Senior Tanner Marcum came up with the big plays when New Albany needed them the most in the Bulldogs’ 69-64 double-overtime win over visiting Floyd Central Saturday.
Steals, free throws and a 3-pointer were all part of the guard’s efforts to keep the Bulldogs in the game. Marcum tallied a team-high 32 points.
“It’s what I’m supposed to do,” Marcum said. “I’m the only senior and it’s my job, so I just have to do what I can.”
With 4.7 seconds left in regulation, Floyd Central’s Madison Kaiser sank two free throws to tie the score at 46.
In the first overtime, Floyd Central opened up a lead, but Marcum made a free throw to cut the deficit to 52-49. On the next play, she stole a pass and scored to make it 52-51.
Marcum forced another Highlander turnover and New Albany capitalized as guard Jenna Shine scored to give the Bulldogs a 53-52 lead.
Floyd Central continued to battle and the Highlanders went up 56-54 with 11 seconds left on an 8-foot jumper by guard Shelby Rost.
With 1.6 seconds remaining, Marcum drove to the basket and was fouled while attempting a layup.
She made both free throws to tie it at 56 and force the second overtime.
Junior Brooke Hinton sank two free throws to give the Highlanders a 58-56 lead. Marcum responded with a 3-pointer, and after a Highlander turnover scored a layup to put the Bulldogs in control 61-58.
Floyd Central battled back and cut the gap to 64-62 on a putback by senior Niki Bruno with 1:27 left.
Guard Brooke Hinton tied it at 64 with a basket with 0:57 remaining.
Guard Lauren Camm sank a free throw, and after Floyd Central missed two free throws at the other end, New Albany padded its lead with two more free throws by Marcum.
A pair of free throws by Camm with 0:21 left sealed the win.
“(Marcum) is our best player, but more importantly, we had other kids step up tonight when we needed them to,” New Albany coach Tammy Geron said. “She’s kind of drug us through this year a lot on her back, and tonight we had some kids step up outside of her. Our two freshmen played big for us tonight, had some big baskets when we needed them. Our big kids played really hard in the first half.
“I’m proud of the team effort. This was a game we had to have tonight.”
Camm had 13 points and 11 rebounds for New Albany and guard Aaliyah Bell added 10.
Senior center Tori Kingsley led Floyd Central with 15 points. Forward Madison Kaiser and Hinton each had 12.
After the Highlanders took a 2-0 lead on Hinton’s layup, the Bulldogs went on a 5-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from Camm.
Kingsley sank two free throws to cut the gap to 7-4. Kingsley’s putback on a missed shot put the Highlanders closer, 7-6.
Shine took a pass from Camm and drilled a jumper that extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 9-6.
Floyd Central regained the lead behind two straight baskets from Kaiser.
Marcum picked up the tempo for the Bulldogs in the second period. The senior stole a pass and made a layup to go ahead 15-10.
The Highlanders went on a run and went up 17-15 when Abbie Engle scored and completed the three-point play after being fouled.
With the score tied at 17, Marcum stole a pass and drove for the layup to give the Bulldogs a 19-17 lead.
The game remained close in the second half.