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Five local girls basketball games on tap this weekend

Blue River Valley High School has a very nice presentation of the team mascots of all 10 Mid-Eastern Conference schools on one wall in refurbished Shelton Gymnasium. The Viking girls basketball team hosts Tri tonight and will try to beat the Titans on the hardwood for the first time this century with this mural overlooking the game.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

Not counting the Shenandoah High School girls basketball game against visiting Union (Modoc) Thursday evening, the other five local high school girls basketball teams are in action this weekend, and both Knightstown and Hagerstown pull double duty

Tonight’s Games

Tri (0-1) at Blue River

Valley (0-1) 7:30 p.m.

This probably is the big area game tonight. Can the Vikings finally end a tremendously long losing streak against the visiting Titans and chalk up a victory in this series for the first time this century?

Will three BRV senior girls, who have started since they were freshmen, be able to perform the trick? Haley and Hannah Foster plus Lindsey Williams are those three seniors who are itching for a win over Tri before they graduate. The two teams also could meet again in the Henry County Tournament and sectional.

Tri graduated four-year starter Peyton Moore who is now playing at Anderson University and is looking for ways to replace her output.

New Castle (1-2) at

Westfield (3-0) 7:30 p.m.

The Trojan girls make the fairly-long road trip to play the host Shamrocks, who have defeated Lapel, Pendleton Heights, and Lawrence Central in their first three games. New Castle lost to the host Arabians in overtime Tuesday night 63-61 after leading most of the way.

Cameron Tabor will get her points for the Trojans, but who else will step up like Cloie York did against Pendleton with five successful three-pointers?

Knightstown (0-1, 0-1 TEC) at Winchester (1-0, 0-0 TEC) 7:30 p.m.

The Panthers have a monumental challenge tonight, taking on the Class 2A No. 1 Golden Falcons and defending 2A state runners-up on the road. Winchester won its only game so far at Bluffton last Saturday night.

Knightstown lost at Union City this past Tuesday after leading at halftime.

Hagerstown (0-0) at

Delta (2-0) 7:30 p.m.

The host Class 3A Eagles have been impressive in their first two games this season, victories on the road by more than 20 points each against Muncie Central and Alexandria. The young Tigers will be tested in their opener in Royerton.

Saturday’s Game

Knightstown (0-1, 0-1 TEC) at Hagerstown (0-0, 0-0 TEC) 7:30 p.m.

Of course the records of both teams will change by the time they play, as both are in action Friday night.

This is the Panthers’ third straight TEC game on the road to open the season.

Both teams have talent returning this year. This big cat fight could get interesting.