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Some halftime adjustments made the difference for the Bulldogs on Tuesday, as they overcame a first half deficit to defeat Ripley at home, 68-58.
The Tigers came out hitting five three-pointers in the first quarter, three from Deion Palmer, giving Ripley a 22-10 lead after the first quarter.
Behind eight second quarter points from Daniel Drummond, New Albany cut the Tigers’ lead to four, 32-28, at the half and opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run to take the lead.
“We told them at the half that we basically didn’t play well in the first half; our effort was terrible, our execution was terrible, we took bad shots and made some bad decisions,” coach Brad Gray said. “We made some adjustments at the half, came out in the second half and played with some more intensity, especially on the defensive end. We made better decisions, and you have to give credit to our kids.”
New Albany outscored Ripley 22-8 in the third quarter led by 10 points from Moses Kingsley, and the Tigers went cold from behind the arc until late in the game.
Drummond led New Albany with 16 points, followed by 11 from Kingsley and Eric Chaney.
Ripley hit 10 three-pointers in the game, and it is that kind of shooting the Bulldogs will try to prepare for in its game against East Union in the Union County Tournament on Friday.
“I think teams are figuring out our weakness and that we can’t contest those shots. Teams are penetrating and kicking out, and we’re having a hard time guarding that,” Gray said. “We’re going to have to work on that the next couple of days in practice, and hopefully we’ll be able to adjust to it and guard against East Union on Friday night. It will be tough.”
New Albany and East Union will play at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Ripley 67 New Albany 51 (girls)
Jazmine Spears scored 32 points, but the Lady Tigers pulled away in the second half of its 16-point win.
New Albany found itself down early, but Spears scored six first half points, including a shot at the end of the frame to tie the contest at 11.
Tied once more at 15 in the second, Ripley went on a 9-0 run and held the lead at the half, 27-18.
Jayla Chills scored 20 of her 29 points in the second half, helping the Lady Tigers secure the win.
Britney Johnson had 10 points for New Albany, who will next play on Thursday against West Union in the Union County Tournament.