Basketball previews

Monday, December 12, 2016



South Putnam (7-2) at Owen Valley (10-0)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. varsity tipoff.

So far: South Putnamís only two losses have come on their homecourt to Greencastle, one in the Putnam County tourney finals and the other on Friday in WIC action.

History: The Eagles won 41-39 last year on their homecourt and have won the last two meetings between the teams.

Scouting report: The Patriots, under first-year coach Trace Temples, are one of only 15 undefeated teams in the state.

They allow 34.1 points per game and average 53.6 points per game. Owen Valley has only allowed 40 points twice (in its last two games, road wins over Bloomington North and Brown County). The Patriots have had only one game decided by single digits, a 37-33 victory at Bloomfield on Nov. 26.

Junior Payton Cattorini leads the Patriots in scoring at 12.9 points per game, while sophomore Dazia Drake adds 11.2. Junior Lauren Godwin averages 7.0 rebounds per game.

Miranda Bieghler has been the leading scorer for South Putnam in many games.



Cloverdale (2-6) at South Putnam (3-3)

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

So far: The Eagles average 46.7 points per game and allow 48.3 per game. They have lost two straight home games, but have already won almost as many games as they did all of last season.

The Clovers have lost four of their last five games, and are averaging 76.0 points per game while allowing 71.8.

History: Cloverdale won all three meetings between the teams last year (73-46, 71-42 and 65-48) between the teams, which was the second straight year the Clovers won three times over the Eagles.

Scouting report: Cloverdale boasts two of the stateís top scorers in senior Cooper Neese (35.3) and junior Jalen Moore (24.0). Nick Winders and Parker Watts add 4.2 points per game.

Sophomore center Allen Plunkett is among the top scorers for the Eagles, who were led in scoring on Saturday night by sophomore Dalton Scott with 18 in a loss to Southmont. The Eagles are one of two undefeated teams in the Western Indiana Conference West Division.

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