Michael Crowe (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Michael Crowe (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Division IV
• Wednesday, Feb. 28 - No. 7 Whiteoak vs. No. 2 Peebles
at McDermott High School, 6:15 p.m.



WHITEOAK WILDCATS
(Southern Hills Athletic Conference)

- Overall Record: 13-10

- Conference Record: 5-8 (third in Div. II SHAC)

- Last Tournament Win: Feb. 21, 2018, defeated Sciotoville East, 68-43 in sectional semifinals.


PEEBLES INDIANS
(Southern Hills Athletic Conference)

- Overall Record: 17-5

- Conference Record: 11-2 (1st in Div. II SHAC)

- Last Tournament Win: March 14, 2015, defeated Eastern Pike, 79-75 in OT in district finals


GAME PREVIEW:

These two teams have already faced each other twice this season in Southern Hills Athletic Conference play, with Peebles winning both games by scores of 65-50 and 42-38.

In what will be their third meeting of the season, the Wildcats are coming off a dominating win over Sciotoville East last Wednesday, winning that game by 25 points with a score of 68-43.

As for this postseason, the Indians have yet to play in a game as they were awarded a bye for their 17-win season, a season that included them winning the Division II SHAC championship after spending the past few seasons in SHAC Division I.

Players who are standouts for the Indians are senior Tanner Arey and senior Bostin Robinson, as they are very dangerous players for the opposition. This season, Arey passed the 1,000-point career scoring mark. In all, the Indians have eight seniors, five sophomores and one freshman on their roster.

The Indians’ most recent game was on Feb. 16 in a 56-51 win over Ripley in their regular-season finale.

In the Dec. 15 meeting between the two teams, Whiteoak trailed by a 24-20 score at halftime, and WHS was led in scoring by Traeten Hamilton and Zach Rand with nine points each. In that game, WHS trailed by just a single points at 10-9 at the end of the first quarter. The second half was the big difference with PHS outscoring the Wildcats 13-7 in the third, and in the fourth, the Indians led again at 9-7.

For the Dec. 1 game between the two teams, the first frame was close at 23-20 in favor of the Indians, but WHS outscored them 13-11 in the second for a halftime score of 34-33 in favor of Peebles. The third frame was 13-12 in favor of PHS to see their lead be just two points at 47-45. The fourth frame was the biggest difference when the Indians outscored the Wildcats, 18-5 for the final 65-50 score.

Since December, though, the Wildcats have played much better basketball and aren’t the same team they were early in the year. Whiteoak’s leading scorer is Trever Yeager at 12.5 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Also for the Wildcats, Hamilton averages 9.8 ppg, Rand is at 8.8 ppg and Stephen Ross is at 8.3 ppg.