Three Pointers: Multiple local-on-local games coming up

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Jasper's Claire Knies and Forest Park's Macie Zink are stars for their respective teams, and the Wildcats and Rangers will meet up Thursday.

The following is a preview of upcoming games, some featuring local teams against each other.

Jasper @ Forest Park girls

Records: Jasper 7-8, Forest Park 11-6

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Series: Jasper leads, 9-4

1. Don’t look now, but Jasper has won three in a row and is in position to be at .500 for the first time since November. The Wildcats have had to do some work to get back to this point. They started 1-0, but a four-game skid has kept them under .500 ever since. Jasper will be taking the floor for the first time since a 64-32 win Jan. 4 at Evansville Harrison. The Wildcats have won three in a row against the Rangers.

2. Forest Park, like Jasper, is undefeated in the very young calendar year of 2020. The Rangers have stepped up their outside shooting in their first couple of games in January. Forest Park squeaked out a 53-51 win Jan. 3 ay Crawford County, with seven 3-pointers falling. The Rangers also banked eight threes Tuesday in a 50-35 win at Northeast Dubois.

3. Rangers coach Tony Hasenour praised the senior duo Jasper has in Claire Knies and Brooke Nottingham. However, the Rangers counter with a senior of their own who has been getting a lot of buckets. Macie Zink has been a steady presence and always a candidate to reach double digits. She dropped 20 against the Wolfpack, and 15 against the Jeeps.

Jasper boys

Record: 6-2

Opponent: Vs. Vincennes Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Series: Vincennes Lincoln leads, 14-8

Last season: Jasper won, 61-53

1. The Wildcats have won a season-high three consecutive games. They very well could equal last year’s season-high of five consecutive wins en route to a sectional championship. The Wildcats will get the Alices Friday, and then Mount Vernon (Posey), Friday and Saturday, respectively, both on their home floor. Jasper is 3-0 at home this season.

2. Friday’s game is also the return of conference play for the Wildcats. They 0-1 so far in the final season of the Big Eight Conference as a result of a 58-52 loss Dec. 20 at Boonville. The Big Eight may be going away after this year, but the rivalry between the Wildcats and Alices isn’t. Both teams are moving into the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference next year.

3. “They’re our biggest in the Big Eight, year in and year out,” Jasper coach John Goebel said. “Fortunately, they’re going to the SIAC with us next year, so they’ll continue to be a big rival of ours. So, it’s not like we’re saying goodbye to Vincennes this week, but we try to put those things like conference championships and conference games...aside a little bit and focus on the task at hand.”

Heritage Hills boys

Record: 6-3

Opponent: at Gibson Southern, 7 p.m. Friday

Series: The series is tied, 8-8

Last season: Heritage Hills won, 76-45

1. Heritage Hills can take the series back from their Pocket Athletic Conference rival after last year’s win snapped a two-game skid against the Titans. The Patriots once again look to make noise this season. A win Friday would be their second in a row and third time they’ve won multiple games in a row. Gibson Southern sits at 3-5.

2. Conference play is picking back up again for Heritage Hills just as it is for many other local teams. The Pats last played a PAC game Dec. 13 against North Posey. They needed overtime, but came away with the victory in a 75-67 win. Heritage Hills went undefeated in conference play last year. The Titans went 1-7 against the other PAC teams.

3. Senior Murray Becher continues to chase history. He’s already the all-time leading boys scorer in Heritage Hills history, having passed Tim Denning on Dec. 21 against Mount Vernon (Posey). Becher has scored 1,388 points, according to Becher. Simon Scherry is less than 200 points from 1,000 in his career.

Southridge @ Northeast Dubois boys

Records: Southridge 6-6, Northeast Dubois 6-3

Game time: 8:00 p.m. Saturday

Series: Southridge leads, 11-9

1. These two teams are set to renew their county rival on Saturday. Northeast Dubois is 0-2 against competition from the county this season. Southridge will be making its debut against a Dubois County team this year. The Raiders went 3-0 against the other county teams last year. Northeast Dubois was 0-3. The two teams will resume conference play Friday before this game. Both are undefeated in their respective conferences.

2. Both the Jeeps and Raiders have celebrated a scoring milestone recently. Northeast Dubois senior Reece Bauer scored the 1,000th point of his career Jan. 4 against Evansville Day. Southridge junior Colson Montgomery became Southridge’s all-time scoring leader Tuesday at Princeton and broke his own boys record Dec. 20 against Shoals with 41 points.

3. Northeast Dubois will honor the 1999-00 regional championship team after Saturday’s junior varsity game. The 2000 Jeeps were 4-11 before reeling off nine straight victories on their way to a regional crown. That year was the last time Northeast Dubois won a regional championship in boys basketball. The Jeeps and Raiders, coincidentally, also met on Jan. 11, 2000. Southridge won that game, 80-69.

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