ELNORA — The final week of the Indiana boys basketball regular season in Southwestern Indiana comes to a close Friday. That means the area’s second season is ready to begin Tuesday with the sectional as the stretch run for a state championship is about to begin.
Class A Sectional 63 and Class 3A Sectional 31 have produced multiple state champions in years past and countless classic tournament clashes.
Washington (6-13) has had an up and down year, but the Hatchets’ play is trending upward as the regular season comes to a close. After a 2-10 start to the season, which included seven straight losses, the Hatchets have rebounded by winning four of their last seven games entering the regular season finale tonight at Evansville Memorial.
“We are playing a lot better now than we were earlier in the season,” said Washington coach Gene Miiller. “We have been in most of the games down the stretch and the last time we lost in a close game (60-56 to North Daviess, Tuesday night), we had the ball in our hands and a chance to tie the game or win it, but we didn’t get the job done. We have been right there, it’s just a matter of us making the plays down the stretch. When it comes to tournament time, it’s not necessarily the best team that wins it, but who is playing the best on that particular night.”
Sectional 31 will have one game Tuesday night and two games Wednesday night as the tournament tips off at Southridge. Jasper-Mitchell will play Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Heritage Hills-Vincennes Lincoln will play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Hatchets will follow with matchup against No. 12 Southridge Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Washington lost in its game earlier this season to the Raiders, 61-52 on Feb. 18 on the same floor the teams will share Wednesday night. Washington will look to Colten Garland and Connor Brown to get the Hatchets going offensively from the perimeter against Southridge.