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Arrows, T-birds play conference games on Friday

By B.J. Hargis

Only the Dugger Union boys and girls basketball teams will face a double weekend while the Sullivan boys and girls will host a varsity conference double dip and North Central will play a road conference game as part of the basketball schedule on Friday and Saturday in Sullivan County.
Dugger Union (2-3) at Bloomington Home School
North Vermillion (5-2) at Dugger Union (2-3)
The Lady Bulldogs will enter the weekend on a three-game losing streak after defeating White River Valley in overtime in November.
They have lost games against Oblong, Illinois, at Rockville and 37-21 to West Vigo on Dec. 2 at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown.
The Lady Bulldogs have been without senior point guard Autumn Everson (knee injury).
Last season, the Lady Bulldogs defeat the Lady Bobcats from Bloomington 45-17.
North Vermillion enters this week having won five of its first seven games for coach Mark Switzer.
The two teams met last year, with the Lady Bulldogs earning a 43-41 win, tying the series at 1-1.
The game at Bloomington is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with Saturday’s home game set to begin at 2 p.m.
Dugger (0-5) at Bloomington Home School
North Vermillion (3-0) at Dugger Union (5-0)
The Bulldogs of Dugger Union are still looking for their first boys basketball victory of the season.
Dugger Union, winless in five games, will play at Bloomington Home School on Friday and then host North Vermillion on Saturday. Both games will be the second half of a girls-boys varsity twin bill.
“On Friday, we will be up against a team that is not an IHSAA school,” said Dugger Union coach Joe Pigg. “At this point in our development and conditioning, those are usually more competitive games for us. North Vermillion is an IHSAA team that has gotten off to a good start.”
Brayden Robertson scored a career-high 20 in a 44-43 loss on Dec. 1 at Martinsville, Illinois.
On Dec. 2, the Bulldogs fell to South Central (Elizabeth) 56-30 at Knightstown as Ben Dobbins had six points and seven rebounds.
“We are still not in basketball shape,” said Pigg. “But the kids are working hard and doing what we ask them to do.
“We had almost 30 turnovers on Saturday. It is really hard to do that and expect to be able to compete in games. We are just taking things one game at a time and trying to get better.”
Bloomington Home School defeated the Bulldogs 59-52 last year at Dugger in the first game between the two.
North Vermillion has a 2-0 mark against the Bulldogs, including 73-42 win last year.
The game at Bloomington is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday’s home game scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
North Central (0-2, 0-1) at North Daviess (3-0, 0-0) — North Central will play its second straight Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference boys basketball game on the road when they travel to Elnora to face North Daviess on Friday night.
The T-birds lost its first two games, falling to Eminence 69-33 and 44-36 at White River Valley.
“In both games, we won two quarters and lost two quarters,” said first-year North Central coach Jacob Cummings. “That is a good place for us to start and move forward.
“We are not happy with that. We have to keep working at both ends of the floor until we play four complete quarters.”
Against Eminence, Chase Wiseley paced North Central with a career-high 23 points.
Bryton Suggs had a team-best 13 points in the loss at WRV.
Dawson Basinger, James Roberts and Ty Thompson rounded out the starting lineup for the T-birds.
“I am proud of these guys,” said Cummings.
North Daviess has wins over Washington Catholic, Shoals and at Washington to begin the season.
Coach Brent Dalrymple is in charge of the Cougars. He has compiled a 230-176 in his 18 seasons at North Daviess.
Over the past 30 seasons, North Daviess has won 21 of 39 games. The Cougars won 77-32 last year.
The JV game will tip off at 6 p.m. Friday with the varsity game to follow.
The Eastern Greene at North Central game, postponed on Nov. 25, has been rescheduled for Dec. 19.  The JV game will tip at 6 p.m.
North Putnam (3-6, 0-1) at Sullivan (2-5, 0-1) — The Lady Arrows will host the Lady Cougars in the first half of a girls-boys Western Indiana Conference twin bill on Friday.
The Sullivan girls have dropped 4 of 5, but let a chance to win slip away, losing its conference opener 47-43 last week at Northview.
Sullivan led at the half and was ahead for much of the second half. They used a 10-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Reagan Holeman, to take a 39-35 advantage.
Northview used a 5-0 run end the game.
Holeman, Carly Brown and Asia Povlin each scored nine points and Lindsey Hatch added eight in a balanced SHS attack.
Hatch led the way with 10 rebounds, but Sullivan committed 30 turnovers, but forced 29.
The Lady Cougars are led by coach Jarrod Duff, who is in his second season at North Putnam. They have lost five in a row and have wins over North Vermillion and Covington and won by forfeit against Monrovia.
Sullivan defeated NP 46-12 last year in the only previous meeting.
Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
North Putnam (1-1, 1-0) at Sullivan (3-0, 1-0) — The Cougars and Golden Arrows will meet in the second half of a girls-boys Western Indiana Conference twin bill at approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday.
This will be just the second meeting between North Putnam and Sullivan in boys basketball since the new East-West alignment of the WIC.
Last year, Sullivan won 50-44 in Putnam County.
It has been four years since the Golden Arrows have started 4-0. In 2013, Sullivan won its first six en route to a 16-6 record.
“All I know is the food tastes better when you are 3-0,” said Sullivan coach Jeff Moore, who is just two wins shorts of 400 (398-241) for his career. “At this point last year, we were 3-0.
“Right now, the kids have a good understanding of their roles and we have developed a nice seven-man rotation.
Sullivan defeated Northview 70-56 to start the WIC season with a victory on Friday. A night later, they defeated Shakamak 59-45.
Ty Drake continues to lead the Arrows in scoring. He followed up a 25-point performance against Northview by scoring 26 against Shakamak.
“We have three experienced guards in Ty, Shane (Garner) and Sam (Steimel),” said Moore. “They all can shoot it, handle it and pass it.
Kevin Figg had 13 against Northview and 12 points and five rebounds in the win over the Lakers.
“Kevin is probably one of the most athletic kids I have coached in the last 10 years,” said Moore. “He is doing a good job in his first year of starting on the varsity.”
Junior center Ike Chastain had eight rebounds and 12 points against Shakamak after making 9 of 12 shots and tallying 18 points in the Northview win.
“Ike has been playing well after he was in foul trouble at South Knox,” said Moore. “We have to continue to find him in the post.”
Ben Pirtle and Jackson Shake are the first two players off the bench for the Arrows.
Collin McCartt is in his fourth season as coach at North Putnam.
The Cougars have a 47-41 WIC victory over rival South Putnam and a 62-55 loss at Southmont.
They will play Wednesday at Covenant Christian.
“We control our own destiny in the conference,” said Moore. “We have to come out ready to play on Friday.”

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