Silver Creek's 3A Girls' Title Win + Indiana Boys Basketball Sectionals
On Saturday, Silver Creek won the 2021 Indiana 3A Girls' Basketball Championship, fending off a second half comeback by South Bend Washington for the 54-46 victory. The Lady Dragons were led by Marissa Gasaway, with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Her teammate, guard Jaclyn Emly, who made a critical 3-point shot with 3 minutes left in the game, earned the 3A tournament's Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award, in addition to her championship medal, as she heads to Kentucky Wesleyan next season.
Going into March, can a win by the boys' team make it a rare, but not unprecedented, double for Silver Creek? Six of the players on the 2019 3A Champion Dragons are on this year's roster, led by all-time Dragons' leading scorer/Purdue commit Trey Kaufman-Renn, and Toledo commit Kooper Jacobi. They have each averaged over 20 points a game this season, so numbers like these are bound to make Silver Creek the favorite to, in effect, repeat as 3A Champs since no title was awarded last year.
As the 18-4 Dragons compete for their 4th straight sectional title in Charlestown, provided they get past Corydon Central on Tuesday, their Friday semifinal game would be a rematch against N. Harrison. The Cougars narrowly beat the Dragons just before last Christmas, and have a slightly better regular season record at 18-3. On paper, this would be the matchup to watch for this Friday.
If they get past that round, Silver Creek should have an easy path until the championship in Indianapolis, where they'll face top-ranked Hammond. Given that the Wildcats' best players have averaged in the high-teens points-wise, you could make the Dragons slight favorites to win it all.
Up in 4A, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville and New Albany dominate Sec. 15 going into the tournament at Seymour. Even though the Highlanders are the favorite to repeat as sectional champs going in, this could again be one of those "any of the top three can win" situations.
2A-Sec. 45 has host team Southwestern (Hanover) at the top, but considering that Providence upset them to win the title last year, both teams could provide a championship matchup that can equal last year's, if the Pioneers can get by Austin and crosstown rivals Clarksville, while the Rebels deal with Switzerland Co. and Henryville before that.
Finally, in 1A, Lanesville is favored to win the Sec. 61 tournament, with host Borden and Rock Creek two other likely contenders. And while CAI is not expected to follow up on their sectional title win from last year, they could provide a competitive matchup with Rock Creek in one of Tuesday's quarterfinals.
It should be a fantastic tournament, and you can keep up with it on our ticker and Tournament Central page at GLICOD.com