Three Pointers: Local boys teams to meet Friday

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Junior Landon Nalley (24) and Forest Park are scheduled to renew the county rivalry Friday at Jasper.

By Herald Staff

Here is a look at some upcoming games for our teams this week.

Jasper (Girls)

Record: 3-8, 3-3

Opponent: at Vincennes Lincoln, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Last Meeting: Vincennes Lincoln won, 58-55, Dec. 12, 2019

1. Jasper’s girls haven’t had the easiest time finding an opponent for Tuesday’s game. The Wildcats were originally supposed to host Boonville, but that changed. Then, they were going to welcome Pike Central to the Cabby O’Neill Gymnasium, but that got cancelled, and it won’t be made up. So, a road game at Vincennes Lincoln it is.

2. Things haven’t always gone Jasper’s way this season, but all three of the wins the Wildcats girls have accrued this season have come against Southern Indiana Athletic Conference opponents. A win today would put Jasper above .500. The girls are 3-3 against SIAC opponents and 0-5 against everybody else this year.

3. The Wildcats have won one game since winning back-to-back on Dec. 5 and 8, but some seniors have stepped up the scoring load recently. They dropped a 57-37 loss Jan. 13 at Gibson Southern, but Hannah Schwenk notched 16. Emma Shelton, meanwhile, had 15 on Saturday in a 51-31 loss at Evansville North.

Heritage Hills (Girls)

Record: 12-4, 6-1

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

Last Meeting: Gibson Southern won, 65-52, Jan. 21, 2020

1. Heritage Hills has won back-to-back games, and the Patriots officially have their fifth straight winning season. Their most recent game came in a 58-28 win Jan. 14 against Perry Central. Senior Rebekah Gordon and junior Hadley Lytton had 14 points each, while sophomore Olivia Susnjara posted 10.

2. This high stakes Pocket Athletic Conference matchup between Heritage Hills and Gibson Southern would have even higher stakes if not for the PAC expansion this year. The Pats are 6-1 in PAC play, and the Titans are 8-1. The one loss Heritage Hills has is to new conference foe Washington, who is 6-0 in the PAC. The Titans are set to play Washington Jan. 26.

3. “Honestly, I think it’s in Washington’s hand right now,” Pats coach Kim Brown told the Herald before the Perry Central game. “They have Gibson left on their schedule. So, Gibson, whether they win PAC or not, has a lot to do with who does win.”

Southridge (Girls)

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

Record: 8-7, 6-4

Last Meeting: Gibson Southern defeated Southridge, 45-32, Jan, 23, 2020

1. Don’t look now, but here come the Raiders, who have won four in a row for the first time since 2016-17. The most games Southridge’s girls won in a row in 2018-19 and 2019-20 were three games, and never had back-to-back wins in 2017-18. The Raiders are going for their first winning season since the 2015-16 campaign.

2. The Raiders have had some stretches where things didn’t go their way, such as losing three of their first four games, and losing three in a row between Dec. 15 and Jan. 5. Not only has Southridge’s girls basketball team won four games in a row, it has done so by 22 points or more against its opponents.

3. Southridge will get a look at the Titans two days after the Pats do, but Gibson Southern is a tough out for anybody. The Titans sit at 13-3, and they themselves are winners of seven in a row. Southridge will hope for another big-time performance from star junior Myah Montgomery, who is averaging 20 points during the four-game win streak.

Forest Park at Jasper (Boys)

Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Records: Forest Park 6-4, Jasper 2-7

Series: Tied, 18-18

Last Meeting: Jasper defeated Forest Park, 62-53, Jan. 24, 2020

1. Jasper and Forest Park will renew its county rivalry with each other on Friday, and both are trying to put the pieces back together. The Wildcats are scheduled to host Corydon Central Tuesday, having lost two in a row. Forest Park, meanwhile, doesn’t have a game until Friday, and is trying to snap a two-game skid itself.

2. The Wildcats let another game slip from their hands on Saturday at Washington. Jasper held a 10-point lead in the third quarter. However, turnovers, fouls and missed free throws all contributed to the Hatchets completing a comeback victory, 50-47. Jasper has not had a losing season since the 2010-11 campaign — one of just two under coach John Goebel.

3. Forest Park also dropped a close loss on Saturday in a 56-49 game at North Posey. It was the team’s second consecutive defeat after reeling off five wins in a row from Dec. 29 through Jan. 9. Friday’s game is the second of three straight road games for the Rangers, who are set on Saturday to visit PAC rival Tecumseh. Forest Park is 3-2 in conference play this season.

Heritage Hills at Southridge (Boys)

Time: 8 p.m., Friday

Records: Heritage Hills 9-0, 5-0, Southridge 6-5, 3-0

Last Meeting: Heritage Hills defeated Southridge, 83-38, Jan. 24, 2020

1. Not only are two local teams going head-to-head on Friday at Huntingburg Memorial Gym, both of them can boast spotless records in PAC play. Only one, however, will walk off the court Friday saying that they’re still undefeated in the conference. Southridge has won all its PAC games by double figures, while Saturday’s Heritage Hills game in Tecumseh was the first one decided by single digits.

2. The Patriots beat the Braves, 57-49, on Saturday, and senior Blake Sisley had a lot to do with that. Sisley stands at 1,260 points in his career, but his 29-point outing against the Braves on Saturday was a career-high. He tallied 25 the night before against Pike Central, and is averaging 22.7 points per game this season.

3. Meanwhile, Raiders coach Mark Rohrer vowed changes to the team’s practices after a 49-44 overtime loss Jan. 12 at Jasper. Those changes may be working in the small sample size thus far, given that they’ve won two in a row and have climbed above .500. Southridge has gotten double figure scoring out of both senior Colson Montgomery and junior Carter Whitehead in the two wins.

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