News and Tribune

January 24, 2013

GREG'S PICKS: Jeff moving closer to defending HHC crown

Red Devils two victories away from repeating as conference champs

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Jeffersonville is two wins from clinching the Hoosier Hills Conference for the second straight season, starting tonight at Bedford North Lawrence.

A win over the Stars on Friday will virtually guarantee a league title for the Red Devils. Jennings County is still unbeaten in conference play, as well. But as well as they’ve played, it’s hard to imagine the Panthers running the table with the three best teams still on their schedule.

Although it pales next to winning a sectional title, Jeff coach Chad Gilbert said winning the HHC is a big deal for the program.

“The Hoosier Hills Conference championship is important to us because of the great teams, players and coaches involved in each of the programs,” he said. “We feel it is one of the strongest conferences in the state of Indiana.”

Of course, beating the Stars is the first order of business. Although BNL is not as strong as it has been of late at 6-8 overall and 2-2 in the HHC, winning in Bedford is always a challenge.

“Bedford is an extremely formidable opponent,” Gilbert said. “[BNL coach] Jamie [Hudson] does a great job with his team. They will come out ready and play hard-nosed basketball.”

Leading the Devils will be Darryl Baker, who continues to raise his level of play. Baker scored 37 points — one off his career-high — in last Saturday’s crucial overtime win over Columbus East.

Although it appears to be a logistical longshot, Mr. Basketball talk is starting to surround Baker. Gilbert believes it’s warranted.

“Look at his stats,” Gilbert said. “He understands the game and makes his teammates better. He would score 50 for a win or two for a win. It doesn’t matter in his mind, as long as the team wins. He is a pleasure to coach and he is as good as any player that I have ever seen.”

Baker hasn’t gotten the Red Devils to 12-2 by himself. At different times, several different Red Devils have stepped up and contributed to victories.

“Again look at our stats,” Gilbert said. “We shoot the ball extremely well and have shot it well for the last two years. We shoot the ball well because of three things: we practice game shots, we turn down good shots for great shots, and finally, we have very coachable kids who will do what’s necessary for a win. We don’t have role players on our team — we have ‘win’ players. [I’ve been] very proud of their effort.”

With a win over BNL on Friday, the Devils would be one win away from going unbeaten in league play for the second straight season. Jennings County will visit Jeffersonville on Thursday, Feb. 7 in both teams’ HHC finale.

If the Devils can go unbeaten in the HHC, it would be the first time in the program’s history to go without a loss in back-to-back seasons.



GAMES TO WATCH — WEEKEND

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

BOYS — Jeffersonville at Bedford North Lawrence

• Time/Day: 7:30 tonight.

• Records: Jeffersonville 12-2 (5-0 Hoosier Hills Conference); Bedford North Lawrence 6-8 (2-2 HHC).

• Rankings: Jeffersonville — Class 4A No. 13 Associated Press, No. 15 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

• All-time series: Jeffersonville 25-21.

• Series last 15 years: Jeffersonville 12-9.

• Last year: At Jeffersonville 79, Bedford NL 62 (regular season); Jeffersonville 69, Bedford NL 63 (sectional championship).

• Analysis: Bedford is a tough place to play, but the Stars aren’t as good as Columbus East and Providence, both of which the Red Devils beat on the road.

• Greg’s Pick: Jeffersonville 69, Bedford NL 61



FRIDAY

BOYS — Borden at Orleans

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Borden 11-2, Orleans 8-6.

• Rankings: Borden — Class A No. 5 AP.

• Last year: At Borden 46, Orleans 40 (regular season); Orleans 68, Borden 48 (regional).

• Last 15 years: Orleans 12-5.

• Analysis: Orleans is a little down and Borden has struggled a little of late. Don’t be fooled by the Bulldogs’ record. They can still play basketball. Have to take them in a close one at home.

• Greg’s Pick: Orleans 53, Borden 50.



BOYS — New Albany at Evansville North

• Time: 8 p.m.

• Records: New Albany 7-5, Evansville North 7-5.

• Last year: Evansville North 61, at New Albany 47.

• Last 15 years: New Albany 10-5.

• Analysis: An easy schedule last weekend may have been the prescription the Bulldogs needed. Maybe it gives them a confidence boost down the stretch.

• Greg’s Pick: New Albany 68, Evansville North 62.



BOYS — Christian Academy at Providence

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Christian Academy 5-7, Providence 12-2.

• Rankings: Providence — Class 2A No. 4 AP.

• Last year: Providence 48, at Christian Academy 32.

• Last 15 years: Providence 13-2.

• Analysis: Will Tuesday’s loss light a fire on the Pioneers? CAI better hope not.

• Greg’s Pick: Providence 52, Christian Academy 36



BOYS — Silver Creek at Madison

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Silver Creek 4-10, Madison 7-6.

• Last year: At Silver Creek 63, Madison 55.

• Last 15 years: Madison 9-7.

• Analysis: If the Dragons can pull this one off, they have a chance to close the regular season with six wins in seven games (or even seven straight). Madison’s been playing better, too.

• Greg’s Pick: Madison 63, Silver Creek 57.



SATURDAY

BOYS — New Albany at Jasper

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: New Albany 7-5, Jasper 6-6.

• Last year: At New Albany 82, Jasper 39.

• Last 15 years: New Albany 12-3.

• Analysis: It’s one of those long back-to-back road weekends for New Albany, but the Bulldogs should be able to handle it.

• Greg’s Pick: New Albany 70, Jasper 54.



GIRLS — Evansville Bosse at New Albany

• Time: 2:30 p.m.

• Records: Bosse 13-6, New Albany 9-9.

• Last year: New Albany 73, at Bosse 71.

• Last 10 years: New Albany 5-3.

• Analysis: Have we mentioned that Tanner Marcum is playing really, really well lately? It will take an another enormous effort from Marcum and the Bulldogs to beat Bosse.

• Greg’s Pick: New Albany 56, Bosse 54.



GIRLS — South Central at Borden

• Time: 2:30 p.m.

• Records: South Central 5-12 (2-2 Southern Athletic Conference); Borden 10-6 (2-2 SAC).

• Last year: Borden 70, at South Central 30.

• Last 10 years: South Central 17-2.

• Analysis: Borden’s picking up steam as it heads toward time to defend its sectional title.

• Greg’s Pick: Borden 44, South Central 35.



GIRLS — Silver Creek at Scottsburg

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Silver Creek 13-6 (6-2 Mid-Southern Conference); Scottsburg 12-6 (7-0 MSC).

• Rankings: Scottsburg — Class 3A No. 16 Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.

• Last year: Scottsburg 62, at Silver Creek 38.

• Last 10 years: Scottsburg 9-1.

• Analysis: Scottsburg’s not playing as well as early in the season, giving the Dragons a little hope of shaking up the MSC. The Warriorettes would clinch at least a share of the conference crown with a win.

• Greg’s Pick: Scottsburg 64, Silver Creek 57.



GIRLS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tanner Marcum, New Albany

Marcum continued to cement her legacy at New Albany with two more outstanding performances last week. In a 55-49 win over Charlestown on Jan. 15, the Bulldog senior had 27 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Then last Friday against rival Jeffersonville, she went for 23 points, eight assists and three steals, leading New Albany past the Red Devils, 55-43.



Last Week’s Stars

• Kaitlyn Henning, Charlestown: 21 points in the Pirates’ 55-49 loss to New Albany on Jan. 15; 25 points, including two 3-pointers, in Charlestown’s 58-39 win over Salem on Jan. 17.

• Ashley Johnson, New Washington: 16 points in the Mustangs’ 56-51 win over Brownstown on Jan. 15; 29 points, three assists in last Saturday’s 52-36 win over South Central; 10 points, 7 assists in Tuesday’s 80-21 win over Crothersville.

• Haley Vogen, Jeffersonville: 24 points in the Red Devils’ 51-47 loss to Seymour on Jan. 15; 18 points, nine rebounds in last Friday’s 55-43 loss to New Albany.

• Meredith Endris, Providence: 26 points in the Pioneers’ 92-22 win over Rock Creek on Jan. 15; team-high 10 points in Tuesday’s 35-33 win over Crawford County.

• Haley Jenkins, Clarksville: 16 points in the Generals’ 43-38 win over Lanesville on Jan. 17; team-high 10 points in Tuesday’s 37-25 loss to Henryville.

• Abby Ellis, Borden: Game-high 16 points in Tuesday’s 49-32 win over West Washington.

• Allison Burch, Christian Academy: 17 points, including two 3-pointers, in a 61-57 win over Medora on Monday.



GIRLS’ POWER POLL

Team    Record    Last

1. New Washington    16-2    1

2. Silver Creek    13-6    2

3. New Albany    9-9    3

4. Charlestown     9-9    4

5. Borden    10-6    7

6. Jeffersonville    6-13    5

7. Floyd Central    10-9    6

8. Henryville    11-9    8

9. Providence    10-9    9

10. Clarksville    4-16    10



BOYS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Chris Braun, Charlestown

The Charlestown senior had two outstanding performances in two Pirate wins last weekend. Last Friday, he put up 21 points and eight rebounds in a 68-66 Mid-Southern Conference win over Eastern. He followed that with a 32-point, seven-rebound, five-block performance in last Saturday’s 61-52 victory over Madison Shawe.



Last Week’s Stars

• Darryl Baker, Jeffersonville: 37 points, three assists in last Saturday’s 83-79 overtime win over Columbus East.

• Billy Kirchgessner, Borden: 13 points, six rebounds, six assists in last Friday’s 54-44 win over Christian Academy; 11 points, eight rebounds in last Saturday’s 64-40 win over Henryville.

• Aaron Daniel, Charlestown: 10 points in last Friday’s 68-66 win over Eastern; Triple-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in last Saturday’s 61-52 victory over Madison Shawe.

• Aidan McEwen, Clarksville: 16 points in last Friday’s 65-52 win over Scottsburg; 16 points, nine rebounds in last Saturday’s 59-44 win over Trinity Lutheran.

• Kortrell White, Jeffersonville: 13 points (3-of-4 field goals, 7-of-7 free throws) in last Saturday’s 83-79 overtime win over Columbus East.

• Anthony Edwards, New Albany: 14 points, 11 rebounds in last Friday’s 60-37 win over Silver Creek.

• Aaron Hayes, Christian Academy: 22 points in last Friday’s 54-44 loss to Borden.

• Jalen McCoy, Borden: 12 points in last Friday’s 54-44 win over Christian Academy; 17 points in last Saturday’s 64-40 win over Henryville.

• Gabe Bauer, Silver Creek: 13 points in Tuesday’s upset win over Providence.



BOYS’ POWER POLL

Team    Record    Last

1. Jeffersonville    12-2    1

2. Providence    12-2    2

3. Clarksville    11-3    3

4. Borden    11-2    4

5. New Albany    7-5    5

6. Charlestown    8-4    6

7. Silver Creek    4-10    8

8. Rock Creek    7-9    7

9. Christian Academy    5-7    9

10. New Washington    6-8    10

    Note on the Power Poll: The power polls aren’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.