This Saturday, regional play will take place across the state in girls basketball and our area has one or two teams in each class.
After a 19-year absence, Adams Central is back in the regional round of girls basketball, with the Flying Jets set to compete with South Central in the semifinal. Andrean and Bremen will fight for the other spot in the final.
This regional has not a single team that received a vote in the final regular-season poll of the season in 2A.
How will this regional play out? Let’s break it down.
SOUTH CENTRAL (19-7)
The Satellites (only one of the sweetest nicknames in the state) have won seven of their last eight games entering Saturday’s regional, including rolling through the Hebron Sectional by winning all three games by double digits.
While this team has four girls that average nine or more points, the defensive intensity is the hallmark of the Satellites. The team is allowing less than 39 points per game, including limiting a 20-win North Judson team to just 38 points in the sectional final.
Senior Amber Wolf is a problem, averaging 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds to lead the Satellites in both categories. She does most of her work inside and is tough to contain.
The Lions won their first sectional championship since 2004 last weekend, knocking off Westview in the title game last Saturday.
Bremen is a mix of stifling defense and streaky outside shooting. The Lions hit eight three-point shots in the win over Westview, with Haylie Rodriguez knocking down five of those. Senior Erin Coffel led all scorers with 20.
The defense is also stout, with Bremen allowing just over 34 points per game.
ADAMS CENTRAL (19-7)
The best chance for the Flying Jets to pick up a pair of victories on Saturday will be with its defense. Adams Central stifled Bluffton last week, allowing just three points in the first quarter and 11 for the first half.
But the regional opponents are much stiffer challengers than what was seen in sectional. AC will need more offense, which means McKenna Dietsch and Alivia Dalrymple will need to be locked in on the offensive end.
The record isn’t too impressive, but Andrean plays a lot of 3A and 4A opponents. In fact, all 12 losses this season came to squads in 3A and 4A.
Dyamond Blair leads the Fighting 59ers in scoring at 13.6 points per game. Fellow junior Julia Schultz adds 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds a contest.
CLASS 2A WINAMAC REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Andrean (15-12) vs. Bremen (18-7), 11 a.m.
South Central (19-7) vs. Adams Central (19-7), 1 p.m.
Championship, 7:30 p.m.
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