3 Pointers: Rangers, Raiders to renew rivalry

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Sophomore Gabey Gray (22) and Forest Park look to keep rolling today at Southridge in hopes of improving to 6-0.

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

Forest Park (5-0, 2-0) at Southridge (2-3, 1-1) (Girls), 7:30 p.m., Today

Last Meeting: Forest Park defeated Southridge, 37-28, Feb. 7, 2020 in the sectional semifinals

1. The County rivalry is set to commence today at Huntingburg Memorial Gym between Pocket Athletic Conference rivals Forest Park and Southridge. The Rangers are 2-0 in PAC play this year — defeating Tell City and Gibson Southern. Southridge, meanwhile, lost to Princeton, but beat Boonville.

2. Both teams return to the floor after a layoff from last week, and either one will have had a winning streak going by the end of this game. The Rangers last played Nov. 24 at Evansville Mater Dei, and have won five in a row. The Raiders hope to make it two in a row after besting Boonville Nov. 23. Both are next set to play on Saturday after Thursday postponements.

3. “(Southridge junior Myah Montgomery) is so good and stuff, I can’t even think of the right analogy of what you would do to try to stop her,” Rangers coach Tony Hasenour said. “We’ll have to try to do our best, try to keep her contained — if that’s even possible, and hope that we can win with the other girls as well.”

Jasper (0-0) at Linton-Stockton (2-0) (Boys) 7:30 p.m., Friday

Series: Jasper leads, 1-0

1. Jasper was supposed to open its boys basketball season Nov. 24 at home against Southridge, but that got postponed. The Wildcats were supposed to open their season Friday at Gibson Southern, but that’s been moved to Feb. 13. They do have a replacement opponent in the Miners.

2. Linton-Stockton has had an abundance of success under Coach Joey Hart, who has won six sectionals there, including last year, three regional titles and two semi-state titles. Hart is 205-61 with the Miners, including 2-0 this season.

3. The Wildcats had lost six consecutive season openers from 2012-13 through the 2017-18 season, but that changed when they broke through to win their opener of the 2018-19 season, and duplicated that feat last year. Jasper goes for its third straight win in a season opener.

Castle (1-2, 0-0) at Jasper (0-1, 0-0) (Girls), 8:00 p.m., Thursday

Last Meeting: Castle defeated Jasper, 54-44, Feb. 4, 2020 in the sectional opener

1. The Wildcat girls are set to return to the floor on Thursday in their first game since a 60-32 loss Nov. 14 against Heritage Hills. It was the only game of the year they’ve played thus far, as subsequent scheduled games, including today against North Harrison, was postponed.

2. The North Harrison game is now scheduled for Dec. 12, and the Wildcats will now meet Castle in attempt at payback. The Knights won both meetings between these two teams last year, including the sectional opener. Castle fell to Evansville North, 56-44, in the championship.

3. This is also Jasper’s first girls basketball conference game, as the Wildcats rejoined the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference this year. They’ll look to build off of the 14 points from senior Emma Shelton and the nine points from fellow senior Hannah Schwenk in the loss to the Patriots.

Cannelton (0-6) at Northeast Dubois (3-3) (Girls), 7:00 p.m., Today

Last Meeting: Northeast Dubois beat Cannelton in the sectional, Feb. 15, 2014

1. This is the first time the Jeeps are able to take the floor since losing Nov. 19 at Orleans. They started the season 3-0, but have dropped each of their three most recent games. They were set to play Nov. 23 at Wood Memorial, but that got postponed.

2. Northeast Dubois was going to play today at Washington Catholic at one time, but that got changed to a home game against the Bulldogs. Cannelton has lost 22 games in a row, and hasn’t won since a 49-28 game Nov. 15, 2019 against Rock Creek Academy.

3. The Jeeps didn’t have everybody the last few games that they’ve played. One person who increased the scoring load during that time was senior Jazlyn Sander, who dropped 13 points in a losing effort to Corydon Central, and led the team in their most recent game against Orleans.

Heritage Hills (3-0, 0-0) at Tecumseh (0-2, 0-0) (Girls), 8:00 p.m. Thursday

Last Meeting: Heritage Hills defeated Tecumseh, 43-31, Dec. 5, 2019

1. Heritage Hills had all of its games postponed until and including today at Tell City. It’s the first time the Patriots will be playing since Nov. 14 at Jasper. The team had to postpone three of them prior to Thursday.

2. The Pats were rolling before that — winning all three of their games by 27 points or more. Senior Rebekah Gordon had set a girls single game scoring record and scored her 1,000th point prior to the stoppage in play.

3. This will also be the first Pocket Athletic Conference game of the season for the Pats. The PAC has expanded this year, but last year’s squad lost only one conference game, and that was to eventual champion Gibson Southern.

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