INDIANAPOLIS — The Jeffersonville boys’ basketball team will begin its quest to win its first Class 4A Seymour Sectional title since 2010 against a team it beat by 55 points during the regular season.
As for New Albany, it will have a rematch against archrival Floyd Central after both teams squared off in a dramatic overtime matchup in December.
Boys’ basketball teams across Indiana learned the pairings of their respective sectionals on Sunday when the IHSAA conducted its draw for the 2012 state tournament at its headquarters in Indianapolis.
The defending sectional champion Bulldogs (12-7) and the Highlanders (9-12) will play in the opener of the Class 4A Seymour Sectional next week. In the other first-round game, the Red Devils (15-3) will face the host Owls (6-12).
Bedford North Lawrence (11-8) and Jennings County (9-11) each got first-round byes. The Stars will face the New Albany-Floyd Central winner in the first semifinal, while the Panthers will take on either Jeff or Seymour in the other semi.
“I certainly think the draw favors Jeffersonville and it favors Bedford,” said Bulldogs’ head coach Jim Shannon, who has guided New Albany to four of the last five sectional championships. “But the draw doesn’t determine the winner. The team that plays the best will be the winner. I think Jeffersonville is playing the best right now. I have no problem with the way the draw came out.”
Red Devils’ head coach Chad Gilbert said it does not matter what the pairings are in the Seymour Sectional because the tournament is tough year-in and year-out.
“Playing in our sectional, no draw is a good draw,” Gilbert said. “You’ve got to lace them up tight and be ready to go.”
On Dec. 9 at Highlander Gymnasium, Floyd Central led New Albany by nine points with less than three minutes left in regulation. But the Bulldogs sent the game to overtime with a 12-3 run to tie the game at 49. New Albany outscored the Highlanders 9-8 in the extra period to pull out a 58-57 victory. It was Shannon’s 400th career victory.