The boys tip off the weekend with four games on Friday night that include Bloomfield traveling to Loogootee, Eastern Greene heading west to battle Sullivan, Linton-Stockton looking to pickup a conference win at North Daviess and Shakamak making the trip East to visit White River Valley.
At Elnora, Class 2A No. 8 Linton-Stockton coach Joey Hart knows his squad has their work cutout for them. Not only do they share the top spot in the SWIAC with identical 2-0 records, the Class A No. 5 Cougars are also one game better in the win column.
Linton-Stockton is 10-2 overall and the Cougars are 11-2.
"The kids at North Daviess do a very good job of playing the way that coach (Brent) Dalrymple wants them to do," Hart said recently. "They have a couple of very good players in (Wes) Lengacher up front and (Nick) Crays is an experienced guard who can score.
"We are going to have to play a lot better than we did against Rivet."
The Miners will enter the contest with a pair of tough players of their own -- the senior duo of Austin Karazsia and Dess Fougerousse.
They sit in second and third place respectively in the area scoring charts. Karazsia rattles off points at a 20.6 clip while Fougerousse isn't far behind at 20.3.
They've both also joined the elite 1,000 point club recently and Fougerousse is now the all-time assists leader at L-S with over 230 helpers to his credit for a career.
For Bloomfield Friday's contest is just the first of two road games this weekend. On Saturday they return to action when they travel to Shoals.
But up first is the always tough Loogootee Lions (11-2) who are currently ranked No. 4 in the Class A polls.
"We have another tough game Friday at Loogootee," BHS (7-6) coach Matt Britton said. "We are hoping that we can follow up on what was our best offensive performance so far (at South Knox Jan. 11)."
The Cardinals lost the war but the won the battle in that contest. They lost 54-53 but played well.
Ben Hays leads the Cardinals with 17.2 ppg and is followed closely by Kyle Robinson (12.8).
Just in case you were wondering, the Jug Rox will likely be a less stern opponent on Saturday. They enter the game with a 2-9 mark and are in the throws of a four-game losing streak.
Class 2A No. 19 Eastern Greene (9-4) looks to get back on track against a tough Class 2A No. 13 Sullivan team. The Golden Arrows are 10-3 and in the midst of a three-game winning streak.
For the Thunderbirds ending a three-game skid of their own is the top priority for first-year coach Levi Carmichael.
"It is no secret that we have been struggling our last three games," he said. "Our seniors have to be able to step up and make big plays or else we will have to find somebody else that wants to play.
"We have to get more scoring from players other than Tyler (Brough) and Kurtis (Stille)."
The pair comes into Friday's game near the top of the area scoring charts. Brough sits fourth behind Fougerousse with an 18.8 average while Stille is sitting at 10.7.
Friday's fourth boys game pairs county and conference rivals Shakamak -- and the area's leading scorer Brodie Crowe (24.0) -- with host White River Valley and 10.0 ppg floor leader Luke Mowery.
The Lakers (5-8, 1-3) enter Friday's contest dropping two of their last three games after falling to visiting Marshall, Ill. last Saturday night at Jasonville.
The Wolverines hope to continue the momentum they gathered following a 47-45 win over North Knox last weekend.
WRV sits 1-1 in the SWIAC and 8-3 overall.
Both Shakamak and WRV join Bloomfield in doing double-duty this weekend.
After the two rivals square off, Shakamak heads home to host West Vigo in a non-conference clash while the Wolverines take their shot at the Golden Arrows in Switz City.
Also in Saturday boys action Union makes the trek to Gibson County to take on Wood Memorial in Oakland City.
The Bulldogs hope to reverse the 0-11 start they've been faced with under second year coach Chip Langley.
With Ian Hamburg pacing the squad at 11.4 points per outing and point guard Sterling Langley (6.2 ppg) guiding the team on the floor, they hope to offer no quarter to the struggling Trojans.
Wood Memorial comes into Saturday's contest after battling Barr-Reeve on Friday and mustering wins over Washington Catholic and Shoals in their two previous outings on Jan. 5 and Jan. 11. that left them at 2-10 on the year.
The girls slate is highlighted by one of the biggest games in the tenure of White River Valley second year head coach A.J. Graves.
That's because the upstart Lady Wolverines will look to continue their charge through the SWIAC when they host co-leader North Daviess on Saturday afternoon.
With a win in that one and a victory over Linton-Stockton on Thursday night at Linton, WRV will claim its first SWIAC title since the 2008-09 season -- the last under former coach Joe Pigg -- when the squad finished 7-0 in the league and 18-5 overall with a sectional title.
This year's edition of the Lady Wolverines currently sit at 10-6 overall and 5-0 in the SWIAC.
They just snapped a three-game losing skid with a 51-50 thriller over South Knox on Tuesday night at Verne.
Prior to that the Lady Wolverines had lost to Class A powerhouses Barr-Reeve (34-25), Vincennes Rivet (64-25) and to class 3A Mitchell (45-39).
The Class A No. 14-ranked Lady Cougars come into the contest just as much an upstart as WRV. They hold a 12-3 record with a current three-game winning streak.
Their only losses this year have been to class 3A thunder maker Washington (34-18), Northeast Dubois (37-25 at the Niehaus Classic in Vincennes) and Rivet (41-31).
It pits a pair of teams similar in numbers on both ends of the floor. WRV is averaging 38.5 points an outing while giving up 35.1. North Daviess averages 41.5 ppg and allows 29.7.
The contest will tip-off around 2:30 p.m. following the junior varsity at 1 p.m.
In other girls action on Saturday three area teams take to the court following action on Thursday night.
Eastern Greene (5-8) hosts Cascade (9-5), the Linton-Stockton Lady Miners (2-14) of coach Brad McKinney head to Loogootee (2-13) and the Lady Bulldogs of Union (5-8) host Robinson, Ill. in an 11:30 a.m., varsity-only contest at Dugger.
The Lady Miners and Lady T-Birds both open with junior varsity action at 1 p.m. while all of the boys action on both days begin with the junior varsity games at 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 18
Bloomfield at Loogootee, 6 p.m.
Eastern Greene at Sullivan, 6 p.m.
Linton-Stockton at North Daviess, 6 p.m.
Shakamak at White River Valley, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19
Cascade at Eastern Greene, 1 p.m.
Linton-Stockton at Loogootee, 1 p.m.
North Daviess at White River Valley, 1 p.m.
Robinson (Ill.) at Union, 11:30 a.m.
Bloomfield at Shoals, 6 p.m.
Sullivan at White River Valley, 6 p.m.
Union at Wood Memorial, 6 p.m.
West Vigo at Shakamak, 6 p.m.