News and Tribune

January 10, 2013

GREG'S PICKS: Jeff, Providence potential Game of the Year

Class 2A No. 4 Pioneers sports 10-0 mark; Red Devils come in 9-2

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

CLARKSVILLE — At about the midway point of the regular season, it’s becoming clear that Jeffersonville and Providence are both headed for special seasons.

On Saturday at the Larkin Center, the 2012-13 campaign will become even more special for one of them.

Class 2A No. 4 Providence is 10-0 after back-to-back wins over rival and Class 2A No. 6 Clarksville. Jeff — ranked No. 13 in Class 4A — is 9-2 and has victories over then-3A No. 2 Evansville Bosse, defending 3A champion Guerin Catholic, Clarksville and a 70-46 pounding of rival New Albany last week. The Red Devils also nearly beat Kentucky No. 1 Louisville Ballard.

A couple of months from now, we could be talking about sectional and regional championships — and possible more — for the Red Devils and Pioneers.

For now, it’s a showdown at Providence on Saturday night. It’s size versus speed, experience versus raw talent. It’s Jeff superstar Darryl Baker against Providence’s taller, stronger front line.

The Devils will want to run. Providence will prefer to slow it down, beat Jeff in the halfcourt and take fast-break points when they’re available.

Jeff and Providence may be the area’s two best teams — and they may provide Southern Indiana with one of the best games of the year.

“Jeff’s the best team we’ve played so far,” Providence coach Lou Lefevre said. “They’re just really good.”

It’s hard to get compliments out of Lefevre about his own team. Even at 10-0 with some impressive wins, Lefevre has a laundry list of what he’d like to see improved.

However, this week he was willing to admit that his team has handled winning well.

“For a team that’s undefeated, they’re not copping an attitude that ‘We’re so awesome we don’t have to show up and we’re still going to win every time,’” Lefevre said. “They’re not doing that. That’s what a lot of teams do in that situation. I’m proud of them for that, for acting like a team that has to come to work every day.”

Upsetting Jeffersonville, which first has to play rival Floyd Central on Friday night, would surely be the Pioneers’ biggest accomplishment of the season. He knows it will be tough, but Lefevre isn’t discounting it.

“Last year, we were in the game with them in the end. I thought we played our worst game of the year and we were still in the game,” he said. “I just think if we play really well, we’ll have a chance to win the game. Whether we can play as well as we need to, that remains to be seen.”



GAMES TO WATCH — WEEKEND

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

BOYS — Jeffesronville at Providence

• Time/Date: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

• Records: Jeffersonville 9-2, Providence 10-0.

• Rankings: Jeffersonville, Class 4A No. 13; Providence, Class 2A No. 4.

• Last year: At Jeffersonville 55, Providence 44.

• Last 15 years: Jeffersonville 12-3.

• Analysis: I think Jeff gets it done in a tight one. A win by Providence could mean trouble for the rest of Class 2A.

• Greg’s Pick: Jeffersonville 61, Providence 58.



FRIDAY

BOYS — Corydon Central at Clarksville

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Corydon Central 7-2 (2-0 MSC), Clarksville 7-3 (3-0).

• Rankings: Clarksville, Class 2A No. 6.

• Last year: Clarksville 74, at Corydon Central 57.

• Last 15 years: Corydon Central 10-5.

• Analysis: Clarksville has lost three of its last five, but that’s a schedule issue. Expect the Generals to rebound and have a strong second half of the season.

• Greg’s Pick: Clarksville 69, Corydon Central 62.



BOYS — Floyd Central at Jeffersonville

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Floyd Central 2-9 (0-2 HHC), Jeffersonville 9-2 (3-0).

• Rankings: Jeffersonville, Class 4A No. 13.

• Last year: Jeffersonville 51, at Floyd Central 42.

• Last 15 years: Jeffersonville 22-1.

• Analysis: As dominant as Jeff has been in this series, the Highlanders have been able to keep most games close as of late. That will not be the case on Friday.

• Greg’s Pick: Jeffersonville 83, Floyd Central 44.



BOYS — Madison at New Albany

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Madison 5-4 (0-3 HHC), New Albany 4-5 (2-2).

• Last year: New Albany 77, at Madison 51.

• Last 15 years: New Albany 13-2.

• Analysis: The Bulldogs could use a successful weekend.

• Greg’s Pick: New Albany 63, Madison 49.



BOYS — Borden at Austin

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Borden 9-1, Austin 2-6.

• Rankings: Borden, Class A No. 3.

• Last year: At Borden 80, Austin 58.

• Last 15 years: Austin 10-5.

• Analysis: Coach Doc Nash hasn’t been happy with the Braves’ play the last couple of games. After Borden’s first loss of the season, Austin — where Nash spent time as an assistant coach — could be in big trouble.

• Greg’s Pick: Borden 81, Austin 58.



BOYS — Silver Creek at Brownstown Central

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Silver Creek 3-8 (0-4 MSC), Brownstown Central 9-1 (3-0).

• Rankings: Brownstown Central, Class 3A No. 8.

• Last year: At Silver Creek 72, Brownstown Central 63 (regular season); Brownstown Central 52, Silver Creek 50 (sectional).

• Last 15 years: Brownstown Central 9-8.

• Analysis: The Dragons are out of the MSC race, but they could do Clarksville and Corydon a big favor with a second straight regular-season win over the Braves. After a win over Borden, it seems a tiny bit more likely.

• Greg’s Pick: Brownstown Central 70, Silver Creek 55.



BOYS — New Washington at Henryville

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: New Washington 5-6 (1-1 SAC), Henryville 0-8 (0-1).

• Last year: Henryville 66, at New Washington 49.

• Last 15 years: Henryville 18-8.

• Analysis: After a win on Saturday against Madison Shawe, New Wash will be 7-6. Stellar job by Jonathan May and the Mustangs so far this season.

• Greg’s Pick: New Washington 60, Henryville 41.



GIRLS — Charlestown at Providence

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Charlestown 6-8, Providence 8-6.

• Last year: Providence 41, at Charlestown 30.

• Earlier this year: At Charlestown 50, Providence 20 (Charlestown Holiday Tournament semifinal, Dec. 21).

• Last 10 years: Charlestown 17-5.

• Analysis: Pirates be rollin’.

• Greg’s Pick: Charlestown 49, Providence 35.



SATURDAY

BOYS — Charlestown at Madison

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Charlestown 6-3, Madison 5-4.

• Last year: Madison 67, at Charlestown 65.

• Last 15 years: Madison 5-3.

• Analysis: Charlestown has won three straight but has been living on the edge. It could catch up with the Pirates on Saturday.

• Greg’s Pick: Madison 56, Charlestown 50.



BOYS — New Albany at Scottsburg

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: New Albany 4-5, Scottsburg 2-8.

• Last year: At New Albany 93, Scottsburg 44.

• Last 15 years: New Albany 12-3.

• Analysis: This one will be ugly early.

• Greg’s Pick: New Albany 88, Scottsburg 49.



BOYS — North Harrison at Floyd Central

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: North Harrison 6-3, Floyd Central 2-9.

• Last year: At North Harrison 55, Floyd Central 52.

• Last 15 years: Floyd Central 8-7.

• Analysis: The Highlanders get a much needed, hard-fought win.

• Greg’s Pick: Floyd Central 54, North Harrison 50.



BOYS — Madison Shawe at New Washington

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Madison Shawe 3-8, New Washington 5-6.

• Last year: At Madison Shawe 40, New Washington 29.

• Last 15 years: Shawe 8-5.

• Analysis: With a win, New Wash will be 7-6. That’s a nice recovery after last year’s 1-21 season.

• Greg’s Pick: New Washington 58, Madison Shawe 51.



BOYS — Trimble County (Ky.) at Christian Academy

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Trimble County 10-5, Christian Academy 5-5.

• Last year: At Trimble County 65, Christian Academy 61.

• Last 15 years: Trimble County 1-0.

• Analysis: I love the way Christian Academy is playing. The homecourt advantage could be enough for the Warriors to win their third straight.

• Greg’s Pick: Christian Academy 66, Trimble County 64.



GIRLS — Austin at Silver Creek

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Austin 12-3 (6-1 MSC), Silver Creek 11-5 (5-1).

• Rankings: Austin, Class 2A No. 10.

• Last year: Silver Creek 41, at Austin 35.

• Last 10 years: Tied 5-5.

• Analysis: Austin’s win against Madison last Saturday has to make Dragon fans nervous, but I’m taking Silver Creek at home.

• Greg’s Pick: Silver Creek 44, Austin 42.



GIRLS — Bedford North Lawrence at Floyd Central

• Time: 1:30 p.m.

• Records: Bedford North Lawrence 14-0 (4-0 HHC), Floyd Central 9-6 (1-3).

• Rankings: Bedford North Lawrence, Class 4A No. 2.

• Last year: At Bedford North Lawrence 59, Floyd Central 39.

• Last 10 years: Bedford North Lawrence 6-4.

• Analysis: Bedford may be the last team standing at the end of the year.

• Greg’s Pick: Bedford North Lawrence 61, Floyd Central 43.



GIRLS — Columbus East at New Albany

• Time: 1:30 p.m.

• Records: Columbus East 7-6 (1-2 HHC), New Albany 6-8 (2-2).

• Last year: At Columbus East 64, New Albany 51.

• Last 10 years: Columbus East 8-2.

• Analysis: These have been two hard teams to figure out. Even at New Albany and with Tanner Marcum rolling for the Bulldogs, East has to be a fairly heavy favorite against a young New Albany team.

• Greg’s Pick: Columbus East 58, New Albany 47.



GIRLS — Jasper at Jeffersonville

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Jasper 10-5, Jeffersonville 5-10.

• Last year: At Jasper 53, Jeffersonville 49.

• Last 10 years: Jeffersonville 9-1.

• Analysis: Jasper broke a long losing streak to Jeff during the Red Devils’ disappointing 2011-12 season. The Red Devils will avenge that loss and finish the regular season strong.

• Greg’s Pick: Jeffersonville 50, Jasper 44.



GIRLS — Switzerland County at New Washington

• Time: 2:30 p.m.

• Records: Switzerland County 6-8, New Washington 11-2.

• Rankings: New Washington, Class A No. 14.

• Last year: New Washington 72, at Switzerland County 59.

• Last 10 years: Switzerland County 6-4.

• Analysis: The Pacers have played solid defense this season, but New Wash has so many scoring options and will pull away for a comfortable win.

• Greg’s Pick: New Washington 66, Switzerland County 53.



BOYS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Aaron Hayes, Christian Academy

Hayes scored a Christian Academy-record 50 points in last Saturday’s 83-82 quadruple-overtime victory over Christian Academy of Louisville. The 6-foot-3 Warrior senior made 25 of his 36 free-throw attempts and grabbed 13 boards as CAI won consecutive games to even its record at 5-5.



BOYS’ POWER POLL

Team    Record    Last

1. Providence    10-0    1

2. Jeffersonville    9-2    2

3. Clarksville    7-3    3

4. Borden    9-1    4

5. New Albany    4-5    5

6. Charlestown    6-3    6

7. Silver Creek    3-8    7

8. Rock Creek    5-9    8

9. Christian Academy    5-5    —

10. New Washington    5-6    10

    Note on the Power Poll: This power 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 sectionals are also taken into account.