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February 20, 2013

GREG'S PICKS: Braves look to recover against rival Clarksville

Several teams setting themselves up for big runs

JEFFERSONVILLE — High school coaches will tell you that nothing is more important to their programs than success in the tournament.

They’ll also tell you that one of the keys to a successful tournament run is finishing the regular season strong.

Here’s a look at some of the teams that are setting themselves up for good runs:

• Jeffersonville: Blowout wins over defending Kentucky state champion Trinity and Castle have to have Sectional 15 teams just a little worried.

• Christian Academy: All season, Warriors coach Steve Kerberg has been saying his team is better than its record. During their currently six-game winning streak, they’ve proved it.

• New Albany: The Bulldogs have won five straight and 9-of-10 and stand as the only team capable of challenging Jeff for the Seymour Sectional title.

• Borden: The home loss to Springs Valley appears to have been a fluke. A win over Clarksville should give the Braves confidence heading into the tournament.

• Silver Creek: The Dragons are a one-point loss to Corydon from entering the tournament on a seven-game winning streak.

• Providence: Second-half losses to Silver Creek and New Albany have to be concerning, but the Pioneers have won three straight and six of their last eight.

• Clarksville: Stumbles at Brownstown and Borden aside, the Generals have nine wins in their last 11 games heading into the tournament.

GAMES TO WATCH

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

CHARLESTOWN (11-8) at FLOYD CENTRAL (5-16), 7:30 p.m. Friday

• Series last 15 years: Floyd Central 8-2.

• Last year: Floyd Central 67, at Charlestown 48.

• Analysis: It was a nice win for Floyd Central over Jasper. It certainly won’t be easy, but Highlanders should enter the tournament on a winning streak.

• Greg’s Pick: Floyd Central 60, Charlestown 53.

FRIDAY

NEW WASHINGTON (9-11) at PROVIDENCE (16-3), 7:30 p.m.

• Rankings: Providence — Class 2A No. 3 AP.

• Series last 15 years: Providence 13-2.

• Last year: Providence 62, at New Washington 30.

• Analysis: This is a really bad matchup for the Mustangs. Hopefully, it won’t hurt their confidence in the sectional.

• Greg’s Pick: Providence 63, New Washington 31.

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