By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
For the second straight night, New Albany let a double-digit lead slip away.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs led Evansville Harrison 45-35 after three quarters but were outscored 31-17 in the fourth quarter by the Class 4A No. 7 Warriors. One night earlier, New Albany (1-2) led Columbus East 20-9 after one quarter before falling in its Hoosier Hills Conference opener.
“We don’t have much heart when it comes to closing games,” New Albany coach Jim Shannon said following Saturday’s loss. “We continue to choke away games early in the season.”
Harrison (2-0) brothers Ernie, Everett and Stanley Duncan combined for 49 of the Warriors’ 66 points, including 24 of their 31 in the fourth quarter.
Ernie Duncan led all scorers with 23 points. Everett added 16 and Stanley scored 10.
“They’re pretty good,” Shannon said. “They took advantage of our turnovers in the fourth quarter and that helped [the Duncan’s point totals], but they still did a pretty good job of scoring.”
Josh Rogers and Jermaine Parrish scored 14 points apiece for the Bulldogs. Garrett Arnold and Leondre McBirth finished with 11 each.
“I thought we played hard,” Shannon said. “No one was slacking, but individually we’re not playing our roles very well.”
The Bulldogs can get back above .500 this coming weekend when they host Floyd Central on Friday and Corydon Central on Saturday.
“We’ve played three pretty good teams,” Shannon said. “We could be 3-0, but I guess in some ways we’re lucky to be 1-2.”
• Rock Creek beats Crothersville to sweep weekend: After falling behind host Crothersville 15-11 after the first quarter, Rock Creek Academy outscored the Tigers 49-30 the rest of the way for a 60-45 victory on Saturday.
The win gave the Lions a weekend sweep of two Southern Athletic Conference teams after topping New Washington on Friday.
“We’ll take two wins any time you can get them,” Rock Creek coach Chris Brown said. “Especially when one is on the road. Our effort was outstanding.”
Joe Logsdon led Rock Creek, which was extraordinarily balanced both nights of the weekend, with 11 points. Ronald Karenzi added 10. Devin Burt scored nine points, Tanner Gerth and Will Brown had eight apiece and Gedeon Nzombi and Isaiah Pearson each finished with six.
“We had a lot of people do a lot of good things,” Brown said.
Nzombi — a first-year basketball player — also finished with 13 boards as Rock Creek out-rebounded the Tigers 38-17.
“Gedeon was a beast tonight,” Brown said.
One area of concern was 29 Rock Creek turnovers.
“It’s just silly stuff that we absolutely have to clean up,” Brown said.
Gene Hodge (22) and Brian Money (17) combined for 39 of Crothersville’s 45 points.
NEXT: Rock Creek (3-2) at Christian Academy, Friday.
• Hornets fall at North Harrison: Henryville fell to 0-3 on the young season after a 71-33 loss at North Harrison on Friday.
The Hornets trailed 33-19 at the break, but some sloppy possessions to start the third quarter quelled any chance they had at making a run at the 1-2 Cougars.
“That kind of sealed the deal for us,” Henryville’s first-year coach Dan Carmony said.
Tyler Collins scored more than half of Henryville’s points for the second straight outing with 17. Cody Reister and Bailey Reister each added six.
“We’re a work in progress,” Carmony said. “The kids kept playing hard and kept after it. As long as they do that, we’ll get better.”
NEXT: Henryville (0-3) at Charlestown, Tuesday.
• Hinton leads Highlanders past Southwestern: Brooke Hinton scored 25 points, including four 3-pointers, as Floyd Central went on the road an throttled Southwestern 75-38 on Saturday.
It was Hinton’s best outing of the season after suffering through an ankle injury at the start of the campaign.
“Brooke’s ankle’s coming around and she’s getting into basketball shape after the volleyball season,” Floyd coach Kirk Hamsley said. “She shot well early and had a really nice game. When she’s good, she makes us good.”
Madison Kaiser and Tori Kingsley scored 10 points apiece for the Highlanders and Riley Kaiser and Niki Bruno each scored eight.
NEXT: Floyd Central (3-2) hosts South Oldham, Wednesday.
• Fourth-ranked Stars shoot down New Albany: Class 4A No. 4 and unbeaten Bedford North Lawrence shot 60 percent from the field and held visiting New Albany to 32 percent in a 63-28 Hoosier Hills Conference victory on Saturday.
New Albany got to the foul line 14 more times than the Stars but scored just four more points, going 9 of 21 from the stripe.
Tanner Marcum led the Bulldogs with 11 points but went just 2-of-6 from the floor. Bedford’s Dominique McBryde led all scorers with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Alexa Bailey — the daughter of former BNL and IU star Damon Bailey — and Jenna Allen scored 12 points apiece, combining to make 11 of their 12 shots.
NEXT: New Albany (3-2, 0-1 HHC) at Scottsburg, Thurday.
• Dragons drop first MSC contest at Corydon: Silver Creek scored just two points in the second quarter and six in the third as the Dragons dropped to 2-1 in the Mid-Southern Conference with a 51-35 road loss at Corydon Central on Saturday.
“We just didn’t play well,” Creek coach Scott Schoen said. “We struggled from the field a little bit. We need to get into transition and get some easy baskets. We have good scorers, it’s a matter of putting them in the right position to make shots.”
After trailing 21-13 at the half, the Panthers pulled away with a 16-6 advantage in the third quarter. However, the Dragons cut the deficit to 10 points and had the ball in the fourth quarter.
Creek missed a layup and the Panthers came down to the other end and scored to take a 12-point lead. The lead ballooned from there.
“The good thing is we don’t quit fighting,” Schoen said. “We just didn’t have a very good day.”
Silver Creek and Corydon are both now 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the MSC, but because of Corydon’s loss to Scottsburg, the Dragons will still win at least a share of the league title by winning their final six conference games.
“We still control our destiny in the conference,” Schoen said. “If we want to be a player in the conference, we have to take care of business.”
NEXT: Silver Creek (4-2, 2-1 MSC) at Charlestown, Saturday.
• Pirates fall at Scottsburg: Class 3A No. 10 Scottsburg outscored Charlestown 50-23 in the second half and rolled to an 84-46 MSC victory on Saturday.
Jillian Romero scored 27 points Kelsey Smith and Katie Wampler each added 19 for the 5-1 Warriorettes. Wampler also had eight rebounds and six blocked shots, while Elliott had 14 boards, four assists and a pair of steals.
Justice Burdin led the Pirates with 19 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. However, Charlestown went just 15-for-54 from the floor for 28 percent and made just one of its seven 3-point attempts.
NEXT: Charlestown (2-4, 0-3 MSC) hosts Silver Creek, Saturday.
• Defense leads Borden to victory: Borden held Shoals to a season-low 25 points — 17 points below its season average — in a 35-25 victory on Saturday.
Shelby Kirchgessner scored six of Borden’s 10 points in the third quarter and five of the team’s 10 in the fourth quarter as the Braves outscored Shoals 20-12 in the second half.
“The shooting wasn’t too good,” Borden coach Terry Rademacher said. “Of course, if you ask us, it was good defense.”
Kirchgessner led all scorers with 17 points.
“She played another really good game,” Rademacher said of Kirchgessner.
Leslie Beatty added seven and Abby Ellis six for the Braves.
NEXT: Borden (3-2) hosts Union Dugger, Tuesday.