Richmond doesn’t want a repeat in its rematch with Anderson.
The Red Devils drew Anderson in the final game of the first round of Class 4A Sectional 9 at Connersville as Indiana girls basketball sectional pairings were announced Sunday. RHS will face its North Central Conference rival Feb. 12 at Spartan Bowl.
The Indians halted Richmond 84-33 on Dec. 14 in Anderson. That game was an anomaly for the Red Devils, said RHS coach Casey Pohlenz.
“That’s not who we are,” he said.
“We have very talented players. We have good team chemistry. We have to go out and execute. We can play with them. There is no doubt in my mind. We’re going to have to prove that we can.”
Mt. Vernon (Fortville) faces Greenfield-Central on Feb. 11 in the tournament’s opening game. Pendleton Heights meets New Castle in the first game Feb. 12, followed by Richmond vs. Anderson.
Host Connersville drew the bye and will meet the winner of Mt. Vernon and Greenfield-Central in the first semifinal on Feb. 14. The championship is scheduled for Feb. 15.
Connersville is the defending champion. The Spartans knocked off Anderson 47-41 to win last year’s tournament, which was a six-team affair. Mt.Vernon was added this season, bringing the field to seven.
“They’ve been to the final the last three years,” Pohlenz said of the Indians. “The road is going to go through them.”
Each team in the sectional is .500 or above. Connersville is the only one without a winning record at 10-10.
Anderson is 5-0 against sectional foes, and 14-4 overall. New Castle is 14-3, Pendleton Heights 13-6 and Greenfield-Central 12-6.
Richmond has won two straight to rise to 10-9. The Red Devils go for three in a row today when they play host at 5 p.m. to Logansport.
“There is no easy road in this sectional,” Pohlenz said. “There is no clear path to a championship.
“I guess that’s what makes Indiana basketball so great. It’s all up in the air and it comes down to who can be better that night.”