New Albany fell to 10-8 on the year after suffering setbacks against Rosa Fort and Booneville over the weekend.
Early foul trouble hurt the Bulldogs, who fell behind, 43-35, at the half against the Blue Devils after being within one point, 19-18, after the first quarter.
“Jarel (Lipsey) gets in foul trouble early, that never helps, and William (Harding) gets in foul trouble, so that’s two of our starters on the bench in the second quarter,” Bulldogs head coach Brad Gray said. “Some of our younger bench players stepped up, but the fouls put us behind early.”
“Give them all the credit. They executed and scored when they had good opportunities to score, and we missed some shots and had a couple defensive breakdowns. The kids played hard and didn’t give up, so I can live with that.”
Kenny Paul Geno led Booneville with 18 points, followed by Jack Nichols with 13 points.
Eric Chaney led all scorers with 21 points, followed by J.T. Moore with 10 points.
The Bulldogs dropped a 73-60 division slate at Rosa Fort on Friday. Jarel Lipsey led New Albany with 13 points, and Chaney added 10 points.
The loss was the first in division play since New Albany fell to Shannon during the 2010-2011 season. Gray is focused on getting his team back on track, starting with a Tuesday contest against Lewisburg at home. The Patriots enter the game at 15-5 on the year, led by seniors Alex Arnold and Cody Hanna.
“We’re going to have to get in there and back to blocking out,” Gray said. “As small as we are, we are not going to out jump people, and we have to get back to the basics and blocking out, playing on defense and being a little patient on offense, getting everyone involved. The kids are playing hard; we just have to be a little smarter.”
New Albany 82 Booneville 57 (girls)
Jazmine Spears scored a game-high 38 points in the Lady Bulldogs’ win over Booneville on Saturday.
The Lady Bulldogs led 36-31 at the half and outscored the Lady Blue Devils, 46-26, in the second half. Aravia Foote added 13 points, followed by 12 points from Kayla Parker.
New Albany improved to 2-0 in division play, defeating Rosa Fort, 53-31, on Friday.