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Norwell’s Kaylee Roller will try to help lead the Knights to their fourth consecutive championship in the 3A sectional at Bellmont.
Girls basketball sectionals

Postseason takes on new look

3A Garrett tournament highly competitive

The northeast Indiana girls basketball postseason looks a little different this year, thanks to the IHSAA’s success factor, school growth and graduation.

Canterbury won the last two Class A championships but won’t be able to defend those titles.

Winning has pushed the Cavaliers up to 2A. Canterbury’s chances for advancement through the postseason look good, but a state finals matchup with top-ranked Heritage Christian will be a challenge.

Bishop Luers, by virtue of growing enrollment, moved up to 3A.

The Knights’ move makes a tough sectional field at Garrett even tougher with Concordia, Luers, Garrett and Leo having a legitimate chance at the title.

South Side, the state runner-up in 4A last year, lost some key members from that team.

Homestead with is top-10 ranking all year has replaced the Archers as the likely area team to make a push through the 4A playoffs.

The following are capsule previews for all 10 area sectional sites.

Class 4A

NORTHRIDGE

Defending champion: Warsaw

Favorite: Northridge

Contenders: Warsaw, Goshen

Outlook: Warsaw went all the way to the semistate a year ago but has had to retool this year because of graduation losses. Northern Lakes Conference champion Northridge has won six straight but lost a close game, 30-28, this year to the Tigers.

Pairings:

Tuesday: Elkhart Memorial vs. Warsaw, 6 p.m.; Concord vs. Elkhart Central, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Northridge vs. Winner of game 1, 6 p.m.; Goshen vs. Winner of game 2, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Championship, 7 p.m.

NORTHROP

Defending champion: Snider

Favorite: East Noble

Contenders: Snider, DeKalb

Outlook: East Noble is a 5-0 against the sectional field but will have to work hard to knock Snider off its championship perch. The two teams could have a rematch of a regular-season game (won by East Noble 60-45) in the second round of the sectional.

Pairings:

Tuesday: East Noble vs. Northrop, 6 p.m.; DeKalb vs. Carroll, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Snider vs. Winner of game 1, 6 p.m.; North Side vs. Winner of game 2, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Championship, 7:30 p.m.

SOUTH SIDE

Defending champion: South Side

Favorite: Homestead

Contender: South Side

Outlook: South Side got past Homestead 54-53 last year in a thrilling sectional finale and parlayed that to a state runner-up finish. This year, the No. 5 Spartans are the hunted while a younger Archers team is the hunter.

Pairings:

Tuesday: Homestead vs. Wayne, 6 p.m.

Friday: South Side vs. Jay County, 6 p.m.; Huntington North vs. Winner of game 1, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Championship, 7 p.m.

Class 3A

NORTHWOOD

Defending champion: NorthWood

Favorite: NorthWood

Contenders: Fairfield, Whitko, Tippecanoe Valley, West Noble

Outlook: NorthWood will try to help finish out coach Steve Neff’s career in style. The Hall of Fame coach is retiring after 37 years at the school and a state-best 649-180 record. The defending champions, though, will have their hands full with a field stock full of contenders.

Pairings:

Tuesday: West Noble vs. Whitko, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Fairfield vs. Tippecanoe Valley, 6 p.m.; Wawasee vs. NorthWood, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Lakeland vs. Winner of game 1, 6 p.m.; Winner of game 2 vs. Winner of game 3, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Championship, 7:30 p.m.

GARRETT

Defending champion: Concordia

Favorite: Concordia

Contenders: Garrett, Bishop Luers, Leo

Outlook: The field is one of the best in the state with four teams with at least 15 wins. Concordia might have a slight edge with its postseason experience and SAC championship, but unbeaten Garrett (20-0) has been ranked in the top five almost the entire season. Luers is in this sectional after moving up from 2A, where the Knights had postseason success, with three trips to the state finals and a trip to the semistate in the past four years.

Pairings:

Tuesday: Garrett vs. Angola, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Concordia vs. Bishop Luers, 6 p.m.; Bishop Dwenger vs. New Haven, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Leo vs. Winner of game 1, 6 p.m.; Winner of game 2 vs. Winner of game 3, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Championship, 7:30 p.m.

BELLMONT

Defending champion: Norwell

Favorite: Norwell

Contenders: Heritage, Eastbrook, Columbia City

Outlook: Norwell will be looking for its fourth straight sectional title and will be facing a sectional field with four teams having double-digit wins. The NHC runner-up Knights come into the postseason playing probably their best ball of the season.

Pairings:

Tuesday: Bellmont vs. Norwell, 6 p.m.; Columbia City vs. Eastbrook, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Heritage vs. Winner of game 1, 6 p.m.; Mississinewa vs. Winner of game 2, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 2A

CENTRAL NOBLE

Defending champion: Westview

Favorite: Westview

Contenders: Fremont, LaVille

Outlook: Westview has yet to lose to a possible sectional opponent (3-0), but LaVille is also 3-0 and Fremont is 3-1, with the lone loss coming to Westview.

Pairings:

Tuesday: Bremen vs. LaVille, 6 p.m.; Central Noble vs. Fremont, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Westview vs. Winner of game 1, 6 p.m.; Prairie Heights vs. Winner of game 2, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Championship, 7 p.m.

BLUFFTON

Defending champion: Bishop Luers

Favorite: Canterbury

Contender: Woodlan

Outlook: Canterbury, the five-time winner of the 1A state championship, has effectively replaced Luers in this sectional field. The Cavaliers rose from 1A this year because of their success in the lower class, while Luers moved up to 3A because of school growth. The Cavs also take over the Knights’ role as heavy favorites to win the sectional.

Pairings:

Tuesday: South Adams vs. Woodlan, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Bluffton vs. Churubusco, 6 p.m; Adams Central vs. Canterbury, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Eastside vs. Winner of game 1, 6 p.m.; Winner of game 1 vs. Winner of game 2, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Championship, 7 p.m.

Class A

HAMILTON

Defending champion: Canterbury

Favorite: Bethany Christian

Contender: Blackhawk Christian

Outlook: Canterbury’s absence is this sectional because of its ascent to 2A opens the field up considerably. Bethany Christian takes over the favorite role despite having a record near the .500 mark.

Pairings:

Tuesday: Lakewood Park vs. Bethany Christian, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Elkhart Christian vs. Hamilton, 6 p.m.; Howe vs. Lakeland Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Blackhawk Christian vs. Winner of game 1, 6 p.m.; Winner of game 2 vs. Winner of game 3, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Championship, 7:30 p.m.

SOUTHERN WELLS

Defending champion: Southern Wells

Favorite: Southern Wells

Contender: Monroe Central

Outlook: Playing against a schedule filled with bigger schools, Southern Wells is prepped to defend its title in this sectional. Only Monroe Central, which is near the .500 mark, looks to stand in the Raiders’ way.

Pairings:

Tuesday: Daleville vs. Cowan, 6 p.m.; Monroe Central vs. Liberty Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Southern Wells vs. Winner of game 1, 6 p.m.; Wes-Del vs. Winner of game 2, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Championship, 7:30 p.m.

gjones@jg.net

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