New Albany turned loose a Chyna in the bull shop of the paint on Thursday night.
Junior center Chyna Anthony dominated the interior, scoring 14 points, grabbing a career-best 21 rebounds and blocking six shots as the Bulldogs overpowered Scottsburg 61-46 to end a two-game slide and stop Scottsburg’s six-game winning streak.
New Albany (6-4) overcame a brutal offensive performance in the first half: 8 of 34 shooting, including 15 misses from what New Albany coach Tammy Geron measured as “the two-foot line. We joked about that at halftime – for a little bit.”
The Bulldogs’ offense in the second half was no joke. New Albany started converting shots and pulled away, erupting for 26 fourth-quarter points that turned a one-point lead into a comfortable finish.
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Anthony did a lot of damage. Of course, at 6-foot-1 and with superior athletic skills, she was expected to rule the post. Scottsburg’s Donna Cheatham, a Hall of Famer who owns more wins than any coach in Indiana girls basketball history, couldn’t draw up anything to offset New Albany size and whopping 49-21 rebounding advantage.
“When you only come to their armpit, you’re not going to get rebounds,” Cheatham said. “That didn’t bother me much. There’s not much we can do about it anyway. We don’t have height and that’s something you can’t teach.”
New Albany couldn’t drop a ball in the bucket if it were a swimming pool in the first half, and even its 27-10 rebounding edge (with 20 offensive boards) didn’t help. Perhaps Scottsburg’s unacceptable color coordination of its road uniforms blinded the Bulldogs.
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To be fair, Scottsburg’s camo shorts – which didn’t match the normal purple-and-gold scheme or the gray shoes and caused a stir on social media – was an emergency choice. Dry rot claimed the real ones and replacements haven’t arrived yet. To be fair, New Albany did find its touch in the second half.
“We started finding out way, started calming down a little bit,” Geron said. “In the first half, we were a little tight, playing not to miss and not to make a mistake instead of playing free and loose. Chyna had a monster night. That was fantastic. She really demonstrated a lot of tenacious attitude.”
Anthony set a pregame goal of 20 boards and got that.
“I felt I had a great advantage,” she said. “Everything clicked.”
Jenna Shine added 13 points, Earlean Davis scored eight late points to total 12, and Marissa Jones had 10 points for the Bulldogs.
Paige Barrett had 16 points for the Warriorettes (8-3). Her back-cut for a layup cut New Albany’s lead to 35-34 to start the fourth quarter, but New Albany allowed only one field goal during the next four minutes.
“As long as we stayed with our game, taking the sure shot, we were fine,” Cheatham said. “But we got a little antsy and started rushing, and that’s how the lead blossomed. We didn’t stick to the game plan for 32 minutes.”
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Scottsburg (8-3) – Paige Barrett 16, Taylor Means 7, Emma Waskom 8, Katie Horstman 9, Taylor Stewart 6
New Albany (6-4) – Earlean Davis 12, Ashley Lyninger 6, Chyna Anthony 14, Jenna Shine 13, Marissa Jones 10, Aaliyah Bell 6