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North Central to face Greenwood Christian in sectional opener

By B.J. HARGIS: Emma Baker gets her share of the sectional championship net.

Girls basketball
Southwestern (Shelbyville) Regional
North Central (16-8) vs. Greenwood Christian (16-10), 10 a.m.
Jac-Cen-Del (21-5) vs. University (22-2), noon.
Championship game, 7:30 p.m.

Suffice it say, Greenwood Christian cruised to its first sectional championship, defeating Central Christian  92-10, Christel House Academy 101-23 and Indianapolis Tindley 74-43.
But don’t think the 16-10 Lady Cougars have not faced tough competition.
Their 10 losses are to teams with a combined 137-119 record, including six teams with between 14 and 22 wins
They have played three Class 4A teams, one in 3A and four in Class 2A.
“Greenwood Christian is a very good team,” said North Central coach Joey Davidson, whose Ladybirds will face the Lady Cougars in the opening game of the Class A Southwestern (Shelbyville) Regional at 10 a.m. Saturday. “They like to get the ball out and run.
“They like to drive the ball hard and shoot second.”
Leading the Lady Cougars is 5-9 sophomore Isabella Reed.
She averages 21.5 points and 15  rebounds per game. She also contributes 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
Junior Alexis Mead scores 15.6 points on average to go with 4.4 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game
Samantha Frye, a 5-9 sophomore, contributes 7 rebounds and 12.3 points per game.
Frye dishes out 3.8 assists and 2.9 steals on average.
Katie Potter, a 5-10 sophomore, averages 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Ellie Bigelow, a 5-7 freshman, averages 5.7 points and 1.7 steals per game.
Junior Cameron Northern has played in every game, averaging 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 points.
“It should be a battle,” Davidson said of the first meeting between the two schools. “Right now we are focused on Greenwood Christian and the first game.”
Girls basketball
Southwestern (Shelbyville) Regional
North Central (16-8) vs. Greenwood Christian (16-10), 10 a.m.
Jac-Cen-Del (21-5) vs. University (22-2), noon.
Championship game, 7:30 p.m.

North Central will counter will sophomores Averi Davidson (18.8 ppg, 2.6 apg and 1.9 rpg) and Courtney Williams (12.6 ppg and 4.5 apg) at guard.
Sophomore forward Jocelyn Cox contributes 13.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7
assists per game.
Senior forward Emma Baker leads with 7.8 rebounds to go with 3.6 points.
Junior Brinley Stone grabs 7.3 rebounds and scores 5.9 points per game on average.
Liz Waterman averages 1.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in the role of first player off the bench.
North Central scores 56.8 points per outing and allows 51.1.
Their defense forced 43 turnovers in sectional wins over Clay City (58-40) and Bloomfield (44-39) and allowed 39.5 points per game.
“Our defense did a great job in the sectional,” said Davidson. “We used our quickness and forced Clay City and Bloomfield into a lot of turnovers, that we turned into easy scoring opportunities.
“On offense, we have to continue to be patient and take advantage of the opportunities we get.”
The second game will feature No. 6 Jac-Cen-Del (21-5) vs. No. 3 University (22-2) at noon. The title game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Jac-Cen-Del needed five overtimes to defeat Waldron 67-61 in their sectional championship game.
University defeated Indiana Deaf 60-39.
J-C-D defeated University 66-57 at last year’s regional.
“When we win the first game, anything can happen in a championship game,” said Davidson. “They will do a good job of beating each other up.
“Both teams are very good. I can assure you we are not driving over two hours to lose. We are preparing to win. We stopped and smelled the roses Saturday night, all day Sunday and a little Monday from the sectional win, but that is over and it’s time to win the regional. We are not satisfied yet.”
Tickets are $7 for each session or $10 for a season pass, good for all three games.
Notes: Greenwood Christian has only been an IHSAA school since 2006-07 and will be participating in its first regional.
This will be North Central’s seventh regional appearance, but first since a 58-47 loss to North Vermillion in 2002.

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