By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – It was certainly a quality collection of quick guards on display Friday when the Mooreville Troopers and New Albany Bulldogs tipped off.
Eric Chaney from New Albany got the better of any individual matchups, but the Troopers continued their winning ways with an 88-75 victory.
“There was a lot of good guard play out there tonight,” Mooreville head coach Jeff Tally said.
“We shot the ball well tonight, especially in the first half.
“It was hard to slow New Albany down tonight.”
It was also hard to slow down the Troopers (21-3) as Austin Timms had 11 points in the first quarter, with Kelsey Scott chipping in 6, good enough for a 25-14 lead.
Mooreville kept the pressure up in the second period. A Brandon Moore basket began a 12-0 run, with the Troopers’ senior guard capping the spurt with a layup off a fast-break for a 44-27 lead.
The Troopers eventually led at the half 51-33.
“We got beat in transition way too much tonight,” New Albany head coach Brad Gray said. “Give them credit for controlling the tempo.”
In the second half, Chaney scored 26 points for the Bulldogs, part of his game-high 32.
But that could not counter the Troopers, who had three players with at least 20. Timms scored 23, Moore 22, and Scott 20 in the winning effort.
(G) New Albany 47, Mooreville 43: The Lady Troopers made this a competitive affair despite leading scorer Savannah Webb not playing.
New Albany star post-player Jasmine Spears had a routine 29 points in the contest, her final field goal giving the Lady Bulldogs (15-4) a 44-35 lead.
Mooreville closed within 44-43 on a rebound and basket by Meagan Edmonds with 2 minutes, 27 seconds to play.
But Kayla Parker tallied a free throw and a field goal in the closing seconds to help ice the win for New Albany.
Tiana Allen led Mooreville with 15.