TERRE HAUTE —
Edgewood at West Vigo
West Vigo at Evansville North
The action — The West Vigo Vikings (8-6 overall, 2-1 WIC) will play host to the Edgewood Mustangs (5-8, 1-3) for a Western Indiana Conference game tonight, then they’ll visit the Evansville North Huskies (7-5 before tonight’s home game aganst New Albany) for a nonconference clash Saturday.
The times — Varsity tipoff is slated for about 8 tonight and 7:30 EST Saturday night.
The airwaves — No broadcasts planned in the Wabash Valley.
The coaches — Joe Boehler is 62-45 in his fifth season at West Vigo. Jeff Farmer is 14-23 in his second year at Edgewood. Scot Bunnell is 25-30 in his third year at Evansville North and 109-65 in his eighth year overall.
Probable starting lineups — For West Vigo, 6-3 senior Aaron Kirby and 6-1 senior Adrien Corenflos at forwards, 6-1 sophomore Alex West at center, 5-11 senior Cade Lindsey and 5-7 senior Kyle Stewart at guards.
For Edgewood, 6-0 senior Derek Driver and 5-11 senior Mike Bowman at forwards, 6-3 senior Trevor Selburg at center, 5-6 sophomore Ryan Newman and 5-10 junior Tommy Black at guards.
For Evansville North, 6-5 senior Brock Underwood at forward, 6-6 sophomore Austin Elmore at center, 6-0 freshman C.J. Hedgepeth, 6-0 sophomore Robert West and 5-11 senior Jaylen Chambers at guards.
Key reserves — For West Vigo, 6-0 senior Lance Stonebarger, 6-0 sophomore Braiden Cardinal, 6-2 sophomore Grant Daley and 5-9 sophomore Tyler Hayes.
For Edgewood, 6-1 senior M.J. Miller and 6-2 junior Clayton Settle.
For Evansville North, 6-1 senior Drew Waters, 6-3 senior Mike Johnson and 5-10 senior Damar Young.
Team leaders — For West Vigo, Stewart is averaging about 15 points per game. For Edgewood, Selburg is averaging about 12 ppg. For Evansville North, Chambers is tallying about 14 ppg heading into tonight’s game.
Injury report — All regulars appear healthy.
Recent games — Last Saturday, West Vigo lost at Shakamak 71-51 and Evansville North lost at Northview 54-43. On Tuesday, Edgewood lost at Sullivan 61-45.
Last meetings — On March 2, 2012, West Vigo lost to Edgewood 58-46 in the Class 3A sectional. On Jan. 28, 2012, West Vigo lost at home to Evansville North 62-59 in overtime.
Coaches’ quotes — Boehler on his squad: “I thought we played one really poor half against Shakamak and that cost us the game. Hopefully, we can get back on the right track and get moving in the right direction.”
Boehler on playing the Mustangs: “They play extremely hard. They’re our defending sectional champions. … They’re one of the better defensive teams on our schedule.”
Boehler on playing the Huskies: “They’re very athletic. They have almost everybody back from their team last year … and they play a very difficult schedule. We’re just going to have to try to find a way to contain them a little bit.”
Farmer on his squad: “After Christmas, we’ve been playing fairly decent, but we can’t seem to finish games. Against Sullivan, we were trailing 41-40 and we scored five points in the fourth quarter. … At times, we play hard. At other times, we don’t. This team is still trying to find its identity and it just hasn’t happened yet.”
Farmer on playing the Vikings: “From what I hear, they’re playing pretty well. It looks like another team that’s pretty comparable to us. If we play competitive, we could beat them. If we don’t, we’ll get beat.”
Bunnell on his squad: “With our team, we’ve played a really tough schedule. We like where we’re at right now. We feel like we’re really improving.”
Bunnell on playing the Vikings: “I like their team. I feel like they’re really well-coached and well-organized. They’ve got really good balance. They play hard. I think coach Boehler does a really good job with them.”
— Compiled by David Hughes