Only three weeks to go in the high school boys’ basketball regular season. On the other side, the girls’ postseason ramps up with regionals this Saturday.
GREENWOOD vs FRANKLIN CENTRAL (BOYS) – Feb. 11
Greenwood (13-3) has quietly put together a solid record heading into the final month of the regular season. The Woodmen have picked up solid wins over teams like Decatur Central, Chatard and Roncalli.
The secret to their success? Defense. Greenwood has limited opponents to 38.9 points per game through 16 games this season.
Franklin Central (11-6) head coach Criss Beyers should expect a good test on Tuesday night when they host Greenwood. The Flashes have lost four of their last five games, but they have proven they can take down some of the better central Indiana teams like Ben Davis, Zionsville and Fishers. Javon Small has led Franklin Central this season, averaging 16.2 points per game.
BROWNSBURG vs PIKE (BOYS) – Feb. 11
Before Brownsburg (15-3) can think about clinching at least a share of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference title this Friday, the Bulldogs need to take care of business against a tough team in Pike (14-5). Pike has shown signs that they can go head to head with some of the best in the state, but they’ve also had moments when they’ve fallen flat, such as last week’s loss at Decatur Central.
Pike has a brutal road to the finish line. Along with Tuesday’s home contest against Brownsburg, the Red Devils finish the regular season against three MIC opponents – North Central, Warren Central and Lawrence North.
Pike senior guard Davion Bailey seemed like he was in a slump for most of January – he finished with single digits in points in four of seven games in that month – but he looks like he is out of it after dropping a season-high 29 points against Pendleton Heights.
CARMEL vs HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (BOYS) – Feb. 14
This is a potential matchup to come next month in Sectional 8. Despite their youth, Carmel (12-5) is playing their best basketball at the right time of the year. Even in a close loss at home to Lawrence North, the Greyhounds went toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the state.
Carmel’s at their best when they shut down opponents in the paint, but it will be tough to accomplish that when they take on 7’1” Mabor Majak from HSE. The Royals (13-5) also have a pair of shooters in Vinny Buccilla and Kole Hornbuckle ready to knock down outside shots if Carmel commits to closing out Majak in the low block.
NORTHWESTERN vs FISHERS (GIRLS) – Feb. 15
Tamia Perryman had herself a night to remember when Fishers (23-1) took down last-year’s 4A state champion HSE in the sectional title game. Perryman dropped a team-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. What is Fishers’ reward for knocking off last year’s state champion? A date with perhaps the team to beat in the northern half of the Class 4A bracket.
Northwestern (26-0) boasts a pair of future Big Ten players in Madison Layden and Kendall Bostic, who average 25.7 and 20.4 points per game, respectively. The Tigers have yet to lose a game, thanks in large part to these two. Since Layden and Bostic joined Northwestern in 2016, the girls’ basketball team has won a combined 104 games, including two state championships.
It can’t be understated how brutal this regional is. Homestead, a team that features a future Miss Basketball candidate in Ayanna Patterson, will likely advance to the regional final and play the winner of the Fishers-Northwestern contest. Whoever comes out of this regional on Saturday has a strong chance of winning at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at the end of the month.
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN vs UNIVERSITY (BOYS) – Feb. 15
The Pioneer Conference title is on the line in this Saturday night showdown. University had a 6-game winning streak snapped last week after falling to Brebeuf Jesuit, 48-46.
Greenwood Christian (18-0) is in the middle of a dream season after picking up a program-first county title last month, not to mention they are still undefeated. The top-ranked team in Class A is led by senior Champ McCorkie, who averages 15.1 points per game.
OTHER NOTABLE MATCHUPS
Pike vs North Central (Boys) – Feb. 14
Lawrence North vs Ben Davis (Girls) – Feb. 15