Three Pointers: Girls tip off on Monday

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Senior Hadley Fuhrman (0), Coach Andy Chinn (right) and the rest of Northeast Dubois are set to begin the season Monday at home against Evansville Harrison.

By Herald Staff

Here’s a look at the girls basketball games featuring our teams for the week of Nov. 1. Jasper does not open until Nov. 11.


Last Year’s Record: 8-11, 6-6

Opponent: At Perry Central, 8 p.m., Tuesday

Last Meeting: Southridge won, 51-35, Nov. 5, 2019

1. Last year was the first time since the 2014-15 season that Southridge did not open the season with Perry Central, instead opening with another traditional opponent this time of the year in Princeton. The Raider girls opened against the Tigers every year from 2006-07 through 2014-15. However, Southridge could not capture its second straight season opener when it fell to the Tigers, 55-32.

2. The Raiders have dealt with the injury bug since coach Greg Werner took over in his second stint with the team in the 2019-20 season, and that’s a trend that’s continuing early this year. Senior Myah Montgomery injured her knee during the summer, and the Raiders hope they can get production from her and also junior Marie Tempel, who nursed knee problems during her freshmen and sophomore years.

3. Southridge can utilize more than just those two, however. The Raiders can turn to another senior in Mikah Goeppner as a scoring option for them, and potentially also Myah’s freshman sister, Avah. Southridge will rely on a number of sophomores and juniors in its rotation, including junior Bailey Keusch, who can be an asset for the team on defense.

Forest Park

Last Year’s Record: 17-4, 7-3

Opponent: At Tell City, 8 p.m., Thursday

Last Meeting: The Rangers ran away with a 53-17 win on the Marksmen, Nov. 5, 2020

1. Forest Park’s highly touted junior class leads the way for a team that won its first sectional championship since 2017 last year. All four of the Rangers’ losses came against teams who finished with winning records. Three of them won sectional championships, and Linton-Stockton, the team who ended their season in the regional opener, won their second straight Class 2A State Championship.

2. However, it’s a new year, and the likes of juniors Amber Tretter and Lydia Betz will try to steer another successful season and more for this year’s Forest Park team. Tretter received an offer from Bellarmine University (Ky.), while the University of Indianapolis has taken an interest in Betz. Tretter was Second-Team All-Pocket Athletic Conference and Underclass All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association last year.

3. Then there’s the elder statesman in senior Ali Welp, the last of the old guard before this junior class really burst onto the scene last year as sophomores. Welp was in that rotation when the Rangers dealt with a heartbreaking loss to Evansville Mater Dei in the 2020 sectional championship before they broke through against the Wildcats last year. Now, Welp and her teammates will try for a year to remember.

Northeast Dubois

Last Year’s Record: 10-13, 4-4

Opponent: Vs. Evansville Harrison, 7 p.m., Monday

1. Unlike Southridge and Forest Park, Northeast Dubois has had some more variety in the opponents it has opened the season against. Last year was against Shoals, the previous three years against Heritage Hills, the previous two against North Knox and the 2014-15 season against Bloomfield.

2. The Jeeps will have to caution against overlooking an Evansville Harrison team that hasn’t produced a winning record since going 10-8 during the 2013-14 campaign. Things haven’t gone the Warriors’ way in recent years — having finished with a 1-17 record last year and went 0-22 in 2019-20.

3. However, Harrison isn’t the only program trying to turn things around. The Jeeps went 5-18 in 2018-19, and while they took steps forward record-wise in each of the past two years, they still haven’t broken through with a winning record since capturing a sectional championship in 2017-18.

Heritage Hills

Last Year’s Record: 17-5, 11-1

Opponent: At Crawford County, 8 p.m., Thursday

Last Meeting: The Patriots downed the Wolfpack, 50-23, Nov. 6, 2020

1. Heritage Hills is certainly dealing with the quality and quantity of turnover from last year. The Patriots no longer have Nevah Barnett or Avery Neff, nor do they have Rebekah Gordon, who’s now continuing her basketball career at the University of Central Michigan. The three helped post a lot of wins in four years.

2. However, the Pats didn’t lose everything, as senior Hadley Lytton is back after averaging 13.2 points as a First-Team All-Pocket Athletic Conference selection last year, and has the most 3-pointers made in program history at 104. Another starter, Ella Schnieders, also returns for her senior year.

3. The Pats could have as many as five guards on the floor this season, with the opportunity for new players to break through after having limited varsity time in the past. Junior Olivia Susnjara and senior Madison Begle could have an increased presence, while senior Grace Mangan could maybe help inside for them.

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