Northrop and Huntington North ended sectional championship draughts last Saturday night that keeps their seasons alive. With the Bruins and Vikings both heading to the 4A Logansport Regional this Saturday, defense is the emphasis in preparations as it has throughout the season.
After losing 4 of the last 5 regular season games, Northrop (16-8) righted the ship in postseason. The Bruins beat Carroll, DeKalb and East Noble at the DeKalb Sectional, winning their first title in 6 years by an average of 14.0 points per game. Up next is top-ranked Carmel (22-1) in the 10 a.m. semi-final. They Greyhounds were state runners-up a year ago and are 30-2 dating back to midway through last season.
Likewise, Huntington North's run to regionals also features impressive wins at the Wayne Sectional. The No. 12 Vikings ended No. 6 Homestead's 5-year sectional reign, knocking off the Spartans in postseason for the first time in a decade. Huntington North cruised past South Side and held off Wayne to win the sectional crown for the first time since 2001. The Vikings look to add to their school record 22 wins this season, and face a tough test in No. 7 Zionsville (20-5). Tipoff for that semi-final is slated for about noon.
Winners of the semi-finals come back and face each other at 8 p.m. Saturday in the regional championship.
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