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December 2, 2012

H.S. BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Bulldogs let another one slip away

Floyd girls beat Rebels; Dragons, Pirates drop MSC decisions

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — For the second straight night, New Albany let a double-digit lead slip away.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs led Evansville Harrison 45-35 after three quarters but were outscored 31-17 in the fourth quarter by the Class 4A No. 7 Warriors. One night earlier, New Albany (1-2) led Columbus East 20-9 after one quarter before falling in its Hoosier Hills Conference opener.

“We don’t have much heart when it comes to closing games,” New Albany coach Jim Shannon said following Saturday’s loss. “We continue to choke away games early in the season.”

Harrison (2-0) brothers Ernie, Everett and Stanley Duncan combined for 49 of the Warriors’ 66 points, including 24 of their 31 in the fourth quarter.

Ernie Duncan led all scorers with 23 points. Everett added 16 and Stanley scored 10.

“They’re pretty good,” Shannon said. “They took advantage of our turnovers in the fourth quarter and that helped [the Duncan’s point totals], but they still did a pretty good job of scoring.”

Josh Rogers and Jermaine Parrish scored 14 points apiece for the Bulldogs. Garrett Arnold and Leondre McBirth finished with 11 each.

“I thought we played hard,” Shannon said. “No one was slacking, but individually we’re not playing our roles very well.”

The Bulldogs can get back above .500 this coming weekend when they host Floyd Central on Friday and Corydon Central on Saturday.

“We’ve played three pretty good teams,” Shannon said. “We could be 3-0, but I guess in some ways we’re lucky to be 1-2.”

• Rock Creek beats Crothersville to sweep weekend: After falling behind host Crothersville 15-11 after the first quarter, Rock Creek Academy outscored the Tigers 49-30 the rest of the way for a 60-45 victory on Saturday.

The win gave the Lions a weekend sweep of two Southern Athletic Conference teams after topping New Washington on Friday.

“We’ll take two wins any time you can get them,” Rock Creek coach Chris Brown said. “Especially when one is on the road. Our effort was outstanding.”

Joe Logsdon led Rock Creek, which was extraordinarily balanced both nights of the weekend, with 11 points. Ronald Karenzi added 10. Devin Burt scored nine points, Tanner Gerth and Will Brown had eight apiece and Gedeon Nzombi and Isaiah Pearson each finished with six.

“We had a lot of people do a lot of good things,” Brown said.

Nzombi — a first-year basketball player — also finished with 13 boards as Rock Creek out-rebounded the Tigers 38-17.

“Gedeon was a beast tonight,” Brown said.

One area of concern was 29 Rock Creek turnovers.

“It’s just silly stuff that we absolutely have to clean up,” Brown said.

Gene Hodge (22) and Brian Money (17) combined for 39 of Crothersville’s 45 points.

NEXT: Rock Creek (3-2) at Christian Academy, Friday.

• Hornets fall at North Harrison: Henryville fell to 0-3 on the young season after a 71-33 loss at North Harrison on Friday.

The Hornets trailed 33-19 at the break, but some sloppy possessions to start the third quarter quelled any chance they had at making a run at the 1-2 Cougars.

“That kind of sealed the deal for us,” Henryville’s first-year coach Dan Carmony said.

Tyler Collins scored more than half of Henryville’s points for the second straight outing with 17. Cody Reister and Bailey Reister each added six.

“We’re a work in progress,” Carmony said. “The kids kept playing hard and kept after it. As long as they do that, we’ll get better.”

NEXT: Henryville (0-3) at Charlestown, Tuesday.

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