Bulldogs, IU recruit Langford cruise past Cats

From Herald Staff Reports

The Jasper boys basketball team had trouble slowing down New Albany’s superstar guard Romeo Langford who scored 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds en route to the Bulldogs 87-44 victory over the Wildcats.

Langford, who is ranked No. 5 in the 2018 recruiting class by ESPN and is considering playing college basketball at Indiana University, had several big plays including a block off the glass on Jasper’s Jared Englert and a massive dunk on guard Josh Weidenbenner.

The Bulldogs high-powered offense shot 69 percent and outscored the Wildcats 48-23 in the first half, as Jasper was never able to get fully comfortable.

Reece Milligan led Jasper with a team-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting while senior Justin Persohn added 12 points on 2-of-4 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line.

Jasper will be back in action this Thursday against Class 1A No. 3 Barr-Reeve.

The rest of Saturday’s prep sports action:

NE Dubois beats ranked team
The Jeeps boys basketball team started out fast with an 18-6 lead after the first quarter and kept that same pressure for the remainder of the game, defeating Class 1A No. 8 Wood Memorial 66-54 in Oakland City.

Alex Harder led the way with a career-high 28 points (16 of them coming in the fourth quarter) while Reece Bauer added 10 on the offensive end.

Northeast Dubois (7-7) will be back in action on Thursday against North Knox.

Pats storm past Rebels
Mitchel Becher led the way with a team-high 20 points as Heritage Hills found their way past South Spencer for their fifth straight victory, 59-45.

The Patriots used a balanced scoring attack with three players scoring in double-figures (Murray Becher added 12 and Blake Sisley scored 11) and a strong night at the free-throw line (11-of-14) to get past PAC rival South Spencer.

Heritage Hills will be back in Lincoln City on Thursday for a battle with Boonville.

Jeeps end season on high note
The Northeast Dubois girls basketball team trailed for the first three quarters against White River Valley but when it mattered the most, the Jeeps stepped up big outscoring the Wolverines 21-11 in the fourth quarter for a 52-48 victory.

Tyla Rasche scored 11 of her 14 points for the Jeeps (15-7) in the fourth quarter while Adi Denu scored six of her eight in the final period. The Jeeps also had a double-digit scoring night from Clare Mangin who finished with 10 points.

Northeast Dubois will travel to Oakland City to play the winner of Springs Valley and Tecumseh next Friday in the Class 1A Wood Memorial sectional.

Pats, Cats place high at meet
Heritage Hills placed second while the Jasper swim team placed fourth at the Mount Vernon Boys Invitational over the weekend.

For Jasper, season-best times were swam by Jason Fleck (200 individual medley, 100 freestyle) and Nolan Henke (100 freestyle).

Heritage Hills had several first-place finishes including Samuel Martin (50 freestyle), Austin Schnuck (diving) and the 400 freestyle relay team.

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