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INDIANAPOLIS—The IHSAA released the sectional draws for girls basketball throughout Indiana on Sunday night including the three Adams County squads.
Bellmont’s 3A sectional will be hosted by Mississinewa this year, while the Lady Jets and Lady Stars will play their post-season games at Bluffton.
The teams favored in each of those sectionals include the Norwell Knights (17-3) in the Squaws’ sectional and Bishop Luers who are on AC and SA’s radar as the team to beat.
The good news for Bellmont fans is that the Knights were drawn on the opposite side of the draw leaving the Squaws open to the rest of the field until the potential championship match-up with Norwell. Bellmont, 4-15 on the season, is in the jowls of an eight-game losing streak but played substantially better against Carroll in their last game and have a winnable game against South Adams this Friday night.
Norwell will take on the host team Mississinewa on one side of the bracket with Eastbrook looming with the bye week. On the other side, the Squaws play the Heritage Lady Patriots (12-7) who defeated Bellmont at the Teepee earlier in the season, 52-43. Bellmont was competitive until late free throws pushed the lead nearly to double digits.
Should the Squaws get past the Pats in round one, a very winnable game against Whitko (6-13) will be one step closer in the semi-finals.
Bishop Luers’ record, 8-10, is one of the more deceptive ones in the region as the 2A school has played several schools of 3A and 4A holding their ground in most of those contests.
The Knights draw Adams Central in the opening round. The Lady Jets (7-12) are fresh off a come-from-behind win against the South Adams’ Stars. Of the teams in the somewhat weak 2A sectional with Bishop Luers, AC and SA have the best shot at testing the Fort Wayne school. Eastside sits in the bye week awaiting the winner of AC/Luers.
On the other side of the bracket, South Adams has the most favorable of the three county schools with a 7-11 record. The Stars have drawn Bluffton, the only team they beat in the ACAC this season snapping a three-year conference losing streak. The emergence of several key players that were non-factors in the early season match-up against the Tigers may make the chances for a repeat better for South Adams.