The boys' basketball sectional pairings were announced on Sunday and the Montgomery County coaches discussed the draws on Monday.

In the Class 3A sectional at Frankfort, North Montgomery and Crawfordsville will kick off action on March 3 in the quarterfinal.

"We definitely wanted to play North again, so we got that," Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce said. "We felt like in the second game we played, we didn't give them our best. We are excited for another opportunity to go up against them."

The Chargers won in the regular season and in the Sugar Creek Classic, sponsored by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Physician Network and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Crawfordsville.

"I think there are advantages and disadvantages to playing Tuesday. I think there are advatanges and disadvantages to playing one of your biggest rivals as well," North Montgomery head coach Joel Grindle said. "It will be a game that will be very easy for our kids to get up for. You get the opportunity to get the sectional jitters out early.

"For us the sectional goes through the defending champ. If we're fortunate enough to get through that you get to play Frankfort on their home court. And then you have a couple very good and capable teams waiting (Western Boone and Lebanon in the other semifinal) if you're fortunate enough to run that gauntlet," Grindle added.

Pierce agreed that Frankfort will be a tough test for anyone on its home court.

"And we'll let WeBo and Lebanon battle it out on the other end," Pierce added.

Pierce and Grindle both said that they are maintaining focus for Friday night contests. North Montgomery goes to Greencastle and Crawfordsville plays host to Class A No. 1 Covington.

After Friday, their full attentions will be on one another.

In the Class 2A sectional at Southmont, the Mounties are looking forward to host duties and whoever their first-round matchup might be.

"Us playing at home is a big deal," Southmont mentor Jon Sparks said. "We've played better at home this year. We've got probably one of the younger teams in the sectional."

Southmont received a first round bye. It will play the winner of Seeger and South Vermillion in the first semifinal on Friday.

"We'll take the bye for sure," Sparks said. He added that two-time defending sectional champion Fountain Central has to be considered the favorite. Those squads will meet in the regular season finale on Friday in Veedersburg.

"There are pros and cons (to ending the regular season with Fountain Central)," Sparks said. "Fortunately we didn't draw them Tuesday night. If we were to face them in the sectional final, we can do a lot of prep work this week that we can go back to in that situation."