The Cats open the conference with their first victory


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Senior Kennedy Matheis (25) scored 12 points as Jasper beat Evansville Bosse in their Southern Indiana Athletic Conference opener, 47-35, for their first win of the season on Tuesday.

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JASPER – Jasper’s girls basketball coach Jessica Mehringer didn’t give a long speech after Tuesday’s 47-35 win over Southern Indiana Athletic Conference rival Evansville Bosse because she didn’t didn’t have to.

“When they’re running, do the things that you tried to get them to do, and then yeah, you just go in and say, ‘Good job, you’ve done what you’re supposed to do,’” Mehringer said. “I really want to get them home so they can go to bed because we have a long week of preparation for (Evansville) Memorial on Saturday.”

Mehringer noted after his team’s loss on Nov. 13, 44-9 at Heritage Hills that the offense was in survival mode, which got the Wildcats (1-2, 1-0) nowhere.

They only needed a quarterback on Tuesday to surpass their points total against the Patriots, leading 14-6 after the first.

“We asked them to really change their minds about their individual expectations when they have the ball,” she said. “We weren’t looking to get things done, like getting to the edge, going north and south rather than going east and west on the ground.”

They won the first game and junior Jasmin Mehringer immediately took the ball and scored just five seconds for a 2-0 lead. It was the first of six points scored during the quarter. Jasmin finished with a total of 12 points, tying senior Kennedy Matheis for second on the team, while sophomore Emma Schipp scored a high 13 points in a game that saw the Wildcats share the basketball.

“We’ve been talking to them for a while about whether we want to be able to get a great look that our big guys or someone in the paint have to touch the ball,” Jessica said. “And they did a better job tonight getting the ball in, and so even though these people weren’t scoring, we were getting looks at those inside catches.”

Bosse did struggle in the third quarter, however, reducing the game to single digits on several occasions. Junior Grace Doty, who had a 17-point record, helped the Bulldogs return to the game with a trio of buckets, and they went on 5-0 after Jasmin’s layup reached 29-18.

However, Schipp managed a layup to bring the score to 31-23. Matheis was crucial on the free throw line when she landed two shots across the line for a 37-27 lead with 1:57 remaining, and again made two free throws for a 39- lead. 31 with 33.3 seconds to go. in the third, which would be the score after three quarters.

Jasper, however, resisted Bosse once the fourth quarter was over. Schipp started things off by making it double-digit again with a basket, although Doty again reduced it to single-digit by draining a three to make it 43-34. However, junior Tori Brandt made one at the rim and Schipp went for his second basket from the fourth which brought Jasper ahead, 47-34. A free throw from senior Humpback A’mya Stone took the game to its final score.

Jessica praised the work senior Adrienne Simmers did in defense to do her part to contain Doty in the fourth.

“Credit her for coming and doing a really good job of keeping this girl out of her comfort zone a little bit with her help in defense on her,” she said.

She said no one felt good about how the game against the Patriots went and acknowledged the effort they put in when they returned to work on Monday – which they knew was needed against the Bulldogs.

“I think the one thing I’m always going to take away from this team is a locked-down effort in defense, and that kind of offense created for us right away,” Jessica said.

The Wildcats will have three days to prepare for Saturday’s home game against enemy SIAC Memorial, and Jessica told the Herald they have some anticipation as to what the Tigers will do.

“Memorial got a lot of degrees last year, but their freshman class is also busy,” she said. “So we expect a pretty good game and a pretty solid effort from them.”


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