New Albany converts at both
lines to pull away from BNL
61-51 in sectional semifinal
By Justin Sokeland
SEYMOUR – The highway is littered with broken pieces – automobiles, road kill – and dreams. Bedford North Lawrence’s chance to stun New Albany in the semifinal round of the Class 4-A sectional at Seymour died on the free way exit Friday night.
Free throws, often overlooked for their vital role in determining outcomes, are a basic fundamental. Wide open, unguarded. Just relax, concentrate and stroke it, like the thousands that have been practiced. Simple.
The Stars missed 14 of them. Each one was agonizing, teasing, tormenting. Nobody misses them purposefully. But they decided BNL’s fate as New Albany was better from both important lines on the court, shooting down the Stars 61-51 and ending BNL’s season at 12-11.
The Bulldogs (16-6) advanced to meet Jennings County (15-9) in Saturday night’s final. The Panthers conquered Seymour 66-44 in the second semifinal.
Dustin Cochran hit two momentum-turning 3-pointers to end the third quarter and five straight free throws in the fourth as New Albany survived BNL’s furious comeback from a 12-point hole in the second half. Cochran scored 13 points, none bigger than the two bonus shots after the Stars had roared back to force a 35-35 deadlock.
Swish, swish. Both were second-chance points after the first New Albany shot was missed and chased down. Both were killers. New Albany opened the fourth quarter with an 8-2 burst, and the double-digit margin was restored. BNL ran out of time and answers.
Davon Winburn added 12 points and DeAnthony Warren added 10 for New Albany.