News and Tribune

December 25, 2013

TEN TO WATCH: Warren’s Devils have already equaled last year’s win total

Defending champion Braves get first big test

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

HENRYVILLE — After he spent nine years coaching under Jim Shannon with the New Albany boys, there was little doubt that Mike Warren was the right choice as the Jeffersonville girls’ basketball coach.

Few expected what he’s done so far.

The Red Devils beat Corydon Central last Thursday to improve to 7-2. The seven wins has already equaled last year’s win total in a 7-14 season.

“I’d like to say that’s what we thought [we’d accomplish], but to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Warren said of the hot start. “I have confidence in the girls and I had no doubt we were going to surpass [seven wins], but it’s nice at the New Year that we’re already there.”

Jeff’s only losses have come to defending Class 4A champion and top-ranked Bedford North Lawrence (68-36 on Nov. 23) and last weekend’s heartbreaking 53-51 overtime loss to Columbus East.

“We’ve played a nice mix of teams,” Warren said. “Obviously, beating [Kentucky No. 2] Sacred Heart was our banner win, but we let one slip away at Columbus East. We’re happy to be 7-2.”

According to the computer-based Sagarin ratings, Jeff has faced the 54th-toughest schedule in the state, and that doesn’t include beating Kentucky’s second-ranked team.

Starting Friday, the Red Devils will be further tested. They’ll participate in the beefed up Floyd Central Shootout, opening with 6-1 Louisville Ballard in the afternoon before facing 9-1 and 10th-ranked Bloomington South in the evening.

“Obviously it doesn’t lighten up,” Warren said. “It’s going to be a tough day for us.”

 

BORDEN’S BIG YEAR COMING TO AN END

The 2013 calendar year will always be remembered in Borden.

After starting the New Year at 1-2, the Braves have won 20 of their last 21 games.

Of course, that includes the school’s first state championship. It also includes a 6-0 start to the 2013-14 season and a Washington County Invitational championship.

With the exception of a couple of semi-close encounters with rival Eastern, Borden hasn’t really been tested. That will change on Saturday when it hosts 5-0 and Class 2A No. 9 Paoli.

A year ago, Jalen McCoy’s buzzer beater helped Borden to a 67-66 victory and an 8-0 start (and Doc Nash’s 100th career victory). The Braves also slipped by the Rams 60-58 the last time they visited Paoli.

 

GAME OF THE WEEK

BOYS — PROVIDENCE (5-0) VS. CLARKSVILLE (5-1)


• TOURNAMENT: Silver Creek Holiday Tournament

• DAY/TIME: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Providence — Class 2A No. 6 AP; Clarksville — Class 2A No. 7 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Providence 14-5.

• LAST YEAR: Providence 38, Clarksville 36 (Silver Creek Holiday Tournament championship); At Providence 60, Clarksville 51 (regular season); Clarksville 39, Providence 35 (Crawford County Sectional first round).

• ANALYSIS: Clarksville returned two of the two guards in Southern Indiana. Providence returned no starters. Yet, based on reputation, the Pioneers opened the season ranked ahead of the Generals, despite Clarksville beating Providence in last year’s sectional. This is Clarksville’s chance to prove it has the best team in the city and maybe Southern Indiana’s best team. Of course, the two sides will meet again in the city championship on Jan. 10 and maybe again in the sectional.

• THE PICK: Clarksville 55, Providence 48.

 

THURSDAY

BOYS — MADISON SHAWE (1-5) AT HENRYVILLE (1-5)


• TOURNAMENT: Henryville McKee Munk Invitational

• TIME: 10 a.m.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Henryville 2-1.

• LAST YEAR: Did not play.

• LAST MEETING: Henryville 57, Shawe 42 (Dec. 27, 2008, McKee Munk first round).

• ANALYSIS: Shawe has five losses by a total of 141. The Hornets have a serious chance to start a winning streak after ending a 30-game losing streak on Saturday. In fact, Henryville has an shot of winning this tournament.

• THE PICK: Henryville 49, Shawe 44.



FRIDAY

BOYS — CHARLESTOWN (1-4) AT SILVER CREEK (5-1)


• TOURNAMENT: Silver Creek Holiday Tournament.

• TIME: 6 p.m.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Silver Creek 10-7.

• EARLIER MEETING: Nov. 30 — At Silver Creek 60, Charlestown 32.

• ANALYSIS: With the homecourt advantage, the Dragons should ease into the championship game.

• THE PICK: Silver Creek 58, Charlestown 39.



GIRLS — JEFFERSONVILLE (7-2) VS. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (9-1)

• TOURNAMENT: Floyd Central Shootout.

• TIME: 11 a.m.

• RANKINGS: Bloomington South — Class 4A No. 10 ICGSA, No. 15 IBCA.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Jeffersonville 1-0.

• LAST MEETING: Jeffersonville 41, Bloomington South 38 in overtime (2009 Bedford North Lawrence Regional first round).

• ANALYSIS: It would be stunning if the Red Devils play their way into Saturday’s championship game, but at this point, it would be a mistake to put it past them.

• THE PICK: Bloomington South 53, Jeffersonville 47.



GIRLS — SILVER CREEK (2-5) VS. COLUMBUS EAST (3-4)

• TOURNAMENT: Rumble on the River.

• LOCATION: Southwestern (Hanover).

• TIME: 2 p.m.

• LAST 10 YEARS: No meetings.

• ANALYSIS: Silver Creek’s tough schedule continues in this tough tournament field, starting with an East team that has won 3 of 4 since opening 0-3. The Dragons should get at least one win at Hanover. Any more than that has to be considered success for such a young team.

• THE PICK: Columbus East 62, Silver Creek 46.



GIRLS — EASTERN (6-2) VS. WEST WASHINGTON (6-1)

• TOURNAMENT: Washington County Invitational.

• LOCATION: Henryville.

• TIME: 6 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Eastern — Class 2A No. 15 ICGSA;

• LAST 10 YEARS: Eastern 12-1 (West Washington’s win on Dec. 12 ended Eastern’s 14-game winning streak in the series).

• EARLIER MEETING: Dec. 12 — West Washington 46, at Eastern 43.

• ANALYSIS: The Musketeers get a chance to avenge one of their two losses to this point. The Senators are a surprise team so far, but if Eastern wants to be considered a serious sectional contender, it needs to prove it can beat teams with inferior talent.

• THE PICK: Eastern 55, West Washington 50.



SATURDAY

BOYS — SILVER CREEK HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT, CHAMPIONSHIP


• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Providence — Class 2A No. 6 AP; Clarksville — Class 2A No. 7 AP.

• LAST 10 CHAMPIONS: 2012 — Providence; 2011 — Clarksville; 2010 — Providence; 2009 —Silver Creek; 2008 — Providence; 2007 — Charlestown; 2006 — Providence; 2005 — Providence; 2004 — Providence; 2003 — Silver Creek. 

• LAST YEAR: First round — Clarksville 45, Silver Creek 42; Providence 46, Charlestown 38; Consolation — Charlestown 70, Silver Creek 63 (OT); Championship — Providence 38, Clarksville 36.

• ANALYSIS: The top three teams — Clarksville, Providence and the host Dragons — all appear to be about even. The smart pick is Silver Creek because the Dragons are the most likely team to make the championship game. Still, it’s tough at this point to go against a veteran Clarksville squad.

• THE PICK: Clarksville 77, Silver Creek 72.



BOYS — COLUMBUS EAST (4-0, 2-0 HHC) AT NEW ALBANY (3-1, 2-0 HHC)

• DAY/TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Columbus East — Class 4A No. 13 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: New Albany 7-3.

• LAST YEAR: At Columbus East 99, New Albany 92 (2OT).

• ANALYSIS: This is a makeup game because of East’s journey to its second football state championship. The Olympians figured to be a Hoosier Hills Conference contender and they’ve been even better than expected, especially considering their win over Class 4A No. 2 Columbus North on Friday. This is the first game between two HHC contenders. The winner will likely go on to face Jeffersonville for the conference championship.

• THE PICK: New Albany 84, Columbus East 77.



BOYS — PAOLI (5-0) AT BORDEN (6-0)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Paoli — Class 2A No. 9 AP; Borden — Class A No. 2 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Borden 5-3 (Borden has won three straight).

• LAST YEAR: Borden 67, at Paoli 66.

• ANALYSIS: This series has produced some great games and some great finishes. Jalen McCoy’s buzzer beater helped the Braves to an 8-0 start last year en route to the Class A state championship. This year should be no different — but I’ve learned not to pick against Borden.

• THE PICK: Borden 73, Paoli 69.



BOYS — CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (4-1) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (3-1)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RADIO: WFIA-94.7 FM.

• RANKINGS: Christian Academy — Class A No. 16 AP. Jeffersonville — Class 4A No. 16 AP, No. 19 IBCA.

• LAST 10 YEARS: No meetings.

• ANALYSIS: When Matt Pait took over at Jeffersonville, he promised he’d give the smaller area schools a shot at the big boys. Well, this is the Warriors’ shot. Funny enough, the Warriors have the bigger roster. If they’re able to take advantage of their size, they could stay in this game for a while.

• THE PICK: Jeffersonville 81, Christian Academy 55.