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December 9, 2013

HARDWOOD AFTERMATH: Snow ruins Dragons’ opportunity to be tested

Coleman, Parrish shine as Clarksville role players

> 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.”

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