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The Bulldogs improved to 2-1 in division play, fighting off a second half surge by Lafayette, defeating the Commodores, 65-55, on Tuesday.
Tied at 27 at the half, the Bulldogs went ahead by seven early in the third quarter, preceding a 16-0 run by Lafayette, giving the ‘Dores a 44-36 lead. Montreal Nabors hit three triples in the frame, including one to close the quarter.
New Albany fought back in the fourth, going on a 14-0 run and taking the lead on a basket by Bernard Spight. Lafayette scored its first points in the frame with 2:13 remaining, and the Bulldogs outscored the Commodores, 20-4, to pick up the win.
“It was huge,” New Albany coach Brad Gray said. “We didn’t play a great third quarter, but as they picked up the defensive effort, we switched to a 1-3-1 since our man wasn’t working, and the kids got after it and forced some turnovers. I was proud of our effort in the fourth quarter and how our kids responded.”
The Bulldogs will next take on Senatobia on Friday and close out division play against Lewisburg on Monday.
“I told them before game that this one is important, because there’s a big difference between 2-1 and 1-2; we really need to be 2-1 going into Friday, because we control our own destiny and we don’t have to try to climb out of the cellar,” Gray said. “Senatobia is going to play hard, and they’re very athletic and well coached. We’ll be in for another fight.”
J.T. Moore led the Bulldogs with 17 points, followed by 12 points from Eric Chaney and 11 points from Spight.
New Albany improves to 12-11 (2-1).
New Albany 69 Lafayette 52 (girls)
The Lady Bulldogs will play for a division title on Friday after defeating Lafayette by 17 on Tuesday.
Jazmine Spears led all scorers with 30 points, 16 from the free throw line, as New Albany pulled away for the win in the fourth quarter.
Kayla Parker put the Lady Bulldogs ahead by six, 48-42, heading into the fourth. New Albany went on a 14-2 run and outscored the Lady Commodores, 21-10, to improve to 14-5 (3-0).
Erin Michael Carter scored 13 points, followed by Jalessa Davis with 12 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Friday’s match up with Senatobia will be for the division title after the Lady Warriors defeated North Pontotoc, 55-45, to improve to 17-4 (4-0).