Usually in La Porte County, girls basketball sectional week has been more miss than hit with maybe one or two schools having a chance at hoisting a trophy.
That premise changed last year when two area teams won sectional titles — La Porte in Class 4A and Marquette in Class A for the first time.
Expect more of the same this coming week, with a couple others in sectional finals contending for a title. And just in case you are too busy to attend any of the sectionals — two of them at local sites (La Porte and Marquette) — let me tell you who’s going to win right here, right now.
• Class 4A: Michigan City gets a bye into the Friday semifinal, while La Porte faces Plymouth on Wednesday. City gets the winner of Mishawaka-South Bend Adams.
There’s no clear-cut favorite in the group with Adams having the best record (13-7) and La Porte the defending champ. But the team playing best heading into the postseason might be the Wolves. They defeated fellow sectional foe South Bend Riley and another 4A sectional contender, Gary West Side, which will likely win the Lowell Sectional.
I’m going with City to win a close game over La Porte in the championship, getting revenge for a narrow loss less than two weeks ago.
In the Chesterton Sectional, the host Trojans got a tough draw. Not only don’t they get a bye, but they open on the first day with Kankakee Valley, which has won 21 straight since a season-opening loss at Benton Central. I’ll go with KV in this group.
• Class 3A: New Prairie has only won twice this season, and it gets the host Bombers (14-8) on the first day of the Rensselaer Sectional. Looks like the Bombers will roll in this bracket.
• Class A: Marquette hosts a girls sectional for the first time and it should be a celebratory hosting when Saturday rolls around. Westville (13-7) has played well this year and should win its opener against Gary 21st Century. But that will be the end of the line as state-ranked Marquette (17-5) gets a bye and will be waiting for the Blackhawks on Friday. On the other side of the bracket is fellow state-ranked squad Morgan Township, which beat La Crosse in the Porter County Conference Tournament final nine days ago. Marquette-Morgan could be an epic final and I’ll take the Blazers to win a second straight sectional.
In the Culver Community Sectional, rivals South Central and La Crosse should meet again in Friday’s semifinals exactly a week after playing in the regular season. The Tigers (14-7) defeated the Satellites to end their third straight winning regular season. Not they have a chance to reach the final against No. 4 Argos. But can La Crosse beat a tough Argos squad? I’m a dreamer, so I say yes.
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