(records through Wednesday)
Highland (7-12) vs. Morton (11-10), 6 p.m.
Munster (4-15) vs. E.C. Central (10-10), 6 p.m.
Lake Central (12-7) vs. West Side (16-3), 7:30 p.m.
Lowell (16-3) vs. Highland-Morton winner, 6 p.m.
Munster-E.C. Central winner vs. Lake Central-West Side winner, 7:30 p.m.
Championship, 7 p.m.
Defending champion: E.C. Central.
Favorite: West Side. Darkhorse: Lake Central.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Portage Sectional in the Valparaiso Regional.
Players to watch: E.C. CENTRAL – Tiajaney Hawkins, So., G/F; Denitra Brown, Sr., G; Dariyelle Ricks, Sr., G. WEST SIDE – Amari Ferguson, So., G; Lexus Fox, So., G Mariah Hopkins, Sr., F/G; Ashley Danzy, So., G. MORTON – Alexis Casas, Jr., G/F; Keonna Baldwin, Sr., F/C. HIGHLAND – Alyssa Kikalos, Jr., F; Brianna Williams, Jr., F. LAKE CENTRAL – Jessica Bell, Sr., F; Tara Zlotkowski, So., G; Lindsay Kusbel, So., C. LOWELL – Katie Bobos, Sr., G; Carley Austgen, Sr., G; Kalyne Godbolt, Sr., G. MUNSTER – Bernadette Grabowski, Sr., F; Jordan Cole, So., G; Alyssa Wojcik, Jr., F.
Fast facts: There hasn’t been a repeat winner in this sectional since West Side won it in 2008 and again in 2009. … West Side’s 15 sectional titles leads the pack for the most of any school in the field. Lake Central has 14. … Lake Central has reached the last five championship games, winning in 2011.
Michigan City (16-3) vs. Crown Point (5-14), 6 p.m.
Chesterton (5-14) vs. LaPorte (12-7), 7:30 p.m.
Valparaiso (2-17) vs. Hobart (15-6), 6 p.m.
Merrillville (18-1) vs. Portage (13-8), 7:30 p.m.
Michigan City-Crown Point winner vs. Chesterton-LaPorte winner, 6 p.m.
Valparaiso-Hobart winner vs. Merrillville-Portage winner, 7:30 p.m.
Championship, 7:30 p.m.
Defending champion: Michigan City.
Favorite: Merrillville. Darkhorse: Hobart.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Munster Sectional in the Valparaiso Regional.
Players to watch: CHESTERTON -- Caroline Puntillo, Jr., G. CROWN POINT – Abby Kvachkoff, Jr., F; Katija Tarailo, Jr., F; Taylor Equihua, Sr., C. HOBART – Autumn Beal, Jr., G; Caitlin Leath, Sr. F; Kara Cooke, So., G. MERRILLVILLE – Dariyan Morris, Sr., G; Victoria Gaines, So., F/G; AJ Downs, Jr., G; Jaz Talley, So., G/F. MICHIGAN CITY -- Jameka Collins, Sr., G; Keshyana Cooper, Sr., C; Michal Miller, So., G; Toni Murphy, Sr., G. PORTAGE -- Kaitlin Doud, So., F; Nicki Monahan, Sr., G. VALPARAISO -- Grace Withrow, So., G.
Fast facts: This is the lowest-ever win total for Valparaiso. ... If Chesterton doesn't pick up another victory, this will be the lowest win total in the history of the program. ... With two more wins, Merrillville can achieve its third 20-victory year in Amy Govert's eight seasons with the Pirates. ... The field boasts two of the Top 15 sectional-winning teams in state history: Valparaiso (sixth place, 20 titles), Crown Point (13th, 17).
Hammond (3-16) vs. Gavit (7-12), 7 p.m.
Griffith (12-8) vs. Lew Wallace (12-4), 6 p.m.
Clark (7-11) vs. Hammond-Gavit winner, 7:30 p.m.
Championship, 7 p.m.
Defending champion: Griffith.
Favorite: Griffith. Darkhorse: Lew Wallace.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the New Prairie Sectional in the Rennselaer Regional.
Players to watch: ROOSEVELT – Lynesha Harris, Sr.,. F; Chantele McDonald, Sr., G. LEW WALLACE – Alexa Dennie, Sr., G; Brionia Haynes, So., F/C; Jessica Cunningham, So., F. GRIFFITH – Sammi Adams, Sr. G; Taylor Austin, Sr., F; Lisette Roldan, Sr., F. HAMMOND – Dartayvia Beals, So., G. CLARK – Anastasia Holden, Jr., G; Gladis Garcia, Jr, G/F. GAVIT – Mickaela Perkins, Sr., F/C; Shanika Thornton, So, G/F.
Fast facts: Griffith has won four straight sectional championships. … Gavit’s last sectional win came in 2010, when the Gladiators reached the regional final, eventually losing to Griffith. … Roosevelt’s 12 sectional titles are the most of any team in the field.
Hanover Central Sectional
Andrean (7-15) vs. Hanover Central (11-7), 6 p.m.
Kankakee Valley (16-4) vs. Rensselaer (13-7), 7:30 p.m.
Knox (8-12) vs. Andrean-Hanover Central winner, 6 p.m.
Calumet (4-15) vs. Kankakee Valley-Rensselaer winner, 7:30 p.m.
Championship, 7 p.m.
Defending champion: Knox.
Favorite: Kankakee Valley. Darkhorse: Rensselaer.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Benton Central Sectional in the Rensselaer Regional.
Players to watch: ANDREAN – Lauren Stazinski, Jr., F; Brenna Boyle, Jr., F; Jessica Gray, Sr., G. CALUMET – Theresa Strong, Sr. F; Arena Eckman, Sr., G; Miranda Price, Jr. G. HANOVER CENTRAL – Blayr Poston, Sr., G; Frankie Turturillo, So., G; Kristen Roper, Jr., F. KANKAKEE VALLEY – Lauren Stokes, Jr., G; Bethany Jansma, Jr., G; Danielle Ruesken, Jr., C/F. KNOX – Kaitlyn Zachary, Nikki Frasure. RENSSELEAR – Laura Tonner, Sr., G/F; Rachael Dobson, Sr., G; Emilie Ziese, Sr., C.
Fast fact: Kankakee Valley’s last sectional championship win came in 2005. Since then, five different teams have won the title out of this sectional, including three by Griffith, which was moved out in last year’s realignment. … The Kougars’ eight overall titles leads the pack. … Rensselaer, which holds five sectional championships, hasn’t won since joining Class 3A. Neither has Hanover Central, which also has five titles, all from Class 2A.
River Forest Sectional
River Forest (2-17) vs. Wheeler (8-11), 6 p.m.
Bishop Noll (19-2) vs. Bowman Academy (7-12), 7:30 p.m.
Whiting (17-3) vs. River Forest-Wheeler winner, 6 p.m.
Lake Station (5-14) vs. Bishop Noll-Bowman Academy winner, 7:30 p.m.
Championship, 7:30 p.m.
Defending champion: Bowman Academy.
Favorite: Bishop Noll. Darkhorse: Whiting.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Hebron Sectional in the Rochester Regional.
Players to watch: BOWMAN ACADEMY – Kailynn Steele, Fr., G; Joshlynn King, So., C. BISHOP NOLL – Naomi House, Fr., F; Brenda Pennington, Fr., G; Elena Sobilo, Jr., F. LAKE STATION – Joanna Dwyer, Sr., G/F; Desiree Parrillo, So, F. RIVER FOREST – Jessica Serrano, Jr., G; Colleen Cary, Fr., F. WHEELER – Nickole Finch, Jr., F; Nicole Skopelja, Sr., F; Haley Lovinson, Sr., G. WHITING – Bri Blackwell, Jr., F; Abby Bondi, Sr., G; CItlali Lopez, Jr., G.
Fast facts: Bishop Noll has not won a sectional title since the start of multiclass basketball. … Bowman Academy has won back-to-back championships, one in Class 1A and one in 2A. … Lake Station and River Forest have never won sectional titles. … Whiting’s only title in 2004 came in Class 1A. … Wheeler has won four championships, the last in 2011.
Hebron (8-10) vs. Winamac (15-4), 5:30 p.m.
Rochester (12-8) vs. North Newton (8-11), 7 p.m.
Boone Grove (14-6) vs. Hebron-Winamac winner, 5:30 p.m.
North Judson (12-7) vs. North Newton-Rochester winner, 7 p.m.
Championship, 6 p.m.
Defending champion: Winamac.
Favorite: Winamac. Darkhorse: Rochester.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the River Forest Sectional in the Rochester Regional.
Players to watch: BOONE GROVE -- Paige Aguilera, Sr., F; Nicole Malouhos, Jr., F. HEBRON -- Lauren Carlson, Jr., F/C; Bri Lewin, Sr., G/F; Rylie Shrum, Sr., F/C. NORTH JUDSON -- Jordan Frasure, Sr., G; Kayla Zimmerman, Sr., F. NORTH NEWTON – Morgan Lang, Sr., G; Mariah Boezeman, Sr., G. ROCHESTER -- Alexa Holland, Fr., G; Breanne Paulik, Jr., F; . WINAMAC -- Bethany Brogdon, Jr., G; Jessica Schramm, Sr., G; Stephanie Shorter, Jr., F.
Fast facts: Every school in the field has won a sectional title for a total of 45 crowns. ... North Judson leads with 14 sectional championships.
LaCrosse (6-12) vs. Gary Lighthouse (3-11), 6 p.m.
Morgan Township (11-10) vs. Kouts (9-10), 6 p.m.
21st Century (4-14) vs. Washington Township (7-11), 7:30 p.m.
Covenant Christian (10-11) vs. LaCrosse-Gary Lighthouse winner, 6 p.m.
Morgan Township-Kouts winner vs. 21st Century-Washington Township winner, 7:30 p.m.
Championship, 6:30 p.m.
Defending champion: Morgan Township.
Favorite: Morgan Township. Darkhorse: Covenant Christian.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Oregon-Davis Sectional at the Caston Regional.
Players to watch: COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Rachel Schurman, So., G/F; Calli Beezhold, Jr., F/C; Jennifer Herrema, So., G/F. GARY LIGHTHOUSE: Kennesha Trambles, So., G. KOUTS -- Jayla Crump, So., G; Allie Zimmerle, Sr., C. LACROSSE -- Taylor Guse, Sr., G; Gabbie Sievers, Sr., F; Alissa Tucker, So., G. MORGAN TOWNSHIP -- Trina Coleman, Jr., G; Brianna Leuck, Jr., G/F. 21ST CENTURY: Ophelia Palmer, So., F. WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP -- Heather Burton, So., G; Sammie Higgins, Jr., F/C.
Fast facts: Washington Township, Morgan Township and Kouts are the lone schools in the field with sectional titles. ... Teams in the field have combined 19 sectional crowns, and Kouts leads with 13. ... Covenant Christian junior Calli Beezhold is averaging 7.4 blocks per game, the most in the state.
South Central (12-7) vs. Culver Community (11-8), 5:30 p.m.
Westville (2-16) vs. Oregon-Davis (18-3), 5:30 p.m.
Argos (10-9) vs. Marquette (1-17), 7 p.m.
Triton (15-5) vs. South Central-Culver Community winner, 5:30 p.m.
Westville-Oregon-Davis winner vs. Argos-Marquette winner, 7 p.m.
Championship, 6 p.m.
Defending champion: Oregon-Davis.
Favorite: Oregon-Davis. Darkhorse: South Central.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Morgan Township Sectional at the Caston Regional.
Players to watch: ARGOS -- Jami Patterson, Jr., G; Kayla Prochno, Sr., F. CULVER COMMUNITY -- Tatum Schultz, So., F; Kayla Shaffer, Jr., F; Donna Zehner, So., F. MARQUETTE -- Sydney Mussman, Sr., F; Hannah Weber. Sr., G. OREGON-DAVIS -- Jesse Averone, Jr., F; Ashley Campbell, Jr., G; Alisha McIntosh, Jr., G. SOUTH CENTRAL -- Riley Popplewell, Fr., C; Jill Rosenbaum. Jr., F; Morgan Wright, Fr., G. TRITON -- Shana Anderson, Sr., F; Taylor Hatfield, Jr., G; Kylie Mason, So., G. WESTVILLE -- Shaina Jacks, Sr., G.
Fast facts: Oregon-Davis (2007) and Triton (2000, '01) have both won state titles in Class A. ... Westville and Marquette are the lone teams in the field without a sectional title. ... Oregon-Davis is 7-0 against the field this season with an average margin of victory of 37 points.
!~ compiled by Times reporters Jim Hunsley and Hillary Smith.