> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Borden was the only local team to win a conference championship in 2013-14.
However, the Braves weren’t the only success story during the regular season.
Under the direction of first-year coach Mike Warren, Jeffersonville had its first winning season since claiming the 2011 state championship. The Red Devils finished second to defending state champion Bedford North Lawrence in the Hoosier Hills Conference.
In the past four years, Charlestown has gone from three wins to four to 10 a year ago to 13-7 in 2013-14 under first-year coach Michael Prichard. The Pirates finished third in the Mid-Southern Conference and won the Charlestown Holiday Tournament.
Henryville won the Henryville Tipoff Classic, Floyd finished second in the Floyd Shootout and Eastern was the runner-up in the Washington County Invitational.
Perhaps the best story of the regular season was Providence. The Pioneers closed at 13-8 for their first winning season since 2002-03. The .612 winning percentage is the best at Providence since the Pioneers went 15-9 in 2002.
Starting tonight, all 13 teams will get a chance to write another story, one that matters far more than what happened the regular season.
Below is the News and Tribune’s look at all four local sectionals:
CLASS 4A JENNINGS COUNTY SECTIONAL
• FIRST ROUND, TUESDAY: New Albany (7-12) vs. Seymour (11-8), 6 p.m.; Floyd Central (9-10) vs. Bedford North Lawrence (20-1).
• SEMIFINALS, FRIDAY: Jeffersonville (16-5) vs. New Albany or Seymour, 6 p.m.; Jennings County (9-10) vs. Floyd Central or BNL, 7:30 p.m.
• CHAMPIONSHIP, SATURDAY: Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.
• 2013 CHAMPION: Bedford North Lawrence (beat Floyd Central 54-34 for the program’s 22nd sectional title before going to win the state title).
• 2014 FAVORITE: Bedford North Lawrence. The Stars went 5-0 against the sectional field with the closest game being 16 points at New Albany on Dec. 17.
• SERIOUS CONTENDERS: Jeffersonville. There really aren’t any serious contenders to BNL’s throne, but if the Stars stumble, the Red Devils could be there to take advantage as the sectional’s second-best team.
• DARKHORSE: Floyd Central. The Highlanders have won five of their last seven with the only losses coming at Bedford (60-43) and at Columbus East (63-62). Floyd finished the regular season 8-5 after a 1-5 start.
• BEST DRAW: Jeffersonville. The Red Devils got the bye and will avoid Bedford until the championship game.
• TOUGH LUCK DRAW: Floyd Central. Just when the Highlanders started playing their best basketball of the season, they drew BNL in the opening round.
• BEST FIRST-ROUND MATCHUP: New Albany vs. Seymour. Seymour pulled away from the Bulldogs for a 63-55 victory in the regular-season meeting, but no one would be surprised by either team advancing to Friday.
• BEST POTENTIAL SEMIFINAL MATCHUP: Jeffersonville vs. Seymour or New Albany. All three teams were thrilled to wind up on the opposite side of the bracket from the Stars and all three feel like they’re capable of winding up in the championship game.
• CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREDICTION: Bedford North Lawrence 63, Jeffersonville 44. As well as Jeff and Floyd are playing, it’s unlikely anyone will seriously push the Stars.
Note: Champion goes to the Columbus North Regional and will face the Evansville Central champion in the opening round on Feb. 22.