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December 3, 2013

HARDWOOD AFTERMATH: Local teams giving hope to fanbases

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• New Washington appears to have pulled out of its mini-funk.

After a somewhat surprising loss to Austin, the Mustangs were stunned by Henryville on Nov. 22.

Since, however, New Wash beat Madison Shawe by 27 points and earned an impressive 18-point win over Charlestown.

The Mustangs have a big one tonight when they travel to Borden with their SAC lives on the line.

• Borden was expected to have a good season in 2013-14, but the Braves’ start is probably even better than predicted.

They beat Crothersville and Christian Academy by a combined 63 points and got a nice win over rival Eastern, 48-40 on Nov. 22.

New Wash entered the season as the SAC and sectional favorites, but Borden may have something to say about that.

• It’s hard to tell what to make of the local Hoosier Hills Conference teams.

Jeffersonville is 4-1 and has four wins over four teams it probably should have beaten and have a loss to defending state champion and top-ranked Bedford North Lawrence. New Albany has only played once in a close win over Providence, and, after opening the season with an impressive win at Evansville Harrison, Floyd Central dropped back-to-back 60-51 decisions at Scottsburg and Seymour.

All three teams hope to be in contention for second place in the conference, and so far, there’s no reason to believe any of them can’t.

One thing’s certain, Floyd Central probably can’t wait to play a game at home. The Highlanders play their home opener tonight against Madison.

• Charlestown improved to 2-1 with a 58-39 bounce-back win over Henryville on Saturday. With juniors Kaitlynn Henning and Justice Burden, the Pirates a lot of fun to watch. However, they’re going to have to get contributions from other players — particularly their frontcourt seniors — to have a special season.

• Eastern is 4-1 after Saturday’s 51-38 win at Salem. The Musketeers were 4-1 at this point a year ago. A win at Brownstown Central on Saturday could prove the they’re a legitimate Mid-Southern Conference threat.

• After a 5-0 start, Providence fell back to Earth with losses to New Albany and Eastern. However, the Pioneers got back on track with a nice 69-48 home win over South Central on Friday.

Without serious injury, the Pioneers’ streak of 10 straight non-winning seasons will almost certainly come to an end.

• At 3-3, Clarksville is one win from last year’s total. The Generals could tie last season’s four-win mark on Saturday when they host Crawford County. The Generals are averaging 58.8 points per game after reaching the 58-point mark only once a year ago.

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