The 2011 girls' basketball postseason will get underway next week as teams from around the state begin the quest for a state championship.
The Clay City girls won the program's first sectional championship in the sport last year and the cast of characters is nearly the same as the pursuit for a repeat begins on the Eels' home court.
Clay City hosts Class Sectional 57 beginning Tuesday with opening round games.
The Eels have a slightly easier path after receiving the bye into the semifinal.
The first round games begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, as Shakamak takes on White River Valley followed by North Central and Eminence in the 7:30 p.m., game.
Eminence joins the sectional for the first time, moving from Sectional 58, which was won by Waldron last year.
The semifinals take place Friday night as Union (Dugger) plays the winner between the Lakers and Wolverines at 6 p.m., followed by Clay City taking on the winner of the second game between the Thunderbirds and Eels.
The championship game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday.
In last season's sectional, Clay City claimed a 41-32 victory over North Central in the opening round before picking up the program's first sectional title with a 47-37 win over Shakamak in the title game. The victory propelled the Eels into regional action where Clay City lost a heartbreaker as a potential game-tying 3-pointer went in, but was counted for just two points in a one-point loss to Jac-Cen-Del.
Shakamak has accumulated a 7-12 mark overall and is 3-2 against sectional opponents while Union is 5-12 overall, with North Central at 2-14 and White River Valley at 2-17.
The Northview Knights will take part in the Class 4A Mooresville Sectional next week with the Knights seeking the program's first sectional championship.
In the opening round of action, the Knights (3-14) will face Plainfield (12-6), a team the Knights were originally slated to face Tuesday before severe weather forced a cancellation.
Mooresville (16-3) and Terre Haute South (14-6) face each other in the other first-round game, a rematch of a tight, 62-59, Pioneers' win Jan. 25. The game will also feature a pair of potential Indiana All-Stars as Mooresville's Jama Sharp and the Braves' Haley Seibert face each other.
Martinsville (9-9) will face the winner between the Quakers and Knights followed by Terre Haute North (6-14) facing the winner between the Pioneers and Braves.
The championship is scheduled for Saturday.