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Breaking down the sectionals, Oscar style

With the recent announcement of the nominees for the coveted Oscars, it seemed appropriate that I tie the Hollywood selections in with my opinion on how the opening round of next week’s annual girls basketball state tournament will shape up for the four teams in Harrison County.
The action gets underway Tuesday night, so this affords every squad the opportunity to post my comments on their bulletin board and chastise me for the coming week.
We’ll start off with the Class 3A tourney at Silver Creek.
Best actress (best team) ‘ Corydon Central.
The Lady Panthers have been dominant this season, losing only two games by a total of five points and giving up just 40 points a game.
With the sectional’s best player in Dana Beaven, the deepest bench, the most shooters and the winningest coach, anything less than a return trip to the Jasper Regional would be a huge letdown for the Lady Panthers.
Best supporting actresses (next best team) ‘ Scottsburg.
Corydon defeated the Warriorettes by just seven points back in late November.
Scottsburg has won eight of its past nine and will undoubtedly look for revenge should it meet up with the Lady Panthers.
Corydon will have to win two games to get to the title contest, while Scottsburg picked up the ‘bye game’ against a rather weak Madison club.
If there’s a quintet in this sectional that can dash the hopes of the 7th-ranked Lady Panthers, it’s Scottsburg.
A rematch between the Warriorettes and Corydon would undoubtedly be the marquee game in Southern Indiana next Saturday night, if both teams make it that far.
Best score (best chance to pull off an upset) ‘ North Harrison.
The Lady Cats drew Silver Creek, a team that beat them by 12 earlier this season.
It’s record doesn’t show it, but North has been playing better basketball as of late.
Last night, the Lady Cats toppled the No. 8 team in Class 2A, Charlestown, which had lost only three games all season.
Unlike the first few games after the team’s horrific loss of Tara Miller to an ACL tear, the problem hasn’t been with North’s scoring, it’s defense.
If the Lady Cats can turn up the ‘D’ against the Creekers while keeping its offense rolling, there’s a shot of a rematch against rival Corydon.
And remember, in their meeting on Jan. 18, North Harrison kicked, scratched and clawed until the final buzzer in a 13-point loss.
In Class 1A at Borden:
Best actress ‘ South Central.
Freshman Brittany Schoen, who ranks 11th in scoring in the state at 21.6 points a game (she’s also the No. 1-ranked freshman in the same stat), and senior Samantha Troutman have guided the Lady Rebels to another strong campaign.
The club missed Troutman’s scoring earlier this season when she broke both elbows. Among the losses were a setback to Springs Valley and a decision to possible sectional foe Lanesville.
Since Troutman’s been back, South’s been like butter: on a roll.
A lack of a power inside game ‘ something the Lady Rebels are used to over the past several seasons ‘ didn’t hurt the team in its back-to-back sectional championships, and probably won’t this season, either.
Best supporting actress ‘ Lanesville.
After winning seven of its first nine games, Lanesville fell on hard times heading into the holiday break: They’ve only won three games in their last nine tries.
Despite the recent hiccups, Lanesville is showing signs of life, again. With three strong scorers in Maegan VanHoose, Allison Horton and Heather Schaefer, the club can’t be taken lightly.
The Lady Eagles walloped the team with the second-best record in the sectional this past weekend (see the next category below) and could be solid contenders for their first ever sectional championship.
Best score ‘ Restoration Christian.
Despite the recent setback to Lanesville, the Lady Lions’ road to the title game is a fairly easy one.
First, the team will win the opener against a hapless Christian Academy club (Restoration won by 50 earlier this season).
In the second game, RC takes on Borden (a 33-point victory).
And just like that, the Lady Lions are in their first sectional championship game in their first year of eligibility in the IHSAA tournament.
It would take a major upset for South not to make it to the final, so there you have it: potentially it’s RC vs. SC.
And looking back at the last meeting between these two clubs on Nov. 27, the Lady Rebels were held to their lowest point total of the season (44 points).
Interesting.
I expect South to drop the anvil on Restoration, however, and score the three-peat for a return date at the Southwestern (Shelby) Regional.

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