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February 4, 2014

H.S. GIRLS' BASKETBALL SECTIONAL DRAW: Host Pirates have tough road in 3A

Bulldogs draw Seymour, Jeff gets bye in 4A

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — The top two teams in most local sectionals will avoid each other until the final round — if they can get that far, of course.

However, in Class 3A Sectional 30, it was nearly impossible to avoid a strong team in the opening round. Six of the Charlestown Sectional’s eight teams have winning records and as many as five can be considered serious contenders.

During Sunday’s IHSAA tournament draw conducted in Indianapolis, the host Pirates (11-6) drew Brownstown Central (16-1) in the opening round of the Charlestown Sectional. Brownstown beat the Pirates 58-53 on Jan. 11. The Pirates beat Scottsburg 76-62 on Dec. 17 and will play North Harrison tonight.

With a win, the Pirates would have another tough test, likely against Scottsburg (13-5), which faces North Harrison (10-8) in next Tuesday’s first quarterfinal.

In the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Charlestown, Silver Creek (6-14) will face Salem (7-12) in a game between the sectional’s only two teams below .500. Silver Creek beat the Lions at home 50-43 on Jan. 11. Later that night, Class 3A No. 7 Madison (12-2) will battle Corydon Central (11-7) in a contest against a pair of teams with sectional title aspirations.

In Class 4A at Jennings County, Floyd Central (8-9) drew the whammy. The Highlanders will face defending state champion and Class 4A No. 2 Bedford North Lawrence (18-1) in next Tuesday’s second opening-round game. Floyd has been playing better of late with four wins in five games. It’s only loss during that stretch was a 60-43 defeat at Bedford on Jan. 18. The winner will face the host Panthers (9-8) in Friday’s second semifinal. Floyd beat Jennings 55-52 on Jan. 28.

In the first game of Sectional 15, New Albany (7-12) will face Seymour (11-6). The Owls won in New Albany 63-55 last week. The winner will face Jeffersonville (14-5) in the semifinal round. The Red Devils beat New Albany 47-38 in The Doghouse on Jan. 24 and will host Seymour tonight.

Paoli (14-5) is the two-time defending Class 2A Sectional 46 champion and is probably considered the favorite again at Eastern. However, the host Musketeers (9-8) drew a bye, have the easier side of the bracket, have home-court advantage and just played the Rams tough on the road last Tuesday.

Eastern will face either Clarksville (4-16) or Crawford County (7-12), who will meet in the first round next Tuesday, in the second semifinal on Friday, Feb. 7. Crawford, which beat Clarksville 58-34 on Saturday, fell at Eastern 36-32 on Jan. 11. The Musketeers also beat Clarksville 41-36 on Dec. 14.

Paoli will open against Henryville (10-9) in next Tuesday’s first quarterfinal. The Hornets — considered an outside contender — didn’t play the Rams during the regular season. The winner will face Providence (12-7), which is having its best season in a decade. The Pioneers beat Henryville 36-33 on Dec. 13, but didn’t play Paoli during the regular season.

Class A No. 10 Borden was the clear favorite in the New Washington before the draw. Now, the Braves are even moreso.

Borden (15-2) drew a bye and will face either Rock Creek (0-18) or Lanesville (6-12) in the semifinals on Feb. 7. The Braves beat Lanesville, which will likely come out of the quarterfinal matchup with the Lions, 57-17 on Dec. 12.

Defending sectional champion New Washington (9-8) will start with South Central (6-13), which proved it is an outside contender by taking Borden to the wire on Saturday. New Wash and South Central will meet before the sectional in Thursday’s regular-season finale.

The winner will get Christian Academy (5-14), which lost to New Washington 73-35 on Nov. 16 and South Central 60-29 on Dec. 20.

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