By KEVIN HARRIS
Balanced scoring and smart defense powered the New Albany boys’ basketball past host Bloomington North on Friday, 66-55.
“Tonight was a great game,” New Albany coach Jim Shannon said. “I thought we played really well. I thought our game against (Indianapolis) Arlington was good and tonight was great.”
Senior A.J. Schmidt paced the Bulldogs with 22 points, while junior Jermaine Parrish poured in 20. Leondre McBirth scored 16 in the winning effort.
The Bulldogs drained 10 3-pointers during the contest, with Schmidt and McBirth tallying four apiece. New Albany was 10-of-20 from beyond the arc.
“That really opened up our driving game,” Shannon said. “I really think that was the key, and I thought we defended better tonight. Our defense picked up. Having three guys in double figures never hurts.”
New Albany (13-7) will face Floyd Central in the opening round of the Class 4A Seymour Sectional at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
• Providence thumps New Washington: After trailing 9-6 late in the first quarter, Providence turned on the offense and left host New Washington behind in a 62-30 victory Friday.
Bryce Very led all scorers with 23 points for the Pioneers (17-3), while teammate Ryan Pickerrell recorded a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double. George Knott added 13 points for Providence.
Dustin Cooper hit four 3-pointers for a team-high 12 points for New Washington (1-20).
Providence will open the Class 2A Paoli Sectional on Tuesday with a first-round game against Eastern. New Washington’s postseason doesn’t start until 7:30 p.m. next Friday at the Class A Borden Sectional when it plays the winner of the Christian Academy of Indiana-South Central opening-round game.
• Borden turns back Salem: Billy Kirchgessner racked up a team-high 21 points to lead host Borden past Salem Friday, 60-48.
Borden star Brandon Beam scored just four points, but he helped the team win in other ways, Borden assistant coach Kaden Nolot said.
“He was just trying to get more people involved tonight, and Kirchgessner stepped up and hit a ton of shots,” Nolot said. “I think he only missed a couple, and he was 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, so of course, that’s always going to help out. We were just trying to get scoring from everybody.”
The Class A No. 3 Braves spread the scoring across the roster. Michael Lynch put down 14 points, while Jalen McCoy answered the bell to the tune of 12 points.
Borden (19-1) will open the Class A Borden Sectional on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. first-round game against Lanesville.
• Silver Creek holds off Seymour: Silver Creek bombed away 10 3-pointers on its way to a 50-45 home victory over Seymour Friday.
“It was a real sloppy night. We were fortunate to win,” Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said. “We made some big plays at the end. Thank goodness we shot the ball well from the perimeter.”
Silver Creek was fortunate to have a strong night from beyond the arc, because the physical Owls limited the Dragons to just three field goals of the two-point variety in the contest.
Caleb Sprigler led the way for the hosts with 15 points. Silver Creek’s Zach Ricketts put up 14 points, while teammate Grant Meyer scored 13.
Ricketts hit four of the team’s treys, while Sprigler and Meyer accounted for three each.
Silver Creek (13-7) will face Class 3A No. 5 Brownstown Central in the first round of the Class 3A Salem Sectional at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.