SELLERSBURG — Silver Creek dropped a tough game on Friday with a 41-36 home loss to visiting Seymour.
The Dragons led after the first three quarters but were unable to hold off the Owls for the full four quarters.
“We were playing exactly the way we were wanting to play,” Silver Creek coach Scott Schoen said. “We just had a 3-minute period where we just didn’t execute and we missed a few opportunities.”
Silver Creek won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding the Owls 28-22. However, Seymour turned Silver Creek over 18 times.
Silver Creek’s Jaclyn Emly finished with a game-high 11 points and three assists. Alyssa Wright scored eight and pulled down 11 rebounds. Jordan Balz scored six points and also came away with six rebounds and three assists in the loss.
“Overall, I thought we played really well,” Schoen said. “We did a great job on Fee. We’ve got some things to work on, but we will get better as we go.”
Silver Creek has a quick turnaround. It goes to New Albany on Saturday.
SEYMOUR 41, SILVER CREEK 36
Seymour 6 8 12 15—41
Silver Creek 10 8 10 8—36
Seymour (2-1): Ashton Chase 11, Maddie Roark 10, Makenna Fee 8, Aiden Hiester 6, Megan Ritz 4, Chloe Shepherd 2.
Silver Creek (2-1): Jaclyn Emly 11, Alyssa Wright 8, Jordan Balz 6, Katie Emly 5, Kylie Wilkinson 4, Savannah Kirchgessner 2.
3-point field goals: Seymour 2 (Chase); Silver Creek 5 (Balz 2, J. Emly, K. Emly).
NEW ALBANY — Kelsy Taylor couldn’t be stopped Saturday night.
The 6-foot-2 New Albany senior center dominated smaller Silver Creek, scoring 16 points and snaring 14 rebounds, to lead the Bulldogs to a 60-43 victory over the visiting Dragons at the Doghouse.
It was a big bounceback game for Taylor, who tallied only two points in New Albany’s 50-46 win at Brownstown Central on Thursday night.
“I had a bad game,” she said. “I told myself, ‘Don’t worry about that game, worry about the next [one]’ and I told myself, ‘They also are not as big as me, so if I go to the rim, I’m either going to miss the shot, make the shot or get a foul.’”
Taylor finished 7 for 14 from the field and 2 of 6 from the free throw line for the Bulldogs (3-1), who led for all but a minute and 39 seconds of the game.
Junior guards Ally Willis and Alayasia Douglas tallied 15 and 10 points apiece, while senior wing Julyen Condra added nine for New Albany.
Taylor got the Bulldogs off to a good start, hitting two of their first three baskets. The second of those gave them a lead (at 6-5) they wouldn’t relinquish.
She had eight points and eight rebounds for New Albany, which led 28-18 at the break. Taylor then started, and ended, the third quarter with field goals.
Then, after Silver Creek’s Jaclyn Emly scored early in the fourth quarter to trim its deficit to seven, Taylor converted an old-fashioned 3-point play. The Bulldogs’ bulge didn’t dip below double digits after that.
“I thought she played a lot more under control,” New Albany coach Tammy Geron said of Taylor. “We’ve talked a lot about her playing within herself a little bit more and working on her balance, working on control and doing the things she does well, and being her. Because when she’s her, she’s really, really good. When she tries to do more than what she is, that’s when she gets out of control. But she can be a dominant force. She’s a big piece of our puzzle and our success. She did well tonight.”
The loss ended an arduous two days for the Dragons, who fell 41-36 to Seymour on Friday night.
“It’s been a tough weekend for us,” Silver Creek coach Scott Schoen said. “We played a very physical game [Friday] night, then had to turn around in 24 hours and play another very physical basketball game. With Taylor, she’s a load in there. … So we knew it was going to be a tough game tonight, especially with a young team.”
The Dragons (2-2) returned only one starter — junior guard Jordan Balz — from a team that went 9-14 last season.
“I have 14-year-olds out there. They’re used to playing middle school play,” said Schoen, who started a lineup of two freshmen, two juniors and a senior against New Albany. “They’re used to playing on Wednesday and then turning around and not having to play again until next Wednesday. Now you’re having to play a Hoosier Hills [Conference] schedule. I think it caught up with us a little bit.”
Emly, a 5-9 freshman guard, led the Dragons with 13 points. Junior wing Alyssa Wright added 10.
Silver Creek next hosts Charlestown on Wednesday night. New Albany, meanwhile, plays at Corydon Central next Saturday.
NEW ALBANY 60, SILVER CREEK 43
Silver Creek 7 11 13 12—43
New Albany 12 16 12 20—60
Silver Creek (2-2): Kyle Wilkinson 0-1 6-6 6, Jordan Balz 1-3 0-0 2, Katie Emly 2-4 1-2 5, Jaclyn Emly 4-15 5-6 13, Savannah Kirchgessner 3-7 0-0 6, Jordan Leddon 0-0 1-2 1, Alyssa Wright 1-3 7-8 10. Totals 11-33 20-24 43.
New Albany (3-1): Julyen Condra 3-7 3-4 9, Alayasia Douglas 2-10 5-9 10, Ally Willis 3-11 6-6 15, Savanna Pinkston 3-7 0-1 6, Kelsy Taylor 7-14 2-6 18, Mya Jackson 0-2 2-2 2, Ke’ona Murrell 0-0 2-2 2, Abigail Baxter 0-1 0-0 0, Layne Burke 0-1 0-0 0, Antonio Ray 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 18-53, 20-31 60.
3-point field goals: Silver Creek 1-10 (Wright 1-2, J. Emly 0-5, Balz 0-1, K. Emly 0-1, Wilkinson 0-1); New Albany 4-13 (Willis 3-6, Douglas 1-2, Condra 0-3, Baxter 0-1, Jackson 0-1). JV score: Silver Creek 30, New Albany 23
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