Three Pointers: Jasper, Southridge have home openers

Here's a look ahead to upcoming boys and girls basketball games.

Jasper Boys

Record: 1-1

Opponent: vs. Gibson Southern, 8 p.m. Friday

Series: Jasper leads, 2-0

Last season: Jasper won, 67-38

1: Jasper will hope to get back in the win column on Friday when it welcomes Gibson Southern for the 2019-20 home opener. The Wildcats have won three of their last four home openers. They squeaked out a 44-42 win against the Titans in 2017-18, but cruised, 67-38, last year.

2: The Wildcats still totaled three players in double-digit points despite the 75-67 loss against Evansville Reitz on Nov. 30. Senior Carter Stamm had a game-high 23 points, and added two steals on a block. Junior Caleb Burger notched 18 points, and senior Elliott Hopf had 12.

3: Jasper out-rebounded Evansville Reitz, 33-26, but one crucial factor was turnovers. The Wildcats turned the ball over 13 times, compared to the Panthers only doing so five times. Evansville Reitz made sure to capitalize off of that by scoring 11 points off the turnovers.

 

Southridge Boys

Record: 1-1

Opponent: vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Series: Washington leads, 13-4

Last season: Southridge won, 71-70

1: Southridge picked up its first win of the year on Tuesday at Pike Central, 50-40. The Raiders bounced back from a 54-44 loss Nov. 30 against Castle. Tuesday’s game is the last time Southridge will be playing a Pocket Athletic Conference game until Jan. 10, when the Raiders visit Tecumseh.

2: This is the home opener for the Raiders, who are looking to win the first game at Huntingburg Memorial Gymnasium for the second year in a row. Southridge also won last year’s home opener with a 69-32 win against Corydon Central. The Raiders went 8-2 on their home floor in 2018-19.

3: The Raiders almost lost last year’s game against the Hatchet. That was when Colson Montgomery drained a buzzer-beating three to seal a 71-70 victory for Southridge. Montgomery scored 35 points in that game. He scored his 1,000th point against Castle, and dropped 20 in Tuesday’s win.

 

Heritage Hills Girls

Record: 5-2, 1-0 Pocket Athletic Conference

Opponent: vs. Tecumseh, 7 p.m. Thursday

Series: Heritage Hills leads, 9-4

Last season: Tecumseh won, 45-44

1: Heritage Hills coach Kim Brown notched the 100th win of her career on Tuesday with a 75-20 triumph against Tell City in the team’s first PAC game of the season. The Patriots went 7-4 against PAC teams last season. One of those four losses was a 45-44 loss against Tecumseh.

2: The Pats could not sustain last year’s 27-18 lead at halftime, dropping their first loss of the year after starting last season 6-0. Sophomore Hadley Lytton notched a team-high 16 points for Heritage Hills last year, and junior Rebekah Gordon added eight as a sophomore. The two were also first and second, respectively, on Tuesday. Lytton scored 20, and Gordon had 14.

3: Heritage Hills is currently in the midst of its longest home stand of the year. The Pats on Dec. 10 will also welcome Jasper for the last of three consecutive home games. These three games are the only consecutive home games the Pats will have all year. They’ll play five more regular season home games after the game against the Wildcats.

 

Jasper Girls

Record: 1-3

Opponent: at Castle, 8 p.m. Thursday

Series: Castle leads, 10-4

Last season: Castle won, 52-38

1: Jasper will look to get back on a winning track. The Wildcats won their first game of the season, 60-30, Nov. 14 at Southridge. It’s been three straight losses after that, with all three coming by 11 points or more. They fell, 62-51, at North Harrison. Senior Brooke Nottingham paced Jasper with 22.

2: However, all three losses have seen a smaller margin than the previous one. The Wildcats lost, 56-36, Nov. 21 against Evansville North, and 57-43 Nov. 23 against Evansville Memorial before Tuesday’s defeat. It’s not time for Jasper fans to panic yet, though. The team lost three in a row and lost four of their first five last year before reeling off an 11-game win streak.

3: Should Jasper win on Thursday, it would be the first time the Wildcats prevailed against the Knights since the sectional championship season in 2014-15. Castle started last year’s game on a 10-0 run, and the Knights held a 36-35 lead in one point in the fourth quarter. However, Castle went on a 16-2 run to end the game.




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