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February 20, 2014

Vigo County basketball matchups this weekend

TERRE HAUTE —

T.H. North at Franklin Central

Evansville Harrison at T.H. North



The action — The Terre Haute North Patriots (7-10) will visit the Franklin Central Flashes (9-10) in Indianapolis tonight and play host to the Evansville Harrison Warriors (13-8) Saturday night.

The times — Both varsity tipoffs are slated for about 7:30.

The airwaves — Tonight’s game will be broadcast online through a link at wabashvalleysports.com and Saturday’s game will be aired on radio stations WFNF-FM 99.5 and WFNF-AM 1130.

The coaches — Todd Woelfle is 82-59 in his sixth season in charge at Terre Haute North. John Rockey is 35-31 in his third year at Franklin Central. Bryan Speer is 109-48 in his seventh year at Evansville Harrison.

Probable starting lineups — For Terre Haute North, 6-0 sophomore Keshuan Sandifer and 6-6 junior Charlie Aimone at forwards, 6-3 sophomore Kobi Riley at center, 5-9 junior C.J. Brown and 5-11 junior Austin Kurashima at guards.

For Franklin Central, 6-1 senior Jalen Bell and 6-5 sophomore Antoyne Jackson at forward, 6-3 senior Jacob Malone at center, 6-5 senior D.J. Heinrichs and 6-3 sophomore Marcus Burk at guards.

For Evansville Harrison, 6-6 junior Everett Duncan at forward, 6-3 senior Ernie Duncan (Everett’s older brother), 6-6 junior Stanley Duncan (Everett’s twin brother), 6-2 senior Jared Chestnut and 5-10 junior Jackson Strong at guards. Ernie Duncan has verbally committed to attend Vermont.

Key reserves — For Terre Haute North, 6-2 sophomore Braxton Poore, 6-7 junior Jackson Wolaver, 5-8 sophomore A.J. Smith, 6-0 junior Andrew Farmer, 6-0 senior Mitchell Dennany, 5-9 senior Austin Benson, 6-1 junior Brian Stevens and 6-2 sophomore Casius Bell.

For Franklin Central, 6-6 senior Lucas Huffman, 6-4 junior Matthew Anderson, 6-1 junior Matthew Clements and 6-4 freshman Grant Pedigo.

For Evansville Harrison, 6-7 sophomore D.J. Jennings, 6-2 sophomore Trey Schafer and 6-0 junior O.B. Brown.

Team leaders — For Terre Haute North, Aimone is averaging 11.0 points per game and Sandifer is next at 10.8 ppg. For Franklin Central, Huffman is scoring 15.7 ppg, Bell is next at 15.5 ppg and Malone is at 12.0 ppg. For Evansville Harrison, Ernie Duncan is tallying 22.1 ppg, Everett Duncan is next at 16.8 and Stanley Duncan is at 14.3 ppg.

Injury report — All regulars appear healthy for all three teams.

Recent games — Last Saturday, North lost at Class 4A No. 1-ranked Carmel 46-26. On Tuesday, Franklin Central lost at home to Columbus East 63-56 and Evansville Harrison lost at home to Evansville Bosse 89-88 in double overtime.

Last meeting — On Dec. 15, 2012, North lost at Evansville Harrison 65-48. North and Franklin Central have not played each other in recent years.

Coaches’ quotes — Woelfle on his squad: “I thought we competed and came together as a team against Carmel. There were several positives that came out of that game that we can build on.”

Woelfle on playing the Flashes: “They are fundamentally sound, talented and have a lot of size. That size presents some matchup problems for us. We’ll need to take care of the ball and rebound in order for us to be successful.”

Woelfle on playing the Warriors: “They’re an experienced team which started the season ranked second in the state. They’ve played some really close games and they’re capable of scoring in bunches. Their point guard Ernie Duncan is very solid and he makes everything go for them.”

Speer on his squad: “We’ve won 10 of our last 13 [games]. We started getting a little healthier and we found the right mix of guys. … Over the course of the last half of the season, we’ve had a little more chemistry.”

Speer on playing the Patriots: “They’re extremely well-coached. They’ve got some guys who can score — Aimone and Sandifer — and they do a nice job. They run their offense well and they’re physically strong.”

Franklin Central coach Rockey could not be reached for comment.

— Compiled by David Hughes

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