By KEVIN HARRIS
NEW ALBANY – Chyna Anthony put together another stellar performance Wednesday night at The Doghouse to keep New Albany’s Hoosier Hills Conference championship hopes alive.
The senior center recorded a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Bulldogs to a 69-48 victory over conference foe Columbus East.
For New Albany (14-5, 4-1 HHC) to win a share of the HHC title, it must win its final two conference games. The Bulldogs will travel to archrival Jeffersonville (13-7, 6-0), which clinched a piece of the HHC crown Tuesday night at Seymour in a 65-61 overtime win, on Friday night. New Albany then will visit Seymour (14-6, 3-2) next Thursday. The Bulldogs have not won at least a share of the HHC championship since 2005.
New Albany sophomore Alayasia Douglas scored 16 points. Bulldog senior Marissa Jones had another double-figure assist total with 12 to go along with nine points. Senior guard Earlean Davis added eight points.
Juniors Britney Ballard and Kristen Lyons each led the Olympians (11-9, 1-4) with nine points.
New Albany’s matchup with Jeff will tip off Friday at about 7:30 p.m. The Red Devils lead the all-time series 42-34.
NEW ALBANY 69, COLUMBUS EAST 48
Columbus East 12 7 15 14-48
New Albany 16 14 22 17-69
Columbus East (11-9, 1-4 Hoosier Hills Conference): Britney Ballard 9, Kristen Lyons 9, Abby Galarno 7, Lauren Meade 6, Whitley Rankin 5, Kary Horner 3, Sarah Park 3, Kaitlyn Dougherty 2, Korin Humes 2, Claire Cunningham 1, Riley Meade 1.
New Albany (14-5, 4-1): Chyna Anthony 26, Alayasia Douglas 16, Marissa Jones 9, Earlean Davis 8, Julyen Condra 4, Devon Hunter 3, Sadie Meyer 3.3-point field goals: Columbus East 2 (Ballard 1, Rankin 1); New Albany 5 (Jones 3, Douglas 2).
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