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Weekend schedule features three girls-boys doubleheaders

By B.J. Hargis

The high school boys and girls basketball schedule features three girls-boys doubleheaders this weekend.
Sullivan will travel to Roachdale for a Western Indiana Conference twin bill against host North Putnam.
The Sullivan girls are 5-4 overall after a win over Bloomfield on Tuesday. The Lady Arrows dropped a heartbreaking 51-48 loss at home last weekend to Northview in their conference opener.
North Putnam has a 3-5 record overall. They defeated South Putnam 32-31 last weekend in its only WIC game to date.
Sullivan has won both meetings in the series, including 55-25 a year ago.
The Sullivan boys are 3-0, 1-0 in the conference after wins over Northview and Shakamak last weekend.
The biggest problem for Sullivan has been 39 missed three throws.
North Putnam is 2-0, 1-0 after wins over Southmont and an overtime conference victory over South Putnam.
The Cougars are coached by Collin McCartt, who is 33-65 in his five years at North Putnam.
The Golden Arrows have a 2-0 mark in the series, including an 83-42 win at Sullivan last year.
The girls game will start at 6 p.m. with the boys game to follow.
Dugger Union will have a pair of girls-boys twin bills. On Friday, the Bulldogs will entertain Bloomington Home School and on Saturday the Bulldogs will play at North Vermillion.
Friday’s games will start with the girls playing at 6:45 p.m. and the boys game afterwards.
The Lady Bulldogs, under the guidance of first-year varsity coach Chrystal Salesman, have started 5-1, with their only loss coming at Oblong, Illinois.
Dugger Union could be a bit rusty as they have not played since a 48-21 victory over Washington Catholic on Nov. 24.
The Lady Bulldogs, who score 47 points per game and allow 41, have won both previous meetings with the Lady Bobcats, including 50-29 last year.
The girls game at North Vermillion will start at 2 p.m. Saturday with the boys game to follow.
The Lady Falcons have started 6-0.
The Dugger Union boys have one win in five games to start the season.
New coach Greg Kinnaman said they need to get better on the boards.
“Our rebounding has killed us,” said Kinnaman. “We have to do a better job of blocking out and limiting our opponents to just one shot.
“We also have yet to put four quarters together. We also seem to have one bad quarter that puts us in a hole. We have talent, but have to get the boys to believe in themselves. I believe in them.”
North Vermillion’s boys team have started the season with three wins and no losses.
The only other basketball game on the weekend schedule will be a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference contest featuring North Daviess (2-0, 0-0) at North Central (0-2, 0-1) on Friday, starting with the JV game at 6 p.m.
The Cougars have wins over Shoals and Washington to begin the season. North Central lost at Eminence and at home to WRV in the first two games under new coach Vance Edmondson.
“North Daviess is a very good team,” said Edmondson. “This will be a tough test for us.
“Right now it is process for us learning how to win. The boys are playing hard and competing, but we just have to find a way to win and develop confidence.”

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