Cold-shooting BW girls fall to New Albany, 45-27
By GARY HENERY
News Managing Editor
The Golden Eagles simply could not buy a basket …
New Albany took advantage of Big Walnut’s cold shooting to score a 45–27 Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division victory Friday night in Sunbury.
Coach Jeff Blunt’s visiting Eagles, converting 8 of its first 18 shots, including three of its first four three-point attempts, jumped out to a 12-point, 23–11 lead on senior forward Emily Rolwing’s rebound basket with 4:14 remaining in the opening half. The Golden Eagles were never closer than 10 points of the lead the rest of the night in going down to the 18-point setback.
“We could not make a basket. We were moving the ball and getting good looks, we could not get our shots to fall,” Big Walnut head coach Bob Scott said after watching his club drop to 6–3 on the season and to 3–3 in the OCC Capital. “Our defense also struggled early enabling New Albany to get out to a good start and build a lead.”
After the Golden Eagles took a 2–0 lead on a pair of Makenna Hammond free throws, New Albany (6–4, 4–2 OCC) put together a 23–9 run behind the outside shooting of senior Cheyenne Hartley-Carr and the inside play of senior Kyasia Duling to open up a 23–11 lead. Hartley-Carr, who led the Eagles with 12 points, counted three treys while Duling went inside for a pair of rebound baskets to fuel the run.
By the end of the first half, New Albany, despite a chilly 39.1 shooting percent (9-for-23), held a 12-point, 27–15 lead thanks to 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Big Walnut, led by senior Emily Chucta who tallied 7 of the Golden Eagles points, went into the break shooting 23.5 percent (4-for-17) from the field.
The second half turned into a defensive struggle with New Albany outscoring Big Walnut 18–12. The visiting Eagles converted 5 of their 21 final-half shots while the host Golden Eagles connected on 4 of their 28 attempts.
“We did a better job on defense in the second half, but we failed to take advantage because of our poor shooting against an active and aggressive New Albany defense,” Scott said. “Our shooting will come around, but it’s going to take time. It will take a lot of individual effort on the part of our players, but I’m confident we will get there as a team.”
For the game, New Albany finished with a 14-for-44, 31.8 shooting percentage, a percentage that included a 6-for-13, 46.2 percentage from 3-point range. Scoring behind Hartley-Carr for New Albany were freshman Meche’la Cobb and Duling with 7 points apiece and sophomore Taylor Snook with 6 points on a pair of treys. The Eagles were 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) at the line.
Big Walnut shot 8-for-45, 17.8 percent from the field, including 0-for-6 from behind the arc. Chucta led the Golden Eagles with 10 points. Junior Sara Petty and Hammond collected 4 points apiece. Big Walnut converted 11 of 17 free throws (64.7 percent).
The Golden Eagles, led by Petty’s 10 and Chucta’s 6 rebounds, claimed a 43–41 advantage off the glass. Senior Hannah Scipio led the Eagles with 7 boards while Duling cleared off 5 missed shots.
BIG WALNUT 66, HORIZON SCIENCE ACADEMY 21 — Defense was the dominate factor for the Golden Eagles last Saturday night, lifting Bob Scott’s quintet to a 45-point non-league win over the host Hawks at The Ohio School for The Deaf.
Big Walnut (7–3) started with a 26–3 spree to open the first period and the defense took over from there, allowing no more than seven points in any of the final three quarters to hand winless Horizon Science its eighth straight loss.
Junior Sara Petty and sophomore Makenna Hammond led the way for the Golden Eagles, pouring in 12 points apiece in the win. Senior Samantha Klinedinst followed with 9 points while junior Hannah Seawell and sophomore Cassidy Walaszek contributed 8 points apiece.