Three Pointers: Nottingham nears 1,000 points

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Jasper's Brooke Nottingham is five points away from becoming the sixth player in Jasper girls basketball history to score 1,000 points.

Here is a look at some of the games scheduled for the days ahead.

Jasper girls

Record: 9-11

Opponent: vs. Evansville Reitz, 8 p.m. today

Last season: Did not play.

1. Today has all the makings to be a memorable night for the Wildcats. Jasper is hosting Senior Night, even though it is not the final home game of the season. The Wildcats have four seniors in Brooke Nottingham, Claire Knies, Isabelle Blazey and Lexie Jerger. The duo of Nottingham and Knies help makes Jasper go, and they've been teammates since childhood.

2. Nottingham scored 21 points in Jasper’s Tuesday overtime loss against Boonville. She is now five away from 1,000 points in her career, and would be only the sixth player in Jasper girls history to score 1,000 points after 1996 graduate Diane Seng Haynes (1,079), 2000 grad Julie Giesler Ruhe (1,337), 2001 alumna Nicole Lesko (1,091), 2007 grad Jill Seng Rennels (1,026) and 2012 alumna Megan Sternberg (1,236).

3. This is Jasper’s final non-conference game of the year. The Wildcats have two games left in the Big Eight Conference in their history, with the conference dissolving after this year, and they are still looking for that first conference win. They held a late lead in the fourth quarter Tuesday against Boonville, but lost in overtime. They’ll get two more chances to get on the board Saturday at Mount Vernon and Jan. 28 against Princeton.

Jasper @ Forest Park boys

Records: Jasper 10-2, Forest Park 10-3

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Series: Forest Park leads, 18-17

Last season: Forest Park won, 54-51

1 Jasper boys will put their seven-game win streak to the test Friday in Ferdinand. The Wildcats have been challenged a few times in the midst of that win streak, escaping with a 43-41 win Jan. 3 against Evansville Central that could’ve gone to overtime. Washington couldn’t get a bucket to fall Jan. 17 that led to Jasper holding on, 44-43, and the Wildcats were in a 30-28 deficit after three quarters Jan. 18 at Southridge.

2 The Rangers had their own winning streak at the beginning of the season when they started 6-0. They lost two straight games earlier this month, including a 61-58 overtime loss Jan. 17 against Pocket Athletic Conference opponent South Spencer, but bounced back the next day against another PAC foe in North Posey, whom they defeated, 80-62, for their first win in two weeks.

3 Forest Park will try to make it three straight wins against the Wildcats. They came up with a 59-44 win against them during their 2017-18 state runner-up season, plus last year’s win. Forest Park can have many players get into double digits in scoring. Senior Isaac Uebelhor, junior Simon Jacob and senior Drew Howard are all capable of doing so. Junior Blake Hagedorn joined them with 13 in their win against the Vikings.

Southridge @ Heritage Hills boys

Records: Southridge 7-8, Hertiage Hills 10-3

Game time: 8 p.m. Friday

Last season: Heritage Hills won, 64-52

1. Something has to give on Friday night. Either two trends will end, or two trends will continue. Southridge is hoping to snap a modest two-game skid and get back to .500, but doing so Friday would require Heritage Hills’ five-game win streak ending. The Patriots are 4-0 in PAC play, and were undefeated in PAC play in the 2018-19 season as well.

2. The Raiders will get junior Colson Montgomery back. Montgomery played in the Under Armour All-America pre-season baseball tournament last weekend that forced him to miss Southridge’s game against Jasper. He last played Jan. 11 in a 56-41 loss against Northeast Dubois. Pats coach Nate Hawkins will look to stick all-time leading scorer Murray Becher on Montgomery defensively.

3. “You’re not going to stop Colson,” Hawkins said. “Colson is good. He’s one of the best, and we’re just hoping we can slow him down a little bit. Obviously, we’ve got to be able to make sure we find him, because he can shoot deep threes. He can take you off the bounce, and also post up a little bit, too, but Murray does have length and he does have size to be able to match up with him. So, I think it’ll be a fun matchup for both of them.”

Forest Park girls

Record: 15-7

Opponent: vs. Evansville North, 8 p.m. today

Last season: Evansville North won, 51-44.

1. Forest Park saw its five-game win streak come to an end in a 52-50 loss Saturday at Barr-Reeve, but the Rangers started a new one on Tuesday with a 71-38 win against PAC rival South Spencer. They are now 4-3 in PAC play. Senior Macie Zink went off on Tuesday when she scored 32 points against the Rebels, which was not only a season-high for her, but for any Forest Park player.

2. Zink is one of five seniors who make up an experienced Forest Park group with some underclassmen blended into the rotation. Faith Zazzetti, Kenlee Gehlhausen, Kennedy Sermersheim and Amber Theising are the other seniors the Rangers have, and Forest Park will honor the five of them today as part of the team’s annual Senior Night.

3. Forest Park has not lost on its home court since a 57-40 defeat against PAC rival Heritage Hills on Dec. 12. The Rangers won all three of their home games since then, and are 6-3 at home this year. The Rangers are 7-2 on the road, not counting playing tournament games at a neutral site. They will look to hand a 15-win Evansville North team just its fifth loss of the season.

Heritage Hills girls

Record: 14-5

Opponent: vs. Boonville, 8:30 p.m. today

Last season: Heritage Hills won, 72-49

1. Heritage Hills could not come away with a win Tuesday at PAC opponent Gibson Southern. The Pats endured a 65-52 loss, their first in PAC play all season. Heritage Hills saw its four-game win streak snapped, and could not improve to 7-0 in conference play. The Pats will try to salvage that in its final game of the season on Jan. 30 against Pike Central.

2. They are 6-2 on their home court this year, and could finish as 8-2 this year, should they take care of business today against the Pioneers and Jan. 30 against the Chargers. Heritage Hills has not lost on its home court since falling to Jasper 43-36 on Dec. 10. The Pats have won all three games they’ve played in Lincoln City since then.

3. Heritage Hills has not gone on a lengthy win streak this year after winning nine in a row in 2018-19. However, unlike last year, the Pats have followed up every loss with a win. They have not lost back-to-back games all season. Their season-high is a four-game win streak, which they’ve achieved twice, and their second one came before Tuesday’s loss to the Titans.

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