By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
A week after by edged by Floyd Central for the Hoosier Hills Conference title, New Albany paid back the Highlanders with a 94-92 victory.
The win allowed the Bulldogs to finish the regular season with an 11-0 dual meet mark. It could also them momentum over the five-time defending sectional champion Highlanders at the Feb. 2 Floyd Central Sectional.
Hannah Manger and Rachel Klein each won four times for New Albany, but it was Lauren McCool who was the hero.
McCool beat out Layah Jones by .13 seconds for second place in the 200-yard individual medley and later edged Sarah Taylor by 1.51 seconds in the 500 freestyle for second place. Had those results flipped, Floyd would have continued its domination of its rival.
Meg Taylor won the 100 and 200 freestyle for the Highlanders and also teamed with Jones, Sarah Taylor and Amy McCormick to win the 400 relay.
In the boys’ race, the Highlanders swept the top three positions in the 200 freestyle, the 200 IM and the 500 free. They also took the top two spots in both free relays to capture a 129-53 victory over New Albany.
Luke Lete won twice for the Bulldogs, touching the wall first in the 50 free and the 100 backstroke. Bryce Noonan won the diving competition with Noah Boone taking third for New Albany.
• Braun, Daniel lead Pirates to another win: Chris Braun had 32 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots and Aaron Daniel had his first career triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as Charlestown won in Madison over Shawe Memorial, 61-52 on Saturday.
The win was the second of the weekend for the Pirates after a 68-66 Mid-Southern Conference win over Eastern on Friday.
“They both played a lot of minute this weekend, but they’re doing a phenomenal job,” Charlestown coach Sean Smith said of Daniel and Braun. “They’re both winners and both are doing a great job of helping the team win.”
Justin Conrad and Eli Daniel added six points apiece for the Pirates, who outscored the Hilltoppers 37-28 in the second half after a 24-24 halftime deadlock.
Joe Mingione led Shawe (6-9) with 18 points.
NEXT: Charlestown (8-4, 3-1 MSC) at Brownstown Central (11-1, 4-0), Friday.
• Late run gives Braves win over Trinity: Borden trailed 28-15 early in the third quarter but closed on a 38-15 run to knock off Trinity Lutheran 53-43 on Saturday.
After scoring just 15 points and trailing by seven at the half, Borden gave up the first six points of the second half before the run.
The Braves outscored Trinity 23-7 in the fourth quarter.
“We hit some shots,” Borden coach Terry Rademacher explained. “We got a couple of easy layups, one thing led to another and we got a comfortable win. But the bottom line is we started to make shots.”
Leslie Beatty had a team-high 13 points, while Shelby Kirchgessner and Carson Casey scored 11 apiece for balanced Borden. Mariah Nolan led the Cougars (9-8) with 12.
NEXT: Borden (9-6) at West Washington (9-7), Tuesday.
• Mustangs stay on top of SAC: Ashley Johnson scored 29 points and handed out three assists as New Washington improved to 3-0 in the Southern Athletic Conference with a 52-36 win over rival South Central.
Caroline Ricks added 11 points and 16 rebounds and Kriston Sarver added seven points and three steals for the Mustangs.
At 3-1 in the SAC, only Lanesville — New Wash’s opponents on Thursday — can keep the Mustangs from winning the league crown.
Kelsey Miller led South Central (5-12, 2-2) 17 points and eight rebounds.
NEXT: New Washington (14-2, 3-0 SAC) hosts Crothersville (1-15, 0-4), Tuesday; at Lanesville (10-7, 3-1), Thursday.
• Tinsley, McFarland lead Dragons to 50-42 win: Lexi McFarland and Alex Tinsley combined for 40 of Silver Creek’s 50 points in a 50-42 win at Eastern on Saturday.
Tinsley scored 22 and McFarland added 18. McFarland hit the Dragons’ only 3-point shot.
“She played really well with the ball in her hands,” Silver Creek coach Scott Schoen said of McFarland.
Krista Roberts led the Musketeers with 17 points.
NEXT: Silver Creek (12-6, 6-2 MSC) hosts South Central (5-12), Wednesday.
• Orleans downs Hornets in OT: Henryville struggled to score all afternoon and was outscored 10-3 in overtime and fell at Orleans 37-30 on Saturday.
“We weren’t able to get into a flow offensively in the first half,” Henryville coach Josh Conrad said.
Orleans scored more than half of its points from the free throw line, going 19-of-34, while the Hornets made just eight of their 17 shots from the stripe.
“As a team, we need to do a better job adjusting to how the game is being officiated,” Conrad said. “We cannot commit 15 more fouls and put them on the foul line twice as many times and be successful.”
Haley Huddleston led Henryville with 10 points. Emily Hollis added nine and Jasmine Harrell six for the Hornets, who have dropped back-to-back games on the heels of a seven-game winning streak.
“I feel confident that we can regroup and continue to improve for next week and the sectional,” Conrad said.
Shelbi Samsil had a game-high 12 points for Orleans (10-6).
NEXT: Henryville (10-8) hosts Clarksville (4-14), Tuesday.