For the last decade, if you drew the host of the Class A Sectional 60 Girls Basketball Tournament then the end of your season was eminent.
That’s because Jac-Cen-Del has been the host for all those years and have won nine straight sectionals and 22 overall.
The IHSAA sectional draw came out on Sunday, Jan. 21st and Rising Sun will play the sectional host…Waldron.
The Mohawks are hosting the sectional instead of JCD. While the drive for Shiner fans may be longer, chances of advancing are much better.
The sectional opens on Tuesday with Southwestern (Shelby) playing Oldenburg Academy. On Wednesday, Morristown (12-7) will play Hauser in a rematch of a January 18th meeting won by Morristown 57 to 56. Rising Sun will play Waldron in the second game on Wednesday.
Jac-Cen-Del, ranked fourth in Class A, received a first round bye and plays Tuesday night’s winners in the first semi-final on Friday followed by Wednesday’s winners.
Rising Sun defeated Waldron 40 to 38 on in Rising Sun. Senior Lucy Carrigan scored 26 points in the win with just three of those coming from the free throw line.
Carrigan headed into the final week of the regular season with 495 points and averaging 24.8 per game. Her 1638 career points is second to Jessica Brock Peelman’s 1719.
Carrigan leads the team in rebounding, assists, steals and block shots.
Coach Abby Friend’s season started with senior Jayden McAlister sustaining a season ending knee injury in a scrimmage with Hauser. Knee injuries to returning players Chelsea Brown and Keira Oser put the roster at nine and forced canceling the reserve season.
The injuries forced the young underclassmen into major roles.
Junior Danyka Groover (back from a knee injury as a sophomore) gives the Shiners height inside. She averages 8.7 points and 7.3 rebounds including leading the team in offensive boards.
Classmate Sydney Bostic and sophomore Saige Groover help communicate on defense and on the boards
Sophomore Sydney Pitts, an offensive minded soccer player, gives the Shiners a third scoring option. Emma Levi gives depth to the Shiner front line.
Freshman Maddi Wilson has been the offensive sub off the bench. Classmate Riley Barth (daughter of assistant coach Jason Barth) has seen limited action but scored four points in her extended play against Seton Catholic.
A win would point Rising Sun in the semi-finals against Morristown or Hauser (two teams they don’t play during the regular season) in Friday’s second game. The championship is Saturday evening.