4A Sectional 13 at Franklin
Greenwood (15-4) at Franklin (7-13), 6
Center Grove (15-5) at Franklin Central (16-4), 7:30
Whiteland (10-11) vs. GW-FR winner, 6
New Palestine (3-15) vs. CG-FC winner, 7:30
Greenwood defending champ. Winner advances to Bedford North Lawrence Regional.
The odds: Franklin Central has the top Sagarin rating in the sectional (and fourth-best in the state) at 99.9. Center Grove isn’t far back at 95.6, followed by Greenwood (91), Whiteland (80.9), Franklin (67.6) and New Palestine (50.5). The 4A sectional at Westfield is the only other tourney in the state with three above-90 Sagarin squads.
With one of the youngest teams in the state — your entire roster is freshmen and sophomores — how rough has this season been?
New Palestine coach Jacki Negri: “This sounds strange because we’ve only got three wins, but, for the situation, there have been a lot of positive things. One thing that I’ve noticed in talking to other coaches lately is that a lot of teams are having bickering, fighting between players, that sort of thing. I’ve heard that from multiple coaches, teams that have won a lot more than we have.
“So, I’m really thankful. This has not been easy year, and these girls, this team, could have easily gone that road, but they haven’t. The team unity and positive attitude has been amazing. One of my big goals for them, successful or not, was keeping them positive — because we all knew what kind of season this was going to be — and they have more than exceeded my expectation in that area.”