NA pulls away from Lafayette
New Albany 64 Lafayette 57
New Albany head coach John Stroud is use to seeing his team play strong in the second half, so when the Lady Bulldogs jumped to a 15 point lead at the half of their game at Lafayette Monday night, he was happy with his team’s performance.
“We’ve played great in the third and fourth quarters in the last nine games,” Stroud explained. “It was good to go to the half up 30-15 because we normally don’t play as well in the first half.”
Unfortunately, New Albany allowed the Lady Commodores to get back in the game in the second half, as nine points by Shequilla Isom and another six from Nikki McChristian cut the Lady Dawgs’ lead to only three going into the final frame.
A three-point play by Brianna Fisher off of a Jazmine Spears foul cut New Albany’s lead to four, 55-51, with less than two minutes left, but after a time out, Coach Stroud’s squad held the ball and forced Lafayette to foul the remainder of the game, and New Albany held on for the 64-57 win.
“We didn’t guard anybody in the third and we quit blocking out,” Stroud said. “In the fourth, we got focused again and were able to put them away.”
New Albany had several opportunities to pull away at the free throw line, but the Lady Dawgs continue to struggle, keeping the Lady ‘Dores in the game.
“We haven’t shot well this season,” Stroud said of his team’s struggle at the line. “It’s been one of our weaknesses all year.”
Spears led the Lady Dawgs with 17 points, while Micha Washington added 16 and Kebrina Lucas had 13.
Isom led all scorers on the night with 23, while McChristian added 14 for the Lady Commodores.
With the win, New Albany remains undefeated on the year as they look ahead to the beginning of district play.
“We still have a lot we need to work on,” Stroud said. “We’re young, so every game is a learning experience. We need to be better on defense as well as rebounding. Offensively we haven’t had many problems, we’re scoring about 60 a game, but when we have the lead, we need to work on putting them away.”
New Albany will host Tishomingo County this Friday, as they will open district play.
East Union 53 Falkner 41
The Lady Urchins made it two in a row Tuesday night, as they defeated Falkner 53-41.
East Union opened the game with a strong first quarter, leading 14-5 after one. Falkner outscored the Lady Urchins in the second, cutting the deficit to 22-17 at the half.
East Union continued their offensive stance in the second half, pulling away and picking up their third win of the season.
Stephanie Dillard led the Lady Urchins with 15, while Tosha Graham added 12 and Laken Moore 11.
The Lady Urchins will be back in action this Friday as they will travel to Baldwyn.
Myrtle 59 Ashland 34
After a close game in the first quarter that saw both teams knotted at 11, Myrtle found their offense and pulled away from Ashland, enroute to a 59-34 win Tuesday night.
The Lady Hawks doubled Ashland in points in the second frame, 16-8, and held Ashland to single digits for the remainder of the game, as they were only able to score 23 for the final three quarters.
Keanna Cox led the Lady Hawks with 18, while Amber Williamson added 16 and Aspriona Gilbert had 13, as Myrtle improves to 12-3 on the year.
Myrtle will be on the road at Oxford this Friday.
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