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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

New Albany win shows Sturgeon’s coaching talent

Photo by Grace Allen

Story by J.D. McKay

Last Friday, our boys’ basketball team beat New Albany 44-37. It was the first time FC beat the Bulldogs at New Albany since 1998 and ended their 41-game home streak. It was also the third most exciting basketball game I have ever been to. The only two games more exciting were against New Albany but had a future NBA player playing. After going to five New Albany games, I realized several things.

Hiring Todd Sturgeon to be FC’s basketball coach in 2014 was a great decision. He took a team that had only had six winning seasons since the mid-90s and made them a serious sectional contender almost immediately. If New Albany had not had Romeo Langford last season, he would probably already have his first sectional championship at FC as well as FC’s first basketball sectional championship since 1989. FC is going to be the favorite this year in sectionals and if he wins the Hoosier Hills Conference for the second straight year he may become the best coach in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

When Sturgeon became head coach and started winning, our students took notice. Now, the Kilt Krew is almost always full during basketball games. But not only has the student section been full, the rest of the gym has been filling up since the 2015 season. Any FC basketball game now has some excitement surrounding it.

The last thing I noticed was the general interest in the New Albany game. Before FC beat New Albany at home last year, it had been 20 years since FC beat New Albany. The gym typically was not full and if it was it was not because of the FC students and fans. On Friday, there were 400 students in FC’s student sectional for a road game. Plus, the rest of the gym was packed. There was a buzz in the air at the game, as if expecting something crazy to happen. The buzz made the game exciting and one of the best basketball games I have ever been to.

After FC beat New Albany, New Albany head coach Jim Shannon told the Courier Journal, “It’s their Super Bowl because they never beat us. They are celebrating like they won it all and I don’t blame them. They don’t win very often. Check the history, and when they do they’re pretty excited.”

FC 2-1 in the last three games against New Albany.

See you in March, Mr. Shannon.