ALBION, IN. – After several days of bitter cold, the Artic Cold Blast gives way to Hoosier Hysteria.
Some Indiana High School Athletic Association sectionals were able to start earlier this week, as scheduled. The Class 2A Central Noble Sectional will tip with two games February 1. Defending state champion Central Noble will face Westview at 6 p.m. LaVille will take on Bremen immediately following. The Lions defeated LHS 60-26 back on November 6. Whitko and Prairie Heights drew a first-round bye and will play Saturday.
The Cougars have won 31 straight games, including the 2018 state title. Central Noble also boasts the third-best defense in the state, allowing just a bit over 30 points per game. The Lions have won seven of eight since the first of the year.
“Watching Bremen at the beginning of the year and now, they continue to be a tough team to beat,” said Duncan. “They present a lot of challenges to their opponents. They have a good post kid in Feldman and several good guards that can create and get her the ball. Coffel is so strong and can do so many things.”
With graduation hitting the Lancers hard, about 94% of the LaVille offense took a hit, Coach Duncan’s crew continues to work hard and make improvement.
“Gosh this group has made so many improvements,” said Duncan. “I remember our first few games on offense we struggled to reverse the ball to get shots, probably averaged between 25-30 turnovers which limited us getting shots, we struggled to guard players and rotate defensively and also struggled against presses/traps. Throughout the season we’ve improved in all of those areas. Unfortunately poor shooting got us in the last 2 games.”
Trynitie Cox leads the LaVille offense with 7.8 points per game, is the top rebounders at 10.3 boards per game, and has 29 blocked shots. Julia Hall is second in scoring at 6.6 ppg and 4. 7 rpg.
“Our sectional is tough,” said Duncan. “The defending state champs, Central Noble, are undefeated, Westview who’s had a great season will contend, and obviously Bremen. Prairie Heights and Whitko both got byes and that could prove to be an advantage depending on how the weather plays out.
“I think the difference from the first time around will be we will be able to handle their pressure better and will be able to defend their scorers better,” continued Duncan. “Keys to victory? Make some shots and continue to keep the turnovers low and play the hardest we’ve played for 32 minutes and see what happens!”
2019 INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Girls Basketball Sectional
CLASS 2A SECTIONAL #35
At Central Noble High School
Friday, February 1
Game 1: Central Noble (22-0) v. Westview (14-8), 6:00 p.m.
Game 2: Bremen (17-6) v. LaVille (5-17), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 2
Game 3: Whitko (5-17) v. Central Noble-Westview Winner, 6 p.m.
Game 4: Prairie Heights (7-15) v. Bremen-LaVille Winner, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 4
Game 5: Sectional Championship, 7 p.m.
ADMISSION: Single Session – $6.00 Tournament Pass – $10.00
2. Single session and all-session tickets will be sold at two gates one hour prior to the start of the
first game each night.
3. IHSAA instructions allow free entry to preschool children only. Any other personnel not arriving with the team must have a ticket.
PARKING: Central Noble High School is located at 302 Cougar Court, Albion, IN. 46701. Spectators may enter Door #10 and Door #14. FANS MAY NOT ENTER DOOR #1
CONCESSIONS: Will be provided during all sessions.
1. Balloons, banners, and / or posters, etc. are not permitted.
2. Cowbells and other noise devices (including thundersticks) are not permitted.
3. Line-up lanes of fans shall not be permitted on the playing floor.
4. The throwing of articles, including toilet tissue, is not permitted.
5. Audio / video devices are not permitted on the playing floor
6. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
1. Sportsmanlike conduct will be expected of all spectators at all times.
2. Spectators will not be permitted on the playing floor at any time, including immediately after the