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Knights and Eels take road trips to face ranked opposition

Saturday, February 8, 2003

The postseason is here for girls' basketball teams around the state. Beginning Tuesday, all records are set back to 0-0 and the sprint for a Class Championship begins.

For Clay City and Northview, the roads will be decidedly different than last year when they hosted their own sectionals and played on their home courts.

The Eels make the journey to White River Valley to face off with Class A No. 3 North Central who boasts a 16-2 overall record with a pair of games this weekend, including a stop versus top-ranked North Vermillion in their final regular season game.

The Ladybirds are the reigning sectional champion after defeating Shakamak, 55-38, in the title game. They were defeated in the regionals by eventual state champion North Vermillion, 58-47.

The host Wolverines are no slouch either.

The Wolverines come into the game as the No. 5 team in the Class A and a 15-5 overall record. They also are one of the two teams to have defeated the Thunderbirds this season.

The only other team to beat them is Marshall, Illinois.

The Eels and Ladybirds will face each other in the second game on Tuesday night, following a matchup between Shakamak and White River Valley. Bloomfield and Union received the bye and will play in the semifinal game on Friday night.

Up highway 40, the Knights will visit Plainfield High School where they will take on Class 4A No. 3 ranked Mooresville who have lost just two games this season, both to ranked opponents.

Class 4A No. 7 Bloomington North defeated the Pioneers most recently, 61-60, and Class 3A No. 2 Beech Grove downed Mooresville 54-52 on Jan. 7. "We feel that our two losses were both to really good teams," said Mooresville coach Mark Hurt. "We played them really close and I think we can play with anyone."

Also in the Plainfield Sectional will be Vigo County rivals Terre Haute North and South who face each other on Tuesday night after the host Quakers face Martinsville at 6 p.m.

The opening evening winners will play each other at 6 p.m. on Friday night before the Northview/Mooresville game.

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