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February 12, 2014

CLASS 4A SECTIONAL: Bulldogs shocks Owls in opening round, 59-50

Highlanders have no answer for No. 2 Stars in 65-39 loss

NORTH VERNON — One Floyd County girls’ basketball team pulled off an upset in the first round of the Class 4A Jennings County Sectional on Tuesday night at Hurley Gymnasium.

The other Floyd County squad was not so fortunate.

New Albany pulled off a shocker in the opener, defeating Seymour 59-50.  In the nightcap, Floyd Central’s season ended with a 65-39 loss to second-ranked and defending Class 4A state champion Bedford North Lawrence.

The semifinals will be Friday at Hurley Gymnasium. The Bulldogs (8-12) will take on archrival Jeffersonville (16-5) at 6 p.m., followed by the Stars (21-1) facing the host Panthers (9-10).

The championship game will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

NEW ALBANY 59, SEYMOUR 50

After the Bulldogs led 12-2 after the first quarter, the Owls (11-9) bounced back by scoring 12 straight points to go up 14-12.

That’s when New Albany coach Tammy Geron called timeout to settle her players down.

“Through experience, I know that this group has to be somewhat micro-managed,” Geron said. “During that first timeout that we took in the first half at the three-minute mark, we felt it was important to end the half well. I just reminded the kids of our game plan and what we needed to do to execute and be successful on the floor.”

The Bulldogs got the message.

They rebounded to take a 20-16 advantage at halftime. New Albany won the third quarter 19-12 to go up 39-28, and a bucket by junior forward Brianne Nixon at the start of the fourth gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of the contest at 13 points.

Seymour got within six points twice. The Owls trailed 48-42 with a little more than two minutes left in regulation after a pair of free throws by freshman Kayla Griffin.

That was the closest Seymour got to New Albany. The Bulldogs sealed the win by making 11-of-16 foul shots.

The Knight sisters made major contributions for New Albany in the victory. Senior guard Brittany Knight scored a game-high 20 points, as she was 10-of-14 from the free-throw line.

Freshman guard Jessica Knight had 12 points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range.

“I’m so glad to see her have a big game tonight,” Geron said. “She’s been battling a little adversity as a freshman. It’s a long season for them and she hit that wall you hit as a freshman sometimes. So it’s nice to see her come out tonight and really hit some major 3s for us. I’m really proud of her.”

Also for the Bulldogs, junior Lauren Camm had nine points and a game-high nine rebounds and freshman Marissa Jones tallied eight points.

Sophomore Emilee Pollmann paced the Owls with a game-high 20 points. Griffin chipped in 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while teammate Maci Lubker scored 10 points.

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