NorthWood has run table on sectional field, looking to set school wins record

No. 5-rated Panthers chasing 3A Wawasee Sectional title.

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 5:17 p.m.


Tuesday, March 4

Game 1 — West Noble (16-5) vs. Whitko (1-19), 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5

Game 2 — Wawasee (4-16) vs. Tippecanoe Valley (16-3), 6 p.m.

Game 3 — Lakeland (7-13) vs. NorthWood (18-2)

Friday, March 7

Game 4 —  Fairfield (12-8)  vs.Game 1 winner, 6 p.m.

Game 5 —  Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner

Saturday, March 8

Championship, 7:30 p.m.


A Coach's Perspective

Aaron Wolfe, NorthWood — "Our sectional is loaded with teams that can play at a high level and have good records. We were fortunate to play well against most of them throughout the regular season, but now everybody's zero and zero, and it's a sudden-death tournament. You have to look at Tippecanoe Valley and West Noble. They both have good perimeter shooting and are very solid fundamentally, and I'm sure there are other teams that feel they can win the sectional. I feel our players are eager and looking foward to the challenge of sectional basketball."


Things To Know

Fairfield: The Falcons begin their third year in 3A, and are seeking their first postseason victory since winning their own 2A sectional in 2010. ... Fairfield never won or lost more than two straight games during the regular season. The Falcons closed with four wins in their final six games, the losses being an overtime road loss to Churubusco and a six-point loss to Westview (17-4).

Lakeland: The Lakers were whipped 89-55 at NorthWood during the regular season and have lost five of their last six. ... . Lakeland's last sectional title came in 2008, on Wawasee's court.

NorthWood: The 3A No. 5-rated Panthers have clinched the best winning percentage in their 45-year history, bettering the 18-4 finish of 1981-82, and need two more wins to set a standard for victories. They ran the regular-season table on the sectional field, the lone single-digit win in that grouping being 52-44 over Wawasee. Their lone losses are 54-52 against Northridge and 84-80 in overtime at Penn ... NorthWood won the 2012 sectional at home and lost to Valley 60-51 in last year's final at Wawasee.

Tippecanoe Valley: For the third time in four years, Valley and Wawasee open the sectional against each other after closing the regular season against each other. The Vikings won 58-46 at Wawasee on Friday. Valley swept last year in a similar situation and Wawasee swept in 2011 in that situation. ... Viking coach Bill Patrick (729-281) is third all-time in Indiana boys wins, 10 behind fellow-active Pat Rady and 77 behind  retired Jack Butcher. ... Valley's won 12 of its last 13 games, the exception an OT loss to Glenn.

Wawasee: The Warriors are hosting for the third time in the last four years. ... Wawasee's lost six of its last seven games.

West Noble: After starting the season 11-0, the Chargers have split their last 10 games. They beat Whitko 67-38 on Feb. 13. ... West Noble, in its 47th year as a school, has never won a boys basketball sectional, and has been eliminated in its opening game 12 of the last 14 years.

Whitko: The Wildcats are coming off a 72-18 drubbing at the hands of NorthWood. Their lone win all season is a 45-42 decision over Central Noble (2-19) on Dec. 10. ... Whitko won a sectional as recently as 2009 at NorthWood.

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