Three Pointers: Cats, Pats to collide Saturday

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Junior Tori Brandt (1) will try to build off of her eight-point game from Thursday's season opener against Jeffersonville, and try to help the Wildcats to their first win of the season Saturday at Heritage Hills. 

By Herald Staff

Here is a look at the games featuring our teams this week, the last one before boys basketball begins.

Jasper (0-1) at Heritage Hills (1-1), 7:30 p.m., Saturday

Last Meeting: Heritage Hills won, 60-32, Nov. 14, 2020

1. Jasper girls basketball opened its season Thursday night at home against Jeffersonville. The Wildcats got off to an inauspicious start when the Red Devils went on an 18-0 run after the score was tied, 2-2. However, even though Jasper couldn't come away with the victory, it fought hard in the third quarter to trim Jeffersonville's lead to 30-25. Sophomore Emma Schipp provided a team-high 11 points.

2. The Wildcats will get a look at another local team in Heritage Hills. The Patriots played their first game in a week on Thursday, not being able to escape Washington with a victory like they did a week prior at Crawford County. The Pats fell, 46-41, at the Hatchet House, and senior Hadley Lytton led the way 24 points - including six 3-pointers, a new Patriot girls record. Both of their games so far have been decided within five points.

3. "The Lytton girl can score from anywhere," Wildcats coach Jessica Mehringer said. "She's not just a shooter, but she can score off the dribble. She really gave us a lot of trouble last year. So, we'll be watching that - how we matched up with her, how we defended her. Obviously, she's not their only player, but she's definitely somebody that we're going to try to make sure that we do a good job on."

Southridge (1-3) at Evansville Mater Dei (1-0), 8 p.m., Tuesday

Last Meeting: Evansville Mater Dei eliminated Southridge, 35-34, in overtime, in Sectional 48, Feb. 2, 2021.

1. Southridge now has lost three games in a row after starting 1-0. Its previous two losses were close - one was by four points (Nov. 6 against Paoli, 31-27) and another by six (Nov. 9 against Princeton, 51-45). This is consistent with the 35-34 overtime loss the Raiders took in last year's sectional, but that changed on Friday night when they ran into a Corydon Central team that is now 4-0.

2. The Raiders are part of the Cluckers Battle at the First Capital Corydon Central Tournament, held on Friday and scheduled to be held again Saturday. The Raiders took on the host Panthers Friday night, but they lost to the Panthers, 48-28, making them 1-3 to start the year despite 19 points from freshman Avah Mongomery on Friday. They're set to play Crawford County at 10 a.m. Saturday morning in the consolation bracket.

3. The Raiders have shown they can be diverse in their scoring early on this season. Junior Marie Tempel scored 13 points in her team's loss to the Tigers, while Montgomery was right behind her with 12. Sophomore Maddux Marshall got involved with a team-high nine points in the team's loss to Paoli, and second on the team was junior Bailey Keusch, who followed with eight. Senior Mikah Goeppner led with 18 Nov. 2 at Perry Central. 

Loogootee (0-2) at Forest Park (2-0), Saturday, After two quarter JV game set for 6 p.m.

Last Meeting: Forest Park won, 64-56, Dec. 5, 2020

1. Forest Park has shown the last couple of years it could hang with a team that's gone places. The Lions won the Class 1A State Championship in 2019-20, only to find themselves holding off Forest Park, 48-42, Nov. 16, 2019. They just missed out on a repeat in 2020-21, but the Rangers topped them, 64-56, at their place last December, as Forest Park itself is looking to make some big strides.

2. The Lions are off to an 0-2 start this year, dropping a 74-25 loss Nov. 6 at Tecumseh, and a 49-23 defeat Nov. 9 at Eastern Greene, and Forest Park's game today is the third of four straight Loogootee is set to have to open the season. Meanwhile, the Class 2A-No. 4 Rangers sit at 2-0 after a 55-31 win at Springs Valley on Thursday in what was the team's first game in a week.

3. Things are going well individually for some of Forest Park's junior class in the early going of the season. Amber Tretter has posted back-to-back 20 point games, and is averaging 20.5 points per game on the season. Carley Begle has also had a pair of double figure games so far with of 10.5 points. Couple that with the fact that fellow juniors Lydia Betz and Gabey Gray each have gotten double digit games, and the Rangers have been sharing the basketball.

South Knox (3-1, 0-0) at Northeast Dubois (4-1, 1-1), 7:30 p.m., Tuesday

Last Meeting: The Jeeps fell to the Spartans, 52-46, Jan. 19, 2021

1. Northeast Dubois has encountered a lot of tests early on in the season, with its first five games coming in an eight-day stretch. The Jeeps won their first four, and while they dropped a 64-59 loss Nov. 9 to North Knox, they also erased what was a double-digit deficit on multiple occasions against the Warriors to a three-point game, but they couldn't complete their comeback.

2. Jeeps junior Rhylan Kalb has been making a name for herself in the early going of the season. She's averaging 23 points per game during her team's first five games of the season, being a major catalyst for them winning their first four and tried to win a fifth. One reason for that is due to free throws. Kalb and her Jeep teammates get to the line often, and she is 50-of-63 at the charity stripe this season.

3. The Jeeps as a whole are averaging 57 points per game on offense this season while allowing an average of 36.4 points per game on defense. Senior Hadley Fuhrman complements Kalb as a scoring option as she, too, has gotten into double figures in all five games her team has played in this season. Fuhrman has totaled 79 points for an average of 15.8 points per game.

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