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January 9, 2013

ON THE SPOT: Pickerrell continues to clean the boards for Pioneers

CLARKSVILLE — In the past few years, Providence has had a ton of success. However, under coach Lou Lefevre, the have been without a serious rebounding presence until the past couple of seasons.

This season, the Pioneers possess arguably the best front line in Southern Indiana with seniors Dalton Duley, George Knott and Ryan Pickerrell.

As the Pioneers’ leading rebounder the past two season, including nearly 10 per game this year, Pickerrell has finally given Lefevre what he’s been missing: A beast on the boards.

“He’s the best rebounder I’ve ever had — by far,” Lefevre said. “He’s got great timing. He’s got great hands. He’s been a great rebounder for us. Up until last year, that was something we never had. We never got many second-chance points, someone who, even when we didn’t have good shooting nights, could get us baskets anyway.

“We have some other pretty good rebounders, but there have been games when he’s had 40 percent of our rebounds. He’s been terrific and a pivotal player for us.”

Lefevre hopes Pickerrell and the Providence front line, which has helped lead the Pioneers to a 10-0 start and a Class 2A No. 4 ranking, will be an advantage on Saturday against the smaller, more athletic Jeffersonville Red Devils. The Pioneers face Jeffersonville, which is 9-2 and ranked No. 12 in Class 4A, on Saturday.

“We could [have an advantage] — if we rebound well,” Lefevre said. “There are teams that don’t have a lot of size who are great rebounding teams, and [Jeff] is a very good rebounding team. Rebounding’s not just a size issue.

“But so far this year, it’s been an advantage for us, and hopefully it could be an advantage this week.”

On Wednesday, Pickerrell took the time to answer a few questions about the Pioneers’ 10-0 start, their expectations for the rest of the season, the Jeffersonville rivalry and many others in the News and Tribune’s “On the Spot” series.

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