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Here's the facts and figures for the girls tournament

Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 5:53 PM

Well that magical time in high school basketball "Hoosier Hysteria, Ladies Style" and once again I thought I would pass along all of the nuts and bolts, facts and figures associated with the event.

It's the 38th edition of the quest for a girls state title and the field includes a total of 399 schools. That breaks down to a total of 5,433 student-athletes involved across four different classes.

The total number of teams is a new record for the ninth consecutive season.

The breakdown by classes has 101 teams participating in class 4A, 99 in 3A and A and 100 in 2A. The newest additions to this year's field are all in Class A.

They include Faith Christian (Sectional 54 at Rossville), Gary Lighthouse (Sectional 49 at Morgan Township) and Lakeland Christian Academy (Sectional 52 at Ft. Wayne Canterbury).

There will be a total of 395 games played over the course of 26 days. Sectional games are set to begin Tuesday, Feb. 5 and run through Saturday, Feb. 9.

Regional competition is slated for Feb. 16 with the semistate round to be played on Feb. 23.

It will all culminate with the four state championship games to be contested at the Hulman Center on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute on Saturday, March 2.

Columbus North holds the distinction of being the top ranked team by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association in Class 4A, but they are also the top-ranked team in the single poll that is released by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

The Associated Press does not conduct a girls basketball poll.

Columbus North drew a bye in Sectional 14 at Columbus East and will await the winner of the East Central-Bloomington North game in the semifinals.

In Class 3A, No. 1 ranked Hamilton Heights will host Muncie Southside in Sectional 24 while Evansville Mater, who sits atop the Class 2A rankings, will take on South Spencer in the opening game of Sectional 48 at Forest Park.

Class A No. 1 Ft. Wayne Canterbury looks for its fifth title in six seasons when it hosts Ft. Wayne Blackhawk in Sectional 52.

Both Mater Dei and Ft. Wayne Canterbury are also defending state champs in their respective classes.

Indianapolis North Central (4A) and Ft. Wayne Concordia (3A) also look to run the field once again this season.

There were only two teams in the state tournament last year that claimed their first sectional titles. They were Greenwood in Class 4A and Centerville in 2A.

Locally, only the Class A Shakamak Lady Lakers have been unable to claim a sectional title. They will take another try to erase the futility when they open play at Clay City against the winner of the Union-Eminence game on Friday night after drawing the bye in a five-team tourney. They have been sectional runner-up three consecutive years.

The current longest sectional championship streak rests with the Lady Jeeps of Northeast Dubois who have won 10 straight.

Next on the list with nine straight sectional titles are Elkhart Memorial and Ft. Wayne Canterbury.

Lafayette Central Catholic is next in line with seven straight followed by Ben Davis, Southern Wells and Winchester with six, Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers with five, Griffith, Jac-Cen-Del, Mooresville and Wabash with four and Clay City, Ft. Wayne Concordia, Ft. Wayne Snider, Jasper, McCutcheon and South Ripley with three consecutive.

Rushville currently holds the girls record for most sectional titles with 27 followed by Ben Davis with 24.

NorthWood is third with 22 followed by Bedford North Lawrence with 21 and Kokomo and Valparaiso with 20.

Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers and Sullivan are next on the list with 19 titles while Huntington North and Jasper round out the list with 18.

Rushville holds the state record for most consecutive sectional titles with 18 straight between 1980 and 1997.

Locally, Bloomfield holds the banner of hoisting the most sectional trophies with 12 total.

White River Valley has earned titles six times while Linton-Stockton has won four, Eastern Greene three and Union one.

Tickets for all sectionals are $6 per session or $10 for an all-tournament pass and will be available at the gate at both the Class A tourney at Clay City and the 2A event at Sullivan.

Rick Curl is a sports writer with the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487. He can also be reached by email at rcurl@gcdailyworld.com.

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