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December 14, 2012

H.S. ROUNDUP: Bulldogs run by winless Seymour, 69-26

Borden advances to Washington County Invite championship

SEYMOUR — The New Albany boys’ basketball team outscored Seymour 27-3 in the third quarter and breezed to a 69-26 Hoosier Hills Conference victory on Friday at Scott Gym.

The Bulldogs went 11-for-12 from the field and held Seymour to 1-of-10 to expand a 34-18 halftime lead to 61-21 at the end of three.

New Albany’s Leondre McBirth scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the third period.

“We came out in the third quarter and established ourselves pretty well,” New Albany coach Jim Shannon said. “Obviously, we handled them.”

For the game, New Albany made 29 of its 55 field-goal attempts while holding the Owls to 10-of-43 (22 percent). In the second half, Seymour (0-6, 0-2 HHC) made just three field goals and two free throws.

The Bulldogs also turned over the Owls 25 times to just eight of their own.

“Defensively, I suppose we played OK,” Shannon said. “It’s hard to find fault.”

Shannon did, however, find fault in his Bulldogs’ first-half effort.

“I just don’t think we were into the game early,” he said. “I thought we were selfish with the ball. We didn’t find the open man. These games are difficult to play in and difficult to coach. You knew coming in, it would be difficult to play at the same level than if we were playing, say, Jeffersonville.”

Jermaine Parrish added 11 points for New Albany, which improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the HHC with its third straight win. Also for the Bulldogs, Chad Hudson scored 10 points, including three 3-pointers, Jeff Byrne finished with eight points and Josh Rogers six in the victory.

“Everybody played, everybody contributed,” Shannon said. “We were able to play some kids who normally wouldn’t get as many minutes.”

Zach Schlatterer led the Owls with six points.

New Albany will face Castle, which is 4-1 after Friday’s 68-60 win over Evansville Reitz, on Tuesday at the Doghouse.

“That’s arguably the best team we’ll have played,” Shannon said. “They’re as good as it gets.”

• Braves move into Washington County title game: Borden beat host Eastern for the second time this season, 64-49 on Friday, to advance to tonight’s Washington County Invitational championship game.

The 6-0 Braves will face West Washington in tonight’s final for back-to-back titles.

“It’s always nice to play for a championship,” Borden coach Doc Nash. “It’s always a good to win the tournament. We’ve got a chance to accomplish it [Saturday].”

West Washington beat Salem 41-26 in the first semifinal.

“They make you play ugly,” Nash said of the Senators. “They’re a very good defensive team. It will be contradicting styles. Who can impose their will will come out on top. It should be a great game.”

After beating the Musketeers in two overtimes to open the season, Borden overcame a 9-0 start to roll past Eastern in the second matchup.

“It was a gawd-awful start,” Nash said. “We missed layups and turned it over four or fives times right off the bat. We were awful. We can’t do that. We’re too good of a team to do that.”

In the second quarter, Borden outscored the Musketeers 16-2 to take a 23-16 lead into the halftime break.

“We got calmed down,” Nash observed. “We got shots up and finally made a couple of them. We didn’t do much differently. We just settled down, I guess.”

Once again, the Class A No. 6 Braves were balanced offensively. Borden’s Michael Lynch led the way with 16 points, while teammate Jalen McCoy had 13. Billy Kirchgessner finished with 11, Cody Bachman nine and Garrett Vick eight.

NEXT: Borden (6-0) vs. West Washington (2-3) at Pekin, at 7:30 tonight (Washington County Invitational championship).

• New Wash wins third straight: New Washington outscored Rising Sun 21-4 in the final six minutes on Friday for its third straight win, 61-48.

The Mustangs trailed 18-13 after one quarter and 30-25 at the half. After taking a one-point lead after three quarters, New Wash trailed the Shiners, 44-40. That’s when it went on its run over the final 6:06 to improve to 3-2.

“To do that on the road, that says a lot for these kids’ character,” New Wash coach Jonathan May said of the Mustangs.

The Mustangs won just a single game a year ago.

“We went through a rough season last year, but the kids’ mentalities have changed,” May said. “They play very unselfish.”

Ian Hughes led New Wash with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and a pair of blocks. James Clemons had 12 and Dustin Cooper added 11 for the Mustangs.

NEXT: New Washington (3-2) will host Silver Creek (1-5), tonight.

• Highlanders fall on the road: Floyd Central trailed unbeaten Columbus East just 13-10 after one quarter.

Then disaster.

The Olympians outscored Floyd 23-4 in the second quarter and improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the HHC with a 60-35 victory.

East hit five 3-pointers in the second quarter, led by Nate Rich, who hit six on the night.

“We were playing pretty well other than the second quarter,” Highlander coach Randy Gianfagna said. “We turned it over too much and gave them 3s in transition.”

Codie Hamsley led the Highlanders with 10 points. Rich led all scorers with 18.

NEXT: Floyd Central (1-3, 0-2 HHC) hosts Providence (5-0), tonight.

• Lanesville beats Hornets: First-year Henryville coach Dan Carmony likes the improvements his team is making, but the Hornets dropped to 0-6 with a 75-39 loss to Lanesville on Friday.

The Eagles had three players scored at least 14 points, led by Kevin Zollman and Brandon Blackerby with 16 apiece, in the Southern Athletic Conference victory.

“We had some improvements tonight,” Carmony said. “We got more shots and more good shots, which was a result of turning the ball over a few less times. Even though it was a wide margin, there were some good results tonight.”

Tyler Collins led the Hornets in scoring for the sixth straight contest with a game-high 23 points. Cody Reister added 10 for Henryville.

NEXT: Henryville (0-6) at Southwestern (1-4), tonight.

• Third quarter dooms CAI: Christian Academy led South Central 25-23 at halftime, but the Rebels outscored CAI 23-12 in the third quarter to earn a 65-60 victory.

The Warriors led by nine points in the second quarter, but bad shots and turnovers allowed the Rebels to get back into the game before their third quarter run.

“We gave them some easy buckets and didn’t value the ball,” CAI coach Steve Kerberg said of the third quarter. “We did a great job of that in the first half.”

The loss drops CAI to 3-4, but the Warriors have been in all four losses.

“We did some really good things and some bad things,” Kerberg said. “We have some guys without varsity experience and we just haven’t found ways to win close games. It’s disappointing to lose close games, but it’s early in the year and we really do have a chance, as a team, to get better.”

Aaron Hayes (23 points) and DeVonta King (21) led the way for Christian Academy. Bobby Sampson (22) and Kyle Pease (20) led the Rebels.

NEXT: Christian Academy (3-4) at Switzerland County (4-1), next Friday.

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