Junior Carter Mundy (15) and Jasper are set for a showdown today at Class 1A-No. 3 Loogootee. Mundy has averaged 18 points per game so far for the 2-0 Wildcats. 

Here is a look ahead to some notable games featuring our teams this week.

Jasper at Loogootee, 7:30 p.m., Today (Boys)Last Meeting: Loogootee won, 60-53, Dec. 5, 2020

1. The season is very young, but Jasper boys basketball has already achieved some things that did not happen at all last season. First off, Wildcats are above .500, which they attained when they topped Southridge, 66-41, Nov. 23 to win the season opener, and they also have won back-to-back games — something they failed to do during the 2020-21 campaign. They achieved this with a 76-71 win Tuesday against Class 3A-No. 9 Evansville Bosse.

2. What the Wildcats have exemplified so far is balance and the ability to share the basketball. In both of their games, they have seen four players score in double figures: Seniors Connor Foley (15.5 points per game), Gus Heichelbech (13 PPG), Tanner Erny (12 PPG), plus junior Carter Mundy (18 points per game). Junior Grant Young also got in double figures with 12 points against the Bulldogs.

3. “Beating good teams is always easier when you have experience, and when you have seniors on the floor who have been there before,” Jasper coach John Goebel said Tuesday. “And we certainly have that this year, and I think they’re also smart enough because they’ve been around to understand that we have a long way to go. We’re not near as good as we need to be, we have some things that we have to clean up and just because we beat Bosse tonight doesn’t mean we’re going to win the next game.”

Forest Park vs. Evansville Bosse, USI, 2:20 p.m., Today (Boys)

Last Meeting: Evansville Bosse won, 69-59, Dec. 8, 2018

1. Forest Park’s boys, as well as their female counterparts, have the distinction of playing in this year’s River City Showcase, which is to be held at the University of Southern Indiana, which The Herald will have coverage on. A girls game between Washington and Evansville Mater Dei, plus a boys game featuring Pike Central vs. Evansville Central happened on Thursday, with some games on Friday, but the majority are set for today.

2. The Ranger boys are finally back in action after a layoff of more than a week. Their opener came in a 58-43 win Nov. 24 against Crawford County. Senior Drew Howard entered this year the seventh-leading scorer in school history, and he’s looking to make this year a memorable one. He already had a 30-point outing against the Wolfpack, and he looks to keep it going today against the Bulldogs.

3. The Rangers have certain players from the Bulldogs they’ll have to contain, especially with their emphasis on defense this year. Bosse sophomore Taray Howell went for a game-high 27 points in their game against the Wildcats on Tuesday, and senior Jameer Ajibade chipped in an additional 23 points, not to mention six other players who got in the score column against Jasper. Bosse also banked in seven shots from behind the arc.

Forest Park vs. Evansville Memorial, USI, 4:30 p.m., Today (Girls)

1. Another game, another Ranger victory. That was the case Thursday night when the Rangers welcomed Pocket Athletic Conference rival Princeton to Buechler Arena, and held down their home court once again with a 55-35 triumph. Forest Park’s defense managed to hold the Tigers in check in the Pocket Athletic Conference matchup — outscoring them in all but the fourth quarter, and holding Princeton to single digits in each of the first two quarters.

2. Forest Park definitely seems to have left that 63-52 loss Nov. 16 at Gibson Southern in the rearview mirror. The Rangers have won four straight games since then, with only one being decided by single digits. The offense has averaged 52.6 points per game, and Forest Park exemplified Thursday what it could do sharing the basketball, as juniors Amber Tretter and Carley Begle, plus senior Ali Welp, each scored 12. Junior Lydia Betz dropped 10.

3. Here lies an excellent opportunity for the Rangers in playing a Tigers program that has had all sorts of success in the past decade, a trend which continued in 2020-21. Evansville Memorial has appeared in eight straight sectional championships games dating back to the 2013-14 campaign, with sectional championship victories happening in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021.

Southridge at North Posey, Tuesday, 8 p.m. (Girls)Last Meeting: Southridge won, 55-39, Dec. 8, 2020

1. It hasn’t been the easiest season so far for Southridge, who is currently trying to climb back to .500 and beyond that. The Raiders have had a pair of three-game losing streaks so far this season, and they’ve recently been without the Montgomery sisters, senior Myah and freshman Avah — a trend that continued in Thursday’s 45-29 win at Tell City. For a program searching for its first winning season since 2015-16, these two would play a big role in that happening.

2. Let’s see how the Raiders can capitalize off Thursday’s win against the Pocket Athletic Conference rival Marksmen. In that win, Southridge snapped a three-game skid, and also snapped a three-game skid in the conference, with that game being the first PAC win of the year for the Raiders. They’re currently in a PAC grind, as that was their third of six straight conference games scheduled.

3. The Raiders will still have some PAC games scheduled after the holiday break, but that’s not all, as they’re about to have a seismic shift in their schedule. Tuesday’s scheduled game at North Posey is the last of five set away from the confines of Huntingburg Memorial Gym. They’re actually only scheduled for three more road games the rest of the regular season, and seven of their final eight games are scheduled to be at home.

Heritage Hills at Evansville Memorial, Today, 1:30 p.m. (Boys)Last Meeting: Heritage Hills won, 46-39, March 2, 2021, in the Sectional Opener

1. Heritage Hills garnered some votes from the Associated Press in Class 3A this week, with that coming after the fact that the Patriots dropped a 39-25 loss Nov. 27 at North Harrison. Their defense held the Cougars below 40, but couldn’t muster the offense. Heritage Hills lost the season opener for the first time since Nate Hawkins became coach, and hadn’t done so since the 2015-16 season.

2. Freshman Trent Sisley made sure to get his name on the stat sheet in the loss to North Harrison. He led his team with 11 points, and also added six boards, a steal and a block in his high school debut. However, teammates around him were not able to score as much, as he had more than twice as many as any other Patriot who did. The likes of junior Marcus Becher and seniors JT Smallwood and Alex Schaeffer have the most varsity experience.

3. The tide has definitely been in Heritage Hills’ favor in recent years, as the Pats have won each of the last five matchups between these two teams. The last time the Tigers bested Heritage Hills was on Feb. 27, 2018, in the sectional when they topped the Pats, 66-57, in the opening round. It’s been all good for the Pats since that time, including the 2020 sectional championship between these two when Heritage Hills won, 79-53.