Suspense builds as sectional draw announced

From Herald Staff Reports

The pandemonium that is known as boys basketball sectional season officially kicked off on Sunday afternoon when the draws were announced for each sectional throughout the state.

Here’s a brief rundown of the pairings for our five local teams.

Class 4A at Evansville North

Once again, Jasper will battle Evansville Harrison in the sectional opener.

The Wildcats (13-8) will face off against the Warriors (12-9) in the second game on Tuesday. Jasper beat Harrison 73-60 in the season opener this year and knocked them out of the sectional last season with a 65-57 victory.

With a win, Jasper will face Evansville North (5-15) in the semifinal. The Cats beat the Huskies 58-51 earlier this year.

Castle (17-4) and Evansville Central (8-12) will meet for the other opening night game with the winner facing Evansville Reitz (10-11) on Friday.

Class 3A at Boonville

The Boonville sectional will be interesting from the get go as Evansville Bosse (15-6) and Heritage Hills (20-1) — the two teams with the best record in the sectional — will meet each other on opening night.

With a win, Heritage Hills will face Evansville Memorial (12-9) in the Friday semifinal game. The Patriots defeated the Tigers 57-36 earlier this year.

Mount Vernon (2-21) gets the bye and will face the winner of Gibson Southern (5-15) and Boonville (5-16).

Class 3A at Washington

Southridge will once again open its sectional by facing Sullivan.

The Raiders (17-5) will face the Golden Arrows (12-10) in the second game on the first day of the sectional.

With a win, Southridge will face Princeton (17-4) in the second semifinal game on Friday. Princeton defeated the Raiders 53-48 earlier this year.

The host Hatchets (14-7) will face Pike Central (3-19) in the opening game with the winner facing Vincennes Lincoln (9-13) in the first semifinal on Friday.

Class 2A at Forest Park

While this sectional is technically hosted by Forest Park, it will take place at Huntingburg Memorial Gym.

The Rangers (13-9) will face Perry Central (8-14) in the second game on Wednesday evening. With a victory, Forest Park will face either Evansville Mater Dei (13-7) or South Spencer (8-14) in the second semifinal on Friday night.

Forest Park defeated the Commodores 60-44 in the first meeting. The Rangers also defeated the Rebels 68-44 but lost to the Wildcats 69-48.

The opening game of the sectional is between North Posey (6-16) and Tecumseh (12-10). The winner will face Tell City (17-5) in the first semifinal game on Friday.

Class 1A at Wood Memorial

Northeast Dubois (8-13) will face Cannelton (9-13) on the opening night of the sectional in Oakland City on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

With a victory over Cannelton, Northeast Dubois will face Evansville Day (8-10) in the semifinal on Friday.

The Jeeps defeated the Bulldogs 68-36 in Dubois earlier this year but did not face Day School during the regular season.

The other semifinal game will be between Wood Memorial (7-14) and Springs Valley (16-6).

The Jeeps defeated the Trojans 55-46 but lost to the Blackhawks 60-49. Valley is the defending sectional champions.

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