4A 9 @ MT. VERNON

SECT;CLASS;OVERALL

Mt. Vernon;6-0;13-2;19-2

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Greenfield-Central;3-2;12-6;16-6

New Castle;3-2;7-4;15-5

Richmond;2-2;9-4;15-6

Pendleton Heights;2-3;6-7;14-9

Connersville;2-4;3-9;11-11

Anderson;0-5;3-15;6-16

Intrasectional meetings

Nov. 14 Mt. Vernon 47, Connersville 35

Nov. 21 Greenfield 46, Pendleton Hts. 41

Nov. 22 Connersville 54, Anderson 52 OT

Dec. 6 Mt. Vernon 74, Pendleton Hts. 39

Dec. 9 Mt. Vernon 73, Anderson 38

Dec. 10 New Castle 44, Connersville 29

Dec. 12 Richmond 66, Anderson 59

Dec. 18 Pendleton Hts., 59 New Castle 55

Dec. 23 Greenfield 69, Connersville 61

Dec. 29 New Castle 69, Anderson 44

Jan. 3 Greenfield 49, Richmond 44 OT

Jan. 6 Mt. Vernon 73, Richmond 40

Jan. 6 Pendleton Hts. 54, Anderson 50

Jan. 13 Richmond 49, Connersville 43

Jan. 16 New Castle 48, Greenfield 34

Jan. 23 Connersville 55, Pendleton Hts. 49

Jan. 23 Mt. Vernon 39, Greenfield 32

Jan. 27 Mt. Vernon 68, New Castle 55

Key Indicators

Mt. Vernon: Sagarin Rating, 91.70; Offense ppg, 60.9; Defense ppg, 41.7

Greenfield-Central: Sagarin Rating, 86.63; Offense ppg, 57.3; Defense ppg, 43

Richmond: Sagarin Rating, 83.98; Offense ppg, 59.9; Defense ppg, 51

New Castle: Sagarin Rating, 82.18; Offense ppg, 52.4; Defense ppg, 40.7

Pendleton Heights: Sagarin Rating, 78.05; Offense ppg, 53.9; Defense ppg, 49

Connersville: Sagarin Rating, 74.39; Offense ppg, 46.5; Defense ppg, 46.5

Anderson: Sagarin Rating, 71.55; Offense ppg, 54.7; Defense ppg, 58.7

Schedule

Tuesday

Pendleton Heights vs. Connersville, 7 p.m.

Wednesday

Greenfield-Central vs. Mt. Vernon, 6 p.m.

New Castle vs. Richmond, 7:45 p.m.

Feb. 13

Anderson vs. PH-CO winner, 6 p.m.

GC-MV winner vs. NC-RI winner, 7:45 p.m.

Feb. 14

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Winner advances to Decatur Central Regional, Feb. 21

Analysis: 4A No. 12 Mt. Vernon and future Indiana All-Star Sydney Shelton (22 ppg) ran roughshod over the sectional field during the regular season, but never underestimate the motivating power of a regular-season loss. One of the Marauders’ victims was Greenfield-Central, which fell in Fortville, 39-32, Jan. 23. What I remember most from that game is G-C coach Doug Laker’s upbeat demeanor in the postgame hallway. He couldn’t have been more pleased with his team’s effort and thought his squad was doomed only by a few off-the-mark shots. I suspect Laker was also in a good mood, because, as important to the conference race as that game was, the sectional is where final bragging rights are earned. It was a lesson G-C learned a year ago, when they beat the Marauders in a charged regular-season contest, then watched veteran MV win the sectional rematch. Wednesday’s quarterfinal winner is the sectional favorite, but don’t overlook Richmond, which possesses the best guard duo in the sectional. Sophomore Destiny Perkins (23.4 ppg) and senior MacKenzie Taylor (17.5 ppg) are dangerous. G-C survived for an overtime regular season win over the Red Devils, while Taylor sat our Richmond’s loss to Mt. Vernon.

4A 13 @ GREENWOOD

SECT;CLASS;OVERALL

Center Grove;5-0;16-6;16-6

Franklin Central;2-0;13-8;15-8

Greenwood;3-3;8-9;10-11

New Palestine;1-2;3-10;11-11

Whiteland;2-5;6-13;9-14

Franklin;1-4;5-10;9-13

Intrasectional Meetings

Nov. 13 Franklin Cent. 68, Whiteland 45

Nov. 18 Franklin Cent. 62, New Palestine 42

Nov. 21 Franklin 40, Greenwood 39

Nov. 21 Center Grove 64, Whiteland 40

Nov. 22 Whiteland 42, Greenwood 36

Nov. 22 Center Grove 76, Franklin 35

Dec. 2 Center Grove 59, Franklin 35

Dec. 19 Greenwood 48, Franklin 41

Jan. 6 Center Grove 74, Whiteland 30

Jan. 9 Greenwood 50, Whiteland 44

Jan. 17 New Palestine 48, Whiteland 40

Jan. 24 Whiteland 56, Franklin 52

Jan. 27 Center Grove 62, Greenwood 39

Jan. 31 Greenwood 47, New Palestine 42

Key Indicators

Center Grove: Sagarin Rating, 94.84; Offense ppg, 60.5; Defense ppg, 44.7

Franklin Central: Sagarin Rating, 85.72; Offense ppg, 59; Defense ppg, 48.4

Greenwood: Sagarin Rating, 74.20; Offense ppg, 51.3; Defense ppg, 52.2

Whiteland: Sagarin Rating, 72.49; Offense ppg, 49; Defense ppg, 56.3

Franklin: Sagarin Rating, 71.22; Offense ppg, 52.5; Defense ppg, 53.5

New Palestine: Sagarin Rating, 69.3; Offense ppg, 42.3; Defense ppg, 42.1

Schedule

Tuesday

Center Grove vs. Whiteland, 5:30 p.m.

Greenwood vs. Franklin, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 13

Franklin Central vs. CG-WH winner, 5:30 p.m.

New Palestine vs. GW-FR winner, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14

Championship, 7 p.m.

Winner advances to Bedford North Lawrence Regional, Feb. 21

Analysis: In seven of New Palestine’s 11 losses, it has held the other team to 47 or fewer points. The Dragons just haven’t been able to find enough offense to get over the hump consistently. On Tuesday, however, New Palestine registered 56 points in a win against a solid Connersville unit. It marked the most points allowed by the Spartans since December and New Palestine’s highest output since November. So, maybe the Dragons have found their mojo. A semifinal win against decent Greenwood and Franklin teams in the semifinal is well within New Palestine’s reach. After that, 4A No. 16 Center Grove will provide the Dragons the largest of upset opportunities.

2A 41 @ CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN

SECT;CLASS;OVERALL

Hagerstown;8-0;11-1;17-4

Knightstown;5-1;5-5;14-8

Union County;3-3;5-5;11-10

Eastern Hancock;2-3;3-7;12- 9

Centerville;2-4;3-6;4-15

Cambridge City Lincoln;2-7;2-10;4-15

Northeastern;1-5;2-5;7-13

Intrasectional Meetings

Nov. 13 Hagerstown 40, Knightstown 25

Nov. 17 Hagerstown 54, Eastern Hancock 37

Nov. 20 Knightstown 58, Northeastern 34

Nov. 22 Knightstown 50, Centerville 39

Nov. 22 Union County 53, Eastern Hancock 44

Nov. 25 Centerville 59, Cambridge City 53

Dec. 5 Centerville 40, Northeastern 28

Dec. 10 Hagerstown 45, Union County 35

Dec. 11 Eastern Hancock 66, Northeastern 26

Dec. 16 Hagerstown 37, Centerville 31

Dec. 19 Knightstown 65, Eastern Hancock 63

Dec. 27 Cambridge City 39, Union County 37

Jan. 3 Eastern Hancock 69, Cambridge City 40

Jan. 9 Cambridge City 39, Centerville 35

Jan. 10 Hagerstown 52, Northeastern 31

Jan. 12 Hagerstown 51, Cambridge City 25

Jan. 15 Hagerstown 53, Cambridge City 26

Jan. 17 Knightstown 51, Union County 33

Jan. 20 Hagerstown 62, Northeastern 32

Jan. 20 Knightstown 60, Cambridge City 29

Jan. 27 Union County 59, Cambridge City 20

Jan. 30 Northeastern 55, Cambridge City 50 OT

Jan. 30 Union County 47, Centerville 46

Key Indicators

Hagerstown: Sagarin Rating, 60.12; Offense ppg, 47.1; Defense ppg, 35.1

Eastern Hancock: Sagarin Rating, 58.97; Offense ppg, 55.2; Defense ppg, 48.7

Knightstown: Sagarin Rating, 56.13; Offense ppg, 51.7; Defense ppg, 46

Union County: Sagarin Rating, 52.11; Offense ppg, 41.9; Defense ppg, 40.5

Centerville: Sagarin Rating, 42.86; Offense ppg, 37.8; Defense ppg, 51.6

Northeastern: Sagarin Rating, 39.02; Offense ppg, 36.3; Defense ppg, 47.2

Cambridge City Lincoln: Sagarin Rating, 32.84; Offense ppg, 36.7; Defense ppg, 52.8

Schedule

Tuesday

Knightstown vs. Union County, 7 p.m.

Wednesday

Cambridge City Lincoln vs. Centerville, 6 p.m.

Northeastern vs. Hagerstown, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 13

Eastern Hancock vs. KN-UC winner, 6 p.m.

CCL-CE winner vs. NE-HA winner, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Winner advances to Speedway Regional, Feb. 21

Analysis: Eastern Hancock is eager for a rematch with Knightstown, its most fierce rival. The Panthers ended the Royals’ best chance at a sectional title in more than a decade with a 59-55 win in last year’s championship. Knightstown also has a victory against Eastern Hancock this season. If that semifinal comes to fruition, and comes out in the Royals’ favor, they’ll have to put what would likely be an emotional victory behind them quickly. This tourney’s best defense, by a wide margin, belongs to sectional favorite Hagerstown. If the Tigers get knocked off in the quarterfinal or semifinal, look for Eastern Hancock to claim the program’s first sectional crown since 2001. If Hagerstown is waiting for the Royals in the championship, EH will have to settle for another sectional second-place basketball “trophy.”

Pull Quote

“I’ll make my adjustments. But, our system has worked for three-and-a-half years. We’ve won 58 games. Why would we want to change everything completely? You’ll see some minor adjustments, just to keep other teams guessing. Our high-pressure identity won’t change, though.”

– Jeremy Powers, Eastern Hancock girls basketball coach

Tickets on Sale

Pre-sale all-sectional tickets are available at local high school athletic offices through early next week. Tickets are $10, good for the entire sectional. Single-day sectional tickets are $6, and will only be sold at the door.