The New Albany girls’ basketball team and host Corydon both entered Saturday night’s matchup unbeaten. It was obvious durinag the game that both wanted to leave that way.

In the end, it was Corydon that left with a 73-72 victory when C.J. Reed hit an 8-footer in the lane with four seconds remaining.

New Albany (2-1) took a 72-71 lead when junior point guard Britany Sutton converted a three-point play with 34 seconds remaining.

Despite the loss, Bulldog coach Todd Satterly was encouraged by his team’s performance.

“I like my basketball team really well,” Satterly said. “I don’t like to lose, but we can walk away from here very proud of our kids. I think we’re going to be a nice, talented basketball team by the time the sectional rolls around.”

After the two teams were tied at the half, New Albany outscored the Panthers (3-0) 17-16 in the third quarter to take a 56-55 lead going into the final stanza.

Taylor Fountain led New Albany with 16 points, while three Bulldogs scored in double figures in Brandi Waller (14), Samantha Pitts (11) and Stephanie Sands 10.

New Albany has 12 days off before hosting North Harrison on Nov. 29.

• Johnson leads Generals to first win: Clarksville senior Jessica Johnson scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help Clarksville beat visiting Christian Academy of Indiana, 57-35.

According to Clarksville coach Troy Mitchell, it was Johnson’s defense that was the key, as she moved over to play defense on CAI’s Shawna Doty after halftime. Doty had kept the Warriors close, scoring 16 points in the first half.

“In the second half, Johnson shut her (Doty) down defensively, holding her to only one free throw,” Mitchell said. “She had an extremely good game.”

Johnson also had six steals and seven assists in the win for Clarksville (1-2). Danielle Evans added nine points in the victory.

Kelsey Biggs scored nine points for the Warriors (3-4), who will travel to West Washington on Monday, Nov. 26.

Clarksville will host Shawe Memorial on Monday.

• Pioneers fall at Seymour: Providence fell to 0-3 on the season with a 71-44 loss at Seymour.

The Pioneers fell behind 15-6 and the end of the first quarter and could never recover, struggling with turnovers throughout.

“We have to do a better job with pressure,” said Providence coach Ty Anderson. “We also have to be more aggressive in transition. We can’t have girls passing up opportunities around the basket. Those are the two things we’ll be working on come Monday.”

Whitney Thomas led the Pioneers with 14 points, while Amber Rogers added 10. It was the second straight game where Providence faced a Hoosier Hills Conference team. New Albany beat the Pioneers 71-42 on Friday night.

“It’s hard to focus when you play two good teams in a row like that,” Anderson said. “We played really well early, but it’s tough to follow New Albany with Seymour.”

Providence will play at Brownstown on Saturday.

In other girls’ action, Jeffersonville lost its HHC opener at Bedford North Lawrence, 67-54. The Red Devils (1-2) will host South Central on Wednesday.

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