Wildcats drop senior night lossFebruary 19, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
JASPER — Jasper fell behind early Friday evening, and never caught up.
The Wildcats (5-15) welcomed Jeffersonville for senior night after the team’s original opponent, Pike Central, backed out of the game. Jasper trailed, 9-0, within the first few minutes of the game, and never caught up in this wire-to-wire loss. The Red Devils reeled off a 53-28 win in Jasper’s first game in a week.
“We got beat by a really athletic and quick and dominant team,” Wildcats coach John Goebel said. “We did not take care of the ball as well as we should’ve, but sometimes it comes down to you just get beat by a team that’s better than you.”
Turnovers caused the game to get out of hand early, as Jeffersonville began the game on a 17-0 run before sophomore Carter Mundy’s close range bucket got the Wildcats on the board. Those would be the team’s lone points of the opening quarter, as senior Jaylen Fairman drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put Jasper in a 20-2 deficit after one.
The Red Devils used balance to their advantage in this game when they had three players got in double figures — while the Wildcats didn’t have any. Junior Jack Ahlbrand supplied a team-high nine points for Jasper in this game, with six of them coming in the final quarter. Jasper outscored Jeffersonville, 8-3, in the fourth — with the Red Devils going to their reserves for much of the quarter.
Jasper does not have a game on Saturday, but Goebel will give the Wildcats the day off, citing how important it is to be fresh at this point in the season.
“We are fatigued,” he said. “And we are psychologically and emotionally drained a little bit from the disappointing season we’ve had. So, the hope is that Saturday, Sunday, they get their rest, they get away, they clear their heads a little bit.”
Goebel added that he envisions a good, intense pregame practice on Monday before Tuesday’s scheduled game at rival Vincennes Lincoln. It’ll be Jasper’s penultimate game of the regular season, and the Wildcats hope to finish conference play strong with their second Southern Indiana Athletic Conference win of the year.
The 14th-year Wildcats coach said if the team doesn’t get up for that game, then they’re not going to get up for any game.
“It’s going to take a heck of an effort because even though Vincennes is having a disappointing year record-wise just like us, they’ve also had some really tough losses and some really tough breaks,” Goebel said. “It’s not going to be easy over there. We’re going to have to take care of the ball, we’re going to have to knock down shots. We’re going to have to get to the foul line and we’re going to have to have our best defensive effort because it’s not an easy place for us to win. Historically, it never has been.”
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