Wildcats claim county rival win

Photos by Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
Sophomore Carter Mundy (15) gets off a shot for Jasper Friday as fellow sophomore Gaige Schepers (41) looks on. Jasper defeated Northeast Dubois, 57-46.

By COREY STOLZENBACH
sports@dcherald.com

DUBOIS —  Carter Mundy scored 18 points in Jasper's junior varsity win Friday night against Northeast Dubois. Then he went out and had himself a second quarter with the varsity squad to help propel a 57-46 win, snapping both a three-game skid for his team and a four-game win streak for the opposition.

The Jeeps (6-9) led the Wildcats (4-10), 18-15, in the second quarter, and that's when Mundy took over. Five quick points from the sophomore gave Jasper a 20-15 lead, but he wasn't done yet. A triple made it a multi-possession game at 25-21, and he added his third trey of the quarter for good measure that put Jasper out in front, 30-23. All of Mundy's 11 points came in the second quarter, and that allowed Jasper to enjoy a 32-23 lead at halftime.

"Carter has a unique in shooting the ball really, really well," Jasper coach John Goebel said. "We've been challenging Carter since the beginning of the year to more confident, to be more physical, to be a better defender and rebounder, and as he's progressing, he's doing all those things much, much better."

"I kind of felt like early on that we were doing some things we really wanted to do," Jeeps coach Terry Friedman later said. "I felt like in the second quarter there, some things got away from us there and we weren't doing the things we needed to do. Jasper - got to give them some credit. They put in some nice buckets there, and when they created that separation from us in the second quarter, we weren't really able to recover from that."

Also enjoying a starring role for the Wildcats Friday evening was junior Gus Heichelbech. Heichelbech got some rebounds for Jasper in the game, and his putback brought the game to its halftime score. The Wildcats began the game on a 5-0 run, and his 3-pointer forced the Jeeps into a timeout at 37-23, and he got another bucket on an offensive board to put the Wildcats at a 42-27 cushion. Heichelbech tied with fellow junior Connor Foley for a game-high 12 points

The Wildcats lost junior Tanner Erny 14 seconds into the fourth quarter, as he fell down as was shaken up. Heichelbech and Goebel helped him up, and Erny went to the bench the rest of the game. Goebel said, though, that what happened was worse than it looked, and Erny will be fine.

Senior Nick Lueken tried to help the Jeeps rally, and his close range bucket in the fourth quarter prompted some excitement out of him, and that reduced Northeast Dubois' deficit to 44-34. Lueken's bucket prompted Jasper into a timeout with 6:22 remaining.

"It was more just a, 'Calm down, remember what we're trying to do offensively and no more defensive breakdowns,'" Goebel said.

"We didn't quit fighting - we didn't really put the ball in the hole enough tonight as far as that goes," Friedman later added. "I'm happy with our effort, but we have to be a little cleaner in what we're doing there."

Jasper was able keep moving along, as the Wildcats got buckets from Heichelbech, Foley and fellow junior Isaac Day to extend the lead.

Northeast Dubois senior Nick Lueken (11) shows some excitement on a fourth quarter bucket. However, the Jeeps fell to Jasper, 57-46 on Friday.

Both of these teams are scheduled to be home today. Northeast Dubois will welcome Wood Memorial for Senior Night.

"It hasn't been the same this year with the COVID and without the crowds and everything," Friedman said. "So, I think what we're trying to do is make their senior year as special as what we can."

Jasper, meanwhile, will try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season in taking on New Albany.

"I think New Albany's going to be confident," Goebel said. "They're going to look at our record, we've only beaten them one time in the last 15 years and they're going to see that. So, I think I we have an opportunity maybe to catch them by surprise, but it's going to have to take a monumental defensive effort. We're going to have to contain the ball and we're going to have to rebound better than we have all year if we expect to win that game."




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