Three Pointers: Raiders, Rangers get rematch

Photo by Marlena Sloss/The Herald
Forest Park's Ali Welp dribbles as Southridge's Myah Montgomery defends her during the Dec. 3 girls basketball game in Ferdinand. Forest Park defeated Southridge 58-38.

Here is a preview of the games ahead this week.


Southridge @ Forest Park girls

Records: Southridge 9-14, Forest Park 17-7

Time: 6:30 p.m. Friday

1. A local team is guaranteed to play for a sectional championship on Saturday following Southridge’s 28-25 win against Pocket Athletic Conference rival North Posey Tuesday night. The Raiders will be taking on another PAC foe in Forest Park. The Rangers defeated the Raiders, 58-38, Dec. 3 in the regular season.

2. Things have changed since the last time these two teams had met. Sophomore Myah Montgomery scored a team-high 18 points, two weeks before suffering an injury at Heritage Hills. Freshman Marie Tempel and junior Kennedy Nalley, two people who have stepped up in Montgomery’s absence, scored eight and six points, respectively. Senior Macie Zink scored a game-high 19, and sophomore Ali Welp notched 13.

3. Both Forest Park and Southridge got the best of each other during the sectional tournament in the 2000s. The Raiders bested the Rangers, 40-28, in the 2002 sectional championship game on Feb. 9. Southridge was 22-0 in the 2004-05 season before the Rangers got their revenge in cutting down the nets with a 44-40 win in the title game. The Raiders won the 2007 sectional championship at Forest Park’s expense, 43-34.


Heritage Hills @ Jasper boys, Cabby O’Neill Gym

Time: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Records (Entering Thursday): Heritage Hills 13-3, Jasper 12-3

Series: Jasper leads, 29-18

Last season: Heritage Hills won, 60-48

1. The first varsity basketball game at Cabby O’Neill Gymnasium in five years will be played on Saturday when the Wildcats host the Patriots, two local teams going at it. Jasper plans to honor the teams that won five straight sectional championships from 1971-75, who called Cabby their home gym during that run.

2. Jasper had its nine-game win streak snapped in a 59-42 loss Feb. 1 at New Albany. The Wildcats will be facing some quality competition this week when they host Barr-Reeve today and also Heritage Hills Saturday. The Pats have won eight in a row heading into today’s game against Boonville, and senior Murray Becher 10 points from breaking Roger Kaiser’s North Spencer scoring record.

3. “You almost have to pick your poison,” Jasper coach John Goebel said. “Do you want to let them beat you at the 3-point line, or do you want to try to stop them in the paint? You can’t do both, and that’s why they’re winning. They just have that exceptional dynamic of being able to put five guys on the floor that score, and one of them happens to be 6-foot-9 (Junior Blake Sisley). It makes guarding them very tricky to say the least, if not, really impossible.”


Northeast Dubois boys

Record: 11-6, 3-2

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

Last season: Northeast Dubois won, 53-43

1. Northeast Dubois is 3-2 in the Blue Chip Conference, but could very easily be 5-0. The Jeeps lost their first conference game, 39-38 Jan. 10 at South Knox. They then dropped their second one Feb. 1 at Wood Memorial, 53-52. They’ll try to get back on the winning side, both overall and in conference play today.

2. The Jeeps have not lost more than two straight games this season. They dropped back-to-back Dec. 27 and 28 in the Forest Park Tournament, and now look to break a two-game skid. Their losses were by a combined five points when they lost, 54-50, Jan. 31 at Jasper before losing the next night against the Trojans by one.

3. Northeast Dubois led Wood Memorial after the third quarter, just like it did against South Knox. The Jeeps held a 36-35 lead after three and scored 16 points in the fourth, but the Trojans posted 18. They also held a 29-22 lead at South Knox after three, but the Spartans outscored them, 17-8, in the final quarter.


Forest Park boys

Record: 11-6

Opponent: at Evansville Mater Dei, 7:30 p.m. today

Last season: Evansville Mater Dei won, 69-48

1. Forest Park has six games left in the regular season, and will try to get itself back to its winning ways today against Evansville Mater Dei. The Rangers started the season 9-1, but are just 2-5 in their last seven games. Their most recent win came Jan. 31 at Pocket Athletic Conference rival Southridge, 48-46.

2. This will be the third of five consecutive road games the Rangers will be playing. They also are set to play Feb. 11 at Wood Memorial, and also Feb. 14 at PAC rival Heritage Hills for local-on-local action. Forest Park has three home games left to finish out the regular season, beginning Feb. 18 against Boonville.

3. The Rangers will seek to avoid losing back-to-back games for the third time this season. They have not lost more than two in a row, nearly evading a third consecutive loss against the Raiders. A loss here would put them at 11-7, with a chance to take down the Trojans next. Wood Memorial is 4-12 heading into today’s Blue Chip Conference game against 3-11 Vincennes Rivet.

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