Cougars face favorite Anderson first

4A Sectional 9 at Greenfield-Central


Pendleton Heights (13-8) vs. Connersville (12-8), 6

Greenfield-Central (8-11) vs. Anderson (16-4), 7:30


Richmond (11-10) vs. PH-CO winner, 6

New Castle (6-13) vs. GC-AN winner, 7:30


Championship, 7:30

Anderson defending champ. Winner advances to Decatur Central Regional.

The odds: Anderson is the favorite to repeat as sectional champ, listed with an 88.1 Sagarin rating, followed by Pendleton Heights (75.3), Connersville (73.3), New Castle (66.5), Richmond (65.4) and Greenfield-Central (64.7).

Coach’s cornerYour defense has been mostly solid this season. In what areas can the team improve offensively?

GC coach Doug Laker: “I think it’s all about shooting and confidence. Sometimes we’ll shoot with no confidence. We are very streaky, and to get through that streakiness and become efficient, you just have to shoot and shoot and shoot. It’s like riding a bike, it has to become second nature. I woke up a 1 a.m. (Wednesday morning) wondering, ‘How can we get more offense?’ Then I watched tape. We missed seven or eight point-blank shots in the paint (in a 46-32 loss to Whiteland Tuesday). And then we went 7-of-20 from the foul line. In practice, we shoot a ton, and we’ll just keep doing it, and eventually we’ll get over that hump.”

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