DOVER- North Montgomery and Crawfordsville will battle for the second time this year in the first round of the Sugar Creek Classic on Friday.

"It means another chance to compete against some of the biggest rivals on our schedule and to compete for a championship," said North Montgomery head coach Joel Grindle.

For Crawfordsville (4-5, 1-1 SAC), the game is the first step in doing something the Athenians have never done and that is to win the Classic, sponsored by the paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Physician network and Franciscan St. Elizabeth health Crawfordsville.

"The Sugar Creek Classic means a lot to every team," said Crawfordsvlle head coach David pierce. "Crawfordsville has never won a Sugar Creek Classic and it's definitely a goal that we set at the beginning of the year."

North Montgomery (2-6, 1-1 SAC) has claimed four of the seven classics and will get a second chance against a team in Crawfordsville who beat them earlier in the season.

"It's always good to get another shot at a team that beat you earlier in the year," said Grindle. "We will have to limit our turnovers and hit some shots on offense to have a chance.

The two teams battled on Dec. 20 and Crawfordsville won the low scoring contest 37-30. Both teams shot 30 percent from the floor. Crawfordsville forced 22 North turnovers in the first game and committed 12 turnovers.

"We need to make sure that we take advantage of mismatches," said Pierce. "Any time a team switches on defense you have to make sure you're vigilant of those mismatches. We have got to make sure that we take advantage of those opportunities."

Grant Gayler leads the Chargers in scoring with 18.75 points per game and has scored 46 percent of the teams' points this season.

Hank Horner leads the Athenians in scoring with 13.0 point per game, followed by Shad Conrad with 10.3 point per contest.

The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Western Boone High School. It will be followed by Southmont taking on Western Boone.