Three Pointers: County rivalries commence Friday

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Senior Colson Montgomery (23) and Southridge will look to get back in the win column Friday at Forest Park.

By Herald Staff

Here is a look at some games involving our teams this week.

Jasper at Northeast Dubois (Boys), 8 p.m. Friday

Records: Jasper 3-10, Northeast Dubois 6-8

Series: Jasper leads, 40-7

Last Meeting: Jasper defeated Northeast Dubois, 54-50, Jan. 31, 2020

1. Both of these are under .500 at the moment, but they're also treading in opposite directions, too. Jasper has lost three in a row. It would have to win eight straight games to finish the regular season with a winning record. The Jeeps, meanwhile, have won four in a row.

2. The Jeeps have found a lot of balance during their four-game win streak. Seniors Logan Mehringer, Dante Miller, Nick Lueken, junior Colby Pieper and sophomores Gaige Schepers and Ty Kalb have all had at least one game of scoring double figures in that stretch.

3. Jasper, meanwhile, would like to get back into the win column after dropping another close, competitive game Tuesday night, this time at Evansville Central. The Wildcats lost, 45-42, and despite having nine different scorers in the game, managed a single point in the third quarter.

Southridge at Forest Park (Boys), 8 p.m. Friday

Records: Southridge 6-7 (3-1) Forest Park 9-4 (4-2)

Last Meeting: Forest Park bested Southridge, 48-46, Jan. 31, 2020

1. Despite having a losing record at the moment, Southridge's two-game skid has been decided by a combined four points. The Raiders lost to Heritage Hills, who is No. 4 in Class 3A, Jan. 22, and to Greensburg, who was ranked No. 8 in 3A this week, the next day.

2. The Rangers endured a two-game skid Jan. 15 and 16 against Pocket Athletic Conference rivals South Spencer and North Posey, respectively, but have since come back to win three consecutive games. Forest Park has won eight out of its last 10.

3. This game will feature Southridge senior Colson Montgomery, who went for 38 in the Greensburg game, and also Forest Park junior Drew Howard, who has really turned up the scoring. Howard is averaging 22.6 points per game during his team's current three-game win streak.

Heritage Hills (Boys)

Record: 10-1

Opponent: at Evansville Mater Dei, 8 p.m. Friday

Last Meeting: Heritage Hills rolled, 86-45, Jan. 31, 2020

1. Heritage Hills losing to Class 1A No. 1 Barr-Reeve Jan. 23 at Southridge, 59-35, put an end to a couple of things for the Patriots. They went from being No. 1 in Class 3A down to No. 4 this week. This loss also snapped a 27-game win streak for the Pats dating back to last year. They did not lose during the 2020 calendar year.

2. Heritage Hills will try to start a new winning streak now, with nine games left in the regular season. The schedule balances out for the Pats, who will rotate between road and home games, save for Feb. 13 and Feb. 19, when they will have back-to-back games in Lincoln City.

3. The Pats may have lost their most recent game, but there’s been no setback to the performance of senior Blake Sisley. The University of Evansville signee mustered a game-high 22 points despite his team’s loss to the Vikings, and he has an average of 22.6 points per game during his team’s last five games.

Southridge (Girls)

Record: 8-9, 6-5

Opponent: at Tecumseh, 8 p.m. Thursday

Last Meeting: Tecumseh bested Southridge, 55-22, Jan. 30, 2020

1. The Southridge girls are back under. 500 after losing their last two games. However, all they need now is one more win to equal their win total from last season, and no matter what happens from this point forward, they won’t match or eclipse their loss total from a year ago.

2. The Raiders had their four-game win streak snapped Jan. 21 at home against Gibson Southern, 62-47, in which junior Myah Montgomery topped 25 points on the Titans. However, she was limited to 10 points in Tuesday’s 51-33 loss at Vincennes Lincoln, tying herself with senior Kennedy Nalley for a team-high.

3. Southridge will finish at least .500 in the Pocket Athletic Conference this year, though this game against the Braves will decide if it is a winning record (7-5) or at .500 (6-6). Like the Raiders, the Braves didn’t start off on fire, per se, but worked their way to their record now. They’ve won seven of their last eight, with one loss in the past month.

Jasper (Girls)

Record: 5-10, 4-4

Opponent: at Evansville Memorial, 8 p.m., Friday

Last Meeting: Evansville Memorial won, 57-43, Nov. 23, 2019

1. Jasper’s girls are trying to turn in a winning stretch at the end of the regular season, as the Wildcat girls have won two of their last three games after winning one game between Dec. 10 and Jan. 19. They’re also looking to finish their first season back in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference with a winning record.

2. To do so, however, they’ll have to knock off a juggernaut in Evansville Memorial. The Tigers have won a girls sectional championship in four out of the last five seasons, including last year. Memorial began the year 13-0, only to lose four in a row from Jan. 9 through Jan. 21. However, the Tigers got back in the win column on Tuesday.

3. Wildcats coach Jessica Mehringer knows a good test in coming in the Tigers, and she said after Tuesday’s win that Jasper was going to work on its press breaker to get ready for this game because she expects Memorial to press. Mehringer added there’s a large chance the Wildcats will see a press the rest of the way, and they’re looking to get better at handling pressure.

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