The sectional pairings have been announced for next week’s girls’ basketball tournament. Meanwhile, in boys’ basketball there are plenty of can’t-miss matchups going on in the MIC, the Hoosier Crossroads and Circle City Conference.
But first, there’s some hardware to hand out on Monday night at Arsenal Tech.
CATHEDRAL vs CRISPUS ATTUCKS (BOYS) – Jan. 27
Crispus Attucks and Cathedral, the top-two seeded teams in this year’s Circle City Tournament, blazed through competition to advance to Monday night’s championship game. Attucks torched the nets in Saturday’s semifinal win over Covenant Christian, 96-69. Cathedral took down a much-improved Chatard team, 76-66, in their semifinal game.
Cathedral is seeking their fourth-straight City Tournament title, but in their way are Sincere McMahon and Qu’Shawn Ware. McMahon is one of the most prolific scorers in the state, averaging 25.6 points and 3.9 assists. Ware, a freshman, plays well beyond his years and is second on the team in scoring with 10 points per game.
It’s been a long wait for Attucks since their last City Tournament title, and Monday night presents a golden opportunity for the Tigers to win their first title since the 1961-1962 season.
FISHERS vs LAWRENCE NORTH (GIRLS) – Jan. 28
The only girls’ basketball matchup on this week’s list is a top-5 showdown between two teams poised to go on a state title run. Lawrence North missed a golden opportunity to avenge last year’s state finals loss to Hamilton Southeastern, and now they finish the regular season against two elite programs in Fishers and Center Grove.
Fishers is on the cusp of their first 20-win season since the 2014-2015 season. Katie Burton has led the way for the Lady Tigers, averaging 15.7 points per game this season. This game is a golden opportunity for both teams to test themselves against a team that is capable of going on a deep tournament run. Maybe this game is a preview of next month’s Class 4A state title game.
AVON vs WESTFIELD (BOYS) – Jan. 31
Avon (8-5) takes a 3-game winning streak on the road to Westfield. The Orioles’ latest win came at home against a tough Fishers team, 63-60. Mason Miller led the way with 19 points, but Avon’s biggest strength this season is their balanced scoring on offense. Aside from Miller, three other players – Jayden Brewer, Gabe McNary and Crishton McCray – average double figures in points.
After starting the season with eight straight wins, Westfield has lost four of their last five. The Shamrocks have allowed 65 or more points in their last four games after allowing no more than 58 during their first eight games. Westfield will need to refocus their efforts on defense and when they take on the top scoring offense in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference in Avon.
BROWNSBURG vs ZIONSVILLE (BOYS) – Jan. 31
Brownsburg was on a 9-game winning streak until they ran into a buzzsaw that was Carmel’s defense. The Bulldogs were held to a season-low 27 points last week in last week’s loss to Carmel (no, that’s not a typo). Friday will be another tough test against the top scoring defense in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference.
Despite their winning record, Zionsville (11-6) has only won one conference game this season. The Eagles missed an opportunity to even their conference record to 2-2, but ultimately fell short last week at Hamilton Southeastern, 51-48.
On offense, the Eagles are led by a trio of seniors – Anthony Scales, Ben Weidner and Jackson Hughes. All three average double figures in points, but they will have a tough test going against a Brownsburg team that also takes pride on their ability to play defense. This could be a low-scoring affair on Friday night.
CHATARD vs BREBEUF (BOYS) – Jan. 31
Chatard head coach Taylor Wayer has done a great job in his first year with the program. The Trojans advanced to the City Tournament semifinals for the first time in 10 years and have already amassed 10 wins this season. Friday presents another opportunity for Chatard to end a drought when they take on Circle City Conference foe Brebeuf.
Brebeuf has owned the series over Chatard – their last loss came during the 2011-2012 season. Jay Higgins, an Iowa football commit, has led the Braves with 14.3 points and 3.0 assists per game.
To pull off the road win on Friday night, Chatard will need to cut down on turnovers. Brebeuf averages 5.9 steals per game and will try to take advantage of a Chatard team that averages 17.5 turnovers per game.
OTHER NOTABLE MATCHUPS
Zionsville vs Pike (Boys) – Jan. 28
Carmel vs Ben Davis (Boys) – Jan. 31
North Central vs Warren Central (Boys) – Jan. 31
Fishers vs Franklin Central (Boys) – Feb. 1