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December 25, 2013

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

Defending champion Braves get first big test

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.”



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.




• 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.




• 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.

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