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Weekend scheduled filled with boys, girls games

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If Mother Nature cooperates this weekend, unlike the last one, there will be plenty of bouncing basketballs Friday and Saturday.

There are seven boys basketball games scheduled, including four on Friday, and six girls games.

There also are two girls and boys varsity doubleheaders scheduled, one each night.

The first twin bill will be White River Valley at Eminence Friday. The girls will tip at 6 p.m. with the Wolverine and Eel boys squaring off at approximately 8 p.m.

A.J. Graves and his Lady Wolverines have started the season winning four of their first five games going into a make-up game at home against North Knox tonight.

Eminence, who lost at Switz City 64-8 a year ago, has struggled to begin the season. They have lost all seven games.

The teams have split the past 10 meetings.

The WRV boys have not played since defeating Shoals 72-35 on Nov. 27 as the Wolverines had two games postponed last weekend.

Trey Gamble led four players in double figures with 17 points.

WRV has won 10 of the past 12 meetings, including 50-28 at Switz City in the sectional a year ago.

The WRV boys will host North Central in a make-up game Saturday night. It was postponed last weekend.

NCHS has started the season at 0-2 and will host Eminence Friday night.

The Wolverines won 54-43 at Farmersburg a year ago.

The Saturday double dip will see Union travelling to North Vermillion. Coach Benji Boyd’s Lady Bulldogs will play first at six while the UHS boys will face the Falcons at approximately 8 p.m.

The Union girls are 3-2, but have not played since Nov. 27, when they lost by 27 points at Bloomfield .

North Vermillion, coached by Terry Naylor, has started the season by splitting its first six games.

The Lady Falcons own a 3-0 advantage in the series, including 52-34 win over Union back in January.

Joe Pigg’s Bulldogs have started the season with three losses, including a 59-32 decision at Clay City Tuesday.

Pigg said they made too many turnovers and played at a much faster pace than they wanted to do against the Eels.

“We have to slow down and execute better,” he said.

North Vermillion edged UHS 50-49 last year. They have won the only two meetings in the series.

But before the Bulldogs make the trek north of Terre Haute, they will play a conference game Friday night at Shakamak. The Bulldogs are 0-2 in league play while Shakamak began its season with a 77-47 loss at Class 2A No. 5 Sullivan Tuesday.

“They’re much improved, they haven’t won yet, but they’re a much improved basketball team and Joe has them playing hard, exactly like you ought to,” Shakamak coach Steve Brett said. “They’ve got a big kid that’s pretty good (Austin Robertson), they’ve got a couple of kids that can shoot the ball. It’ll be a ball game and we’ll have to play hard.”

Shakamak has a 19-10 edge in the most recent meetings with Union. They won twice last season, including a 53-31 victory at the Class A Sectional in February.

The rest of the Friday boys schedule will include Bloomfield at Clay City in a SWIAC match-up while Eastern Greene will host Brown County .

The Cardinals are 1-0 in the conference and 2-1 overall. They lost to Paoli in their last outing on November 30 in the title game of the Bloomfield Invitational. They have not played since.

Clay City has started 2-0, including that win over Union earlier this week.

Over the past 20 seasons, Bloomfield has won 20 of 26 games against the Eels, but Clay City prevailed 60-47 last year at Glover Gymnasium.

Coach Jon Neill’s EG T-Birds will take a 2-0 record into their meeting with the 0-1 Eagles. Eastern Greene has defeated Owen Valley and North Central to begin the season, but had their game at Mitchell postponed last weekend.

EGHS has a 13-9 series edge over BC during the past 20 seasons. The Thunderbirds won 72-49 last December.

The T-Birds will then host sectional foe North Knox on Saturday night. Coach Aaron Hall’s Warriors have started the season with a loss at Linton-Stockton and a victory over Union, which came on Dec. 3.

Eastern Greene has won 19 of the past 21 meetings with the Warriors, but North Knox defeated the Thunderbirds 53-48 at the sectional at Bicknell at the end of last season.

All of the boys contests will start with the junior varsity at 6 p.m.

There also are four more girls games on Saturday.

Bloomfield will host Barr-Reeve and Shakamak, who lost 49-40 at Riverton Parke Tuesday, will play at Edgewood. Both of those will begin with the jv at 11 a.m. with the varsity to follow.

Brad McKinney’s Lady Miners will host its own tournament Saturday. Linton-Stockton will play Northeast Dubois in the high school gym at 10 a.m. while Tecumseh will play North Daviess at the same time in the junior high gym.

The consolation game is set for noon and the championship game will be at 2 p.m. The third-place and title contests will be in the high school gym.

AREA SKED

Friday, Dec. 13

BOYS BASKETBALL

Brown County at Eastern Greene, 6 p.m.

Union at Shakamak, 6 p.m.

Bloomfield at Clay City, 6 p.m.

White River Valley at Eminence (V), 8 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

White River Valley at Eminence (V), 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14

BOYS BASKETBALL

North Knox at Eastern Greene, 6 p.m.

Union at North Vermillion (V) 8 p.m.

North Central at White River Valley, 6 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Barr-Reeve at Bloomfield, 11 a.m.

Shakamak at Edgewood, 11 a.m.

Linton-Stockton Tournament: Northeast Dubois at Linton-Stockton, 10 a.m.; Tecumseh vs North Daviess, 10 a.m.; Consolation game, noon; championship game, 2 p.m.

Union at North Vermillion (V), 6 p.m.

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