Three-Pointers: County rivalries headline schedule

Northeast Dubois @ Jasper boys

Records: Jasper 11-2, Northeast Dubois 11-4

Game time: 8 p.m. Friday

Series: Jasper leads, 39-7

Last season: Jasper won, 32-25

1 Something’s got to give. Jasper is putting its eight-game win streak on the line Friday against Northeast Dubois. However, the Jeeps have a five-game win streak in their own right and are 6-1 in the month of January. Only one of these teams will be able to continue their streak after this game. The Wildcats have won 23 straight against the Jeeps. Northeast Dubois last beat Jasper on Nov. 21, 2000, 45-43.

2 A record is likely to fall on Friday. Reece Bauer is now just six points away from becoming the boys all-time scoring leader at Northeast Dubois. He would surpass 2002 graduate Dustin Wolf, who currently has the record of 1,150 career points. However, six girls players have scored more than 1,150 points all-time. The current school record is 1,720, which is held by Melissa Merkel.

3 “When you go up against a Terry Friedman team from Dubois, it’s never easy,” Jasper coach John Goebel said following the Wildcats’ 62-53 win Jan. 24 at Forest Park. “You’re almost, coming out of those games, feeling like you’re in a fist fight, and I mean that in a complimentary way. His kids play physical and they play tough. They’re blue collar. They’re hard-nosed. They’re pretty old school.”

 

Forest Park @ Southridge boys

Records: Southridge 8-9, Forest Park 10-5

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last season: Southridge won, 53-37, in a holiday tournament, and 56-51

1 Two county rivals go at it Friday, and both belong to the Pocket Athletic Conference. Southridge is 3-1 in PAC play, while Forest Park is 2-2. Both of these teams have three conference games left after squaring off on Friday. This is the only regular season meeting scheduled between these two teams. Southridge took both games last year, but Forest Park won a tournament and regular season game during its state runner-up finish in 2017-18.

2 The Rangers are looking to break a two-game skid. They have now lost four out of their last five, the only win coming Jan. 18 with an 80-62 victory against PAC foe North Posey. Forest Park fell to Jasper Jan. 24, and also lost, 63-56, Jan. 25 against another PAC rival, Tecumseh, despite Forest Park being at home and the Braves having just five wins heading into that game.

3 The Raiders, meanwhile, got back on the winning track Jan. 25 at North Posey. They previously had dropped three in a row, including an 83-38 loss at Heritage Hills the night before. A win against Forest Park on Friday could move the Raiders back to .500 on the season. Southridge has been above .500 once this season at 7-6 after a 55-39 win Jan. 10 at Tecumseh.

 

Southridge girls

Record: 8-13, 3-4

Opponent: vs. Tecumseh, 8 p.m. today

Last season: Southridge won, 58-52

1 Southridge has lost four games in a row, but has been competitive in all of them. The Raiders lost to South Spencer, 34-29, Jan. 16 and 30-24 Jan. 20 against Wood Memorial. They lost, 45-32, Jan. 23 at Gibson Southern against a 17-3 Titans team, plus they held a lead after the first quarter and trailed at halftime by three in Tuesday’s 47-29 loss against Vincennes Lincoln.

2 The Raiders have only one win since sophomore Myah Montgomery went down to injury Dec. 17 at Heritage Hills, and Southridge also lost junior Rose Tempel to injury in the loss against South Spencer. This has led others to take their spots and fill in while they have been gone.

3 Junior Kennedy Nalley and freshman Marie Tempel are two players who have stepped up while Southridge has been plagued with injuries. Nalley led the team in scoring on a consistent basis after the injury to Montgomery, and Tempel has done the same in each of the past two games, scoring 15 against the Titans and 13 against the Alices.

 

Heritage Hills girls

Record: 15-6, 6-1

Opponent: vs. Pike Central, 8 p.m. today

Last season: Heritage Hills won, 73-61

1 Heritage Hills dropped its lone Pocket Athletic Conference game of the year Jan. 21 at Gibson Southern, 65-52. However, the Patriots have a chance to rebound today and finish out conference play, and the regular season, for that matter, on a winning note against an 8-13 Pike Central team.

2 This game is Senior Night at Heritage Hills, but the Pats only have one senior on the junior varsity or varsity roster, that being guard/forward Brianna Quinn on varsity.

3 Coach Kim Brown has never lost to Pike Central. The Pats have taken 12 in a row against the Chargers, who last defeated Heritage Hills, 47-46, Feb. 5, 2008, in the sectional tournament in overtime when Mike Guth was the coach. Brown is 9-0 against Pike Central since taking over in the 2011-12 season. The closest the Chargers have come against Brown has been by three points twice — Jan. 30, 2014, in a 45-42 game, and Jan. 28, 2016 with a 52-49 score.

 

Forest Park girls

Record: 16-7, 4-3

Opponent: at North Posey, 8 p.m. today

Last season: Forest Park won, 49-14

1 Today will conclude what has been a successful regular season record-wise for Forest Park, matching the regular season win totals of the Ranger teams that won a sectional championship in 2016, and eclipsing the 14 regular season wins of the team that repeated as sectional champs in 2017. A win against North Posey would give Forest Park a 17-win regular season for the first time since 2006-07.

2 While this will not mean anything by the time the sectional tournament rolls around, the Rangers have things looking up for them for next week’s tournament. They are the ones hosting the event, are the only team with a winning record in their bracket and have received a bye into the semifinals, meaning they are two wins away from cutting down the nets on their home floor.

3 Forest Park has lost only once since the change in the calendar year, a 52-50 loss Jan. 18 at Barr-Reeve. That loss didn’t seem to send the Rangers in a tailspin, given that they recovered and have won each of their last two games. Tony Hasenour has never lost to North Posey as a head coach, boasting a 3-0 record. The Rangers last fell to the Vikings, Jan. 28, 2016, 51-43.




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