By KEVIN HARRIS
FLOYDS KNOBS – On Dec. 8 at Highlander Gymnasium, Floyd Central snapped a 20-game losing streak in its Floyd County rivalry with New Albany in overtime, 49-47. It was the Hoosier Hills Conference opener for both teams.
The Highlanders (4-0) came out on fire as they built a 22-6 lead in the second quarter. But the Bulldogs (3-1) cut their deficit to 31-24 at halftime. They followed that up by outscoring Floyd 19-12 in the second half to tie the game at 43 and force overtime.
Highlander senior Gabe Shireman scored all four of his points early in the extra period. He nailed two layups to put Floyd up 47-43. New Albany answered with consecutive buckets by Trey Hourigan and Romeo Langford to tie the score at 47.
Floyd took the lead for good when senior guard Matt Weimer converted a layup, which was his only field goal of the game. In the final 3.8 seconds, Langford and Hourigan each missed potential game-winning 3-pointers as New Albany suffered its first loss of the season.
Senior guard Sean East paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 19 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. East made three steals.
Langford scored 15 points as he battled strep throat throughout the week and got limited practice time in preparing to play the Highlanders. The 6-foot-5 senior guard was only 7-of-17 from the field, hitting just one 3. He also had eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
Senior Luke Gohmann shot 4-of-5 from beyond the arc to pace Floyd Central with 17 points. Gohmann also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
Highlander junior Cobie Barnes chipped in 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Barnes battled leg cramps late in the game and had to go to the hospital after the game to get treatment.
Teammate Evan Nichols wound up with 10 points as he connected on five of his six field-goal attempts.
* SOIN PREPS STARS: Luke Gohmann, Floyd Central – Gohmann’s double-double helped lead the Highlanders to an inspired overtime victory over rival New Albany. The future Marian University player had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
FLOYD CENTRAL 49, NEW ALBANY 47, OT
New Albany 4 20 11 8 4-47
Floyd Central 14 17 7 5 6-49
New Albany (3-1, 0-1 Hoosier Hills Conference): Sean East 19, Romeo Langford 15, Trey Hourigan 7, Julien Hunter 4, Darin Starks 2, Savion Southers 0, Derrick Stevenson 0.
Floyd Central (4-0, 1-0): Luke Gohmann 17, Cobie Barnes 14, Evan Nichols 10, Gabe Shireman 4, Cam Sturgeon 2, Matt Weimer 2, Levi Siewert 0, Nick Winchell 0.
3-point field goals: New Albany 5 (East 3, Hourigan 1, Langford 1); Floyd Central 5 (Gohmann 4, Barnes 1).