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December 4, 2012

GREG'S PICKS: Girls’ teams trying to break out of average

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — There seems to be an awful lot of average teams in Southern Indiana girls’ basketball.

New Albany and Floyd Central are 3-2, Jeffersonville is 2-3. Charlestown is 2-4, Borden 3-2. Even Silver Creek — considered a Mid-Southern Conference and sectional favorite — is just 4-2 after Saturday’s loss to Corydon Central.

Of the 12 area teams, only New Washington at 6-1 is more than two games over .500.

Of course, records can sometimes be deceiving. Some of these teams are average. Others aren’t.

The Hoosier Hills Conference teams — Floyd, Jeff and New Albany — get a chance early this week to show they’re at least better than average.

Jeff has a big one at traditional Kentucky power Sacred Heart on Thursday. On the same night, New Albany goes to Class 3A No. 12 Scottsburg. (The No. 12 ranking is way too low). On Wednesday, Floyd Central can avenge a 16-point loss from last season — a season when the Highlanders really were about average — at home against South Oldham (Ky.).

Of the three, the Highlanders have the best chance for a win. Of the three area HHC teams, Floyd may have the most success in 2012-13. With Brooke Hinton returning from an ankle injury, this season could be a big one for the Floyd girls.

If it’s going to happen, the Highlanders have to win games like Wednesday’s.

GAMES TO WATCH (TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY)

GAME OF THE WEEK

GIRLS — MADISON AT NEW WASHINGTON

Date: Tuesday

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Madison 6-0, New Washington 6-1.

Rankings: Madison, Class 3A No. 8; New Washington, Class A No. 11.

Last year: At Madison 65, New Washington 47.

Greg’s Assessment: The two teams are a combined 12-1. They’re both ranked and they’re both obviously sectional favorites. If I hadn’t seen Madison play at Jeffersonville on Friday, I would have been tempted to take the Mustangs, particularly at home. However, the Cubs are big, fast and balanced. There’s not much they don’t do well. New Wash is going to have a big, big season, but beating Madison will take a monumental effort.

Greg’s Pick: Madison 63, New Washington 48.

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