The IHSAA announced the 2015-16 state tournament pairing for boys basketball on Sunday afternoon. The sectional matchups for Hancock County teams are as followed:
Class 2A Sectional 42 at Shenandoah
A pair of state-ranked teams open on opposite sides of the bracket for Sectional 42 at Shenandoah.
In the first game on March 1, No. 8 Indianapolis Howe (17-6) will play Eastern Hancock (7-14) followed by Triton Central (5-17) and Irvington Prep Academy (9-11).
In the semifinals on March 4, Knightstown (11-9) will play the winner of Game 1 with No. 6 Shenandoah (18-2) to play the winner of Game 2.
Class 3A Sectional 27 at New Palestine
Brebeuf Jesuit (13-8) and Indianapolis Herron (5-14) kick off this seven-team sectional in the first and only game on March 1, followed by Indianapolis Attucks (16-5) and New Palestine (5-16) on Wednesday, March 2, in the first contest of the evening.
Indianapolis Marshall (1-18) and Indianapolis Manual (14-7) will play second on March 2.
March 4, in the semifinal rounds, Indianapolis Chatard (11-10) plays the winner of Game 1 from Tuesday with the winners of Wednesday’s games will play second on Friday.
Class 4A Sectional 9 at New Castle
Greenfield-Central (18-4) and Richmond (9-14) are set to square off in the first game on Tuesday, March. 1.
Pendleton Heights (12-10) will face New Castle (14-6) in the second game on Tuesday with Connersville (18-5) scheduled to battle the Game 1 winner on March 4.
Mt. Vernon (17-3) will play the winner of Game 2 on March 4 in the second semifinal.
The championships for all sectional tournaments are set for 7:30 p.m. on March 5.
Greenfield-Central eases past Avon
The Cougars are rolling.
After an 80-68 win against visiting Avon on Saturday, the Greenfield-Central boys basketball team earned its ninth straight win with its regular-season finale scheduled for Thursday at home against Plainfield.
Thursday is senior night.
On Saturday versus the Orioles, Tate Hall scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Chandler Bean finished with 12 points and 10 assists.
In a balanced effort, Will O’Connor added 17 points while Blake Robertson, who recently signed to Hanover, finished with 10.
Greenfield-Central is now 18-4 this season.
New Palestine falls to Whiteland
Despite a second half comeback, New Palestine boys basketball fell to Whiteland at home on senior night this past Saturday, 67-51.
The Dragons, who are now 6-15, will play their regular-season finale on Friday at Greenwood.
Cody Long led the Dragons with 16 points, his fourth double-figure outing in a row. Caleb VanderWal added eight points and Keegan Watson and Jalen Qualkinbush each scored six.