Three Pointers: Jasper, Southridge to renew rivalry

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Fans in the Southridge student section cheer during last year's boys basketball game in Jasper. Southridge defeated Jasper 40-38.

Here's a look ahead to games coming up later this week:

Jasper at Southridge boys

Records: Jasper 8-2 (As of Thursday), Southridge 7-7

Last season: Southridge won, 40-38

Series: Jasper leads, 47-24

1. Jasper has a pair of high-stakes games coming up. The Wildcats will return to the floor at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Big Eight Conference rival Washington, but also will renew their county rival with the Raiders Saturday at Huntingburg Memorial Gym. Jasper would bring its winning streak up to seven with wins against the Hatchets and Raiders. It’d be Jasper’s longest win streak since winning eight straight since 2017-18.

2. Southridge broke through last year, snapping a seven-game skid against the Wildcats in the series. The Raiders broke through with a 40-38 win Jan. 12 at Jasper. They could not break a 38-38 tie with Colson Montgomery at the free throw line in regulation, so to overtime it went. Southridge shut Jasper out, and made two free throwsto bring the game to its final score.

3. The Raiders will hope to get back into the win column after a 56-41 loss Jan. 11 at Northeast Dubois. This is their first game since that time. Coach Mark Rohrer said the attention to detail and execution was “extremely poor” in the loss to the Jeeps. The Raiders lost three in a row Dec. 6-14, but followed up all of their other losses with a win this season.

Jasper girls

Record: 8-10

Opponent: vs. Jeffersonville, 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Last season: Jeffersonville won, 77-46

1. Jasper will try to snap a four-game skid in the series against Jeffersonville. The Wildcats have not beaten the Red Devils since squeaking a 47-44 win Jan. 18, 2014, on their home floor. It hasn’t been a single digit game since then. The closest Jasper has come to taking down Jeffersonville was when it lost by 12 Jan. 17, 2015, during the team’s most recent sectional championship.

2. Four games will remain on the docket for the Wildcats after Saturday. They have yet to win more than three games in a row this season, and three of those remaining games feature teams with a .500 record or better heading into Thursday. Jeffersonville is 12-7, and Wildcats coach Jessica Mehringer thinks it all starts with defense when trying to win on Saturday.

3. “It’s always going to be defense for us because our defense creates a lot of offense for us,” Mehringer said. “That’s the kind of offense we like to generate is the transition offense after a steal or a deflection, a rebound, even. It’s going to take a solid defensive effort, knowing what they’re going to do, being prepared for what they’re going to do in the full court and half court and understanding where we can take advantage of their weaknesses and then creating the type of offense that we want.”

Forest Park girls

Record: 14-6

Opponent: at Barr-Reeve, 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Last season: Did not play. Last met Jan. 14, 2018. Barr-Reeve won, 47-44

1. Forest Park this season has gone on a two-game winning streak, a three-game winning streak, a four-game win streak and currently sits at a five-game win streak. The Rangers have yet to lose in the new calendar year and look to push that season-high up to six games Saturday against the Vikings. Forest Park has not win six in a row since the 2015-16 campaign.

2. Rangers coach Tony Hasenour said Wednesday featured a light practice due to a recent grind in games. Wednesday focused more on shooting, ball handling and passing. He said Forest Park will get back to a regular practice Thursday, and Friday’s practice will emphasize the defense it’s been working on this year. There are three games left for Forest Park after Saturday.

3. “It’s not easy to go up to Barr-Reeve,” Hasenour said. “They got a great gym as far as atmosphere goes, but as an opposing team and opposing coach, it’s never to go up there and get a win, and Coach (Bret) Graber has those girls playing hard. They’re kind of a tough-nosed, scrappy team. They got some size that can handle the ball. So, we’re going to have to be able to shut down what they what to do and composed, take care of the ball, hit free throws and hopefully come out with another win.”

Forest Park boys

Record: 9-2

Opponent: at South Spencer, 8:00 p.m. Friday

Last season: Forest Park won, 68-44

1. The Rangers will try to rebound from a 60-50 loss to Perry Central from Jan. 11. This is their first game since then. Forest Park bounced back with a three-game win streak after losing its first game of the season, 55-42, Dec. 27 against Christian Academy. The Rangers had a pair of close calls, though, with a 63-62 win Jan. 3 at Paoli and 53-49 win Jan. 4 at Springs Valley.

2. Conference play is picking up again for Forest Park. The Rangers are currently 1-0 in the Pocket Athletic Conference with a 60-38 win Dec. 7 against Tell City. Four of their next five games are against PAC opponents. Forest Park finished with a 5-4 record against PAC teams last season, the record stemming from playing Southridge twice.

3. The 11 games remaining for Forest Park after Friday all have a set schedule. It’s three at home from Jan. 18-25 after playing the 8-2 Rebels. Then it’s five on the road Jan. 31-Feb. 14, with the first game coming at Southridge and the last at Heritage Hills. The Rangers then close out regular season Feb. 18-25 at home. The final game is against PAC rival Gibson Southern.

Northeast Dubois boys

Record: 7-4

Opponent: at Paoli, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last season: Paoli won, 58-40

1. The Jeeps started off winning their first four games of the season, and even though they are still above .500, they have not won consecutive games since improving to 4-0 Dec. 13 at Orleans. Here’s their chance to break through on Friday after getting a 56-41 win Jan. 11 against Southridge, their most recent game. Paoli has won each of the last three games in the series.

2. Northeast Dubois nearly did break through Jan. 10 at South Knox, but lost, 39-38, at South Knox. The Jeeps led the Spartans going into the final quarter, but Northeast Dubois only scored nine points in the fourth. South Knox, meanwhile, put up 17 points to get past the Jeeps. That’s the closest they’ve come to a win streak. The Jeeps would be sitting at three in a row had they held on.

3. Senior Reece Bauer has led the team in scoring in each of the Jeeps’ last four games. He’s averaging 23.5 points per game during that stretch. Some of his highlights include getting his 1,000th point in a 24-point performance Jan. 4 against Evansville Day. He will also try to follow up his 34-point outing from Jan. 11 against the Raiders.

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