The Scottsburg Warriors couldn’t overcome a 12 point first half scoring drought dropping a 48-33 non-conference road game to the 4A New Albany Bulldogs of the Hoosier Hills Conference on Saturday (Jan. 18).
The loss moved the Warriors to 8-7 overall while the win improved the Bulldogs to 8-5.
“We put ourselves in a position to win heading into the fourth quarter,” said fourth year head coach Brent Jameson. “We executed our game plan much better in the second half. We just need to figure out how to close that game out and come up with a big stop and to learn how to capitalize when we get that close. But it was big progress for us executing a different type of game plan and a different style from what we are used to playing. Our players are seeing that sometimes we need to alter how we play and what we have to do to beat certain teams. I should have adjusted quicker to how we played in the post. That’s on me and I need to do better.”
Trailing 26-12 at halftime, Scottsburg allowed New Albany just five third quarter points with outstanding defensive play to cut the Bulldogs lead to eight at 31-23.
Early in the final quarter Scottsburg would decrease the margin to six points on two occasions, but that would be as close as the Warriors would come the remainder of the contest. New Albany outscored Scottsburg 17-10 to close the final period and pull away.
Senior Brantley Deaton led Scottsburg with 12 points while junior Treyton Owens scored eight; joined by senior Nick Sebastiao and sophomore Hayden Cutter with five points each. Senior Andrew Slaton also scored three points in the low scoring affair.
“Brantley was really solid,” Jameson added. He was able to attack. When we were patient on offense and we spread them out we got any shot we wanted. I was proud of our rebounding effort although they had some key second chance opportunities. We had some unforced turnovers but we handled their pressure about as well as we have any all season.”
New Albany was led by Jordan Thomas who led all scorers with 19 points and was joined in double figures by Tucker Biven and Kaden Stanton with 11 and 10 respectively.
The Scottsburg junior varsity fell to 8-4 with a 43-33 loss to New Albany.
Next up for the Warriors is a Friday, Jan. 24 home Mid-Southern Conference game in historic Meyer Gym against the Clarksville Generals.