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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Shakamak forward Brandon Morin (42) gets a facial from a Sullivan player during last weekend's non-conference high school boys basketball game at Jasonville The Lakers will look for their first win Saturday night at Dugger against the Union Bulldogs. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
By B.J. Hargis

Sports Editor

There are six boys and four girls basketball games on the high school weekend schedule.

Bloomfield forward Kyle Robinson (40) battles for a rebound earlier this year against Owen Valley. The Cardinals will host Clay City Friday and then play at Edgewood Saturday. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
As Linton-Stockton takes the week off from game competition, there are three boys game set for Friday and three more on Saturday.

There is a rare boys-girls varsity-only doubleheader on Friday at White River Valley as the Wolverines will play host to Eminence. The girls game is set to begin at 6 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.

The Lady Wolverines have won five of their first seven games going into Thursday's game against Bloomington North.

The Lady Wolverines have been scoring over 38 points per game while allowing less than 33, but WRV only managed nine field goals in a 45-27 loss at West Vigo Monday.

"Our defense has done a pretty good job so far this season," said WRV girls coach A.J. Graves. "Even in our loss at North Knox, I think we defended pretty well.

"We just have to be more consistent offensively. We have to do the little things, like moving without the ball, setting screens and being ready to shoot when we get the ball."

The series is tied at five-all over the past 10 meetings, including a 52-51 win by the Lady Eels in Morgan County last season.

The WRV boys have wins over Shoals, South Knox and North Central to begin the season.

J.B. Neill's Wolverines are scoring 49 points, per game, 15 more than their opponents.

The Eels have started with two wins in three games in the second season for coach Shawn Alspaugh, a former Sullivan assistant.

Eminence is coming off of a 65-50 victory at Dugger against Union Saturday.

WRV has won four of six meetings in the series, including a 43-37 victory in a Class A Sectional contest at Switz City on Feb. 28.

The other boys games on Friday night include Clay City at Bloomfield in a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference battle and Eastern Greene travels to Brown County for a non-conference tilt.

The Cardinals are coming off of their first loss of the season, a 61-39 loss at Linton-Stockton. The Cards are 4-1, 2-1 in the conference while Clay City is 1-1 overall and 1-1 in league play, including a 74-71 victory at Dugger against Union in their last outing.

Logan Cesinger poured in 30 against the Bulldogs.

Cardinal guard Ben Hays scored a career-high 30 points last week in a one-point victory over Shakamak.

Bloomfield will turn around and play at 1-2 Edgewood Saturday night.

The Mustangs, who are led by second-year coach Jeff Farmer, defeated Greenwood Christian 58-54 last weekend.

Edgewood has a 9-7 edge in the most recent meetings. The Cardinals survived 57-56 in four overtimes last December at Glover Gymnasium.

"Clay City is leading the conference in scoring at about 70 points per game," said BHS coach Matt Britton. "And they have big athletic guards that are skilled. Obviously, team defense will be a point of emphasis for us. Clay City also plays very physical and does a tremendous job on the offensive boards, so we will have to box out very well.

"Edgewood is extremely physical and athletic this year. They played Bloomington North down to the wire before North made free throws to pull away late. Edgewood will challenge us with their rugged defense and board play, great team speed, and they always seem to be difficult to beat at their place."

Eastern Greene has wins over Owen Valley, North Central and Mitchell, all at home, to begin the season with a 3-0 mark.

The Thunderbirds are being led in scoring by Tyler Brough, who scored a career-high 30 points in a 53-34 drubbing of Mitchell Saturday.

EGHS will play at 0-3 Brown County Friday and at 1-2 North Knox Saturday.

The Thunderbirds are averaging 56 points and allowing less than 39 per game. They hold an 8-7 lead in the series against BC, including a 57-51 win a year ago at home.

The T-Birds have dominated North Knox. In the past 15 seasons, EGHS has had an 18-1 lead over the Warriors. Eastern Greene won twice last year, including a 71-52 win in a Class 2A sectional match-up on Feb. 29.

"We have been able to take care of business at home," said new EGHS coach Levi Carmichael. "But everyone knows that playing on the road is much tougher.

"We have done some good things so far, but there are some things that we haven't done as well as we need to do.

"Our goal is still to get better every day."

On Saturday, Shakamak (0-2, 0-1) will play on the road against Union, who started the season with four losses, including conference setbacks against Bloomfield and Clay City. It will be the only game this weekend for both teams.

Laker coach Steve Brett said he thought his Lakers played some good basketball, but were not consistent enough in stretches as they lost to two good teams - Bloomfield (55-54) and Sullivan (68-54) - to begin the season.

"We have done a pretty good job on the boards so far," he said. "But we have to be able to defend better and do a better job of recognizing opponent's best shooters.

"We also have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. We have to learn how to value each possession."

Union coach Chip Langley also is searching for consistency from his Bulldogs, who battled back, but fell short against Clay City in their only game decided by single-digits. He said they have had less than stellar performances in losses to North Knox, the Eels and Eminence.

Saturday's girls schedule features Bloomfield at Barr-Reeve, Eastern Greene at Washington and Shakamak hosting Edgewood. All three have different start times as the junior varsity contest at Shakamak is set to start at 11 a.m., Eastern Greene at noon and Eastern Greene's game will begin at 1 p.m.

Eastern Greene has won 4 of 5 to begin the season while a youthful Bloomfield squad is 3-3 and Shakamak won two of its first seven games playing one of the tougher schedules in the area.

Shakamak center Kelsey Pilant has been leading area girls scorers, including a 30-point outburst earlier this season.

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