Three Pointers: Cats, Pats to meet on Saturday

Photo by Marlena Sloss/The Herald
Jasper junior Aspen Sermersheim (center) and Heritage HIlls senior Avery Neff (5, right) are set to lock horns against each other Saturday when Jasper hosts Heritage Hills.

Here is a look ahead to the girls basketball action for our teams this week.


Opponent: At Princeton, 8:00 p.m., Tuesday

Last Season: These two teams did not play. Princeton defeated Southridge, 32-25, Feb. 1, 2019, in the sectional.

1. Here comes take three for Southridge’s season debut for girls basketball. The Raiders were originally supposed to open Nov. 3 against Perry Central, but that game got postponed. They were then set to play Nov. 7 against Paoli, but Paoli backed out when Dubois County became “Code Red.”

2. The Raiders and Tigers did not play each other last year, but Princeton has given Southridge some trouble in recent memory. The Raiders have lost four games in a row to the Tigers dating back to the 2016-17 season. Southridge last beat Princeton, 34-33, Feb. 5, 2016, in the sectional.

3. With a win, Southridge will have four out of its last five season openers, with the 2018-19 season being the lone exception, when the Raiders lost to Perry Central. The Raiders are hoping this season is kinder to them, as they haven’t had a winning record since the 2015-16 campaign.

Northeast Dubois

Opponent: At North Knox, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday

Last season: North Knox won, 46-40, Jan. 9. 2020

1. Northeast Dubois will return to action after a week long layoff. The Jeeps won their season opener for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign when they rolled to a 66-47 win against Blue Chip Conference rival Shoals. Northeast Dubois was supposed to Paoli Nov. 5, but that was postponed.

2. Junior Hadley Fuhrman picked up right where she left off as a sophomore, totaling a game-high 20 points for the Jeeps. Sophomores Rhylan Kalb and Reagan Knies showed how balanced they’re capable of being with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

3. Northeast Dubois and Southridge could potentially play each other this week in the championship or consolation of the Battle at the First Capital Tournament at Corydon Central. Southridge is to meet Lanesville at 6:00 p.m. Friday. and Northeast Dubois is supposed to play Crawford County 8:00 p.m.

Forest Park

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

Last season: Forest Park won, 70-46

1. Forest Park won another season opener on Nov. 5, running away with a 53-17 win against Tell City. The Rangers may have found some of their go-to scoring options this season, as sophomores Carley Begle and Lydia Betz went for 18 and 16 points, respectively.

2. The will try to get something going Thursday against former coach Marty Niehaus, now in her fourth year with the Blackhawks. Niehaus guided the Rangers to the Class 2A state runner-up finish in 2000 and 1-2 against them since becoming Springs Valley’s coach.

3. Rangers coach Tony Hasenour told the Herald after the Nov. 5 win that the Rangers are looking to take care of the basketball this week and also look to clean up its defensive positioning lapses that led to some fouls against the Marksmen.

Heritage Hills at Jasper

Time: 7:30 p.m., Saturday

Last season: Jasper defeated Heritage Hills, 43-36, Dec. 10, 2019

1. Jasper was to open its season Thursday at Jeffersonville. However, the Red Devils have cancelled. Wildcats coach Jessica Mehringer said they will try to find another opponent in Jeffersonville’s place, but Saturday is currently Jasper’s season opener.

2. The Wildcats lost four seniors to graduation last year: Claire Knies, Brooke Nottingham, Lexie Jerger and Izzy Blazey. Knies and Nottingham were a prolific duo, but Jasper will sport a team of all upperclassmen this year.

3. It’s set to be the third game of the season for Heritage Hills, who won, 50-23, in the Nov. 6 opener against Crawford County and is set to host Evansville Reitz on Thursday. Senior Avery Neff had a game-high 14 points against the Wolfpack. Senior Rebekah Gordon and junior Hadley Lytton each dropped 13.

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