The postseason begins this week in Indiana high school girls basketball. Here is a look at the brackets involving local teams.
East Central has a tough bracket in the state’s big-school class in basketball, 4A. East Central, 16-4 overall this season, hosts a sectional bracket this week, beginning with Columbus East Tuesday night.
East Central defeated Columbus East on the road Nov. 19, 51-45. The Trojans lost at Columbus North on Jan. 14, 61-51.
The Trojans are ranked 21st in the Sagarin ratings that rank all the teams in the state. They are 16th among 4A schools.
Columbus East is ranked 25th. Martinsville, the Trojans’ potential second-round opponent, is 19th. Columbus North is 27th. Bloomington South is 75th and North 201st.
East Central is led by sophomore Josie Trabel, who averages 17 points and six rebounds per game. Junior Hope Fox averages 15 points, five rebounds and three assists per game. Senior Kyla Maxwell averages four assists per game and recently notched her 200th career assist. Senior Emma Ertel averages six rebounds.
Lawrenceburg (11-7) and South Dearborn (3-19) are in the same 3A sectional that begins Tuesday night at Rushville. The field is all members of the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference.
Lawrenceburg was undefeated against all its opponents in the sectional, with the closest game being a two-point win over Greensburg. Lawrenceburg won at first-round opponent Connersville 42-26 on Dec. 15.
Rushville is ranked highest in the field in the Sagarins, ranked 16th in 3A. Greensburg is 30th and Lawrenceburg 35th.
Lawrenceburg has five players averaging between eight and 10 points per game. Senior Kierah Lowe averages 10.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
4A sectional at East Central
Tuesday, Feb. 2: Columbus East (14-5) at East Central (16-4), 6 p.m.; Columbus North (11-5) vs. Bloomington South (11-7), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 5: Columbus East/East Central winner vs. Martinsville (16-4), 6 p.m.; Columbus North/Bloomington South winner vs. Bloomington North (6-16), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6: Final, 7 p.m.
3A sectional at Rushville
Tuesday, Feb. 2: Lawrenceburg vs. Connersville (6-11), 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Greensburg (11-6) vs. Franklin County (8-13), 5:30 p.m.; South Dearborn (3-19) vs. Rushville (14-8), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 5: Lawrenceburg/Connersville winner vs. Batesville (8-14), 5:30 p.m.; Greensburg/Franklin winner vs. South Dearborn/Rushville winner, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6: Final, 7:30 p.m.