Three Pointers: Jasper, Northeast Dubois to face off

Here is a preview of some of the prep basketball games taking place in our area this week.

Jasper @ Northeast Dubois girls

Records: Jasper 3-6, Northeast Dubois 4-8
Game time: 7:30 p.m. today
Series: Jasper leads, 10-3

1: One local team is bound to get back in the win column today. Both Jasper and Northeast Dubois took home losses on Tuesday. The Wildcats fell, 44-36, to Big Eight Conference rival Washington, while the Jeeps took a 48-28 loss to Crawford County. Neither team has been able to put a winning streak together. The longest win streak both teams have is two games.

2: The Jeeps are hoping for a better shooting night than they had on Tuesday. Northeast Dubois did not connect on a single 3-pointer. Of the 28 points they scored, 12 were at the free throw line. No player managed to get into double digits. The Wildcats outscored the Hatches in each of the final two quarters, but it was not sufficient to overcome a 17-8 deficit after the first quarter.

3: “We can’t make the mental mistakes, the unforced turnovers that we made in the second half [Tuesday night],” Jeeps coach Andy Chinn said. “We have got to clean that stuff up. We can’t beat ourselves ... Jasper’s a great team. [Wildcats coach] Jessica [Mehringer] is a great coach. I get along with her, and I think she does a good job.”

Jasper boys

Record: 3-1
Opponent: At Boonville, 8 p.m. Friday
Series: Jasper leads, 13-2
Last season: Jasper won, 55-54

1: Jasper has been on the better end of a one-sided series against the Pioneers. The last time the Wildcats lost to Boonville was a 63-56 game in overtime on Jan. 15, 2011. A win on Friday would make it nine in a row for Jasper against its Big Eight Conference rival. The Wildcats are also aiming for the third consecutive victory of the season.

2: Speaking of the Big Eight Conference, it is the last-ever Big Eight opener for the Wildcats, as the conference will soon be defunct. Jasper went 5-1 in Big Eight Conference play during the 2018-19 campaign. The only loss the Wildcats endured was a Feb. 12 setback at home against Princeton by a 52-35 score. This year will only feature the Wildcats playing five conference games, following the departure of Mount Carmel. 

3: Jasper’s games have been spread out recently. Friday will be just the third game for the Wildcats since Dec. 6. However, that will change on Saturday for their first back-to-back of the season. They are set to play Saturday at Tell City for their final game of the calendar year. The Wildcats will then be off until Jan. 3, when they host Evansville Central.

Forest Park girls

Record: 6-4
Opponent: Vs. Paoli, 7:30 p.m. today
Series: Forest Park leads, 4-3
Last season: Forest Park won, 46-39

1: Forest Park snapped a modest two-game skid on Tuesday with a 56-38 win at Evansville Central. There’s been a pattern in the early going so far. Forest Park won its first two, lost its next two, won its next three and then lost its next two. The Rangers very well could add another one to the win column today, since the Rams have a 4-7 record going into this one.

2: Whoever loses this game will have an opportunity for payback Dec. 27. Both the Rams and Rangers are scheduled to take part in the Dec. 27-28 Toby Yoho Classic in the Eastern Greene Tournament. A rematch is scheduled to happen at 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 27. Forest Park is also set for a second game at 2:45 p.m. later that day against Cloverdale.

3: Senior Macie Zink has been on a roll for the Rangers. Her 12 points on Tuesday were the second most behind sophomore Ali Welp. She has now been in double figures for five straight games. Tuesday was the first time since a 70-21 win Nov. 21 against Perry Central that somebody else besides Zink led the team in points. 

 

Forest Park @ Northeast Dubois boys

Record: Forest Park 4-0, Northeast Dubois 4-0
Game time: 8 p.m. Saturday
Series: Forest Park leads, 15-2
Last season: Forest Park won, 41-36

1: An opportunity lies ahead for Northeast Dubois to break an eight-game losing streak against Forest Park. Both teams sit at 4-0 heading into this game. The Jeeps have not triumphed in this series since Dec. 14, 2012, when they held off the Rangers, 54-49, in Ferdinand. The closest Northeast Dubois has come to knocking off Forest Park since has been by five points on three occasions.

2: Terry Friedman won four sectional championships in his first 13 seasons as coach of the Jeeps, but his 14th season, thus far, has brought him into unfamiliar territory. Friedman has never started 4-0 to begin a season at Northeast Dubois. The Jeeps are averaging 56.3 points per game, while allowing just 30.5 points per game. Senior Reece Bauer is averaging 20.7 points on the season.

3: Forest Park’s offense is similar with an average of 55.8 points per game. However, the Rangers have allowed 45.5 points per game on the defensive end. In two of their wins, though, they have held opponents to less than 40 points, including giving up a season-low 36 on Friday to give Loogootee its first loss of the year.




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