Photo by Tori Roberts
By JD McKay
This Friday the Highlanders will face their toughest task of the season, and his name is Romeo Langford. As well as Langford, New Albany boasts two other Division I recruits, senior Sean East and sophomore Julien Hunter.
The Highlanders come into the game ranked 15, and New Albany is ranked number one. Floyd comes in having won its first three games. New Albany has also won its first three games.
The Highlanders have three keys to success to dethrone the Bulldogs.
The first will be rebound. Rebounding is every team’s key to success but particularly against New Albany. Langford will be getting a lot of attention, I expect him to be double teamed most of the night. Having two guys on one leaves one of New Albany’s other four to get rebounds. Rebounds will be difficult to come by, but second chance points will kill the Highlanders.
The next key is three pointers. Against Christian Academy and Clarksville, the Highlanders shot a combined 1 for 21 from the three-point line. However, last Friday against Castle they shot a respectable 5 for 12 from beyond the arc. To win, that mark will need to hit a season high.
The last key to success is Langford. Langford is the best senior basketball player in Indiana, and averaging just under 40 points per game. Langford dropping 40 Friday night will make Floyd winning nearly impossible. But, keeping Langford under 20 points should make a difference. In last season’s sectional championship game Langford had 16 points and entered the fourth quarter in a tied game (New Albany won by 16). Another effective strategy is to get Langford in foul trouble. Langford in early foul trouble could give the Highlanders the chance they need to take an early lead.
Bottom Line- The Highlanders have already had one tough game against Castle, which should prepare them for another tough game against New Albany. Floyd’s seniors will be seeking revenge following last season’s loss in sectionals and at New Albany. Langford playing like he has earlier this season will result in a blow out. Friday’s game will either end in a buzzer beater as it did two years ago or a blowout like last season. Score- 51-50 Highlanders
To get tickets, visit athletic director Jeff Cerqueira’s office on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are five dollars with a limit of five tickets.
Expected Starting Five
|Floyd Central||New Albany|
|Matt Wiemer||Sean East|
|Gabe Shireman||Romeo Langford|
|Cobie Barnes||Julien Hunter|
|Luke Gohmann||Derrick Stevenson|
|Brendon Hobson||Trey Hourigan|