News and Tribune

January 8, 2013

GREG'S PICKS: Hayes, Warriors on a roll

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — In my years at the News and Tribune, we’ve never had a game finish after 10 p.m.

Saturday’s crazy Christian Academy of Indiana vs. Christian Academy of Louisville four-overtime contest finished well after 10.

With it finishing so late, there wasn’t much of a chance to spotlight the Warriors, and in particular Alex Hayes, who broke the CAI school record with 50 points during the stunning 83-82 victory.

So despite CAI not playing early this year, I thought it was appropriate to spotlight the Warriors and Hayes and recap Saturday’s craziness in my preview column.

Here’s why the game last until nearly 11 p.m.: it was Homecoming, Christian Academy honored Warrior legend David Scott as a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary team, there were 89 free throws shot, including 66 alone by the Warriors, then of course, there were four overtimes.

The freelancer who was assignment to cover the game — Will Clark — was unavailable because of a new job. Good thing. We would have had to pay him some serious overtime. And maybe hazard pay because of ear drum damage from all of the whistles.

The win was Christian Academy’s second straight following a four-game winning streak in which it had a chance to win every one. There was a 5-point loss at one-loss Paoli, and an overtime defeat at the hands of one-loss Switzerland County.

All season, CAI coach Tim Kerberg has believed his 5-5 team is better than its record and will be a sectional contender.

“We’ve had a chance to win almost every game we’ve been in,” Kerberg said. “We’ve just found ways to give games away. I love our team, but we’ve had to learn how to grow and how to win. We’re starting to learn those things and I’m so proud of them.”

The Warriors have a tough stretch coming up. After hosting Trimble County on Saturday, the next four opponents are Borden, Providence, Trinity Lutheran and Eastern. So there’s a good chance CAI won’t roll into Sectional 62 with an impressive record, but that won’t mean they may not have something for the field.

“I like playing tough opponents,” Kerberg said. “Sometimes we get caught up in wins and losses, but you have to ask yourself if you’re preparing yourself for the tournament. Those games, hopefully, will prepare us for a very tough sectional.



GAMES TO WATCH — TUESDAY-THURSDAY

GAME OF THE WEEK

GIRLS — New Washington at Providence


• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: New Washington 9-2, Providence 8-5.

• Rankings: New Washington No. 14 (Class A).

• Last year: At New Washington 53, Providence 47.

• Last 10 years: New Washington 9-2.

• Assessment: Looking at the sectional lineups, there aren’t likely to be many girls’ sectional champions from Clark or Floyd Counties. The New Wash can get by Borden, it should have a nice playoff run. The Mustangs have proven they can win slow scoring games or fast-pace games. They have beaten five teams from higher classes, including 3A Charlestown. They can shoot the ball and defend. They’re outscoring teams by 23 points per game. The one question mark is that New Wash hasn’t had a lot of tough road tests. Providence should provide that.

• Greg’s Pick: New Washington 60, Providence 44.



TUESDAY

BOYS — Charlestown at Rock Creek


• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Charlestown 5-3, Rock Creek 5-8.

• Last year: At Charlestown 79, Rock Creek 63.

• Last 15 years: Charlestown 3-2.

• Assessment: It’s tempting to take the bigger, more athletic Lions at home. But Charlestown has two advantages in this game: Chris Braun and Aaron Daniel. Those two seniors are going to will the Pirates to a lot of hard-fought wins. They’re so tough. They were made for crunch time, as they proved with 44 combined points in a 70-63 win at Silver Creek and with 51 points and 18 boards in a 64-52 come-from-behind win over Seymour.

• Greg’s Pick: Charlestown 54, Rock Creek 49.



GIRLS — Silver Creek at Madison

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Silver Creek 11-4, Madison 11-2.

• Rankings: Madison No. 6 (Class 3A).

• Last year: Madison 65, at Silver Creek 57.

• Last 10 years: Madison 10-1.

• Assessment: Madison handed the Dragons one of their five losses last year and the Cubs may be better in 2013. As well as Silver Creek is playing, it’s hard to see the Dragons stealing one in Madison, which is coming off of its second loss of the year.

• Greg’s Pick: Madison 43, Silver Creek 38



GIRLS — Eastern at Charlestown

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Eastern 7-7 (1-3 MSC); Charlestown 5-8 (5-8, 1-4)

• Last year: At Eastern 59, Charlestown 42.

• Last 10 years: Charlestown 9-4.

• Assessment: A couple weeks ago, I said the wins are going to start coming in bunches for the Pirates. They’ve won three of their last four, including wins over Jeffersonville and Brownstown. At home, they should handle the Musketeers.

• Greg’s Pick: Charlestown 55, Eastern 42.



GIRLS — New Albany at South Oldham (Ky.)

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: New Albany 6-7, South Oldham 3-11.

• Last year: South Oldham 55, at New Albany 40.

• Last 10 years: South Oldham 1-0.

• Assessment: The Dragons clearly aren’t as good as last year’s team and I like the way New Albany — and Tanner Marcum, in particular — is playing. A more aggressive Marcum could lead to a lot of wins for the Bulldogs in 2013.

• Greg’s Pick: New Albany 60, South Oldham 47.



THURSDAY

GIRLS — Henryville at Southwestern

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Henryville 8-6, Southwestern 3-12.

• Last year: Southwestern 52, at Henryville 42.

• Last 10 years: Southwestern 4-0.

• Assessment: Southwestern is playing better than earlier in the season, but the Hornets are playing significantly better. It’s a close race for the area’s most improved team between Henryville and Charlestown.

• Greg’s Pick: Henryville 49, Southwestern 46.



GIRLS — Borden at Orleans

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Borden 6-5, Orleans 6-5.

• Last year: At Borden 54, Orleans 41.

• Last 10 years: Orleans 7-3.

• Assessment: Both teams are giving up right around 40 points per game, so it’s going to be low scoring. This is a game that could go either way, but I’ll always take a Terry Rademacher-coached team in a game that’s expected to be close.

• Greg’s Pick: Borden 41, Orleans 36.



GIRLS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tanner Marcum, New Albany


Marcum is clearly appears to be headed toward back-to-back Player of the Year honors. After scoring a career-high 38 points and going over 1,000 for her career in Thursday’s 68-57 loss to Madison, the Bulldog senior led her team to a 69-62 double-overtime victory over rival Floyd Central with 32 more. She scored 16 combined points in the two overtimes.



GIRLS’ POWER POLL

Team               Record    Last


1. New Washington    9-2    2

2. Silver Creek    11-4    3

3. New Albany    6-7    5

4. Floyd Central    8-6    1

5. Charlestown     5-8    7

6. Borden    6-5    4

7. Jeffersonville    5-9    6

8. Henryville    8-6    8

9. Providence    8-5    9

10. Clarksville    3-11    10

    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.