By KEVIN HARRIS
NEW ALBANY – New Albany’s Romeo Langford nearly broke his own single-game school scoring record last Saturday at The Doghouse.
Langford scored 47 points to lead the Class 4A No. 1 Bulldogs past visiting Evansville Harrison 96-59. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard moved up to 18th on the Indiana boys’ career scoring list. Langford now has 2,198 career points and is 936 points behind recordholder Damon Bailey, who played at Bedford North Lawrence.
Langford shot 16-of-24 from the field, 4-of-9 from 3-point range and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line. The 6-foot-5 senior guard completed a double-double with a team-high 12 rebounds. Langford also had six assists, four blocked shots and three steals.
Senior guard Sean East chipped in 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, five assists and four steals for the Bulldogs (3-0). Teammate Darin Starks scored 13 points.
New Albany will visit Floyd County rival Floyd Central (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. It will be the Hoosier Hills Conference opener for both teams.
* SOIN PREPS STAR: Romeo Langford, New Albany – It was another fantastic all-around performance from one of the best high school players in the nation.
NEW ALBANY 96, EVANSVILLE HARRISON 59
Ev. Harrison 15 14 15 15-59
New Albany 19 23 26 28-96
Evansville Harrison (2-1): Ja’korion Lindsey 23, Rilee Epley 12, Jason Williams Jr. 11, Robin Duncan 7, Kel’Ondre Dixon 3, Isaiah Edinburgh 2, Nick Bennett 1, Mason Boykin 0, Chase Retter 0, Erik Thomas 0.
New Albany (3-0): Romeo Langford 47, Sean East 19, Darin Starks 13, Anthony Irvin 7, Savion Southers 6, Trey Hourigan 2, Derrick Stevenson 2, Cooper Biven 0, Caleb Brown 0, Julien Hunter 0, Chris Johnson 0, Josh Oberhausen 0.
3-point field goals: Harrison 5 (Lindsey 4, Dixon 1); New Albany 9 (Langford 4, East 2, Starks 2, Irvin 1).