Southern Indiana Basketball Boys Rankings
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The blizzard of the decade didn't really put as much snow down as was thought, but there was enough the past 2 weeks to cause more than a few cancellations/postponments. Shout out to all the AD's as they have had to navigate the pandemic as well as the weather. What did happen was that North Harrison continued to roll as they crushed Crawford County. The Cougars then battled the town of Clarksville. The Generals gave the Cougars a bit of trouble, but LT Hatton proved to be too much as he put in 22 to lead the Cougars to an 18 point win. They then played Providence. In a battle of Jedi Master vs Padawan, once again the Master proved to be too much. Lou Lefevre and North Harrison took it to Providence early. But the Pioneers did not go away easily. Nick Sexton played free and created 22 points for himself trying to lead his team back. But the size of LT Hatton proved to be too much as the Cougars won 76-64. Silver Creek looked like Silver Creek. They beat Floyd Central by 11 not allowing Jake Heibreder to go off. The Dragons then threw up over 90 points against Scottsburg and Corydon. With the dynamic duo racking up the points, Coach Hoffman picked up 4A highly ranked Plainfield. Plainfield came in at least 6'5" across the board. The size did not seem to bother Trey Kaufman-Renn and the Dragons as he was pretty much unguardable early. With the Quakers making an adjustment to focus on Trey, that only opened things up for Kooper Jacobi and Branden Northern. Silver Creek led by Trey Kaufman-Renn, who is averaging over 30 points in the past 2 weeks, beat Plainfield 68-61. Floyd Central had to make a lot of adjustments. After losing to Silver Creek, they manhandled Madison and New Washington. Brownstown was postponed and Evansville Reitz cancelled. No one can claim that Coach Sturgeon is scared to play anyone as he picked up Lawerence North up there. The Highlanders battled to a first half lead against highly ranked Lawerence North, but the talented Wildcats proved too much as they prevailed 66-49. Those 2 losses allowed New Albany to move up in the SoIn rankings. It didn't start easy for the Dogs as they battled the tough Pioneers of Providence. As the Pioneers locked down Tucker Bivens, Kaden Stanten stepped up as the Bulldogs prevailed in OT 46-41. After beating BNL, the Bulldogs had to pick up highly ranked 1A Bloomfield. New Albany beat the Cardinals 80-72 behind Kaden Stanton's 32 points. Southwestern continues to showcase its balance as it rolls into sectional time by winning it past 4 games with a big win at Jennings County. Jeffersonville seems to be getting things together just in time for sectionals as they have also won their past 4 games with a big HHC win over Jennings County. And as for Jennings County, after big wins over New Albany and Floyd Central, it went downhill these past 2 weeks with losses to Jeffersonville, Southwestern, and Bloomington South. With those losses they drop as fast as they rose in the SoIn rankings. Brownstown has had a lot of postponments the past 2 weeks. They have only played 2 games and both of those were tight. A 1 point win over Eastern(Pekin) and a 1 point loss at Providence. Madison stumbled to 2 wins and 2 losses over the past week. One more week until sectionals!
An idle week is a week on the rise for the North Harrison Cougars as they rise to #1. The heartbreaking Floyd Central loss to Jennings County on a last second shot by Keegan Manowitz from way downtown dropped the Highlanders down the rankings. The balance attack wasn't enough to get by an undervalued JC team. Speaking of Jennings County, they have been the deep SoIn slayers, knocking off New Albany and Floyd Central in back to back games. Jeff beware! The Panthers of JC made a big jump into our rankings now looking to crack the top 5. With those wins, they Hoosier Hills Conference is WIDE open with no clear cut favorite. The Jeffersonville Red Devils demolished Rock Creek this week. Southwestern lost a tough one to highly ranked South Ripley. Madison stumpled against Seymour losing by 3, then turned around to win by 3 against Batesville. Brownstown was idle. Lanesville was a winner. Providence dropped out of the SoIn rankings this week to make room for Jennings County's rise. The Pioneers played 3 games this week which proved to be a lot losing 2 of them to Henryville and Eastern(Pekin). The bottom line in all this is that some aspects of crazy has crept into 2021 as this basketball season has been just that. Crazy and unpredictable. Teams winning big one night and laying eggs on another. The parity does make for an exciting enviornment if this stupid virus would just get out of our way. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this roller coaster season. Sectionals will be on us soon and the one thing we can count on when they happen is that you can't count on anything.
The past 2 weeks have shown some ups and downs. Silver Creek ran into a buzz saw of balance at New Albany losing winning 81-72. Trey Kaufman-Renn did all he could scoring 29 points, but the Dogs defense was too much for the others. The Dragons then found out that floor general Branden Northern was out with a broken hand for the forseeable future. That left the big 2 to fill the void of ball handling. Playing a tough Madison team, the first half looked like it might not go so well as Silver Creek was down to the Cubs. But the second half the defense clamped down on Luke Miller and the big 2 made shots as Silver Creek prevailed by 15. It got no easier for the Dragons as they then paid a visit to Bloomington South. Patience was the name of the game mostly because South played a tremendous 2-3 zone that seemed to always have 2 players on the big 2. In a tight, low scoring affair the Dragons missed to attempts at a 3 to tie in the waining minutes to lose 42-41. Trey and Kooper combined for 31 of the Dragon's 41. The loss of games and Northern the Dragons have dropped 2 spots. The exemplary play of Floyd Central has seen a new team climb to the top of the SoIn rankings. Floyd Central has utilized its balanced and unselfish team play to take the top spot of the SoIn rankings. After that massive come from behind win against North Harrison, the Highlanders recently traveled to Evansville to play undefeated Reitz. Heibreder and the boys played great balanced team ball to hand Reitz its first loss of the season. Take the meltdown at Floyd Central out of the mix, North Harrison has been rolling in year 2 under the mad scientist Lou Lefevre. The latest win against a tough Madison team was an utter display of defensive dominance. LT Hatton led the way with 33 in the 17 point win. After the big win against Silver Creek, the Bulldogs looked primed to move on up. However, after that big win they traveled to Evansville Reitz and laid an egg only scoring 29 points in the lopsided loss. This past weekend they traveled down I-64 twice and got 2 wins at Evansville North and Jasper. Southwestern lost they battle of Jefferson County losing to Madison by 21, but since then have rattled off 3 big wins. Providence had some delays in their season and picked back up with CAI. It was the first time all year that a team was able to crack through that vaulted defense. CAI played extremely tough and had success getting to the rim. The game went to OT where the game found itself tied again. And once again Nick Sexton made the play for the Pioneers and found Casey Kaelin wide open in the corner for a 3 at the buzzer to give the Pioneers the win. Jeff added a new/old player in Jalyn Fairman from J-town. The added firepower has been a much needed boost for the Red Devils as they pulled off 3 wins after that disappointing performance against Providence. They played #2 Lawerence North only to come up a little short with a 5 point loss.
Silver Creek has found their run in 2021. The Dragons are flying down the court with what appears to be a new style. That new style is to trust your bigs to get the boards and the others release down the floor. The face past Dragons won 2 games this week beating Brownstown61-40 and then Bloomington North 94-74. Kooper Jacobi led the way against Brownstown with 20 and Trey Kaufman-Renn led the way with 35 against Bloomington North. On the way, Mr. Kaufman-Renn passed Steve Green to become Silver Creek's all time leading scorer. Floyd Central had tough weekend facing rival Jeffersonville and then a big North Harrison team. On Friday night, the Highlanders held the Red Devils to 10 points at half. Jeff could not get anything going offensively all night long. Picking up the pressure helped in the second half, but not enough as the Red Devils lost 54-44. Jake Heibreder led the way with 17. Then the craziness happened as the Highlanders hosted Lou Lefevre and his defensive minded Cougars. And that is what happened for a bit more than 3 quarters as North Harrsion, led by LT Hatton with 20, built a 16 point lead and holding Heibreder to 5 points. But you can't keep a good horse down. Jake went off and scored 17 points in the last 7 minutes of the game as Floyd Central went on a 23-2 end of the game run to pull out a remarkable victory 52-47. Jake Heibreder led the way with 22. Two bigs wins for the Highlanders shot them up the rankings this week as North Harrison, despite a win at Pekin Friday night, dropped a few spots this week. Southwestern made a rare visit to New Albany on Tuesday. That game was a game of a team that made shots and a team that did not. New Albany is the team that made shots and pretty much did whatever they wanted with Southwestern. The Dogs D put the clamps on Foster Mefford and company while on offense, Kaden Stanton and Tucker Bivens did whatever they wanted. Kaden went for 22 and Tucker went for 21 in the 79-54 win for New Albany. Madison made a big jump this week by the efforst of a suffocating win at New Albany. Nick Center was Tucker Biven's shadow for the entire game as the Cubs defense took New Albany out of their game plan. Luke Ommen led the balanced Madison attack with 18. Madison was a bigger mover this week all the way to 3. If it wasn't for the 2 big Floyd wins, Madison would be looking at #2 which is the spot Southwestern had last week. Those 2 will battle Friday in the Battle of Jefferson County(IN). Providence was looking to bounce from a loss to Clarksville last week, but their game against Rock Creek was postponed. That put them up against visiting Jeffersonville on Saturday which was not the bounce back game they were hoping for. As they have been coached under Ryan Miller, the Pioneers approach the game with a tougness and determination that has been ingrained in them. That pesky Nick Sexton set the tone with a steal on the first Red Devil posession combined with sweet pass to put the Pioneers up by 2. From there, like their pesky leader, they just wouldn't go away. The game turned into a game of a team that made shots and a team that did not. Casey Kaelin led the way for the Pioneers with 22 points as his team made shots. Jeff's offensive woes continued to plague them again as they looked confused with that mighty Providence D. The Red Devils managed to build a 5 point lead but decided to try to hold the ball with over 3 minutes left. That strategy did not finish successfully as the Pioneers just hung around and made the plays at the end. Jeff does not have much time to cures what ails them with their offense as they play North Oldham on Tuesday night. The 2 losses drops Jeff way down this week. Meanwhile Lanesville and Brownstown split 2 games this weekend to hold their positions.
What a big week coming up, but lets look and see what happened last week. Silver Creek completely outmanned Eastern Pekin. Everyone got into the scoring action. Trey Kaufman-Renn had 27 points, 17 boards, and 9 assists. Kooper Jacobi had 23 points and 14 boards. Branden Northern and Trey Schoen had 16 and 15 respectively. Southwestern rattled off 2 wins this past week. On Tuesday they battled the Pioneers of Providence and it was a battle. Southwestern got up to a 13 point lead only to see Providence almost erase that with pressure in the 4th to cut it to 2. The Rebels finally figured out the press and got some easy baskets at the end to pull away with an 8 point victory. Soutwestern was led by Matt Williams with 22 and Zach Johnson led with Pioneers with 18. North Harrison was supposed to play all of Scott County, but the Austin game got postponed. They played Scottsburg Saturday night. The Cougars, led by big LT Hatton with 20 points, pulled away from the Warriors in the 2nd half to secure the victory by 20. Logan McIntire had 18 with 4 3's and Scottsburg was led by Treyton Owens with 14. The big game of the week was the annual Jeff vs New Albany game. It was a battle of very similar teams. The game was played at the pace that New Albany likes, slow and steady. It was 13-11 after 1 with Kaden Stanton showing his 3-point prowness going 3 for 3 from behind the arc. Then the defense clamped down for the Dogs. They were all over Will Lovings-Watt making it tough for him to even get the ball. Remember the Devils have played that many games and have been in quarantine and they did not know how to handle the intense defensive pressure. With a 20-17 New Albany lead at half, the game was going according to plan for the Dogs. Outscored by 9 in the 3rd, the Red Devils continued to struggle getting down 40-25 in the 4th. That is when Jeff decided to pick up their pressure and push the ball with a sense of urgency. It worked as the Red Devils scored the next 12 to cut it to 40-37. Then Tucker Biven took over. Refusing to lose, he scored 9 points in the last 2 minutes, including a 4 point play, to ensure the Bulldog victory on his was being our SoIn Player of the Week. He finished with 22 in the 49-37 win. Floyd Central has not played in a while. They were supposed to play at New Castle, but in these times, that fell apart. They picked up a good South Spencer team and beat them 69-60. Jake Heibreder scored 17 points on his was to 1000 for his career. Cole Harritt chipped in 12 in his first game of the year. Madison made a statement that they would like to be in the MSC. The Cubs chalked up 3 wins against Corydon, Scottsburg, and Charlestown this week. The Cubs were led by Luke Miller with 22, Luke Ommen with 17, and Luke Miller with 31 in the 3 games. Providence had a tough week. They battled the 2 other top opponents in their sectional and lost both of them proving that a repeat is not going to be easy. They lost to Soutwestern on Tuesday night, then battled for the City Championship against Clarksville Friday night. What a game that was. The 2 equally matched teams went back and forth all night with no one being able to pull away. Clarksville did a great job of nullifying a major component of the Pioneer offense by rebounding well against the Pioneers. Plus the athleticism of the Generals showed a few holes in the normall impenetrable Providence D. Davon Fuqua and Dakota Capps got to the rim more than any team has scoing 9 and 18 respectively. However the biggest 3 for Capps came with 7 seconds left in the game. Tied a 45 with 1:20 left, Clarksville tried to hold the ball. After a travel call with 32 seconds left, it was Providence's turn to hold the ball. They called timeout with 8 seconds left. The Pioneers inbounded the ball to Nick Sexton in front of their bench. Surronded by players from both teams and no where to go, he tried to get a pass back to the inbounder, Grant Williams. Somehow Dakota Capps reached out and got a hand on the ball and off he went to the other end for a basket and 1 with 1.7 seconds left. That play by Capps ensured the City Championship for the Generals, 48-45. Marquis Forward who had 8 points was the City MVP. In the loss, Zach Johnson put on an offensive show around the basket shooting a high percentage, making it look easy, and scoring 21 points to give his team a chance at the end. Brownstown had a double OT thriller against Jennings County with Jack Benter scoring 18 and knocking down clutch free throws to ensure the win. Playing with out big man Jacob Vogel, Keegan Manowitz dropped in 15 to lead the Panthers. With the loss, Jennings County exits the rankings allowing the 7-2 Eagles of Lanesville to enter. Now that sets up a huge week of big games all over the place. Silver Creek has 2 tough ones at Brownstown and home against Bloomington North. Southwestern gets a big test against New Albany on Tuesday night. Both teams like a disciplined pace and it will be close at the end in what should be a good one. New Albany will then play Southwestern's county rival as a talented Madison team comes to the Doghouse Friday night. North Harrison plays at Floyd Central with AAU teammates LT Hatton and Jake Heibreder doing battle. But before that game the Highlanders travel to Jeffersonville in a key HHC game. After that the Red Devils travel to the Pioneer Dome as Coach Grantz returns to his old stomping grounds of Providence High School.
Well the holidays were full of some naughty, some nice, and some we just aren't sure. Silver Creek is starting to get into old form. Despite Branden Northern not playing, they won THE Holiday Tournament. In a physical battle with Providence in game one, Kooper Jacobi led the way with 26 points and 9 boards. But those were not easy against that tough D of the Pioneers. The next night, was Trey Kaufman's as he dropped in 37 points and 15 boards. The Dynamic Duo earned co-MVP's for the tourney. Meanwhile Southwestern played in its own holiday tourney, the JCIT. The Rebels had to show off their balance by winning 3 games in route to the title, 2 of them in OT. All 5 of the starters scored double digits in the championship game and were named to the all tourney team. Silver Creek and Soutwestern remain 1 and 2. The rest of the field had a so-so season except North Harrison. The Cougars finished 2020 with 3 straight wins. They had a dominate performance against cross county rival Corydon winning 60-37. The PSC Classic had a bit of a different feel this year due to Covid with teams dropped and added and even different venues. North Harrison handled the adversity and had 2 big wins against high quality oppenents. Follow your shots kids. Logan McIntire missed a free throw against #3 South Spencer, got his own rebound and put it back in to seal the win. The next night in a tie game, he missed a 3, got his own rebound and layed it in as time expired to beat Perry Central by 2. Logan ended up scoring over 20 in both nights. With those wins, North Harrison makes a big jump to #3 this week as the rest of the field was a bit up and down. Jeff has really yet to get it going as coming out of quarantine has only played 3 games. Led by Brandon Rayzer-Moore with 34, the Red Devils beat Indianapolis Washington by 21. They then travelled to Evansville to play a tough Bosse team. Will Lovings-Watts 31 points wasn't enough as the Red Devils lost by 4. The loss drops them to 5th. Meanwhile New Albany jumped in front of them to #4 as they had a heartbreaking loss to Luke Brown and Blackford by 1. Luke Brown put on a show on his way to 33 points only missing 2 shots and sharing the ball well with his teammates. The Bulldogs, led by Tucker Biven with 21, seemed to have the game in hand, but a questionable 5 second call on Kaden Stanton led to the late game heroics of Brown. The Bulldogs bounced back with a very low scoring win over Seymour 43-38 in OT. That is going to set up the annual classic New Albany vs Jeffersonville game on January 8th, obviously the SoIn game of the week. Floyd Central was idle and just enjoyed their holiday time. After a 3-0 start, Madison dropped 2 of the next 3 and also dropped in the SoIn rankings down to 7. Luke Miller continues his great start to his senior season for the Cubs. Providence played in THE Holiday Tournament. As mentioned earlier, they battled the Dragons, losing by 20. In the consolation game, they found a tough Charlestown team. A ten point 3rd quarter was the difference as the Pioneers won pull out the victory. Providence was led by, no longer referred to as pesky Nick Sexton, but Mr. Consistency, Nick Sexton with with 10 and 11 points in the games. Nick has led the Pioneers in scoring every game this year. Both Brownstown and Jennings County won 1 and lost 1 over the holidays as those 2 get ready to face off with each other on January 8. This upcoming week will be a big one. Nick Sexton and Providence play 2 big sectional foes in Foster Mefford and Soutwestern on Tuesday followed by Dakota Capps and Clarksville on the 8th. We already mentioned the biggest game in the area of the Bulldogs visiting the Red Devils Den. Should be a great week to start 2021!
Well it took a while for Madison to play a game, but now that they have started, watch out. The Cubs just made a HUGE jump all the way to 3rd in the SoIn rankings. Led by Luke Miller, averaging 28 points, the Cubs opened up with 3 wins by an average margin of 33 points. Luke Miller is not the only one getting it done. Kaden Oliver, Nick Center, Jackson Falconberry are all averaging double figures in a great start for the Cubs. Meanwhile at the top we had a little shakeup. Southwestern battled conference opponent Jac-Cen-Del and ended up losing by 5. It was a bad offensive night for the Rebels, Foster Mefford still had a chance at the end to tie but his 3 just missed. Austin Kramer led the Rebels with 10 points. The loss dropped them a spot as Silver Creek battled Jeff in a game of firsts. It was the first game for the Red Devils and it was the first game for Trey Kaufman, and you could tell. Both Trey and the Red Devils looked out of sync early. Jeff got down double digits then managed to tie it up at half with some long range bombs from Brandon Rayzer-Moore. Then Trey happened for the Dragons in the 2nd half, Trey Schoen that is. He locked down Razyer-Moore, taking away 1 of Jeff's 3 main threats. Then Trey Kaufman started to look like his old self. He looked much more comfortable in the 2nd half on his was to scoring 23 points and leading his team to a 10 point win. Will Lovings-Watt had a great debut for the Red Devils. He showed immense athleticism, skill, and effort all over the court scoring 24 points. Kobe Stoudemire chipped in 9 for the Devils while Branden Northern had 21 and Kooper Jacobi had 17. Despite the loss, Jeff is going to be a problem for teams in the southern half of the state which is why they only dropped 1 spot. And with the win, Silver Creek moves back on top of our rankings. New Albany played top ranked Carmel. They demonstrated great patience on offense and tough defense to make this game close. The undersized Dogs probed and prodded the Carmel D, waiting to pick its spot to attack. That attack was usually in the form of Tucker Bivens who played great with 27 points. But the balance of the Greyhounds proved too much as they prevailed 50-42. Floyd Central and Providence battled in what was a "friendly" battle of 2 very familiar foes. Ryan Miller coached under Todd Sturgeon for 5 years and are good friends. The Pioneers, once again led by that pesky Nick Sexton with 10 points, jumped out early on the Highlanders. Providence used that tough D to get early turnovers which led to easy baskets. And they baskets they missed, the Pioneers crashed the offensive boards for putbacks. That seems to be the recipe for success for the Pioneers, tough defense and rebounding. Unfortunately for them, Floyd Central has 2 things that the Pioneers do not, size and shooting. With the Pioneers ahead late in the first half, Max Tripure knocked down a few 3's scoring 10 points right before half to give the Highlanders a 2 point lead. The the size of Caleb Washington proved too much to handle and counteracted one of the Pioneers strengths. He dominated the inside game of the second half on his way to scoring a game high 20 points as the Highlanders won by 22. Floyd Central then traveled to Bloomington to play South. Jake Heibreder scored 19 but on this night the shooting was all purple as the Panthers hit 11 3's for the game. Bloomington South used a discipline, unselfish drive and kick offense to get wide open shots as they beat the Highlanders by 15. North Harrison battled an always tough Brownstown team. Led by LT Hatton's 20 points, this game came down to the wire. Down 1 with seconds draining away, Logan McIntire drilled a 3 at the buzzer to give the Cougars an exciting win, 45-43. Jennings County battled state ranked Greensburg on Friday night losing by 10. The Panthers then bounced back with a big win over Seymour led by Keegan Manowitz with 10. After quite a few losses this week for our local teams, Madison made the most of their opportunities as the others pretty much remained the same.
What a roller coaster weekend starting with our SoIn Game of the Week that saw New Albany come out on top of rival Floyd Central, 43-39. The Dogs used a suffocating D limiting star Jake Heibreder to 12 points. And even those 12 points did not come easy. Once New Albany established their lead, the Dogs went 4 corners in the 4th and spread out the Highlanders. The Dogs exhibited great patience and discipline as they only shot easy shots in the 4th. Led, by Tucker Biven's 23 points, the Dogs were primed for a big jump in the rankings this week. Then Saturday happened. New Albany traveled to Zionsville and struggled, only scoring 28 points. The great defense from Friday night did not make the trip up north. Zionsville did whatever they wanted and their inside game was just too much for the Dogs in a 58-28 loss. Meanwhile, another big game was happening on Friday night as the mighty Dragons of Silver Creek paid a visit to North Harrison. To say this was a physical game would be an understatement. The fans, the coaches, and the players from both sides were not very happy. In this intense game, the Cougars jumped out to a 9 point lead. They held this lead most of the game. LT Hatton showed off great shooting skill with turn around fade away shots that got him 27 points for the game. Sawyer Wetzel had the task of guarding Kooper Jacobi. Being one of the best player in the area, Kooper still got 29 points against some very physical D. However, Mr. Wetzel was up to the task offensively playing his best game and chipping in 23 for North Harrison. Silver Creek slowly battled back in the 4th to take a small lead late. But Coach Lou Lefevre's defense rose to the occasion in the final minutes. A steal by the Cougars led to a breakout and free throws to tie the game. A big block from LT on Branden Nothern, who had 18, led to more free throws for the Cougars and sealed the victory. Then Saturday happened. North Harrison traveled to the Forum Tip-Off Classic to play Barr Reeve. Barr Reeve took it to the Cougars winning 61-38. Silver Creek also played in the Tip-Off Classic against Fort Wayne Blackhawk. Playing the weekend without Trey Kaufman, this game looked like it was going to be a blow out after Caleb Furst and his squad jumped out to a 20-4 lead early in the 1st as Silver Creek could do nothing on either end. But the Dragons showed their championship mettle and battled Blackhawk, slowly chipping away at their lead. After an 11 point halftime lead, the "others" from Silver Creek played great in the 3rd to cut the lead to 2 at one point. Blackhawk, also a champion, showed grit as they put their lead back to 11 at the end of the 3rd. Then Branden Northern and Kooper Jacobi took over in the 4th to tie the game and send it to OT. In OT, Blackhawk took the lead, but at the end of OT it would be tied again. There the Dragons ran out of gas and Blackhawk won 94-84. Northern ended with 32 points and Kooper with 33. The Dragons battled so much that the loss kinda felt like a win with the heart they displayed on the court. Meanwhile, there were some not on a rollercoaster. All this excitement set the stage for our NEW SoIn #1 team...Southwestern. They cruised to 2 wins this weekend beating New Washington 97-28 and Batesville 59-44. Southwestern has been led in scoring by someone different every game thus far showing the lost concept of team ball. Congratulations to the Rebels. Providence continues to win showing off their own version of suffocating D. The energy they put into their game is remarkable. The Pioneers beat Lanesville, 52-31, led by the super efficient Eli Watson with 10 points in only 10 minutes. Then they beat Scottsburg, 55-45, led by their rascally floor general Nick Sexton with 12 points, 7 in the 4th to ensure the win. With Floyd Central falling in our SoIn rankings to fifth and Providence knocking on the door of the top 5, this sets up a big game Friday as these 2 teams battle for a top spot. Should be a good one. Speaking of big games, the SoIn game of the Week is Silver Creek girls vs the Bedford North Lawerence girls. That is a HUGE game. But the boys have some pretty big games this week also. Floyd will host Providence with ranking implications. The Jeffersonville Red Devils, who moved up as others have lost, finally get to start their season by visiting the Silver Creek. What a way to open and this will be a big game as well. Our new #1 Southwestern plays sectional opponent Clarksville who actually dropped out of our ranking this week with a narrow victory over Eastern Pekin, 64-60. That allowed Brownstown to move into our rankings after a 3-1 start led by coach's son, Jack Benter, who is scoring buckets up a bit north. With their first week in the rankings, they get North Harrison this week. New Albany has a big task as Carmel comes to town Friday night. Carmel is ranked #2 in the entire state. After 2 wins this weekend, Jennings County will play 3A power Greensburg in a big test for them. Then there is poor Madison who might...might get to play a game this season. The way things have gone for the Cubs, I am not holding my breath. They traveled to Bedford Saturday night, only to have the game postponed right before the tip of the JV game. This week is going to be an exciting one with many exciting games. After the dust settles from this week going into the holidays, there is sure to be another big shakeup in the SoIn rankings. Let's all sit back and enjoy the ride!
What can you say about our #1 team Silver Creek. This is a very special team with a chance, thanks to Covid, to repeat as state champs. Right now they are making their opponents look like the 3 stooges. Playing without superstar, Trey Kaufman, Kooper Jacobi and Branden Northern have stepped up and stepped in BIG time. Kooper is averaging almost 40 points and 15 rebounds in 3 games while Branden is average almost 24 point, 7 boards, and 8 assists. With Trey coming back this week I feel sorry for Larry, Curly, and Mo. Southwestern finally got started this week with 2 wins to open the season. Foster Mefford is the heart and sole of this team, but to start the season this looks like a really balanced all around team. In the win agains Columbus East, Austin Kramer had 18, Matthew Williams had 17, Foster Mefford had 15, and Zach Cole had 15. Southwestern is so fun to watch and the unselfish play brings back memories of pre-AAU when teams acutally shared the basketball. Floyd Central looks like a team trying to figures things out early in the pandemic season. In their 2 wins, they have played multiple players and multiple lineups. Brady Moore was one of those multiple players showing off a nice mid-range with 20 points against Clarksville. The one standard is Jake Heidbreder who got off to a great senior season scoring 32 and 16. Jake's shot making ability is something to behold. New Albany jumps up a spot this week with a victory over Evansville Harrison. Kaden Stanton had 22 coming off the bench for the Dogs. The Dogs jumped over Jeffersonville who has yet to play a game due to quarantine. The Pioneers made a big jump this week with an opening victory over Austin. Coach Miller has a lot of interchangable pieces to work with and as always, has a tremendous defensive team. The Pioneers looked to be a bit more up tempo which suited leading scorer Nick Sexton, 17 points, just fine. If Providence can hit an outside shot, they are going to be real dangerous this year. North Harrison went to Heritage Hills and got crushed. Jennings County beat Rock Creek. Madison hasn't played a game yet this season. And poor Clarksville, dealing with quarantines and injuries, had to open up with a gauntlet of 3 games against New Albany, Silver Creek, and Floyd Central. It did not go well for the Generals.
Week 1 of the boys saw a few games and more pandemic postponments. Silver Creek opened with a big win, scoring 106 points, against Columbus East. Kooper Jacobi with a huge game in Trey Kaufman's absence(foot injury), with 44 and 18. Branden Northern put in 23 and 9 assists. Soutwestern, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, Madison, and Providene were idle. Jeffersonville, Providence, Southwestern, and Madison were suffering from the pandemic pressures. New Albany opened with an extremely a big win over an extremely shorthanded Clarksville team. Clarksville was missing 6 varsity players, 4 starters, due to quarantines or injuries. Kaden Stanton had 30 points in his junior debut for the Dogs. New Albany then won big again against perennial power Bloomington South. It was a balanced Bulldog attack, 61-36, with 4 starters score in double digits. North Harrison opened with a big 71-38 victory over South Central. LT Hatton led the way with 21 points. North Harrison then traveled to Heritage Hills and lost 56-38. Logan McIntire led the way for the Cougars. Jennings County opened their season with a tough loss against Columbus North, 71-62. North pulled away in the 4th. Jennings County was led in scoring by Keegan Manowitz with 17 points.
Clearly the #1 team around is Silver Creek, quite possibly the #1 team overall in the state. Led by a tremendous trio of Trey Kaufman, Kooper Jacobi, and Branden Northern, this team is primed and ready to win it all again. After a disappointing sectional, Southwestern returns everyone of significance, plus they get Matthew Williams back from last years injury. Foster Mefford is a fabulous player who runs his team to near perfection. Billy Eccles can knock it down and Zach Cole can do it all. Southwestern will be a team on a mission and plays great team ball, they will be a force in the area. Floyd Central comes in at #3. There is a lot of buzz around this team mostly because Jake Heidbreder is just that good. However, the loss of big Grant Gohmann and the other battled tested graduates think will hurt this team. Jake is going to get even more of the defensive focus this year from other teams. Can his teammates rise to the challenge? Conversely, Jeff lost a lot to graduation also but this could be an addition by subtraction situation. Jeff now has its own big 3. Will Lovings-Watts is back. Branden Razor-Moore is back after a stint at J-town. Kobe Stoudemire is primed to take the reigns and run the team. This team led by new coach Andrew Grantz are going to surprise a lot of people this season. Clarksville rounds out our top 5. This is a senior heavy, athletic bunch that have played together for their entire high school career. Davon Fuqua is a playmaker. Most of the defense focuses on him and last year he displayed the ability to create for his teammates. Jaren Starks and Dakota Capps are a crafty gurards who can knock the bottom out. The lack of size could their achillies heel. Jennings County came on strong at the end of the year. With another year under their belt Keegan Manowitz and Jacob Vogel will lead this team and be very competitive in the HHC. North Harrison, under the direction of basketball whisperer Lou Leverve, will always be competitve. The Cougars will have great size led by LT Hatton. The only question is, can they find solid guard play? New Albany is an interesting team. They do have solid guard play with Kaden Stanton and Tucker Bivens. I expect Stanton to have a break out year. But do they have enough pieces to surround these 2? I am sure Coach Shannon will find the pieces and be battling at the top of the HHC. Madison returns a solid core with Nick Center, Luke Miller, and Kaden Oliver. They struggled mightly midseason and I do not expect that struggle to continue. Providence lost a lot of offense to graduation. Luckily, Coach Ryan Miller wins with defense. The Pioneers will be led by dynamic pg Nick Sexton who has been a 4 year starter. If Providence can find some offense, they are going to competing for a repeat sectional title.