NEW ALBANY —
“Any time you play a team that doesn’t have the talent that you do, you don’t want to give them any confidence,” Shannon said. “We jumped on them early and we set the tempo for the rest of the game. That’s what we asked our kids to do and they did that.”
“That was really important,” senior Dustin Cochran said of the start. “That’s one of the things we have to do.”
The Bulldogs forced seven turnovers in the first quarter — all on steals — and 16 through the first three quarters. New Albany forced the Warriors into 10 first half errors and took a 42-20 lead into the lockerrom.
“We’re really focusing on defense more than offense,” Cochran said.
“The biggest thing for us is we didn’t take care of the ball,” Wells said.
Cochran scored 17 points to lead the way for the Bulldogs. He went 7 for 12 from the field and also led New Albany with four assists and three steals.
“It just happened in the flow of the game,” Cochran said.
“Shots just came for him,” Shannon said of Cochran. “Dre wasn’t in there [much of the second half], so he was probably looking for it more.”
McBirth did manage 14 points. He made six of his eight field goal attempts and played about half of the game since the Bulldogs had such a big early lead.
Freshman Isaac Hibbard scored eight points. The 5-foot-9 reserve led New Albany with five boards. Davon Winburn finished off a nice weekend with seven points, three rebounds and a pair of blocked shots, Javen Reeves added six points and Jeff Byrne had five. Byrne tied Cochran with a game-high three steals.
There was one area particular area of concern for the Bulldogs. Scottsburg out-rebounded them 26-23 and had eight offensive boards despite just 39 field goal attempts.