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FC set to get over the hump and beat New Albany in sectionals

By J.D. McKay

We just beat Jennings County. Now our eyes are set on our first big postseason matchup with our inner-district rival, the New Albany Bulldogs. However, the Dogs are without their best player, Julien Hunter, who broke his fibula vs Providence on Feb. 8.

New Albany started the season with high expectations because they had won five straight sectionals and had Hunter, who is a legit D-1 prospect. If not for a player now at IU, Hunter would have been New Albany’s best player his freshman year. But his injury lowered some expectations.

To advance to the sectional championship, first we will need to keep senior Derrick Stevenson under 10 points. Earlier this season, he scored 10 and we won, so limiting him again without the threat off Hunter to take some pressure of himself will slow their offense down. If another guy like junior Trey Hourigan or senior Landon Sprigler wants to carry New Albany’s scoring, let them. While both of these guys are talented players, I am taking senior Cobie Barnes or sophomore Jake Heidbreder to out score them in a shootout.

The next key to success is getting Heidbreder and Barnes rolling earlier on offense. New Albany does an excellent job of limiting our best two players in these games. When we beat the Dogs, our top players had close to 10 points. This year, Barnes had 12 and Heidbreder had nine. But last year, when we lost in the sectional championship, Barnes had one and now graduated Luke Gohmann had two. I think that it will be easier this time around for Barnes to get going, though. For one, New Albany does not have Romeo Langford to guard him and their next best matchup, Hunter, is injured. Even if they do contain Barnes, I think Heidbreder will be too much of a weapon to pressure Barnes the whole game and leave Heidbreder open.

Lastly, if we can keep NA from scoring 40 points like we did earlier this year, or even 50 points, we should win. Our offense is too good to not score more than 50 for a second time against the Bulldogs this year.

It is finally time to see if NA coach Jim Shannon’s words to the Courier-Journal come true: “It’s their Super Bowl because they never beat us.” However, this should be our second win against the Dogs this season. Without their best player, we should win by a bigger margin than we did previously. But do not let that stop you from showing out. As the Kilt Krew has said, we need it FAT. Final Score: FC 52- NA 41

Basketball begins sectionals tomorrow night against Jennings County

By J.D. McKay

Tomorrow night, FC basketball plays Jennings County, and I am going to tell it how it is: The Panthers are not very good. They lost to Madison, New Albany, and BNL. They also have already lost to us this season by 25. However, we cannot just play badly and win; we will still need to do three things to win, and win convincingly.

I will be previewing every sectional and hopefully state tournament game. So make sure to check back immediately after the game. I will also be the color commentator for tomorrow’s game, so tune into 88.1 FM to listen.

First, we need to limit turnovers. This key to success may be repeated every game, but it is just that important. Since we should be able to out rebound JC and get lots of offensive rebounds, turnovers will keep us off the offensive boards and will keep us from getting second-chance points. Plus, if we make turnovers and JC can use them to get fast break points they could very easily keep the game close.

With fastbreak points, JC can gain lots of momentum. We need to keep them from getting momentum. When a heavy underdog starts hitting shots and getting momentum, their confidence can soar. When an underdog gets some confidence they hit every shot they take, even with players in their eyes. If you do not believe me, ask Virginia, UMBC got momentum last year in the NCAA tournament, and the rest is history. To keep them from gaining momentum, we should slow the game down if they go on a run. Then, give the ball to the best player in the Hoosier Hills Conference, Cobie Barnes, and let him do work on the smaller, lss athletic Jennings County players.

The last factor is to stay out of foul trouble. If Barnes or sophomore Jake Heidbreder get in foul trouble, it could seriously slow down our offense. However, if both those guys get in foul trouble, I think senior Harrison Eades, or senior Nick Winchell could be shooting threats to put up some points and senior Logan Libs and senior Cam Sturgeon could grab some offensive boards and second-chance layups.

This postseason has the school buzzing with excitement. Without the thought of having to get through Romeo Langford to advance, expectations are incredibly high. The student section should be packed on Friday and Saturday, and I am expecting to see lots of green and gold throughout the third largest high school gym in the world. It is finally time to reclaim a sectional championship and win our first basketball state championship. Be there.

 

Kaden Breger and Cassie Thomerson win homecoming king and queen on Feb. 5

By Grace Allen

Pep rally excites students for homecoming

By Grace Allen

Boys’ basketball set to play Jeff Friday night

Photo by Grace Allen

Story by J.D. McKay

It is a great time to be a Highlander. Our boys’ basketball team is ranked third in the state. Last Saturday, junior Lindsey Dorsch hit a three at the buzzer as our girls’ beat New Albany. That three kept FC undefeated against New Albany this year. This Friday, our boys’ basketball team is playing Jeffersonville on the road and trying to stay unbeaten in conference.

We need to do three things to beat the Devils. We need to get senior Cobie Barnes rolling in the beginning, have fewer turnovers than Jeff, and limit Tre Coleman from scoring 12 points.

Our last couple of games, our offense has struggled a bit. However, just when it looks like our opponents may pull away, Barnes steps up and hits several big shots to retake momentum. I could see that happening again Friday. Barnes has also been our leading scorer this year, so if Jeff shuts him down our offense may struggle.

This one is obvious, but if we have fewer turnovers, we will win. Last Friday, New Albany lost to Jeff and had one more turnover than Jeff. Almost every basketball game winner has fewer turnovers than the losers, and this will be no different.

Lastly, we need to limit Coleman from scoring. He is Jeff’s best scorer and if we slow him down the game would probably be low scoring again. When we played New Albany, we only let Julian Hunter score five points, Coleman is similar to Hunter and if he has a low scoring game like Hunter did it should not be very close.

Bottom Line: FC has had a terrific season and is one of the best teams in Indiana. Jeff is coming off a big win against New Albany and seems to have some momentum, but Barnes is too good to let their momentum carry over into a W versus the third best team in the state. I expect FC to win in a game similar to the New Albany game-low scoring, but about mid-way through the fourth quarter we will pull away to a 10-point win. Final Score: 56-46

 

Expected starting 5

Floyd Central Jeffersonville
Nick Wenchell Darin Starks
Levi Siewert Jaylen Fairman
Jake Heidbreder Markez Jordan
Cobie Barnes Jacob Jones
Cam Sturgeon Tre Coleman