John Stroud’s young squad is still trying to find its way. Currently at 4-3, the Lady Bulldogs overcame an early nine-point deficit, defeating Ingomar, 55-39, on Tuesday.
“We showed up enough to win the game, but I’m waiting for us to do more than just show up. We need to come out to play,” Stroud said.
“We went to the man-to-man defense in the second quarter and shut them down, so that was the difference in the game. We knew they could shoot three’s, and we let them do that in the first quarter, but I’m proud of the girls.”
Mallory Adair and Kate Webb contributed with three-pointers for Ingomar in the opening frame, scoring 11 straight after New Albany scored the game’s first basket.
After switching defenses, the Lady Bulldogs gradually chipped away Ingomar’s lead, going ahead, 19-18, on free throws by Jazmine Spears. The junior finished with a game-high 23 points and has taken on several new roles for New Albany so far this season.
“She’s had to play a lot of different positions, being a point guard and a leader, so it’s a learning year for us,” Stroud said. “These girls haven’t played much before, and we get everyone’s best shot being New Albany, so I’m proud of them for working hard. We’re still growing and we’ll improve as the season goes on.”
Adair finished with 16 points, hitting four three-pointers to lead Ingomar, and Aravia Foote added nine points in the win for New Albany.
New Albany 77 Ingomar 40 (boys)
The Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing skid, defeating the Falcons for the second time this season.
Leading only by four after the first quarter, New Albany outscored Ingomar 16-4 in the second to improve to 5-4 on the year.
Moses Kingsley led the Bulldogs with 13 points, followed by William Harding with eight points and seven points from Daniel Drummond.
Following his 47-point performance against South Pontotoc on Monday, senior Steven Foster led Ingomar with 19 points.
New Albany will next play tonight at Booneville while Ingomar will play at Myrtle.