Three Pointers: Some teams begin conference play

Here is a preview of some of the prep basketball games taking place in our area this week.

 

Jasper Boys

Record: 2-1

Opponent: vs. Evansville Memorial, 8 p.m. Friday

Series: Evansville Memorial leads, 11-4

Last Year: Evansville Memorial won, 58-45

1: Jasper can win its first two home games for the second year in a row on Friday. The Wildcats will need to beat a Tigers team that has had success in recent memory. Evansville Memorial made it to the sectional championship each of the past two seasons, winning last year. The Tigers are 0-1 so far.

2: Wildcats coach John Goebel praised his team’s defensive intensity in its last game, a 56-40 win Dec. 6 against Gibson Southern. However, he said the Wildcats committed silly fouls. Jasper totaled 20 of them. The Wildcats spread the ball around, as evidenced by nine players getting on the score sheet.

3: Jasper is hoping it can break a couple of skids against Evansville Memorial on Friday. The last time the Wildcats beat the Tigers was Dec. 9, 2016, a 53-50 verdict when Jackson Kabrick and Quentin Harmon were freshmen. The last time Jasper enjoyed a win on its home floor against Memorial was a 63-50 victory Dec. 11, 2015.

 

Jasper Girls

Record: 3-4

Opponent: at Vincennes Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. today

Series: The series is tied, 9-9

Last year: Jasper won, 58-51

1: Could deja vu be in the cards for Jasper? The Wildcats began 1-4 last year, just like they have this year. They then went on an 11-game winning streak after winning just one of the first five. Jasper also won its season opener, only to lose four in a row. The Wildcats could be on their way, having won each of their last two games with a chance to get to .500 today.

2: Last year’s win against the Alices snapped a four-game skid for Jasper in the series. Last season’s Wildcats took down a team that managed to win a sectional championship and finished with a 23-4 record. Vincennes Lincoln could very well be on its way to another title this year, having gotten off to a 7-2 start.

3: Today kicks off the final season of Big Eight Conference play for the Wildcats. They have a nine-game winning streak against the other five current members of the Big Eight. If not counting a 52-49 loss on Dec. 9. 2017 against then-member Mount Carmel (Ill.), the last time Jasper lost a conference game was two days prior to that against Vincennes Lincoln, 58-41.

 

Heritage Hills Boys

Record: 2-0, 0-0

Opponent: vs. North Posey, 8 p.m. ET Friday

Series: Heritage Hills leads, 9-6

Last season: Heritage Hills won, 101-60

1: It’s the Pocket Athletic Conference opener and also the home opener for Heritage Hills. The Patriots went a perfect 8-0 in PAC play last year, and also was a perfect 13-0 on their home floor a season ago. Something has to give. North Posey is 3-0. One of these teams will suffer their first loss of the season.

2: Heritage Hills is averaging 85.5 points per game through its first two games of the season while holding opponents to an average of 63.5 points. Heritage Hills had four players score in double digits in each of its first two games. The Pats will be challenged with trying to stop senior Josiah Ricketts, who scored 39 in a 96-74 win Tuesday at Evansville Day.

3: “He’s good, but it all starts with him and trying to slow him down,” Heritage Hills coach Nate Hawkins said of Ricketts. “We’ve got to be able to stop some of the other guys’ penetration, because we can’t give much help off of Josiah or else he’s going to burn you. We’ll try to negate him and then obviously rebound the basketball and then run.”

 

HH vs. FP girls

Record: Forest Park 5-3, 2-2 in PAC play, Heritage Hills 6-3, 2-0

Series: Forest Park leads, 8-5

Last season: Heritage Hills won, 69-55

1: One of these teams is bound to get back in the win column, while the other will drop their second straight. Regardless of who wins, both teams will still be above .500 after this game. Heritage Hills lost to Jasper, 43-36, on Tuesday, while Forest Park also lost Tuesday, 70-60. The Rangers are 2-2 in PAC play, while the Patriots are 2-0.

2: Heritage Hills saw its three-game win streak come to a close in its loss to the Wildcats. Jasper held junior Rebekah Gordon, always a likely candidate to score double digits, to three points. Sophomore Hadley Lytton paced the Pats with a team-high 19 points. She was the only player for Heritage Hills to reach double digits.

3: Forest Park, meanwhile, had two players in double digits, with the senior duo of Macie Zink having 17 and Faith Zazzetti right behind her with 16. However, those efforts were not able to suffice, as the Rangers dropped to 2-2 in PAC play with a 70-60 loss to Tecumseh. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for Forest Park.




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