News and Tribune

February 17, 2013

H.S. ROUNDUP: Red Devils, Bulldogs both win on Saturday

Baker scores 38 to lead Jeff past Castle; NA prevails at Arlington


NEWBURGH — Another night, another impressive victory by the Jeffersonville High School boys’ basketball team.

The Red Devils outscored host Castle 25-9 in the final quarter and defeated the Knights on Saturday night at Castle Gym, 85-65. The victory came one night after Jeff knocked off Louisville Trinity, the top-ranked team in Kentucky, at Johnson Arena, 85-65.

“I think they got tired as the game went on,” Jeff assistant coach Joe Wright said about Saturday’s victory. “The press made them feel uncomfortable.”

The contest’s key matchup was against a pair of potential Indiana All-Stars in Red Devil senior Darryl Baker and Castle senior Blake Simmons.

Baker matched his career-high in scoring with 38 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Baker posted 38 points in Jeff’s season-opening win on Dec. 1 at Evansville Bosse, 65-64.

“Darryl is what he is,” Wright said. “He did a good job and he’s a team player. He just wanted to get the ‘W.’”

Simmons posted 27 points to lead the Knights (13-5). Next season, he will play at the University of Evansville for his father, Purple Aces’ coach Marty Simmons.

“He’s a nice player,” Wright said about the younger Simmons. “We didn’t do anything special against him. We had different kids guarding him.”

Jeff guard Myles Harvey scored 19 points, while teammate Drew Ellis recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

“He was big on the boards,” Wright said about Ellis.

The Red Devils’ Keenan Williams had eight points and eight rebounds. Jeff was perfect from the free-throw line, shooting 22-of-22. The Knights were 10-of-13.

NEXT: Jeff (18-3) at Charlestown (11-7), Tuesday.

• Bulldogs collect another victory: Visiting New Albany extended its winning streak to four games and collected its eighth victory in nine contests with a 69-53 triumph over Indianapolis Arlington.

Like archrival Jeff, the Bulldogs were coming off a huge victory on Friday night. They won at Hoosier Hills Conference foe Bedford North Lawrence, 58-49.

“It was a great effort, especially off a road win in Bedford,” New Albany assistant coach Matt Lynch said.

Three Bulldogs scored in double figures. Senior guard Jermaine Parrish had a team-high 19 points. Teammate Jeff Bryne nailed four 3-pointers to score 12 points, as he was the main reason the Golden Knights (9-11) got out of a 2-3 zone defense early in the contest.

New Albany senior Josh Rogers recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Lynch lauded Rogers’ effort on the boards against an Arlington front line with players standing 6-foot-8 and 6-9.

“Josh did a good job shooting and a good job blocking out,” Lynch said. “Jermaine did a great job of driving and kicking the ball out.”

NEXT: New Albany (12-6, 4-2 HHC) hosts Jennings County (12-8, 4-2), Tuesday.