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Northridge seeking first sectional crown in 10 years, first in 4A

The raiders have the best record by six games and have beaten each of the other schools.

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

CLASS 4A ELKHART SECTIONAL

Tuesday, March 4

Game 1 — Concord (12-8) vs. Elkhart Memorial (8-12), 6 p.m.

Game 2 —  Goshen (11-9) vs. Warsaw (11-9)

Friday, March 7

Game 3 —  Northridge (18-2) vs.Game 1 winner, 6 p.m.

Game 4 —  Elkhart Central (5-15) vs. Game 2 winner

Saturday, March 8

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

 

A Coach's Perspective

Ronnie Thomas, Northridge — "I think anybody can beat anybody, especially in 4A. I don't think you're gonna see many blowouts, if any, in our sectional. I think it comes down to who gets the stops in crunch time and cracks down on the glass. ... We've been able to shoot very well this year. We've had the ability to knock down shots and to put the ball in the right guys' hands. We're (18-2), but a lot of those wins weren't convincing. They came down to a last play or two, but our guys have showed a maturity. It's a group of guys who have gritted through the tough games."

 

Things To Know

Central: The Blue Blazers enter the sectional on a six-game losing streak. ... Six of their losses this year have been by two points or less. ... Central is seeking its first sectional title since 2003.

Concord: The Minutemen have lost five of their last six games, but two of those were by a combined five points to 18-2 clubs Northridge and NorthWood. ... Steve Austin has won 11 sectional titles in his 27 previous years as an Indiana head coach, including Concord's most recent in 2011.

Goshen: The Redskins roar into the sectional with seven wins in their last eight games, including beating South Bend St. Joseph (14-6) and West Noble (16-5) in their two most recent outings. ... Brian Bechtel is seeking his first sectional title in 17 years as a head coach, while Goshen is chasing its first since winning one that it hosted in 1992. ... The Redskins lost 48-41 at Warsaw on Jan. 17, but that was without then-injured point guard Brady Bechtel, whose return has coincided with the current 7-1 run.

Memorial: The Crimson Chargers are 5-4 in Elkhart this season, including a 53-46 victory over Concord on Dec. 20. ... Coach Mark Barnhizer has gone 8-3 in Elkhart Sectional games over the last five years, including winning championships in 2009 and 2012.

Northridge: The Raiders ran the regular-season table against the sectional field (their only two losses overall are to 19-1 Penn). ... Now in its seventh year in Class 4A, Northridge is seeking its first such sectional title, and its first sectional crown overall since winning the NorthWood 3A event 10 years ago.

Warsaw: The Tigers stunned a 19-1 Concord club 41-39 in triple overtime in last year's sectional semifinals before beating Northridge 64-57 in the final for their third Elkhart crown in the last six years. ... Warsaw is 2-5 since losing junior standout Rashaan Jackson due to an athletic code violation. Coach Doug Ogle said at the time that Jackson's penalty would "more than likely" last 10 games.


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