Three Pointers

Here's a look ahead to upcoming boys and girls basketball games.

 

Jasper vs. Reitz

Game: Jasper boys vs. Evansville F.J. Reitz at University of Southern Indiana, 8 p.m. Saturday

Series: Jasper leads, 2-0

Last year: Jasper won, 58-52 and 45-39

1: This will be the second game of coach John Goebel’s 13th season for the Wildcats after Tuesday’s win at Evansville Harrison. Junior Caleb Burger dropped 21 points in the win. The game will be played at a neutral site at the University of Southern Indiana Basketball Arena.

2: The Wildcats got the better of the Panthers twice last season. Both games were within single digits. Jasper pulled off a 58-52 win on Dec. 8, 2018, and 45-39 on March 2 for its first sectional championship since 2013-14.

3: The Wildcats will play in front of their home fans for the first time on Dec. 6 when they take on a Gibson Southern team they beat 67-38 last year.

 

Southridge vs. Castle

Game: Southridge boys vs. Castle at University of Southern Indiana, 4 p.m. Saturday

Series: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

1: Tipoff begins Mark Rohrer’s second season as coach of the Raiders. Rohrer guided Southridge to an appearance in the sectional semifinal last year. The Raiders won 10 in a row and 16 of 17 at one point during his first year at the helm. He’ll be tasked with trying to lead Southridge to its second sectional championship in three seasons.

2: Also coming back this year is junior Colson Montgomery, who earned All-Pocket Athletic Conference honors a season ago when he averaged 21.1 points per game. Montgomery told The Herald he will be playing above the rim more after working on his vertical leap. He is 12 points away from 1,000 in his career. 

3: The Raiders scored an average of 54.8 points per game during the 2018-19 campaign, and allowed an average of 45.4 points. They expect to play man-to-man defense this year, even if height might be a challenge.

 

Southridge vs. Forest Park

Game: Southridge girls at Forest Park, 7:30 Tuesday

Series: Southridge leads, 7-6

Last season: Forest Park won, 42-32

1: Forest Park will try to climb above the .500 mark again in Pocket Athletic Conference play this season. The Rangers are 1-1 against PAC teams. Southridge, meanwhile, is playing a conference game for the first time this season. The Raiders won six of their seven games last year against PAC opponents. This game features returning All-PAC players from last year in Southridge sophomore Myah Montgomery, and seniors Macie Zink and Faith Zazzetti of Forest Park.

2: Montgomery has been averaging 23.2 points per game this season.  Zink has been contributing 12.6 points, while Zazzetti has an average of eight points per game. Montgomery set a Southridge girls single game record with 42 points against Northeast Dubois. Zazzetti and Zink are part of a Forest Park team that is undefeated when the team has a player in double-digit points, and winless when it does not. 

3: This is part of a six-game road trip for the Raiders, who have two more left before Dec. 12, when they return home against Pike Central. They are scheduled Thursday and Dec. 10 to visit Tell City and North Posey, respectively.

 

Northeast Dubois vs. Washington Catholic

Game: Washington Catholic girls at Northeast Dubois, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Series: Northeast Dubois leads, 13-0

Last season: Northeast Dubois won, 64-41

1: The Jeeps held on for their first home win and first Pocket Athletic Conference win on Monday with a 45-42 win against Wood Memorial. The Jeeps were in a 42-41 deficit late when they scored four unanswered points to break a two-game skid.

2: Northeast Dubois sophomore Hadley Fuhrman has been stepping up as of late. Fuhrman went for 22 points on Monday, her fourth straight game in double digits and fifth straight game with a team-high in points. She has averaged 10.1 points per game this year.

3: This is the final game of a four-game homestand for the Jeeps, who are scheduled to travel Thursday to Springs Valley, and Dec. 12 to visit Tell City.

 

Heritage Hills vs. Tell City

Game: Tell City girls at Heritage Hills, 8 p.m. Tuesday

Series: Heritage Hills leads, 18-7

Last season: Hertiage Hills and Tell City split. Tell City won 42-36 on Nov. 27, 2018, while Heritage Hills won 47-28 on Dec. 15, 2018, in tournament play

1: Sitting on 99 career wins is Heritage Hills coach Kim Brown, and she could get her 100th win Tuesday against a Marksmen team that has lost seven games in a row. Brown has been the coach of the Patriots since the 2011-12 season. It is also the team’s Pocket Athletic Conference opener.

2: The Pats bounced back Nov. 21 with a 67-30 win at Evansville Harrison. They took a 63-50 loss on their home floor two days prior against Evansville North, despite having having four players in double-digit point totals. They had three against the Warriors in juniors Rebekah Gordon with 20 and Avery Neff with 13, and sophomore Hadley Lytton with 18.

3: Heritage Hills has an upcoming three-game homestand that will be the last time this year the Pats have back-to-back home games. They are set on Thursday to welcome PAC rival Tecumseh, and will entertain Jasper on Dec. 10. Heritage Hills will have five homes games left in the 2019-20 season after the game against the Wildcats.




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