By GREG MENGELT
NEW ALBANY — Three New Albany Bulldogs took turns dominating in Friday’s 65-40 victory over Hoosier Hills Conference rival Seymour at the Doghouse.
New Albany is now 3-1 overall 2-0 in conference play, while the Owls are 0-4 and have lost nine straight HHC contests over the past three seasons.
Coming off last Saturday’s 64-60 upset loss at Corydon Central, New Albany jumped out to an 8-0 lead behind eight McBirth points and never trailed. In fact, the Owls were no closer than 13 points at any time after the first quarter.
“Overall, it was a good win against a team still trying to find its way,” New Albany coach Jim Shannon said. “Offensively, we still seem to be sputtering a bit, but we’ll get there. Defensively, I thought we were really good.”
McBirth made his first five shots of the contest, went 6 of 7 for 18 points in the first quarter as the Bulldogs led 18-4 at the first break. After the first quarter, he was just 2 of 9 from the floor, but he was 4 for 6 from behind the 3-point line for the contest and had a game-high 21 points.
“I thought he was great in the first half,” Shannon said of McBirth. “He couldn’t get anything going in the second half.”
As McBirth sat most of the second quarter, New Albany freshman Isaac Hibbard took over. He went 3 for 4, including a pair of 3-pointers, and finished the second quarter with nine points to help the Bulldogs to a 32-12 halftime lead. He had 11 for the contest. He also had a pair of offensive rebounds.
“The thing about him is, yes, he’s a great shooter. But he’ll also go in there and rebound,” Shannon said of the 5-foot-9 freshman. “He’ll get in there and mix things up.”
New Albany went cold in the third quarter, hitting just three of its 14 field goal attempts. At the same time, Seymour senior Landon Booth hit a pair of 3s and the Owls scored more points in the third quarter (13) than they had in the first half. Still, the Bulldogs led 40-25 at the end of three quarters.
Booth led Seymour with 12 points. He was 3 for 6 from the floor, made three of his four 3-point attempts, and was the only Owl in double-figures.
The fourth quarter was the DeAnthony Warren show. Warren was 4 for 4 from the field and 2 for 2 from the line for all 11 of his points. He also had two assists, two steals and a blocked shot in the fourth.
For the quarter, New Albany was 9 for 12 from the floor and outscored the Owls 25-15.
“He really played well in the fourth quarter,” Shannon said of the 6-1 junior. “I finally got him to wake up.”
The Bulldogs are back in action a week from tonight when they host Columbus East in an HHC makeup game.
NEW ALBANY 65, SEYMOUR 40
Seymour 4 8 13 15—40
New Albany 18 14 8 25—65
Seymour: Landon Booth 12, Toriek Miller 5, Chase Salmon 6, Zach Schlatterer 3, Isaiah Thomas 8, Paeten Brennan 6.
New Albany: Dustin Cochran 6, Jeff Byrne 5, Davon Winburn 5, Javen Reeves 5, Isaac Hibbard 11, Leondre McBirth 21, Isaiah Hickman 2, DeAnthony Warren 11, Nick White 3.
3-point field goals: Seymour 4 (Booth 3, Miller); New Albany 10 (McBirth 4, Hibbard 2, Cochran 2, Byrne, Warren).
Rebounds: Seymour 20 (Thomas 5); New Albany 24 (White 6).
Assists: Seymour 4 (Chase Salmon) 2; New Albany 13 (Cochran 3, McBirth 3, Warren 3).
Steals: Seymour 2 (Booth, Salmon); New Albany 10 (McBirth 3, Warren 3).
Blocked shots: Seymour 0; New Albany 2 (Reeves, Warren).
Free throws: Seymour 5-10, New Albany 8-11.
Turnovers: Seymour 22, New Albany 8.
Personal fouls: Seymour 17, New Albany 12.
Fouled out: None.
Technical fouls: None.
Junior varsity: New Albany 59, Seymour 34.