Friday night's high school basketball previews

Thursday, February 1, 2018



Greencastle (15-8) vs. Southmont (9-13)

Tipoff: 6 p.m. at Crawfordsville

The coaches: Bradley Key is in his ninth year at Greencastle. Dustin Oakley is in his second year at Southmont.

Season recap: Greencastle has won five of its last six games. Southmont has lost its last two after winning five of its previous six.

Opponents’ records: Southmont 220-281, Greencastle 275-253.

Per-game averages: Offense – Greencastle 46.4, Southmont 37.6. Defense – Greencastle 42.2, Southmont 43.8.

The history: Greencastle won 53-38 on Nov. 14 on its homecourt, and has an 11-5 record against the Mounties over the past 15 years.

Last sectional title: Greencastle 2013, Southmont 2014.

Key players: Rose White leads Greencastle with 10.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, while Jalyn Duff adds 10.2 points and 4.5 assists per game. Senior guard Avery Hess averages 10.2 points per game to lead the Mounties.

South Putnam (17-5) vs. Western Boone (11-12)

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. at Cascade

Media coverage: WREB-FM 94.3 will have the broadcast.

The coaches: Brian Gardner is in his third year at South Putnam. Megan Alexander is in her first year at Western Boone.

Season recap: South Putnam has won its last three games and nine of its last 10. Western Boone has won three straight games.

Opponents’ records: South Putnam 258-253, Western Boone 296-226.

Per-game averages: Offense – SP 57.3, WB 50.6. Defense – SP 44.7, WB 50.9.

The history: The teams have not played in the past 15 years.

Last sectional title: South Putnam 2017, Western Boone 2014.

Key players: Lillie Stein had 27 points in South Putnam’s regular-season finale against Cloverdale. Western Boone’s Madison Jones is the state’s seventh-leading scorer at 23.0 points per game.

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