NORTH VERNON —
“[In the first half] I thought we were just tight and we weren’t executing offensively. I felt like we let them have too many offensive rebounds in the first half, and we didn’t handle their pressure very well,” Bulldogs’ coach Tammy Geron said. “In the second half, I thought we were a lot more settled and we were looking past the defender a little bit more and executing better on the floor.
“I’m proud that our kids came back and competed and gave ourselves a chance to win.”
Hines sealed the victory in the closing seconds by converting 5-of-6 free throws. She wound up with a game-high 21 points as she was 13-of-16 from the line. In the second half, Hines made 12-of-14 foul shots.
“She’s a senior and I expect that from her. If she didn’t do that, I’d be disappointed,” Warren said about Hines’ late free throws. “She’s done some really good things for us all year and has had some good games. That’s kind of what we expect from our seniors. In the second half, she really carried us.”
No other Red Devil scored in double digits. Vogen had eight points and a team-high six rebounds. Lewis registered seven points and a game-high four steals.
Bell led New Albany with 11 points, scoring nine in the second half. Bulldogs’ guard Brittany Knight tallied nine points, and Camm grabbed a game-high 10 boards and scored seven points.
Knight is New Albany’s lone senior. But with several players expected back, New Albany has the potential to be a solid team next season.
“We talked about the word ‘potential’ and that means everything you’re not, but everything you can be,” Geron said. “After the game, I told them that if you’re ready to reach your potential, the offseason is going to have to be a battle and something you’re going to have to work at. I think there are a lot of talented young ladies on our team. Now, we have to put their athletic ability in with some basketball skill and knowledge, and hopefully next year we can be more competitive.”