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February 15, 2013

REGIONAL PREVIEW: New Wash ready for big regional challenge

Mustangs face Vincennes Rivet in 10 a.m. opener at West Washington on Saturay

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CAMPBELLSBURG — • Kevin Harris, Sports Reporter: First round — New Washington 61, Vincennes Rivet 57. Champion — Northeast Dubois. Harris: “I think the Mustangs find a way to knock off Vincennes Rivet because they are simply on a roll right now and their coach, Terry White, knows how to prepare a team, both mentally and physically, when he has a week to get ready for a challenging opponent. But Northeast Dubois will have experience on its side in the championship game as it has several key players back, including leading scorer Nicole Dodd (20.2 points per game), from last year’s Class A state runner-up squad. The Mustangs’ lack of recent postseason experience could have an effect on them if they face Dubois on Saturday night.

• Mike Riley, Sports Correspondent: First round — New Washington 57, Vincennes Rivet 53; Championship — New Washington 61, Northeast Dubois 55. Riley: “First, New Wash has won 14 in a row. They’re on a roll at tournament time. That can’t hurt. Second, they’ve played a majority non-Class A schedule. Rivet has also, but the Mustangs have played — and defeated — two 4A schools, Jeffersonville and New Alban. Yes, you may call it a rebuilding year for Jeff. And yes, I realize that New Albany was without Tanner Marcum, but you’re going to have a hard time convincing me that one player on a homecourt is worth 30 points. Third, Rivet I know has recent history on their side with a State Championship in 2011 and two other finals appearances in the last few years. And Northeast Dubois advanced to the state finals last season. But look for the Mustangs to play that to their favor, mentally tough and ready to go. And if not. Well then, it’s still been a great year.”

• Will Clark, Sports Correspondent: First round — Vincennes Rivet 66, New Washington 57. Champions — Rivet over Northeast Dubois. Clark: “I’m going with Rivet because the ranking means something to me. You can look at the records and see that two of the teams in this regional have better records, but once you get to the postseason, records don’t matter.”

• Ryan Ingram, Sports Correspondent: First round — New Washington 65, Vincennes Rivet 57; Champion — New Washington. Ingram: “New Washington has the poise and coaching to come out on top.”

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