> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
New Albany is no longer unbeaten after a surprising 64-60 loss to Corydon Central on Saturday.
The loss came on the heels of Friday’s 49-45 escape of rival Floyd Central.
It’s hard to tell which are the true Bulldogs — the team that won at Bloomington South to open the season or the team that struggled to beat winless Floyd and fell to Corydon Central.
The truth is New Albany simply couldn’t put the ball in the basket against Floyd, going 9 of 30 from the foul line and 18 of 59 from the floor, and Saturday they were without leading scorer Dre McBirth.
It would be wise to withhold judgment of the Bulldogs until after the New Year when they face teams like Reitz, Castle and Jeffersonville with their full compliment of players.
BIG WINS, TOUGH LOSS
There’s no doubt that Jeffersonville’s girls’ basketball program is being resurrected under first-year coach Mike Warren.
The Red Devils opened the season 5-1 but hadn’t really been challenged. That all changed after last week’s win over Floyd Central.
Jeff made its biggest statement in three years on Thursday when it beat Kentucky No. 2 Sacred Heart 59-56 after falling behind 21-8 after one quarter.
Jeff looked to continue its success on Saturday. While the Devils were impressive in getting to overtime at Columbus East, the Olympians ended three-game winning streak by outscoring the Devils 5-3 in overtime.
Jeffersonville’s boys’ basketball team moved up to No. 13 in the latest Indiana Basketball Coaches’ Association single-class poll. New Albany went from No. 16 to receiving votes. The Devils are now No. 9 and the only local team in the Associated Press Class 4A poll.
Possible 4A regional opponent Columbus North is No. 2, Evansville Harrison is No. 7 and Evansville Reitz is 24th.
Corydon Central moved up to No. 7 in the Class 3A poll after its win overNew Albany. Clarksville’s Dec. 23 opponent Bowman Academy is No. 2.
In Class 2A, Providence stayed at No. 6 and Clarksville moved up one spot to No. 7. Paoli (No. 10) and Crawford County (No. 20) are from the same sectional as Clarksville and Providence.
Borden moved up to No. 2 in the Class A poll, behind only potential regional rival Barr-Reeve. Christian Academy entered the poll at No. 22 after knocking off Rock Creek.
Eastern (Class 2A No. 13) and Providence (Class No. 17) join Borden as the only local teams in the Indiana Girls’ Coaches polls.
GIRLS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Natalie Ruedinger, Borden
Rueinger scored 17 points in the Braves’ 57-17 Southern Athletic Conference victory over Lanesville on Tuesday and came back for another 18 as Borden knocked off Mitchell 46-34 on Saturday.
WEEK’S TOP PERFORMANCES
• Caroline Ricks, New Washington: Ricks had a huge double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds as the Mustangs improved to 5-3 with a 55-37 win over Southwestern.
• Haley Vogen, Jeffersonville: Vogen scored 23 points on 10 of 12 shooting and eight rebounds in the Red Devils’ 59-56 upset win Sacred Heart.
• Claire Rauck, Providence: Rauck scored 17 of Providence’s 36 points in the Pioneers’ 36-33 victory over Henryville on Friday. The freshman also had nine boards in the victory.
• Madison Kaiser, Floyd Central: Kaisier had 17 points, nine rebounds and two assists in the Highlanders’ 52-50 loss to South Oldham on Wednesday. Kaiser added another 17 points in Saturday’s 78-71 win over North Harrison.
• Emily Hollis, Henryville: Last Tuesday, Hollis scored a game-high 23 points as the Hornets defeated Trinity Lutheran 62-43 last Tuesday.
• Justice Burdin, Charlestown: Burdin had 10 points and a team-high nine boards in the Pirates’ 48-37 win over rival Silver Creek on Saturday.
• Catie Troncin, Rock Creek: Troncin had a team-high 11 points as Rock Creek fell to Medora 44-39 on Thursday.
• Brittany Knight, New Albany: Knight scored a team-best 16 points in Saturday’s 65-54 road loss to Jennings County.
BOYS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Logan Miles, New Washington
In the Mustangs’ season opener, Miles tied a school-record by knocking down nine 3-pointers and scoring 29 points as New Washington defeated host Southwestern 72-45 on Friday. As a team, the Mustnags were 16 of 29 from behind the 3-point arc.