By KEVIN HARRIS
SEYMOUR – New Albany concluded its regular season Thursday night at Scott Gym, defeating Hoosier Hills Conference rival Seymour 57-53.
Northern Kentucky University signee Chyna Anthony was one of four Bulldogs (15-6, 5-2 HHC) who finished in double figures. The 6-foot-1 senior scored a team-high 14 points.
Senior guard Earlean Davis and sophomore guard Alayasia Douglas each tallied 13 points for New Albany. Also for the Bulldogs, junior guard Julyen Condra wound up with 11 points and senior guard Marissa Jones continued her efficient job of distributing the ball with nine assists.
New Albany pulled out to a 14-8 lead after the first quarter and was up 30-26 at halftime. The Bulldogs lost the lead to the Owls (15-7, 3-3) for a segment of the fourth, but bounced back to earn their fifth victory in the last six contests.
“I thought we came out with great purpose on both ends of the floor. Then we lost ourselves a little bit and started going back to bad habits,” New Albany head coach Tammy Geron said. “However, I thought we played more with a purpose throughout the game tonight and handled situations better. We played with the lead most of the game and then lost the lead in the fourth quarter. We never lost our heads, though, and continued to battle.
“Earlean Davis and Julyen Condra did a great job on both ends of the floor tonight. Marissa Jones finished with nine assists and Chyna connected on huge baskets at critical times during the game. We also got great play from sophomore Alayasia Douglas. Alayasia did a nice job penetrating the zone and getting the ball into the paint. It is always good to get a win on the road in conference play and to finish the season with 15 wins collectively is a goal we had at the beginning of the season.”
It is the third time in Geron’s six seasons as New Albany’s head coach that she has guided the Bulldogs to at least 15 victories. New Albany will face either Jennings County (9-14) or Floyd Central (13-10) in the Class 4A Floyd Central Sectional semifinals at 6 p.m. next Friday.
Seymour seniors Lauren James and Kayla Griffin scored 16 and 15 points, respectively.
NEW ALBANY 57, SEYMOUR 53
New Albany 14 16 12 15-57
Seymour 8 18 10 17-53
New Albany (15-6, 5-2 Hoosier Hills Conference): Chyna Anthony 14, Earlean Davis 13, Alayasia Douglas 13, Julyen Condra 11, Kelsy Taylor 4, Marissa Jones 2.
Seymour (15-7, 3-3): Lauren James 16, Kayla Griffin 15, Makenna Fee 7, Megan Ritz 6, Katie Suits 6, Ashton Chase 3.3-point field goals: New Albany 2 (Condra 1, Davis 1); Seymour 4 (Chase 1, Griffin 1, James 1, Ritz 1).
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