Here is a look to some prominent matchups featuring our teams this week.
Jasper (9-2) at Forest Park (3-6) (Boys), 7:30 p.m., Jan. 21
Last Meeting: Forest Park won, 68-65, in double overtime, Jan. 22, 2021
1. Jasper saw its seven-game winning streak come to a half in a 55-44 loss Jan. 8 at Southern Indiana Athletic Conference rival Evansville North. So, with today’s game against Washington, the Wildcats will try to start a new one, but the loss to the Huskies also saw Jasper without seniors Tanner Erny and Michael Buechler.
2. The Rangers have played the Wildcats tough in recent years, winning three out of the last four against Jasper, including last year’s double overtime when Forest Park trailed, 65-64, only for Forest Park to walk out of Jasper victorious. That was when the Rangers went 16-6 and Wildcats 6-17. This year, the two team’s are opposite on above and under .500 records.
3. After playing Pocket Athletic Conference foe South Spencer Friday on the road, the Rangers are set for three straight games at Buechler Arena, starting today with PAC rival North Posey, followed by Jasper and then another PAC game against Tecumseh Jan. 22, but seven of their last 10 regular season games are on the road.
Southridge (7-6, 2-2) at Heritage Hills (6-5, 2-2) (Boys), 8 p.m.
Last Meeting: Heritage Hills won, 48-46, Jan. 22, 2021
1. Here’s a matchup of two conference rivals who both won sectional championships from a year ago. Both teams had growing pains in the beginning of the season when the Raiders lost each of their first four games, while the Patriots lost three of their first four, but the Pats have climbed above .500, and Raiders above .500 after Friday.
2. Southridge has seen a tick in consistent offensive production as of late. The Raiders didn’t score 50 points until a 60-47 win Dec. 17 at Shoals, but the Raiders entered Friday’s PAC game against Mt. Vernon having scored 50 points or more in four straight games, going 3-1 in during such a stretch.
3. The Pats have put together a much better stretch in the past month themselves before Friday’s loss at PAC foe Pike Central having won four out of their last five, with the lone exception being the 65-57 loss Dec. 29 in the Perry-Spencer Classic against Corydon Central. Heritage Hills won six in a row against Southridge.
Vincennes Rivet (2-4, 1-2 entering Friday) at Northeast Dubois (3-8, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.
Last Meeting: Northeast Dubois won, 33-25, Jan. 22, 2021
1. This is scheduled to be Northeast Dubois’ first game back in action since letting a Jan. 8 game against Southridge slip from its hands in a 50-48 double overtime loss.
The Jeeps were supposed to play Friday at Paoli, but Northeast Dubois postponed that and other athletic events following a COVID outbreak at the school.
2. Northeast Dubois’ defense has been giving the team’s a chance to win, as the Jeeps have allowed 51 points or fewer in each of their last five games. However, they are just 1-4 in such a stretch, since they themselves have only scored 50 points once, which was a 56-45 win Dec. 30 against Princeton in the Baird Winter Classic.
3. Currently, only one Jeep is averaging double figures per game, which is senior Colby Pieper at 12.5 points, followed by junior Noah Betz at 7.5 points per game and sophomore Grant Goller averaging 7.4 points.
While Northeast Dubois’ defense is averaging allowing just more than 50 points per game, the offense has averaged 43.2 points this season.
Evansville Reitz (8-7, 3-3) at Jasper (4-13, 2-3) (Girls), 8 p.m., Thursday
Last Meeting: Jasper won, 48-40, Jan. 21, 2021
1. Jasper is looking to wind down the regular season on a stronger note, but the Wildcats are currently on a five-game skid dating back to the Niehaus Lumber Classic Dec. 28 and 29. They nearly upset Evansville Mater Dei Jan. 8, but Mater Dei escaped with a 47-43 win and fell to Gibson Southern, 65-44, on Jan. 11.
2. The Wildcats can try to end that skid today against Evansville North before playing the Panthers on Thursday. Jasper was also originally supposed to play Tuesday at home against Boonville, but that game got cancelled and not set to be made up. Regardless, the Wildcats are scheduled to see a lot of action before the end of the regular season.
3. Thursday’s scheduled home game against Reitz is the first of four games set in a seven-day span. The Wildcats are also scheduled to compete Jan. 22 at Bedford North Lawrence, Jan. 25 in a makeup game at county rival Forest Park and also Jan. 27 at SIAC rival Evansville Harrison, and only the Warriors currently have a record under .500 among those opponents.
Loogootee (6-12) at Southridge (9-9), (Girls) 7:30 p.m., Today
Last Meeting: Southridge won, 40-37, Jan. 4, 2001
1. For the first time in 21 years, mere days into the 21st Century, Southridge’s girls will play Loogootee. The Raiders won the last time these two programs played each other 21 years ago, preceding the birth of any of the players of today’s game. That Southridge team went 12-8 and lost to Crawford County, 56-52, in its first sectional game.
2. The Raiders enter this game with a 9-9 record after having lost to South Spencer on Thursday, 41-29. The Raiders had climbed above .500 following a 42-39 win against Northeast Dubois Tuesday in overtime, as they’re trying to finish the season strong after starting 1-3 and later 3-6.
3. Southridge is still looking for that first winning season on the girls side the 2015-16 team that went 21-4 on the year. Last year’s team came close.
In fact, the Raiders were 8-7 exactly one year ago today, but lost outright the remainder of the season.
They’re also scheduled to have a makeup game with Mt. Vernon on Jan. 24 after a previous postponement.