News and Tribune

December 9, 2013

HARDWOOD AFTERMATH: Snow ruins Dragons’ opportunity to be tested

Coleman, Parrish shine as Clarksville role players

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Thirteen boys’ basketball games and six girls’ games had to be rescheduled due to the winter weather over the weekend.

That included New Albany’s boys’ showdown with Class 4A No. 7 Evansville Harrison and the Jeffersonville boys’ season opener with Class 3A No. 4 Evansville Bosse.

However, perhaps no team lost a bigger opportunity to learn more about its team than Silver Creek. The Dragons were supposed to have played Class 2A No. 8 Clarksville in a Mid-Southern Conference battle last Friday and Class 4A rival Floyd Central last Saturday.

The Dragons will face Clarksville on Feb. 15 and Floyd Central on Feb. 22.

“We were disappointed,” Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said. “We had a good week of practice and we were looking forward to the challenge. But everyone experienced the same thing, so there’s no use whining about it.”

After two easy wins to start the season, Hoffman and his team are looking forward to a strong challenge. Now, it will be 1-0 North Harrison that could give the Dragons their first test on Friday.

“With Friday’s game coming up, it’s ‘next one up,’” Hoffman said. “North Harrison is expecting to have a really good year. We get to see where we stand against somebody in our sectional.”



OTHERS SHINE

Clarksville knows what it’s going to get from Calvin McEwen and Andrew Jones. The duo has proven itself over and over during the past three seasons.

The key to 2013-14 season for the Generals may be the “others.”

In last Tuesday’s 67-57 win over Floyd Central, D.J. Coleman scored 15 points and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, and Marquise Parrish went 4-of-7 from the field for eight points.

“People are going to focus on Calvin and Andrew and other players are going to have an opportunity to shine,” Clarksville coach Jason Connell said. “D.J. played a great game and Marquise was solid. Those guys have paid their dues and worked extremely hard for us. [Their play] is going to be crucial for us.”



STRONG WIN

After dropping its Hoosier Hills Conference opener to defending state champion and Class 4A No. 1 Bedford North Lawrence — its only loss of the season to date — Jeffersonville’s girls’ basketball team was looking forward its trip to Floyd Central last Thursday for HHC Game No. 3.

Behind the sharpshooting of Aurreeshae Hines, the Red Devils opened up a 24-10 lead after one quarter and a 41-22 advantage at the half. They held on to beat the Highlanders 64-59 for arguably their best win of the season.

“It was a great win for us,” first-year Devils coach Mike Warren said. “It was a conference win, it was a road win. Other than Bedford, it was the most talented team we had played. Floyd Central is a tough place to play. It was a good all-around win for us.”

The Highlanders outscored Jeff 37-23 in the second half, but Warren doesn’t believe that detracts from the victory.

“I was happy with the way we played,” he said. “I was disappointed that we didn’t put four quarters together — that’s something we haven’t done all year — but it was a learning experience. You could look at it negatively, but we’re going to use it as a positive.”



PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

GIRLS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Aurreeshae Hines, Jeffersonville

Hines knocked down six 3-pointers and had a game-high 24 points as Jeffersonville knocked off rival Floyd Central 64-59 last Thursday.

“She was amazing,” Jeff coach Mike Warren said. “I think she was lacking a little confidence [coming into the game]. But once she hit one, she felt good about herself. One led to another and they kept pouring in from there. It was a lot of fun to watch.”



BOYS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Nic Reid, Christian Academy

Reid had a double-double in Christian Academy’s first victory of the season last Tuesday at home against Henryville. He was one of five Warriors who scored in double figures for the balanced Warriors, finishing with 10 points. He added a game-high 13 rebounds as CAI defeated the Hornets, 69-41.