Earlier in the week we gave you a Class 4A sectional preview. Today, let’s look at the remaining classes and see what the future holds for some of the area’s top teams.
Sectional 25 at Danville
#1 Danville High School (Danville, Indiana) vs. Western Boone High School (Thorntown, Indiana)
-Top ranked Danville easily dispatched of Crawfordsville 65-51 on Tuesday
night. Purdue University bound Travis Carroll was once again the dominant force for the Warriors, compiling 27 points and eight rebounds in the victory. Western Boone (9-11) has played well of late, winning three games in a row heading into sectional play, but they don’t have the talent to compete with a powerhouse like Danville. The Stars fell 83-58 in the first meeting between the two schools.
North Montgomery High School (Crawfordsville, Indiana) vs. Lebanon High School (Lebanon, Indiana)
-North Montgomery (10-10) is the defending sectional champions, but they had to win their last two regular season games just get their record to .500. Lebanon (12-9) had a slightly more successful year, and they looked good in their first round victory over Southmont. They beat the Chargers 74-70 in late January. Expect a close game once again.
Prediction: Danville has dominated all comers this year, with their only loss coming against Class 4A #3 North Central. It will be an absolute shocker if they don’t advance to their second regional appearance in three years.
Sectional 26 at Beech Grove
Brebeuf Jesuit High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) vs. Roncalli High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
-Roncalli finished the season with an impressive 14-6 record, winning 12 of 15 games from January on. They got 14 points from Michael Mislan in taking out Northwest High School 45-32 in the opening game. The Rebels faced Brebeuf (12-9) early in the season, escaping with a 44-38 victory.
T.C. Howe High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) vs. Beech Grove High School (Beech Grove, Indiana)
-High-flyin’ Howe (19-5) is one of the most exciting teams in the Indy area, and they once again thrilled their fans by beating Bishop Chatard High School in a close one, 57-52 Tuesday night. The duo of Jordan Manuel and Anthony Hampton provided much of the scoring, with 17 apiece, and P.J. Boutte added 11 points and a steady presence at the point guard position. Beech Grove (10-9) dropped their last two games of the regular season against beatable opponents Decatur Central High School and Whiteland High School. Not a good indicator heading into a matchup with the incredibly talented and athletic Hornets
Prediction: All five of Howe’s losses have come against powerhouse teams in the state of Indiana, and neither Brebeuf nor Roncalli are of that caliber. The Hornets can play a bit out of control at times — making them susceptible to an upset — but I fully expect their talent to win out in Sectional 26.
Sectional 27 at Mount Vernon
#3 Mount Vernon High School (Fortville, Indiana) vs. Hamilton Heights High School (Arcadia, Indiana)
-In one of the most anticipated first round sectional games, #3 Mount Vernon (19-2) takes on Indiana University recruit Austin Etherington and the Hamilton Heights Huskies (12-7). The Marauders haven’t lost since a December 19 game against Tipton, and enter as the overwhelming favorite to take home the title, but they’ve also lost their last seven sectional games, including a three-point lost to Hamilton Heights last season. The Huskies on the other hand, struggled down the stretch, losing three of their last four contests. The two teams met in late November, with Mount Vernon coming away with a 15-point victory.
Rushville High School (Rushville, Indiana) vs. Shelbyville High School (Shelbyville, Indiana)
-Shebyville (10-8) engaged in a heated battle with New Palestine High School (New Palestine, Indiana) in the opening game, eventually persevering with 50-48. Rushville (12-6) presents an even more formidable challenge, although Shelbyville did get the better of the Lions in a 75-72 overtime game back in late December. Whoever wins will have their hands full against the winner of the Mount Vernon/Hamilton Heights game.
Prediction: The Marauders, motivated by past sectional failures, and playing on their home court, seem to have everything going in the favor. If they can contain Etherington, they’ll advance to the championship game where the unintimidating winner of the Rushville/Shelbyville game will be waiting. Don’t make for next weekend Marauders fans, your teams going to the regionals for the first time 1999.
Sectional 43 at Washington
Indian Creek High School (Trafalgar, Indiana) vs. Heritage Christian High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
-Heritage Christian (9-11) lost their first three games of the season, but played better than .500 ball the rest of the way. Indian Creek was an underwhelming 7-12, with a majority of their wins coming against Class 1A schools. The Eagles should advance without too much trouble.
Scecina High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) vs. Herron High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
-Scecina won four of their final six games to finish with nine wins and 10 losses, while Herron, in just their second year of existence, struggled to a 2-15 record. When they met earlier in the year, Scecina won by 35.
Park Tudor High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) vs. Cardinal Ritter High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
–George Washington High School was considered a strong favorite in Sectional 43, especially considering the tournament was being played on their home court, but Park Tudor (10-10) had other ideas. The Panthers, who feature three sophomores and a freshman in their main rotation, got 23 points from standout guard Yogi Ferrell in upsetting the senior-laden Washington squad. Ferrell scored 13 of his team’s 16 points during a critical stretch in the second-half, hitting 11-of-12 free-throws.
Ritter (6-14) came into the tourney on a nine game losing streak, but upset Triton Central 62-48 on Tuesday night. They’ll have to figure out a way to stop Ferrell, who’s averaging 22.5 points a game, if they hope to continue their postseason run. Park Tudor beat Ritter 64-52 in their regular season meeting. The winner moves on to the championship game.
Prediction: With Washington gone, the field is wide open. Heritage Christian is generally regarded as the second best team in Sectional 43, but Ferrell is by far the top player, and I like his underclassmen dominated Panthers team to pull the upset and advance.
Sectional 58 at Edinburgh
Greenwood Christian High School (Greenwood, Indiana) vs. Edinburgh High School (Edinburgh, Indiana)
-Edinburgh hasn’t won a basketball sectional since 1972, and their 14 victories this season is the highest win total they’ve posted in recent memory. They’ve won five straight games, including an 84-65 beat-down of their first round opponent Greenwood Christian. Playing on their home court, the Lancers should easily advance to second round play.
Morristown High School (Morristown, Indiana) vs. Waldron High School (Waldron, Indiana)
-Waldron (2-16) is actually the two-time defending sectional champ, but after graduating most of their players, could only manage two wins this year. Morristown (11-8), led by high-scoring Dylan Langkabel whose 23.6 scoring average ranks third in the Indy area, had a fairly successful year, competing every time they took the court. They’ll have no trouble getting past Waldron.
#11 Irvington High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) vs. Southwestern High School (Shelbyville, Indiana)
-Southwestern (11-10) got 27 points junior Troy Goodin in their opening game win against Eminence, and they’ll need a repeat performance if they hope to contend with the 11th ranked Irvington Ravens (15-4). Irvington’s in their second year of existence and this is their first appearance in the state tournament. The winner moves on to Saturday’s championship game.
Prediction: Irvington had the best regular season, and Morristown has the best player, but I like the host team, the Edinburgh Lancers, to shock the world and capture their first sectional title since the days of bell-bottom jeans and platform shoes.
Sectional 59 at Crispus Attucks
Indiana School for the Deaf (Indianapolis, Indiana) vs. Crispus Attucks High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
-Indiana Deaf’s 9-11record is a bit deceiving, as they only won three games against “non-deaf” opponents, but Crispus Attucks (6-12) could very easily be victory number four. Neither team is a contender to win it all, but it should be a fun and competitive game.
Bethesda Christian High School (Brownsburg, Indiana) vs. Lutheran High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
-Lutheran (10-10) has the longest road to a sectional title in the entire state, needing four wins to secure a regional berth. They passed the first test by beating Metropolitan High School 64-54 in the first game. The Saints have just two losses to Class 1A opponents this year, and beat Bethesda Christian (9-11) 64-58 just last week.
University High School (Carmel, Indiana) vs. Fall Creek Academy (Indianapolis, Indiana)
University (7-14) beat International High School, and Fall Creek (9-12) upset Tindley Accelerated School to advance into the second round. The two teams met in January, with Fall Creek winning by 24 points. The Engineers have now won five of their last seven games, and that streak should continue, propelling them into Saturday’s championship game.
Prediction: Tindley and Metropolitan were the only teams with winning records in the sectional, and now that they’ve both been eliminated, it opens the door for Lutheran to pull off the near impossible, winning four games in five days.