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Floyd Central’s Camry Hinton looks for help after going to the deck with two New Albany defenders in the first half. Photo by Wade Bell

Floyd pink-slips Lady Dawgs, 93-47


January 20, 2010
It was a pink-out night for the Coaches vs. Cancer game Thursday at Floyd Central, where the Class 4A No. 2 Lady Highlanders wore hot-pink uniforms and were equally as hot on the court, as they ripped Hoosier Hills Conference rival New Albany, 93-47. The win improved Floyd Central to 13-0 for the year.

Floyd Central vs. New Albany
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"Even when you don't defend well, we have the ability to outscore people. It's nice when you have that kind of team and you know you're going to be in games every night," Floyd Central coach Joe Voelker said, noting his team didn't play good defense in spots. "And you don't have to depend on every kid to score."

Both teams looked rusty at the beginning of the game as each had gone two weeks without a game because of snow cancellations. New Albany led early, but that didn't last long, as Floyd Central went on a 14-0 run to take a 16-6 lead.

"We got down 6-2 and made a few silly turnovers," Voelker said. "We didn't execute. I think we still have to work on our press break."

The Lady Highlanders kept the pressure on New Albany in the second period as they pushed to a 40-22 lead. New Albany put up 14 shots during the period but connected on just four, including just one of seven three-point attempts.

"Probably the thing I was most pleased with is the way we crashed the offensive boards," Voelker said. "We crashed the offensive boards well all night long. It's something we've been hitting on during our layoff here. We've got to be a better rebounding team.

"We weren't sure how they were buying in, but, tonight, it was obvious they bought in on it because they were crashing the boards hard and getting a lot of second-chance looks. Even the ones they didn't get, they took two defenders to block them out and a second kid was able to go pull the rebound."

Floyd Central (13-0, 4-0) had a bigger second half and used a 30-9 fourth quarter, thanks to 11-of-16 shooting, to cruise to the 93-47 win.

"It was just a pretty complete performance," Voelker said. "We just didn't stop in the fourth quarter. We hit some shots. We just didn't make the first three. New Albany got in foul trouble, which lets a little different post play inside. We got to rebound a little easier in the fourth. That was because we crashed them so hard the first three quarters to get them in foul trouble."

The Lady Highlanders put five players in double figures, with Jennifer Smith leading the way with 25 points. Mercades Bierman had 18 points, and Camry Hinton finished with 17. Brigid Morrissey dumped in 12 points, and Morgan Rookstool finished with 10. Floyd was 32 of 62 (52 percent) from the field and 22 of 43 from the charity stripe. The Lady Highlanders had 16 turnovers.

"The biggest thing is we had a lot of balance," Voelker said. "I thought our group played very hard and very well and probably one of our more complete games of the year as far as having a purpose for 32 minutes. We took Jennifer out with six-something (minutes remaining), Brigid out with five-something, and, with the nine kids that we have, they still kept competing inside and kept attacking the rim."

Kayton Cole led New Albany with 13 points, and Samantha Pitts finished with 12. The Lady Dawgs were 18 of 53 (34 percent) from the floor and 10 of 20 at the stripe. New Albany committed 23 turnovers.

"We're on a 23-game winning streak during the regular season (dating back to last season)," Voelker said. "Right now, we've won 23 of our last 24. I think the biggest thing we've been improving a little bit. … Our goal is to improve every time out and try to win our sectional. We want to be peaking at the end of the season."

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