Three Pointers: County rivalries begin 2021

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Jasper is set to honor its five senior girls Thursday for Senior Night against Forest Park. Front row from left: Kendyl Ruhe and Hannah Schwenk. Back row from left: Ava Noblitt, Jacie Hooten and Emma Shelton.

Here is a look at some notable games for our teams in the first full week of the new calendar year.

Forest Park (8-3) at Northeast Dubois (8-3) (Girls), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Last Meeting: Forest Park defeated Northeast Dubois, 50-35, Jan. 7, 2020

1. Forest Park and Northeast Dubois enter this county showdown with identical records, but have gone through different recent stretches. The Rangers began the season 7-0, only to have three of their lost four. The Jeeps, meanwhile, have won five in a row.

2. The Rangers enter this game with more of a layoff than the Jeeps do. Forest Park last played Dec. 17, dropping a 62-37 loss at Washington. Northeast Dubois, meanwhile, has played in three games since then, winning all three.

3. The Jeeps last played Dec. 29 against Clay City, taking a 62-37 win. They showcased some balanced scoring in that game, as sophomore Rhylan Kalb had 18 points, senior Jazlyn Sander 17, junior Hadley Fuhrman dropping 15 and sophomore Reagan Knies notching 10 points

Forest Park (8-3) at Jasper (2-4) (Girls), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Last Meeting: Forest Park defeated Jasper, 54-44, Jan. 9, 2020

1. Jasper returned to competition on Monday in a 51-41 loss to Vincennes Rivet for its first game since a 47-38 Dec. 10 loss against Vincennes Lincoln. The Wildcats have had some of their games postponed since then, with all of Jasper athletics being shut down for a couple of weeks.

2. The Wildcats are slated to hold Senior Night on Thursday, as the team will honor their five senior players. Kendyl Ruhe, Hannah Schwenk, Ava Noblitt, Jacie Hooten and Emma Shelton comprise the five seniors on Jasper’s roster this season.

3. “We played against some longer athletes here at Rivet in all positions, not just in the paint definitely helped give us some confidence to be able to do what we know we can offensively against Forest Park,” Jasper coach Jessica Mehringer said after Monday’s game.

Jasper (Boys)

Record: 1-3, 1-0

Opponent: vs. Evansville Reitz, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Last Meeting: Evansville Reitz defeated Jasper, 75-67, Nov. 30, 2019

Series: Jasper leads, 36-25

1. Jasper boys will be playing their first game since a 54-39 loss Dec. 12 against Heritage Hills. The Wildcats have not been able to take the court since then due to Jasper athletics cancelling sporting events across the line. Jasper could not practice until Dec. 28.

2. Speaking of cancellations, though this game is still on, Jasper’s athletic page tweeted out Monday morning that the team’s Friday game at rival Vincennes Lincoln was cancelled. It was supposed Jasper’s second of three Southern Indiana Athletic Conference games this week.

3. Meanwhile, the team’s game for 7 p.m. Saturday at home against Evansville North is still on at the moment. Jasper has only played one game since rejoining the SIAC this year, and that was a 54-46 win Dec. 11 at Evansville Memorial for the team’s only win so far.

Heritage Hills (Boys)

Record: 5-0, 1-0

Opponent: vs. Gibson Southern, 8 p.m., Friday

Last Meeting: Heritage Hills defeated Gibson Southern, 70-35

1. The Patriots are taking the floor for the first time since a 61-34 win Dec. 18 at Crawford County. The Pats had their Dec. 19 game at Mount Vernon (Posey) postponed, and were originally set to co-host the Perry-Spencer Holiday Classic before backing out.

2. Heritage Hills has played in only one Pocket Athletic Conference game thus far, but is that is set to change, beginning with Friday’s game against the Titans. It is the first of five consecutive PAC games scheduled for the Pats, who currently have another five conference games set for later this year.

3. This will also be the first time the Pats are taking their home floor in more than a month. Heritage Hills played its first two games in Lincoln City, but not since a 66-56 win Dec. 5 against Evansville Memorial. This is set to be the first of three consecutive scheduled home games for the Pats.

Northeast Dubois (2-5) at Southridge (2-4) (Boys), 8 p.m. Saturday

Last Meeting: Northeast Dubois topped Southridge, 56-41, Jan. 11, 2020

1. Unlike other local teams, Northeast Dubois and Southridge boys have both seen action as of late, albeit to unfavorable results. Southridge bested Shoals, 46-38, Dec. 29 against Shoals, but fell, 50-34 Jan. 1 against Brownstown Central and 32-28 Jan. 2 to North Daviess.

2. Northeast Dubois, meanwhile, is also 1-2 in its last three games. The Jeeps got to 2-3 after edging Vincennes Lincoln, 38-37 Dec. 29, but dropped a 59-40 game against Evansville North Dec. 29, and a 49-33 defeat at the hands of North Knox the next day.

3. The Raiders have been without star senior Colson Montgomery recently. So, the team has turned to another senior, Sam Sermersheim, for scoring production. Though they’ve lost both games to start the new calendar year, Sermersheim dropped 11 on Brownstown Central, and 12 on North Daviess.

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