Pats, Rangers get tourneys started with wins

From Herald Staff Reports

The Heritage Hills boys basketball team and the Forest Park girls basketball team got their weekend tournaments started off right with strong showings by both teams in their two Friday games.

The Patriots, playing in the PSC Holiday Shootout, were victorious in their two Friday games defeating North Harrison 71-41 and outlasting South Spencer 71-56.

Heritage Hills (8-1) was led by Murray Becher in the first game against North Harrison as he led the way with 25 points including 12 points from the three-point line. Simon Scherry also added 16.

In the battle with the Rebels, Scherry led all scorers with 22 points while Murray Becher (16 points, 6-of-10 from the free-throw line) and Blake Sisley (17 points, 10-of-12 from the free-throw line) carried the Pats to victory.

Heritage Hills will play Crawford County (4-5) in the tourney championship tonight at 8 p.m.

The Forest Park girls basketball team also started the weekend off strong at the Toby Yoho Classic at Eastern Greene.

The Rangers defeated Riverton Parke 51-17 in the first game before falling in a close game to Class 3A No. 5 Owen Valley 62-59.

In the first victory, Forest Park was led by Taylor Bayer and Lanette Blume both had 10 points while Emma Louden added eight.

In the second game, Forest Park trailed by 13 points at halftime to the Patriots but outscored Owen Valley 14-5 in the third quarter to try and make the comeback except they fell just short in the end.

The Rangers had four players score in double figures as Bayer finished with 14, Faith Zazzetti and Macie Zink added 12 while Blume also scored 10.

Forest Park (9-6) will play Edgewood today at 1 p.m. in the second day of the Toby Yoho Classic.

The rest of Friday’s prep sports action:

Cats breeze past Bears
Jared Englert finished with 26 points and eight rebounds as the Wildcats boys basketball team stormed past Evansville Central 66-52 on Friday night at Jasper.
The Wildcats led by 11 points at halftime and continued the strong play in the second half outscoring the Bears 20-10 in the third quarter.
Jasper also had a strong performance from senior Justin Persohn who finished with 19 points on 6-for-7 shooting from both the field and the free-throw line.
The Cats (3-3) will face another Evansville team today as they travel south to face Evansville North (2-6) at 7:30 p.m.

Raiders finish third in tourney
For the first time in three years, Southridge will be coming home with something other than a first place trophy from the Scottsburg Warrior Classic wrestling tournament.
The Raiders finished third behind Southport and Milan after losing by six points to Southport and four points to Milan.
The Raiders had four wrestlers finish the tournament undefeated — Tanner Kane at 113, Tucker Schank at 160, Austin Kane at 170 and Wyatt Kramer at 285.
Also finishing with solid records for Southridge was Patrick Sander (126) at 7-2, Matt Springer (132) at 8-1 and Cole Calvert (182) at 7-2.

Southridge falls to Washington
The Raiders girls basketball team dropped their home battle on Friday against Washington, 46-17.
Southridge (2-13) has now lost three in a row after losing on Friday night.
The Raiders will be back in action on January 4 as they battle North Knox (13-3).

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