Thursday night's high school basketball previews

Wednesday, January 24, 2018



South Putnam (16-5) at Cloverdale (17-4)

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.

The coaches: Brian Gardner is in his third year at South Putnam. Matthew Langdon is in his seventh year at Cloverdale.

Season recap: Cloverdale has won nine of its last 10 games. South Putnam has won two straight games.

Per-game averages (through Monday): Offense — SP 57.1, Cloverdale 58.4 Defense — SP 44.7, Cloverdale 39.5.

Opponents’ records (through Monday): South Putnam 212-223, Cloverdale 178-238.

History: South Putnam defeated Cloverdale 47-45 in last year’s sectional championship game. South Putnam leads the series 24-10 over the past 15 years.

Eminence (3-17) at North Putnam (7-14)

Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. (no JV game).

The coaches: Tim Garver is in his first year at Eminence. Jarrod Duff is in his second year at North Putnam.

Season recap: North Putnam's win at Turkey Run on Tuesday broke a three-game losing streak. Eminence defeated Medora 46-26 on Saturday, and lost 57-31 on Tuesday night at Shakamak.

Per-game averages (through Monday): Offense — Eminence , NP 28.6. Defense — Eminence , NP 42.8.

Opponents’ records (through Monday): Eminence 171-184, North Putnam 192-217.

History: North Putnam won 72-65 at Eminence last year, but later had to forfeit the game. North Putnam has won eight of 14 games over the past 15 years.

Greencastle (13-8) at South Vermillion (9-12)

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.

The coaches: Bradley Key is in his ninth year at Greencastle. Jeff McCoy is in his first year at South Vermillion.

Season recap: Greencastle has won three of its last four games. South Vermillion defeated Riverton Parke on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak and won 48-45 at Fountain Central on Tuesday.

Per-game averages (through Monday): Offense — Greencastle 45.6, SV 52.4. Defense — Greencastle 42.1, SV 51.0.

Opponents’ records (through Monday): Greencastle 231-203, South Vermillion 164-210.

History: Greencastle won 54-46 last year on its home court and has a 5-1 record in the series over the past 15 years.

Key players: Rose White and Jalyn Duff each averages 10.3 points to lead Greencastle. White leads in rebounding at 7.9 per game, and Allison Stevens adds 6.0. Duff leads the team averaging 4.3 assists per game. South Vermillion. Sophomore Mallory Hawkins averages 20.1 points per game, while classmate Rebecca Berry averages 12.2.

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