News and Tribune

February 5, 2013

GREG'S PICKS: Tourney time: The ‘second season’ begins tonight for the girls

Jeff, FC square off in first round of NA Sectional

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — It’s just one of those years.

The Clark and Floyd County girls’ basketball teams — often the class of Indiana — just weren’t very good. Only New Washington is ranked. Of the other 11 teams, only Silver Creek could be considered for a ranking. Of the other 10, only Borden and Charlestown have a real shot at winning a sectional title. (That’s not disrespect, it’s just the way it is. If I’m always pandering to our area teams, no one would take my picks seriously.)

All of Southern Indiana’s hopes may be riding on New Wash, which by the way, has a shot at doing something really special (if the Mustangs can get past a hot Borden team, that is).

Of the four area sectionals, only one is wide open and only two are seriously in question.

That doesn’t mean sectional week won’t be compelling. Without fail, they’re always more exciting than expected.

Despite the heavy favorites, there will be upsets. There will be thrilling finishes, and perhaps most importantly, there will be “Greg’s Picks.”

And here are Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s predictions:



FIRST-ROUND GIRLS’ SECTIONAL GAMES

CLASS 4A NEW ALBANY SECTIONAL

TUESDAY

Jeffersonville (7-13) vs. Floyd Central (10-11)

• Time: 6 p.m.

• Series last 10 years: Jeffersonville 14-4.

• Regular-season matchup: At Jeffersonville 56, Floyd Central 45.

• Analysis: I know I picked Floyd in the first matchup and Jeff beat the Highlanders, but the Devils just struggle too much in putting the ball in the basket for me to pick them.

• Greg’s Pick: Floyd Central 43, Jeffersonville 37.



Bedford North Lawrence (21-0) at New Albany (9-11)

• Time: Approximately 8 p.m.

• Rankings: Bedford NL No. 2 ICGSA/IBCA.

• Series last 10 years: Bedford NL 11-2.

• Regular-season matchup: At Bedford NL 63, New Albany 28.

• Analysis: Bedford beat the Bulldogs by 35 points when New Albany was completely healthy. I expect the Bulldogs to battle and Tanner Marcum to shine (if she’s able to play), but overcoming that kind of margin is too much to ask.

• Greg’s Pick: Bedford NL 64, New Albany 40.



CLASS 3A SCOTTSBURG SECTIONAL

TUESDAY

Corydon Central (16-5) vs. North Harrison (7-13)

• Time: 7 p.m.

• Series last 10 years: Corydon 9-4.

• Regular-season matchup: Corydon 53, at North Harrison 49.

• Analysis: I think the “Throw away the records when rivals get together” saying is generally hogwash. However, the Cats nearly beat Corydon earlier this season. They led a good portion of the game. I won’t say this is a tossup. But with Missy Voyles on the Cats’ bench, a North Harrison upset wouldn’t shock me.

• Greg’s Pick: Corydon Central 55, North Harrison 49.



WEDNESDAY

Salem (7-13) at Scottsburg (13-7)

• Time: 6 p.m.

• Series last 10 years: Scottsburg 9-2.

• Regular-season matchup: At Scottsburg 67, Salem 47.

• Analysis: After starting 3-0 and 5-2, Salem won once in 11 games from Nov. 30 to Jan. 24. A 55-43 win at Hauser should help the Lions’ confidence. But even without injured Warriorette Jillian Romero, Salem probably will fall short at Scottsburg.

• Greg’s Pick: Scottsburg 59, Salem 43.



Silver Creek (15-6) vs. Charlestown (10-10)

• Time: Approximately 7:30 p.m.

• Series last 10 years: Silver Creek 10-9.

• Regular-season matchups: Silver Creek 47, Charlestown 46 (conference); Silver Creek 33, Charlestown 32 (holiday tournament).

• Analysis: Silver Creek has two one-point wins over Charlestown. Will the third time be the charm for the Pirates? This is easily the best game of the first round. Both teams are playing so well. The Dragons closed the regular season with four straight wins. The Pirates had won three straight and seven of eight before losing to Madison on Friday. Something tells me it’s Creek’s year again. Either way, the winner of this game has an excellent shot at winning the sectional crown.

• Greg’s Pick: Silver Creek 53, Charlestown 52.



CLASS 2A PAOLI SECTIONAL

TUESDAY

Clarksville (4-18) at Paoli (18-1)

• Time: 6 p.m.

• Rankings: Paoli, No. 4 ICGSA.

• Series last 10 years: Paoli 2-1.

• Regular-season matchup: Did Not Play.

• Last meeting: Paoli 70, Clarksville 30 (2010 sectional).

• Analysis: It may be hard to see with a 4-18 record, but the Clarksville program made serious strides in the second season under B.D. Ledbetter. That said, this game won’t be close.

• Greg’s Pick: Paoli 68, Clarksville 27.



Crawford County (0-21) vs. Henryville (13-9)

• Time: Approximately 7:30 p.m.

• Series last 10 years: Henryville 1-0.

• Regular-season matchup: Henryville 59, at Crawford County 36.

• Analysis: The Hornets just beat Crawford by 23 points in Marengo four days ago. There’s no reason to believe Henryville won’t continue its impressive season on Friday.

• Greg’s Pick: Henryville 47, Crawford County 34.



CLASS A NEW WASHINGTON SECTIONAL

TUESDAY

Christian Academy (5-13) vs. South Central (6-14)

• Time: 6 p.m.

• Series last 10 years: South Central 3-0.

• Regular-season matchup: At South Central 51, Christian Academy 41.

• Analysis: South Central is 6-14 and was beaten by a combined 42 points against sectional favorites New Washington and Borden. But something tells me the Rebels will show up big in this sectional. Maybe I’m living in the past, but Randall Schoen is a great coach and the Rebels have a nice path to the championship game.

• Greg’s Pick: South Central 49, Christian Academy 38.



Borden (13-6) at New Washington (17-2)

• Time: Approximately 7:30 p.m.

• Rankings: New Wash No. 8 ICGSA.

• Series last 10 years: New Washington 11-4.

• Regular-season matchup: At New Washington 49, Borden 46.

• Analysis: New Wash has a shot at going a long way in this tournament. Its toughest hurdle may be getting past its first game. Borden is good, it’s hot and it has an elite coach in Terry Rademacher. Like it was in the regular-season matchup in New Wash, this game will be close.

• Greg’s Pick: New Washington 56, Borden 50.



GIRLS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Abby Ellis, Borden

Ellis scored 31 points in the Braves’ final two regular-season games, their fifth and sixth straight victories that helped Borden finish the regular season 13-6. Ellis scored a team-high 14 points, including a 3-pointer, in the Braves’ 69-33 victory over Clarksville on Tuesday. She followed that performance with 17 points — and another 3 — in Borden’s 52-44 victory over Springs Valley in the Braves’ regular-season finale.



Last Week’s Stars

• Kaitlynn Henning, Charlestown: Game-high 21 points in the Pirates’ 61-43 win over North Harrison on Tuesday; team-high 18 points in Friday’s 60-45 loss to Madison.

• Haley Huddleston, Henryville: 14 points in Thursday’s 59-36 win over Crawford County.

• Nichole Midgett, Jeffersonville: 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the Devils’ 35-19 win over Providence.

• Madison Kaiser, Floyd Central: 20 points in the HIghlanders’ 79-65 loss to Columbus East on Tuesday.

• Lauren Camm, New Albany: 10 points and five rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 55-24 loss to New Washington on Tuesday.



GIRLS’ POWER POLL

Team    Record    Last

1. New Washington    17-2    1

2. Silver Creek    15-6    2

3. Borden    13-6    4

4. Charlestown     10-10    3

5. New Albany    9-11    5

6. Jeffersonville    7-13    6

7. Henryville    13-9    8

8. Floyd Central    10-11    7

9. Providence    11-10    9

10. Clarksville    4-18    10