Three Pointers: Girls sectionals upon us

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Junior Hadley Fuhrman averaged a team-high 12.6 points per game for Northeast Dubois in the regular season.

By Herald Staff

The time has come for the annual girls basketball sectional tournaments. Here is a look at the scheduled games for our local teams.

Jasper (5-11)

8 p.m. Friday at Evansville Harrison

Opponent: Evansville North or Evansville Central

Regular Season: Jasper defeated Evansville Central, 60-44, Dec. 5. Evansville North defeated Jasper, 51-31 Jan. 16.

1. Things hadn’t always been easy for Jasper girls this season. They won two games in a row after losing their first two games. Then they were shut down for two weeks and lost seven out of eight games after improving to 2-2.

2. However, the Wildcats made improvements by getting wins Jan. 21 at Evansville Reitz, 48-40, and also Jan. 26 against Northeast Dubois, 39-30. They dropped their Jan. 29 regular season finale, but it was a 49-44 game on the road at an Evansville Memorial team that finished 16-4.

3. Leading the scoring production for Jasper are seniors Emma Shelton and Hannah Schwenk, who enter the sectional having averaged 10.6 and 8.1 points per game, respectively. Schwenk and Shelton are also the respective leading rebounders, averaging 4.9 and 4.6 boards per game.

Southridge (8-10)

7 p.m. Today at Forest Park

Opponent: Evansville Mater Dei

Regular Season: Evansville Mater Dei bested Southridge, 29-25 Nov. 17

1. Southridge is hoping to move on to the sectional semifinals again this year, and the Raiders will have to do so against an Evansville Mater Dei team that not only one last year’s Forest Park sectional, but them in the regular season.

2. Junior Myah Montgomery had a game-high 10 points in the regular season against the Wildcats, but despite leading, 17-11, in halftime that game, Mater Dei squeaked out enough points in the second half limited Southridge to eight points in the final two quarters.

3. The Raiders will look to get Montgomery going today against the Wildcats to guarantee a new sectional champion. Montgomery led the team in scoring this year with an average of 16 points per game, but opponents limited her to 18 points combined in the final two games of the regular season.

Forest Park (14-3)

6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Opponent: vs. North Posey

Regular Season: Did not play

1. Graduating five seniors last year proved to be no problem for Forest Park, who kept the line moving this year largely behind its sophomore class. The Rangers started the year 7-0, lost three of four, then won their final six games of the regular season.

2. Some of the more prominent sophomores include Amber Tretter, who averaged 11.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Lydia Betz chipped in 9.6 points and led the team by averaging 2.3 helpers. Carley Begle, meanwhile dropped 8.9 points per game and 5.6 rebounds.

3. The Rangers will try to get over the hump and win a sectional championship for the first time since 2017 after falling just short to Mater Dei in last year’s championship game. Like last year, however, Forest Park triumphed against Mater Dei in the regular season.

Northeast Dubois (10-12)

8:30 p.m. Friday at Tecumseh

Opponent: Cannelton or Tecumseh

Regular season: Northeast Dubois defeated Cannelton, 89-14, Dec. 1, did not play Tecumseh.

1. Northeast Dubois played 11 games during the month of January, winning just two of them. However, the Jeeps still took a step forward this season, as their 10-12 record is an improvement from the 5-18 record they had in 2018-19 and 6-18 feat in 2019-20.

2. One thing the Jeeps have shown this season is balanced scoring. Junior Hadley Fuhrman averaged a team best 12.6 points per game, and Rhylan Kalb was behind her at 10.9 points. Senior Jazlyn Sander came third with an average of 8.1 points, followed by sophomore Regan Knies at 7.7.

3. The Jeeps are on the opposite end of Springs Valley in the sectional this year, and the Blackhawks ended their season in each of the past two years. Springs Valley eliminated Northeast Dubois, 34-32, in 2019, and 45-42 in 2020. Could the Jeeps exorcise their demons this year?

Heritage Hills (16-4)

6:30 p.m. Today at Mount Vernon

Opponent: Mount Vernon

Regular season: Heritage Hills won, 44-9, Jan. 25.

1. The Patriots are meeting the Wildcats for the second time in eight days after winning by 35 points Jan. 25. The last time these two teams met, junior Hadley Lytton became Heritage Hills’ all-time girls leader in most 3-pointers made. Lytton sits at 104 and counting in her career.

2. Lytton and senior Rebekah Gordon have led the way in scoring for the Pats this season. Lytton has averaged 13.9 points per game, while Gordon averaged 19.6 points per game. The latter also scored her 1,000th point and set a single game girls scoring record this year.

3. The two of them helped their team to yet another successful regular season, but the Pats haven’t won a sectional game since Feb. 3, 2017. Evansville Memorial (16-4) awaits the winner of this game, and the Pats will try to avenge a 71-43 regular season loss Dec. 5 against the Tigers.

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