3-pointers: 12/8December 8, 2011
Record: 1-0, 0-0 Big Eight Conference
Opponents: vs. Evansville Memorial (2-0), 8 p.m. Friday; at Bedford North Lawrence (2-2), 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Series: Jasper owns a 42-19 advantage over Evansville Memorial and trails Bedford North Lawrence 7-6.
Last meetings: The Wildcats dropped both games a year ago, losing 70-63 in overtime at Memorial and falling 53-33 to the Stars.
1. Jasper has an 11-year streak of winning its home opener. In coach John Goebel’s first four seasons, the Cats have won those games by an average margin of nearly 20 points over Pike Central and Mount Carmel. This year’s home debut is against Memorial, which has won six straight against Jasper.
2. Against Pike Central on Nov. 26, six Wildcats tallied at least two assists, including first-year starter Nick Gobert (Jr., G) and reserves Ben Mundy (Sr., C) and Cole Sermersheim (Jr., F). Sixteen of Jasper’s 25 field goals came off an assist.
3. Memorial took its first two against Henderson County (Ky.) (70-64) and Boonville (72-45) as Brandon Auker (Soph., G) averaged 18.5 ppg in those contests. All four of Bedford North Lawrence’s games have been decieded by seven or fewer points, including last weekend’s 55-51 setback at home to reigning Class 4A state champ Bloomington South.
Record: 0-1, 0-1 Pocket Athletic Conference
Opponents: vs. Tell City (1-2, 0-1), 8 p.m. Friday; at Pike Central (0-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Series: Southridge leads comfortably over both Tell City (36-20) and Pike Central (37-11).
Last meeting: The Raiders rolled 65-49 at Tell City a year ago and downed Pike Central 51-47 in the sectional semifinal after a 58-37 victory in the regular season.
1. Southridge hasn’t dropped back-to-back games to open the season since 1996-97. Friday’s opener at Huntingburg Memorial Gym comes against a Tell City team coming off losses to Perry Central and Forest Park. Chris Kohnert (Sr., C) totaled 47 points in those contests, accounting for 52 percent of the Marksmen’s total scoring.
2. Cody Moesner (Jr., C) scored 18 points in the Raider opener to eclipse his old career scoring high by nine points, and Cody Thompson (Soph., F) scored eight points in his varsity debut. Outside those two players, the Raiders shot 6-of-29 from the floor against Gibson Southern.
3. The Raiders have won seven in a row against Pike Central, which is 10-39 since the start of the 2009-10 season.
Forest Park Rangers
Record: 1-1, 1-0 Pocket Athletic Conference
Opponent: vs. Class 1A No. 6 Loogootee
(3-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday; at Washington (1-2), 8 p.m. Saturday
Series: Forest Park leads the Lions 21-18 and has split four meetings against Washington.
Last meeting: The Rangers outlasted Loogootee 50-38 and beat Washington 70-65 as one of just four teams to beat the Hatchets in their state championship season.
1. Loogootee’s Bryant Ackerman (Sr., G) erupted for two career scoring highs in one day Saturday. After scoring 33 points against Louisville school Fern Creek, Ackerman torched Evansville Harrison for 36 points in the title game of the Loogootee Classic. Conner Wittmer (Jr., C) totaled 39 points on the day.
2. Forest Park will be shooting to hand Washington a third straight home loss for the first time since 1998. The Hatchets never dropped three in a row overall during their recent 10-year run with at least one Zeller brother in the lineup; they went 206-40 in that span.
3. Miles Leonard (Sr., G) has topped the Rangers in the first two games by shooting 50 percent or better from everywhere; he’s made 60 percent of both his field goals and free throws and drilled his only 3-point try while averaging 13.5 ppg.
Northeast Dubois Jeeps
Record: 2-0, 1-0 Blue Chip Conference
Opponent: at Orleans (2-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Series: Orleans leads 24-21.
Last meeting: The Bulldogs clipped the Jeeps 46-42 in overtime in last year’s sectional after winning 50-47 earlier in the season.
1. Jace Gordon (Sr., G/F) opened with a bang, netting games of 26 and 22 points in the Jeeps’ opening weekend. He was the first Jeep with consecutive games of 20 points or more since Trevor Atkins amassed 25 and 21 points on back-to-back nights against Forest Park and Crawford County two years ago.
2. Northeast Dubois’ last regular-season win at Orleans was a 55-43 decision in 2000. The Jeeps have lost by 10 or more points in their last four December visits to Orleans but the squads have split their last six meetings overall.
3. Orleans allowed 31 second-quarter points to Barr-Reeve in a 68-51 setback Saturday. Prior to that, the Dogs handled Springs Valley by 20 points and downed another Sectional 61 rival, Crothersville, 49-38 behind 13 points from Andrew Johnson (Sr., F), 12 by Lucas McCullough (Sr., F) and 11 apiece via Jarrett Jones (Jr., G) and Trey Bradley (Jr., G).
Heritage Hills Patriots
Record: 1-1, 0-0 Pocket Athletic Conference
Opponent: vs. North Posey (1-1, 1-0 Pocket Athletic Conference), 7:30 p.m. CST Friday
Series: Heritage Hills owns a 25-14 edge.
Last meeting: The Vikings nipped the Patriots 57-54 last December.
1. Last Saturday at Northeast Dubois, Jack Woolems (Sr., G) accounted for five of the Patriots’ 11 assists and three of their seven steals. He’s hit four 3-pointers so far for a Patriot team that’s nailed 16 treys in its first two games.
2. North Posey’s three-game win streak against the Pats is the Vikings’ longest in the series that started in 1972. Five of the last seven meetings have been settled by one-possession margins.
3. Jourdan Cox (Sr., F) is the only returning Viking who scored in last year’s game against the Pats. He accounted for 16 points Friday when the Vikes led by 22 points at the half in thumping Mount Vernon 59-36; Wes Harness (Jr., G) added 11 points in the game.
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