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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Linton-Stockton's Dess Fougerousse (middle) is surrounded by Union's Ian Hamburg (left) and Dakota Chesterfield during a boys basketball game at the Greene County Invitational last week. The Bulldogs will play at Evansville Day Saturday while the Miners will host Vincennes Rivet Friday. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
With the holidays and holiday tournaments in the rearview mirror, area high school boys and girls basketball teams can now focus on the remainder of the 2013 season, which is less than a month before the sectionals begin for the ladies.

The weekend schedule includes seven boys games and four girls games on Saturday.

Friday's boys schedule includes (7-5) Bloomfield at (1-9) South Knox and Vincennes Rivet (2-10) at Class 2A No. 7 Linton-Stockton (9-2) in non-conference games and Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference battles Eastern Greene (9-3, 3-0) at Clay City (6-5, 1-1) and North Daviess (10-2, 1-0) at Shakamak (5-6, 1-2).

On Saturday, the Lakers will be the only team facing a double weekend, as Shakamak will play host to Marshall, Ill.

Union's only game will be Saturday afternoon (2 p.m. junior varsity start) at Evansville Day (7-2).

White River Valley (7-3) will play at North Knox (4-8).

With the exception of the Union contest, all of the other boys games are slated to begin with the preliminary contests at 6 p.m.

Four area ladies teams will take to the court Saturday afternoon.

Eastern Greene (5-6) will travel to Morgan County to face Class 4A Martinsville (6-8), with the jv game starting at noon.

White River Valley (9-5) will host Mitchell (9-2) in a battle of nine-win girls teams. Junior varsity action is set to begin at 1 p.m.

Linton-Stockton will play at Washington Catholic. The varsity game will start at approximately 2:30 p.m., after the prelim at 1 p.m.

Shakamak, which lost a one-point game to North Daviess Tuesday, will travel to Lynnville to face the Tecumseh Lady Braves.

The Lady Lakers are 4-9 while THS has a 5-7 mark. The varsity game is set to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Tecumseh has won all four meetings in the series, including 60-43 at Jasonville last January.

The Lady Miners, who will host Union Thursday night in a conference game, will have a chance to earn another win when the 1-13 Lady Miners face the 1-14 WC Lady Cardinals.

Washington Catholic owns a 8-2 advantage in the last 10 meetings, including a 60-43 win at Linton a year ago.

WRV is scoring almost 38 points per game while allowing just 33.

Mitchell has won nine of the past 10 games against the Lady Wolverines, including a 46-16 win last January.

The Eastern Greene Lady Thunderbirds have lost four straight entering a game with Mitchell on Thursday.

Martinsville has won all four meetings in the series, including a 57-34 victory at EGHS last year.

The Shakamak boys are scoring 53.6 ppg but are allowing 54.2. Coach Steve Brett said they showed how well they could play in a Greene County Invitational semifinal double overtime loss to Linton-Stockton, but have to find a way to play well every game.

Guard Brodie Crowe leads the area boys in scoring at just over 24 points per game. Patrick Green is scoring at 9.6 ppg.

The conference game for the Cougars will just be their second in their first 12 games.

Coach Brett Dalyrmple's North Daviess squad is allowing 43.1 ppg while scoring 52.4.

Shakamak owns an 11-6 advantage in the most recent meetings with the Cougars, including a 60-40 win last year at Elnora.

Marshall will be looking for a fourth straight win over the Lakers, who lost to the Lions 45-32 in the Land of Lincoln a year ago.

Bloomfield coach Matt Britton and his Cardinals will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing 1-2 performance at the GCI. They did thrash Union by 30 points to salvage seventh place after losses to WRV and Clay City.

The Cardinals are paced in scoring by Ben Hays, who scores 18.2 ppg. Kyle Robinson leads the BHS frontcourt by scoring at a 12.7. Freshman Brandon Van Sant is scoring at 6.8 points per game.

South Knox is under the guidance of new coach Mark Rohrer, but has started with just one win in 10 games (Washington Catholic). They have lost two other games (North Knox and Forest Park) by a combined six points.

The Cardinals won 65-31 last year at Glover Gymnasium, tying the series at 3-all.

Eastern Greene will try to snap a two-game losing skid as they lost those two games by combined 10 points to finish fourth at the Greene County Invitational.

Clay City won its final two games at the GCI to go over .500. They have split their two previous conference games.

Eastern Greene coach Levi Carmichael said his Thunderbirds have to get mentally and physically tougher. The Thunderbirds are still the leader in the SWIAC clubhouse with a 3-0 record and nine wins in 12 games overall.

Tyler Brough tops the Thunderbirds in scoring at 18.2 ppg, fourth among area boys. Kurtis Stille scores 10.5 and guard Logan Frye averages 8.3 ppg.

In a twist of fate, the two teams opened the GCI against each other, with EGHS winning 55-35, giving the Thunderbirds a 16-4 advantage in the most recent meetings with the Eels.

Ironically, Clay City hasn't lost since and EGHS hasn't won since the two met a week ago.

The Miners won three straight to claim its fourth county tournament championship and first since 2006.

Linton-Stockton is led by the 1-2 punch of Dess Fougerousse (21.2 ppg) and Austin Karazsia (20.4).

But since Sam Dyar was lost because of a knee injury, the Miners are getting stellar play in the backcourt from Keith Fulk and Ryan Woodard, as well as contributions from Bryant Jackson, Jackson Bohnert and Joe Dieball.

The Miners dominated Rivet 64-39 a year ago, but trail 13-6 in the past 19 meetings with the Patriots.

Union will be searching for its first win when they travel to the Pocket City to face Day School.

Evansville Day has won 7 of 9 games. This is the first meeting between the two schools.

Union forward Ian Hamburg is scoring 11.2 points per game while Ethan Fettig, who did not play in the GCI, is averaging 11.4 as he has played just half the 10 Bulldog games.

Sophomore Austin Robertson is scoring 9.3 points per game on average.

WRV is allowing just over 42 points per game, while scoring almost 49.

Cade Hill is averaging 10.4 points on average while center Luke Mowery scores 10.1. Mitch Ingram is chipping in with 8.4 ppg and Michael Fisher at 8.1 for coach J.B. Neill's Wolverines.

WRV won 42-27 last year at Switz City, but the Warriors lead the series 9-7 in the past 16 meetings.

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