News and Tribune

December 10, 2012

GREG'S PICKS: Fans will know more about Jeff very soon

Devils battle No. 1 Ballard tonight

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Jeffersonville opened with an instant classic 65-64 road win over then-Class 3A No. 2 Evansville Bosse on Darryl Baker’s 38-point performance that included a game-winning jumper in the lane with two seconds left.

If you’ve been looking for a win to validate that one, you certainly haven’t found it yet.

There’s no doubt that the Red Devils are very good after two wins last weekend by a combined 163-73. However, no one is going to confuse Seymour and Madison with top-flight competition.

Starting tonight against Kentucky No. 1 Ballard — a top-25 team nationally, according to USA Today — Jeff will get its share of tests.

In 10 days, the Devils will host Class 2A No. 4 Clarksville before going to Richmond to participate in the Bob Wettig Tournament. That field includes the host Red Devils, Guerin Catholic, Tipton, Chatard and Class 4A No. 14 Columbus North, a team they could see again in the regional.

The tournament is followed by a stretch of New Albany, Floyd Central, Providence, Columbus East, Bedford North Lawrence, Evansville Reitz and Evansville Harrison to start the new year.

It’s safe to say, we’ll know a lot about the 2012-13 Jeffersonville team very soon.



GAMES TO WATCH (TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY)



GAME OF THE WEEK

BOYS — Louisville Ballard at Jeffersonville

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Ballard 2-1, Jeffersonvile 3-0.

• Rankings: Ballard, No. 1 in Kentucky, No. 24 in USA Today poll; Jeffersonville No. 12, Class 4A; No. 17 Coaches’ Poll.

• Last year: At Ballard 80, Jeffersonville 71.

• All-time series: Ballard leads 20-12 (Jeff leads 11-9 at Johnson Arena)

• Assessment: The No. 1 Bruins have three players returning who averaged double figures last season and are similar to Jeff. They’re quick, athletic and don’t have much size, with the obvious exception of 6-foot-6 bruiser Kelan Martin. Ballard features Louisville recruit Quinton Snider, who plays the points and averaged 16.9 points as a sophomore. It’s safe to say that Jeff’s pressure won’t affect the Bruins like it did Madison and Seymour. Like Jeff, Ballard has several players who can come off the bench and provide firepower. This should be an early fast-paced track meet. Win or lose, Jeff will know more about itself following Tuesday.

• Greg’s Pick: Ballard 84, Jeffersonville 78.



TUESDAY

BOYS — Silver Creek at Charlestown

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Silver Creek 1-3, 0-2 Mid-Southern Conference; Charlestown 2-1, 1-1.

• Last year: At Silver Creek 65, Charlestown 53.

• Last 15 years: Silver Creek 20-7.

• Assessment: Aaron Daniel and Chris Braun have been awfully impressive at Charlestown. Those two alone should help the hosts with an early-season experience edge. Since the talent level seems to be about the same on both sides, that could be the difference.

• Greg’s Pick: Charlestown 65, Silver Creek 59.



BOYS — Crothersville at New Washington

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Crothersville 2-4, 0-1 Southern Athletic Conference; New Washington 1-2, 0-0.

• Last year: At Crothersville 49, New Washington 37.

• Last 15 years: New Washington 11-6.

• Assessment: It was a nice win over Southwestern on Friday for the Mustangs. A victory over Crothersville should help prove that New Wash is a team to be taken seriously this season.

• Greg’s Pick: New Wash 58, Crothersville 56.



GIRLS — Jeffersonville at South Oldham (Ky.)

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Jeffersonville 3-4, South Oldham 0-4.

• Last year: South Oldham 70, at Jeffersonville 52.

• All-time series: South Oldham 1-0.

• Assessment: Jeff’s comeback win over then-5-1 Columbus East could be what gets the Red Devils turned in the right direction following a four-game losing streak.

• Greg’s Pick: Jeffersonville 59, South Oldham 51.



GIRLS — Christian Academy at Rock Creek Academy

• Time: 6:30 p.m.

• Records: Christian Academy 1-4, Rock Creek 0-5.

• Last year: Christian Academy 63, Rock Creek 33.

• Last 10 years: Christian Academy 15-2.

• Assessment: Christian Academy should get its second victory in a row.

• Greg’s Pick: Christian Academy 50, Rock Creek 25.



GIRLS — West Washington at Henryville

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: West Washington 2-4, Henryville 4-6.

• Last year: Henryville 46, at West Washington 33.

• Last 10 years: Henryville 8-2.

• Assessment: Great comeback win for the Hornets against Providence. That should give this young team some confidence.

• Greg’s Pick: Henryville 54, West Washington 31.



WEDNESDAY

GIRLS — Charlestown at Floyd Central

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Charlestown 2-5, Floyd Central 5-2.

• Last year: Floyd Central 72, at Charlestown 40.

• Last 10 years: Floyd Central 5-2.

• Assessment: The Highlanders are 5-2 after going 2-5 against the same competition in the first seven games a year ago. Clearly, Kirk Hamsley has an improved bunch.

• Greg’s Pick: Floyd Central 63, Charlestown 50.



THURSDAY

GIRLS — Jeffersonville at Corydon Central

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Jeffersonville 3-4, Corydon Central 5-3.

• Last year: At Jeffersonville 52, Corydon Central 47.

• All-time Series: Jeffersonville 19-6.

• Assessment: Everything about this game says it will come down to the fourth quarter. Jeff may have gotten just enough confident from the East win to get on a roll at the end of 2012.

• Greg’s Pick: Jeffersonville 55, Corydon Central 52.



GIRLS — Louisville Ballard at New Albany

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Ballard 4-0, New Albany 4-3.

• Last meeting: New Albany 46, at Ballard 33 (Feb. 5, 2009)

• Last 10 years: New Albany 3-0.

• Assessment: This should be a close game. I’m not sure why I’m taking New Albany. Maybe just because I think Southern Indiana is better than Louisville.

• Greg’s Pick: New Albany 60, Ballard 58.



GIRLS — Christian Academy at Providence

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Christian Academy 1-4, Providence 5-4.

• Last year: Providence 40, at Christian Academy 29.

• Last 10 years: Providence 5-0.

• Assessment: Providence will not be a happy group after blowing a double-digit lead against Henryville.

• Greg’s Pick: Providence 50, Christian Academy 32.



GIRLS — Eastern at New Washington

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Eastern 5-2, New Washington 7-2.

• Rankings: New Washington, No. 12 Class A.

• Last year: At Eastern 67, New Washington 45.

• Last 10 years: Eastern 7-3.

• Assessment: This is another one that could go either way. I like the team with more experience and the homecourt advantage.

• Greg’s Pick: New Washington 65, Eastern 61.



GIRLS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tanner Marcum, New Albany

Marcum combined for 37 points and — more importantly — 19 assists in a 61-51 loss to Scottsburg on Thursday and a 52-51 victory over Jennings County on Saturday. Easily the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, Marcum has looked more to pass in the last week. She had 14 points and nine assists against Scottsburg and a double-double with 23 points and 10 assists in Saturday’s Hoosier Hills Conference win.



GIRLS’ POWER POLL

1. Floyd Central     5-2

2. New Washington    7-2

3. New Albany    4-3

4. Silver Creek    5-2

5. Jeffersonville    3-4

6. Borden    4-3

7. Charlrestown     2-5

8. Henryville    4-6

9. Providence    5-4

10. Clarksville    3-5

    Note on the Power Poll: The poll isn’t based solely on which teams would beat which. Factors like team records and how they are expected to perform in their respective class sectional are also taken into account. The boys’ Player of the Week and Power Poll will debut on Friday.