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January 19, 2014

H.S. BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Bulldogs run over Scottsburg, 77-57

New Albany not kind to Warriors in Wells’ return

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NEW ALBANY —

Senior Kirk Hardin led all rebounders with nine, including three on the offensive end. Hardin also led the Warriors with 16 points.

“It’s got to get better,” Shannon said of the Bulldogs’ rebounding problems. “Blocking out has got to get better. I’ve been around a long time and I know that when you get up more than 20 points, it’s tough to keep up the intensity. For any person but particularly for kids.”

The other area that the Warriors had some success was at the foul line. Scottsburg went 17 of 19 from the stripe and made its first 16 attempts. Meanwhile, New Albany was just 1 of 3 for the contest.

“We have shot free throws well all year,” Well said. “I was real pleased that we did cash in on those.”

After falling behind 60-33 after three quarters, Wells watched his team outscored the Bulldogs 24-17 in the fourth.

“I was proud of the fact that our effort sustained itself throughout the game,” Wells said. “I thought our kids were able to battle and to fight and that’s what our kids need to be able to do on a consistent basis.”

Wells will fill in for Johanningsmeier, who went 12-40 in just over two years as head coach before resigning to become a full-time Scottsburg administrator on Thursday, for the rest of this season. Wells, who joined Johanningsmeier’s staff before the season to help as Johanningsmeier took the principal job at Scottsburg, hopes it continues after this year.

“Jake’s got a lot on his plate right now,” Wells said. “We’re going to play out the rest of the year and evaluate after that. I’ve enjoyed being back. [Taking the job on a full-time basis] would be something that I would consider. It’s been six years since I was [Scottsburg’s head coach]. Having spent six years [as a Hanover College assistant coach], I feel like I learned a lot in that time. There’s part of me that would like to see what I could do in a high school situation.”

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