SMITH : Hoosier Hysteria
Friday, February 10, 2017 4:00 AM
I hope everyone’s stocking up on bread, milk, and eggs in anticipation of that big snowstorm coming towards the end of the month! You know, the one that comes every boys’ sectional season.
Yes, that’s right, we’re only nine days away from the IHSAA blind draw to determine everyone’s tournament opponent and the path they will take to claim every team’s goal of cutting down the nets and taking home that sectional trophy.
It’s hard to believe that the girls’ season is over, locally, and the boys have played nearly 20 games thus far.
Crawfordsville currently sits at 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the Conference. They’re also winners of 9 of their last 12. Coach David Pierce’s Athenian squad have already captured a County championship, and their second Sugar Creek Classic championship, but I have a feeling they have their eyes on a bigger prize right now, and that’s the Sagamore Conference.
Crawfordsville hasn’t won the Conference since 1987, and they’ll look to take another step as they host Tri-West today, who also sits at 4-1.
The Athenians have another tough road test next Friday when they’ll travel to Danville to take on the always tough Warriors. They’ll host Attica on the 14th and Covington, for senior night, on the 24th.
North Montgomery (7-11, 0-5 SAC) is coming off their first win in six tries with their impressive 76-66 win over Riverton Parke Wednesday. Not only did they put up their highest point total in the win, but they also shot nearly 59 percent for the game, including 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Coach Eric Danforth’s group also has two Conference games remaining. They’ll travel to Case Arena today to battle the Frankfort Hot Dogs before hosting Tri-West on the 17th.
They’ll play non-conference games against Putnam County foes, North Putnam on Feb. 14, before travelling to Greencastle, the site of this year’s sectional 35, to play the Tiger Cuts on the 24th.
Southmont (8-9, 2-4) is looking to turn the corner right before sectional time, as they’re in the midst of a 7-game losing streak. Not one of the teams they’ve faced in that time frame has a losing record. As a matter of fact, those seven teams have won 68 percent of their games this season, as they’re a combined 87-41, with West Vigo and Tri-West both standing at 15-3.
The Mounties only have one Conference opponent remaining and that’s the Hot Dogs. They’ll host them on Feb. 18. They have non-conference games at Fountain Central tomorrow. Greencastle at home on the 17th and at Rockville on the 24th.
I’d like to take the time to congratulate Cam Chadd, who just reached the 1,000 point plateau at Hoosier Gym in Knightstown. I couldn’t think of a better venue to reach that milestone in the state of Indiana than there.
I know teammate Kaleb Swick is closing in on that one too. He just reached his 500th rebound, so once he scores his 1,000th point, he’ll join some rare company.
Good luck to all three county teams this weekend, and for the rest of the season. If you’re interested, the IHSAA tournament draw will be Sunday, February 19 at 5 p.m.
The Chargers and Athenians are in Class 3A, Sectional 25, and the Mounties are in Class 2A, Sectional 44.