Hoosier Hills conference sectional tournament preview

By Sam Weiser

The sectional tournament is tonight beginning at 6 p.m. at Seymour High School.

Floyd Central vs. Seymour 6 p.m.

Seymour (9-14) is coming off of an upset win against Jeffersonville on Tuesday.  The Owls kept it close for the whole game and were down six with 40 seconds left. Seymour forced overtime after hitting a three with the time winding down. In overtime the Owls controlled the pace and they ended up winning by the score of 54-53. Coming off of this the Owls will be high on confidence facing the Highlanders.

The Highlanders season started off slow and through the first seven games were 4-3. The game against Corydon Central sparked a 14-game win streak. During this streak FC beat the No. 6  4A team (Castle) in the state and ended the No. 1 3A team’s (Brownstown) 22 game win streak. Over the last 15 games FC went 14-1 and are riding this hot streak into sectionals.  

FC is the favorite in this game and has to keep playing their style of basketball to beat Seymour. FC has a big starting five with every starter being taller than 6’1 and has a deep bench that has three players that get solid playing time. They have a nationally recruited player in sophomore Cobie Barnes, and shooters all around with six players that can knock down threes at a good percentage. They also have senior Trevor Apple, who controls the paint as well as any center in this conference.

Seymour plays a slow style of basketball and controls the pace of every game they play in. the “four corner offense,” which is where there are players on all four corners of the half court and a player at the free throw line. The Owls hold the ball for at least 45 seconds before initiating any sort of offense. This forces teams to play hard defense for most of the game tiring the opponent out and slowing down the game so they are always in control.

Bedford North Lawrence vs. New Albany 7:30 p.m.

The old star vs the new star. One of the coaches of BNL, Damon Bailey, had a magnificent high school and college career. He scored the most career points in Indiana history with 3,134 and won Indiana Mr. Basketball his senior year. On New Albany they have Romeo Langford. Langford is the number 3 overall recruit in the 2018 class and is getting offers from colleges all over the nation. This year he’s averaging 29 points and nine rebounds a game.

New Albany has had an almost perfect season winning 22 of their 25 games. One of these losses came against a nationally ranked charter school, La Lumiere. New Albany has Romeo Langford who is the best player in the sectional by far, Sean East a solid point guard who can really shoot, and four or five other players that can do it all for them. The Bulldogs are the favorite to win sectionals and one of the favorites to win state.

Bedford North Lawrence hasn’t been this good since Bailey was running the show in the late 1980s. Bailey is back as a coach but that still didn’t help the struggling Stars. Going 9-15 on the season and 3-10 on the road there are not really any positives about this season. Three players who were supposed to return this season did not and this really set the Stars back.

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