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A look at area girls basketball sectionals

January 28, 2019

Class 4A

Mishawaka

Tuesday

Mishawaka (7-16) vs. South Bend Riley (5-16), 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday

South Bend St. Joseph (15-7) vs. South Bend Adams (5-15), 5:30 p.m.

Penn (21-0) vs. South Bend Clay (6-16), to follow

Friday

La Porte (15-7) vs. Mishawaka-South Bend Riley winner, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s winners, to follow

Saturday

Championship, 6:30 p.m.

Team to beat: Penn

Under the radar: La Porte

Most interesting game: South Bend St. Joseph vs. Penn in the semifinals in a rematch of last year’s final

Odds and Ends: After advancing to the semistate last season, Penn enters this year’s sectional perfect at 21-0. It’s gone 6-0 against the sectional field, including beating La Porte 46-35 in the season opener on Nov. 1 and defeating St. Joseph’s 57-37 on Jan. 17. The Indians are 4-1 versus this sectional field, dominating every team it beat except Mishawaka. St. Joseph’s edged the Cavemen 43-42 on Nov. 30. La Porte is 5-1 against this sectional field, with its lone loss coming to the Kingsmen. The Slicers, who got the lone bye in this sectional and need just one win to reach the final, beat both of its possible semifinal opponents by double digits, Mishawaka (43-30 on Dec. 8) and South Bend Riley (75-47 on Nov. 17).

Players to watch: Riley Ott, Ryin Ott (La Porte), Trinity Clinton, Reganne Pate, Jordyn Smith (Penn), Keegan Sullivan, Kashlin Biffle, Macy Seese (South Bend St. Joseph).

Merrillville

Tuesday

Valparaiso (9-13) vs. Kankakee Valley (17-4), 6 p.m.

Wednesday

Chesterton (11-11) vs. Michigan City (17-4), 6 p.m.

Merrillville (11-11) vs. Portage (11-13), to follow

Friday

Hobart (3-18) vs. Valparaiso-Kankakee Valley winner, 6 p.m.

Wednesday’s winners, to follow

Saturday

Championship, 7 p.m.

Team to beat: Kankakee Valley

Under the radar: Portage

Most interesting game: Kankakee Valley vs. Michigan City in a potential rematch for the title

Odds and Ends: Defending sectional champion Kankakee Valley beat Valparaiso (59-40), Michigan City (67-53), Hobart (76-22) and Chesterton (61-47), but lost to Portage at home on Jan. 24 (62-59) already this season. City played KV shorthanded on Nov. 27 and has only lost once since that defeat at KV (51-47 on the road to 4A No. 5 Crown Point). The Wolves are also 3-0 against their side of the bracket.

Players to watch: Sarah Martin (Kankakee Valley), Hannah Noveroske (Michigan City), Ashley Craycraft (Chesterton), Tori Miller (Merrillville), Kristen Cravens (Portage).

Class 3A

South Bend Washington

Tuesday

New Prairie (4-17) vs. Jimtown (1-21), 5 p.m.

Culver Academies (11-7) vs. John Glenn (12-9), to follow

Friday

Mishawaka Marian (19-3) vs. New Prairie-Jimtown winner, 5 p.m.

South Bend Washington (10-11) vs. Culver Academies-John Glenn winner, to follow

Saturday

Championship, 6:30 p.m.

Team to beat: Mishawaka Marian

Under the radar: John Glenn

Most interesting game: Culver vs. John Glenn

Odds and Ends: One of New Prairie’s four wins came over Jimtown. Mishawaka Marian has beaten the other five teams in the sectional by an average of 33.8 points per contest and won the sectional title in overtime against John Glenn a season ago, a team they’ve already beaten on the road by 17 points back on Dec. 14, 54-37. The defending champion of this sectional shouldn’t have too many problems here. N.P. leading scorer Libby Lapczynski has not played since Jan. 11.

Players to watch: Makayla Weaver (Marian), Bethany Hayden (John Glenn), Jordan Winters, Sydney Meyers (New Prairie), Mila Reynolds (S.B. Washington).

Class A

Marquette Catholic

Tuesday

Marquette Catholic (20-2) vs. Gary 21st Century (1-16), 6 p.m.

Morgan Township (13-8) vs. Washington Township (5-14), to follow

Friday

Westville (13-8) vs. Marquette Catholic-Gary 21st Century winner, 6 p.m.

Kouts (9-12) vs. Morgan Township-Washington Township winner, to follow

Team to beat: Marquette (duh)

Under the radar: Morgan Township

Most interesting game: Honestly, there may not be one, unless you’re into wondering how much the Blazers will win by in their games.

Odds and Ends: The defending Class A state champion Blazers have won 34 games in a row at home. Morgan Township was the PCC round-robin champion.

Players to watch: Emma Nolan, Sophia Nolan, Morgan Crook, Emmery Joseph (Marquette), Sarah Weston, Grace Weston, Nicole Albers (Westville), Morgan Kobza, Lyndsey Kobza (Kouts), Sahara Bee, Emmy Wells (Morgan Township), Olivia Klinger (Washington Township).

Saturday

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Oregon-Davis

Tuesday

Triton (6-16) vs. South Central (16-6), 6 p.m.

Wednesday

LaCrosse (11-9) vs. Culver Community (9-12), 5:30 p.m.

Argos (9-11) vs. Oregon-Davis (12-8), to follow

Friday

South Bend Career Academy (2-15) vs. Triton-South Central winner, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s winners, to follow

Saturday

Championship, 6:30 p.m.

Team to beat: South Central

Under the radar: LaCrosse

Most interesting game: OK, total hedge. LaCrosse or Oregon-Davis against South Central, depending on who gets there. A presumed SC rematch with O-D on the Bobcats’ court seemed like a no-brainer until the Tigers surprised the Satellites on Friday.

Odds and Ends: South Central defeated Triton 46-33 on Nov. 8 and defending champion O-D 58-42 on Dec. 14. LaCrosse beat Culver 58-30 and lost to O-D 66-43, but knocked off S.C. the night after the Satellites won the PCC tournament.

Players to watch: Amber Wolf, Abbie Tomblin, Faith Biggs (South Central), Katie Bell, Claire Garwood (LaCrosse), Mercedes Rhodes, Katie Sauer, Jayden Worthington (Oregon-Davis), Morgan Dunlap (Argos).

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