Three Pointers: Jasper opens Thursday

Jasper

Herald File Photo Claire Knies and Jasper will open the season at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Southridge.

Record: 0-0, 0-0 Big Eight

Opponent: at Southridge (2-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Series: Jasper leads, 10-9

Last season: Jasper won, 52-31

1 Jasper has won each of the last three meetings between these two teams. Brooke Nottingham is back for her senior year, and she was 5-for-8 from downtown last year’s game. Jasper shot 41 percent from behind the arc, and 45 percent overall in the wire-to-wire victory. Nottingham led the way with 18 points for the Wildcats, while fellow senior Claire Knies was second with 13 points as a junior.

2 The Wildcats will hope to make a bigger playoff run this year. They have fallen in the sectional opener in each of the last four postseasons. Jasper went 15-8 last season, which was four more wins from the year before. The Wildcats have had just one losing season following the conclusion of the 2008-09 season.

3 Nottingham averaged 10.6 points per game as a junior, and Knies averaged 9.6 points. The latter was scheduled at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday to sign her letter of intent with Bellarmine University in Louisville. Jessica Mehringer is in her third season at the helm in Jasper. She went 26-18 in her first two seasons.

 

Southridge

Record: 2-0, 0-0 Pocket Athletic Conference

Opponent: vs. Jasper (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Series: Jasper leads, 10-9

Last season: Jasper won, 52-31

1 Southridge is off to its first 2-0 start since the 2011-12 season. The Raiders reeled off a 51-35 win Nov. 5 at Perry Central, and then enjoyed a 41-34 victory in their home opener against Paoli on Saturday. Southridge was supposed to host Princeton Tuesday night, but the game got postponed to a later date.

2 One advantage Southridge has on Jasper in recent years is slightly more postseason success. The Raiders went 7-15 last year, but still pulled off a 47-30 win against Pike Central in the sectional opener before falling to Princeton, 32-25, in the sectional semifinal, which equalled their finish in 2015-16.

3 Southridge has spread out its scoring so far early in the season. Sophomore Myah Montgomery scored 19 points and freshman Marie Tempel scored 15 in the opener against Perry Central. Yet, juniors Kennedy Nalley and Rose Tempel led the way with 10 points each against Paoli. Montgomery scored six points in last year’s game against the Wildcats, while Nalley had five.

 

Forest Park

Record: 1-0, 0-0 PAC

Opponent: at Springs Valley, 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Series: Forest Park leads, 3-2

Last season: Springs Valley won, 51-39

1 The Rangers make their way back onto the floor for the first time in seven days. They opened up with a 60-35 win Nov. 7 at Tell City. Senior Macie Zink paced the team with 21 points, including a trio of 3-pointers and eight free throws in the win.

2 Among Forest Park’s leading scorers in this game last year were sophomore Ali Welp with 11 points, senior Kennedy Sermersheim with eight and fellow senior Kenle Gehlhausen with six points. The Rangers could not hold on in last year’s game despite leading by two at halftime. The Blackhawks went on a 27-13 run in the second half. Forest Park last prevailed against Springs Valley in 2017, 40-37.

3 Forest Park is set to have its home opener at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Loogootee. The Rangers have dropped each of their last two meetings against the Lions. Forest Park has won five of its last six home-openers. The lone exception was against Loogootee in the 2017-18 season.

 

Northeast Dubois

Record: 0-2, 0-0 Blue Chip Conference

Opponent: vs. Crawford County at Corydon Central Tournament, 6 p.m. Friday

Series: Northeast Dubois leads, 9-4

Last season: Crawford County won, 57-25.

1 Northeast Dubois’ Tuesday home game against North Knox was postponed until Jan. 21, per athletic director Terry Friedman. Friday’s scheduled game would be the first time Northeast Dubois played a game in eight days after a 44-42 loss Nov. 7 against Paoli.

2 One thing that has given the Jeeps a tough time early in the season is protecting the basketball. They turned the ball over 13 times in the first half alone when they fell, 56-19, to Heritage Hills Nov. 5. Northeast Dubois held a 40-31 lead in the fourth quarter when it played Paoli, but 29 turnovers helped contribute to the defeat.

3 Northeast Dubois trailed, 28-10, at halftime last year against Crawford County. The Wolfpack kept it going with a 21-point effort in the third quarter. Sophomore Brinley Royer had a team-high nine points in that game as a freshman. Fellow sophomore Hadley Fuhrman, and junior Mia Smith contributed six points each. This is one of two scheduled meetings the Jeeps and Wolfpack are supposed to have. Northeast Dubois is scheduled on Dec. 17 to welcome Crawford County. The Jeeps last defeated the Wolfpack, 39-34, on Dec. 12, 2017.

 

Heritage Hills

Record: 1-1, 0-0 PAC

Opponent: at Evansville Reitz, 7 p.m. Thursday

Series: Heritage Hills leads, 5-0

Last season: Heritage Hills won, 48-22.

1 Heritage Hills is looking to bounceback from a 52-49 loss Nov. 7 at Crawford County. The Patriots were in a 23-9 deficit at the half before pulling their way back into it after the break. Heritage Hills outscored Crawford County, 30-29, in the second half, but that proved to be insufficient for the win.

2 Junior Rebekah Gordon has made her impact early on this season. Gordon has posted a double-double in each of her first two games. She scored 20 against the Jeeps, and 23 against the Wolfpack. She earned honors as an Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Player of the Week based on what she did in her first two games.

3 A win on Thursday would make it the fourth straight season the Pats prevailed against the Panthers. Heritage Hills led, 33-13, at halftime last year, and did not look back. Gordon scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds in the victory.




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