Three Pointers: Looking ahead to this week’s games

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Jasper’s Caleb Burger (21) is one of five seniors set to be honored by the Wildcats on senior night Friday against Pike Central.

Jasper

Record: 5-14

Opponent: Versus Pike Central, 7:30 p.m., Friday

Series: Jasper leads, 31-8

Last Meeting: Jasper downed Pike Central, 62-29, Feb. 21, 2020

1. One of the things Jasper has dealt with during a tough season is a rigorous schedule and not a lot off time. The Wildcats played 11 games in January — some of them back-to-back and haven’t always had the opportunity to collect themselves. Here is a time for them to do so.

2. It’ll be the first game for Jasper since dropping a 65-38 loss Feb. 12 at Castle. The Wildcats will have one more game against a Southern Indiana Athletic Conference opponent this regular season — Feb. 23 at Vincennes Lincoln. Jasper is 1-7 in conference play this year.

3. The Wildcats will also be holding senior night this Friday against the Chargers. Jasper has five seniors on the roster this year in Caleb Burger, William Schmitt, Isaac Heim, Andrew Wallace and Jace Goodhue. The five will try to go out in style and win their final home game.

Southridge

Record: 11-8, 7-1

Opponent: At South Spencer, 8 p.m., Friday

Last Meeting: South Spencer defeated Southridge, 56-51, March 6, 2020

1. Southridge took a couple of close losses to South Spencer last season. The Raiders fell, 45-43, just missing out on a win on senior night. They also saw their season come to an end against the Rebels, 56-51, in the sectional semifinals after leading, 49-33.

2. The Raiders all have their final three scheduled games of the regular season against Pocket Athletic Conference opponents. They are three games above. 500 overall, but six games over .500 in conference play. Southridge’s only conference loss was a 48-46 game Jan. 22 against Heritage HIlls.

3. Southridge not only has a two-game win streak at the moment, but can relish a new record being set during the weekend. Senior Camden Gasser stands at 137 assists for the new Southridge single season boys record, surpassing Ron Patberg’s old feat of 136 assists in a season.

Forest Park

Record: 13-5, 5-3

Opponent: Versus Princeton, 8 p.m., Friday

1. Forest Park was supposed to play Tuesday at another Pocket Athletic rival at Boonville, but that game has been cancelled and will not be made up.

2. The Rangers have won four games in a row, and will go for their fifth straight on Friday. Princeton has won four games in a row — all by five points or less, and two in overtime.

3. Both teams also display a winning record in conference play. Forest Park currently sits at 5-3 in the conference, with only conference games scheduled for the rest of the year. Princeton, too, has only PAC games left, and is 5-1 in conference play.

Northeast Dubois

Record: 8-12, 4-3

Opponent: Versus Loogootee, 7:30 p.m., Friday

Last Meeting: Northeast Dubois lost to Loogootee, 63-49, Feb. 21, 2020

1. Northeast Dubois was scheduled to play Tuesday at Evansville Day. However, Jeeps coach and Northeast Dubois athletic director Terry Friedman said the game was cancelled. Therefore, the next opponent is Blue Chip Conference rival Loogootee.

2. The Jeeps have established a pattern this season. They have followed up one win this season with at least another win every time this season, and they have followed up at least one loss with another loss. They currently have lost two in a row.

3. Junior Colby Pieper has gotten into the double digits in scoring for Northeast Dubois during this two-game skid. Pieper went out and scored 10 points in a 65-47 loss Feb. 12 at Perry Central. He then had a team-high 13 points Feb. 13 in a 69-45 loss to Borden.

Heritage Hills

Record: 14-3, 9-1

Opponent: Versus Tell City, 8 p.m., Friday

Last Meeting: Heritage Hills topped Tell City, 53-36, Feb. 21, 2020

1. Heritage Hills returned to the win column Feb. 13 with a 61-50 win on senior night against South Spencer. The Patriots snapped a two-game skid after losing back-to-back games since playing in the Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic on Dec. 28, 2019.

2. The Pats are 9-1 in PAC play this year, but their 66-60 OT loss Feb. 12 at Forest Park was their first conference loss since a 58-56 loss Jan. 5, 2018 at Gibson Southern. They fell to Princeton on Feb. 20, 2018 and Washington Dec. 8, 2018, but that was before either joined the PAC.

3. Heritage Hills will get a look against a Tell City team that had a three-game win streak snapped by Southridge. The Marksmen will try to build a new winning streak, while the Pats hope to finish the regular season strong with three scheduled games left.




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