Three Pointers: Ranger girls get ready for regionals

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Sophomore Amber Tretter (15) and Forest Park will roll into the Crawford Regional on Saturday morning to take on Linton-Stockton. Tretter and the Rangers won the Sectional 48 title on Saturday — their first sectional win since 2017.

By Herald Staff

Here is a look some upcoming games this week featuring our teams.

Forest Park (Girls)

Record: 17-3

Opponent: Versus Linton-Stockton at Crawford County Regional, Saturday, 10 a.m.

1. Forest Park won its first girls sectional championship since 2017 with a 35-26 Feb. 6 win against Evansville Mater Dei. The Rangers came so close to a sectional title last year, but the Wildcats denied them in the end.

2. The Rangers began the 2020-21 season 7-0, then ran into a tough stretch in December by losing three out of four games — with two of those losses coming against teams who also won a sectional this year. They are currently 9-0 in the 2021 calendar year.

3. Currently standing in Forest Park’s way is reigning Class 2A state champion Linton-Stockton, who is trying to push for a repeat in its own right. The Miners currently stand at 23-1, as their only loss was Dec. 22 at the Bedford North Lawrence tournament against the host Stars.

Jasper (Boys)

Record: 5-12, 1-5

Opponent: At Evansville Mater Dei, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Last Meeting: Jasper won, 61-48, Feb. 11, 2020

Series: Jasper leads, 12-4

1. Jasper once again goes for back-to-back wins for the first time all season tonight by taking on Evansville Mater Dei in an All-Wildcats showdown. Jasper will try to capitalize as Mater Dei has lost four games in a row.

2. Jasper came away with a 47-37 win Feb. 6 against Boonville, and the team has now won two out of its last four games — falling just shy, 56-54, Feb. 4 against Class 1A-No. 1 Barr-Reeve on a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

3. One player who has brought for Jasper these last four games is sophomore Carter Mundy. Mundy dropped 11 points, all in the second quarter, Jan. 29 at Northeast Dubois, and 11 on Feb. 6 against Boonville. He also scored 13 against the Vikings, and made some timely threes on them.

Southridge (Boys)

Record: 9-8, 5-1

Opponent: Versus. North Posey, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Last Meeting: Southridge won, 59-54, Jan. 25, 2020

1. This week is bound to be a test for Southridge, who have games against three teams that all have winning records heading into Tuesday. They’ll get North Posey today, Evansville Christian at home on Friday and play Saturday at Tell City.

2. Southridge is 5-3 in last eight games, and the three losses were all by single digits. They are 5-1 in the Pocket Athletic Conference, with the lone blemish Jan. 22 against Heritage Hills, who was No. 1 in Class 3A at the time in a 48-46 game.

3. The Raiders’ Feb. 6 loss at Perry Central snapped a three-game win streak. Senior Colson Montgomery posted 22 points, and junior Carter Whitehead 14 points, but the team totaled five points in the fourth quarter, while the Commodores had 20.

Heritage Hills at Forest Park (Boys)

Records: Heritage Hills 13-2, 8-0 Forest Park 11-5, 4-3

Time: Friday, 8 p.m.

Last Meeting: Heritage Hills won, 73-57, Feb. 14, 2020

1. A couple of wins in a row have come for Forest Park, who will first return to the floor today for the first time in five days when they take on Springs Valley before taking on a local opponent and PAC rival in Heritage Hills on Friday.

2. The Rangers keep demonstrating their ability to score, averaging 61.6 points per game, with junior Drew Howard and seniors Blake Hagedorn and Simon Jacob all getting into double figures Thursday against Mater Dei.

3. However, they’ve also allowed 60.1 points per game, and are getting a look at a Heritage Hills team that is undefeated in the PAC. The Patriots took a 60-48 loss Saturday against Castle, but that was without senior Blake Sisley.

Northeast Dubois (Boys)

Record: 8-10

Opponent: At Perry Central, Friday, 8 p.m.

Last Meeting: Northeast Dubois won, 44-43, February 14, 2020

1. Once having struggled by starting the year 0-3, and 2-8 after having lost five in a row, here come the Jeeps in a recent stretch. They have won four out of their last six games, and one of those losses was by one point.

2. Friday’s game against the Commodores will be the team’s first in six days since getting a 63-26 win Saturday against Cannelton. The Jeeps have four games left on the year – two on the road, then they finish the regular season with two at home.

3. Northeast Dubois has demonstrated it can have anybody carry the scoring on a given night. Sophomore Gaige Schepers and senior Dante Miller had 15 and 12, respectively, Feb. 4 against North Knox. Meanwhile, junior Colby Pieper dropped 19 and sophomore Ty Kalb 12 on the Bulldogs.

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