NEW ALBANY — After Jacob Johanningsmeier resigned as Scottsburg’s coach on Thursday, former Warriors head coach Brady Wells was named his successor for the rest of the season on Friday.
As good as Wells was in 11 years as Scottsburg’s head coach — going 157-89 and winning three sectional titles — he had little time to prepare for the 2013-14 New Albany Bulldogs. His 5-6 Warriors had no chance and fell 77-57 on Saturday at the Doghouse.
Class 4A No. 16 New Albany (8-2) jumped out to a 17-2 lead and led by as much as 34-11 with 5:31 to go in the first half of the Bulldogs’ third straight win.
“We spent 90 minutes [together] this morning — literally, that was all our preparation,” Wells said.
Not good against a team like New Albany, which can beat opponents in so many different ways. On Saturday, 10 different Bulldogs scored, seven of them had at least five points. They shot 32 of 52 from the floor (61.5 percent) and hit half of their 20 3-point attempts.
“It’s a little bit of pick your poison,” Wells said of New Albany. “We played zone to try to make them try to knock down some perimeter shots — and they shot a good percentage.”
“We think that we do have some depth,” New Albany coach Jim Shannon said. “[Leading scorer] Dre [McBirth] I think was averaging 22 points coming into this weekend, but we’ve had some other kids step up and score some points. It’s not a problem for us. If we need Dre to score in order to win, then we want him to score. If we can still win by the same margin by sharing it more, that’s even better.”
It was 7-0 less than two minutes into the game. The Bulldogs made their first seven shots and had six steals in the first four minutes of the contest. New Albany led 24-11 after one period, going 10 for 12 from the floor and 4 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc.