (Nixon 2).

    Blocked shots: Seymour 2 (Fee 2); New Albany 2 (Hirsch, Lyninger 1).

    Turnovers: Seymour 17, New Albany 15.

    Total fouls: Seymour 21, New Albany 11.

    Fouled out: New Albany — B. Knight, J. Knight.



BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 65, FLOYD CENTRAL 39

Bedford NL    17 13 21 14—65

Floyd Central      5   7 14 13—39

    Bedford North Lawrence (21-1): Jenna Allen 10-14 1-2 21, Brittani Rizzi 4-7 0-0 12, Alexa Bailey 4-9 2-2 10, Sammy Dillman 3-7 0-0 8, Dominique McBryde 3-7 1-4 7, Whitney Wilson 2-6 1-1 5, Loren Bailey 1-1 0-0 2, Erin Bradley 0-0 0-1 0, Lauren Broshears 0-1 0-0 0, Emily Riley 0-1 0-0 0, Kennedy Wall 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-54 5-10 65.

    Floyd Central (9-11): Madison Kaiser 7-15 2-2 17, Abbie Engle 3-5 3-4 9, Brooke Hinton 1-3 3-3 5, Kailey Price 2-6 0-0 5, Brianna Roth 0-2 2-2 2, Riley Kaiser 0-4 1-2 1, Katyn Bierman 0-0 0-0 0, Kristen Burger 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Probus 0-0 0-0 0, Shelby Rost 0-1 0-0 0, Clara Shean 0-0 0-0 0, Morgan Wagner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-36 11-13 39.

    3-point field goals: Bedford 6-16 (Rizzi 4-7, Dillman 2-4, Wall 0-1, Bailey 0-2, Wilson 0-2); Floyd Central 2-7 (M. Kaiser 1-1, Price 1-2, Hinton 0-1, Rost 0-1, R. Kaiser 0-2).

    Rebounds: Bedford 26 (Allen 7); Floyd Central 26 (Engle, M. Kaiser 7).

    Assists: Bedford 11 (A. Bailey 6); Floyd Central 4 (Hinton 3).

    Blocked shots: Bedford 8 (Allen, McBryde 4); Floyd Central 0.

    Turnovers: Bedford 10, Floyd Central 22.

    Fouled out: Bedford — McBryde; Floyd Central — Hinton.

    Technical fouls: None.



CLASS 4A JENNINGS COUNTY SECTIONAL

First round

Tuesday, Feb. 11

    New Albany 59, Seymour 50

    Bedford North Lawrence 65, Floyd Central 39

Semifinals

Friday, Feb. 14

    Jeffersonville vs. New Albany, 6 p.m.

    Bedford North Lawrence at Jennings County, 7:30 p.m.

Championship

Saturday, Feb. 15

    Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.