For the third straight season, the Clarksville boys’ basketball team will start the sectional tournament against a team considered to be its stiffest competition for the Class 2-A Paoli Sectional title
The last two years, the Generals faced Providence in the first round and this year they will take on eighth-ranked Crawford County (16-3).
Clarksville coach Jason Connell said a tough draw doesn’t bother him. “It’s been like that the last two years,” he said. “You’ve got to beat everybody to win it anyway.”
Connell said he’s more concerned about playing Henryville on Tuesday and Silver Creek on Thursday. If the Generals beat Silver Creek, they will claim a piece of the Mid-Southern Conference title, along with Brownstown and Corydon.
“We’ve still got some trophies to play for (before the sectional),” Connell said. “We probably won’t even mention Crawford County until Friday.
The Generals’ only losses have come to Class 3-A powers Bowman Academy and Brownstown.
Connell said he plans to take the entire team to Crawford County Friday night to see the Wolfpack play Paoli.
The rugged North Harrison Sectional will feature four top-15 teams, and No. 8 Brownstown — trying to win its sixth straight sectional — drew opposite the other three.
“It’s the best sectional I’ve ever been a part of,” said Brownstown coach Dave Benter. “No matter who is playing, we’re going to have some great games in the sectional.”
In the first round on March 4, Brownstown (15-3) will face Scottsburg (8-10), followed by Charlestown (4-13) and Salem (2-16).
On March 5, No. 4 Corydon (17-2) will take on county rival North Harrison (7-11), followed by Silver Creek (12-5) and Madison (13-4).
“They’ve paved a tough road for us,” said Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman. “Whoever wins the sectional, especially the bottom half, is really going to earn it. I may be biased, but I think the 3-A sectional is tougher than the 4-A sectional in Southern Indiana.”
The Dragons are playing their best basketball, Hoffman said, but they will have a busy couple of weeks. This week, they face Brownstown on Tuesday, Clarksville on Thursday and Seymour on Friday. “Hopefully, we’ll play three games in four days both weeks,” Hoffman said.
In the Borden Sectional, the No. 9 Braves (14-4), defending Class A champions, drew a bye and opposite the two teams with the next best records.
Borden coach Doc Nash said he told his team this would be the toughest year ever for Borden basketball.
“Our kids have handled it well,” Nash said. “I think we’ve taken everyone’s best shot. We just have great chemistry again. It’s a fun group of kids to be around. They’ve exceeded my expectations.”
Borden will face the winner of the opener, Rock Creek (11-9) or South Central (5-15).
The second first-round game will pit No. 7 Christian Academy (13-4) against New Washington (6-14). Lanesville (13-8) will take on the winner in the second semifinal.
Borden, Lanesville and Christian Academy all posted 4-1 records against sectional opponents.
At Springs Valley, the two teams with winning records drew byes and opposite. No. 6 Orleans (15-5) will face the Springs Valley (8-12)-Crothersville (9-9) winner, while Trinity Lutheran (12-6) will wait for the Medora (8-9)-West Washington (5-13) survivor.