Here’s a quick look at the key girls basketball games in Southern Indiana this week:
North Harrison at New Albany: The Cougars, now ranked No. 9 in Class 3-A after their 7-0 start, have a busy week, starting with Tuesday when they host Jasper. But the most intriguing game will be Thursday when they visit the Bulldogs (5-2).
North Harrison features a balanced attack, with only one starter – freshman Lilly Hatton – averaging in double figures (11.5) but with four contributing 8 or more points. North Harrison, which already owns impressive wins over Jeffersonville and Eastern Pekin, is off to its best start since going 8-0 to open the 2008-09 season.
New Albany’s only losses have been against ranked teams (4-A No. 2 Columbus North and 2-A No. 10 Providence). The Bulldogs have lost two straight to North Harrison, including a 46-42 decision last season.
Jeffersonville at Madison: On Friday, the Red Devils (5-3, 1-1 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) will tangle with Madison (5-1, making its league debut) in a game that will start shaking out the pecking order behind league leader Seymour.
The Cubs lost one of their all-time stars when Olivia Crozier graduated, but they’ve come back with a solid start. They’ve done that against an early schedule that has included only one quality opponent of 3-A or 4-A caliber.
The Devils have been battle tested. They face 4-A No. 7 Pike and 2-A No. 10 Providence in their holiday tournament last week and split those games.
Corydon at Scottsburg: The winner of this Thursday clash will maintain contact with Mid-Southern Conference leader North Harrison, which is already 4-0 in the league.
Corydon (6-2, 2-1) has lost four of its last five against the Warriorettes (5-2, 2-1). The Panthers don’t have a double-figure scorer. Ashley Oliver leads Corydon in scoring at 9.6 while Megan Rowlett averages 9.0.
Scottsburg has won three straight as coach Donnia Cheatham has extended her state record to 665 career wins.