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Rochester, Caston, Tippecanoe Valley locked into sectional brackets for girls bball postseason

Rochester girls basketball will play on the opening night of Class 3A, Sectional 18 on its home court.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced the sectional pairings Sunday for the 49th Annual Girls Basketball State Tournament. Sectional games begin on Jan. 30 with sectional champions crowned on Feb. 3. Regional championship games are slated for Feb. 10.

There will be a pair of sectional quarterfinal games on Jan. 30 at Rochester. In the opener, John Glenn (11-10) will take on Bremen (9-11).

Rochester (10-10) will follow against Knox (7-15). The two teams have not met this season.

The first game winner will return to Rochester on Feb. 2 for a semifinal contest with Culver Academy (12-7).

A Rochester win sets up a rematch with Tippecanoe Valley (16-3) in the semifinals. Tippecanoe Valley defeated the Zebras, 42-16, on Nov. 21.

The winner of the Rochester Sectional will face the Highland Sectional champion on Feb. 10 at a yet-to-be-determined regional site. One of eight sites – Bellmont, Caston, Jimtown, Lapel, LaPorte, Marion, Wes-Del and Winamac – will be announced as the host at the conclusion of the sectional tournament.

Class A, No. 2 Caston (18-1) is seeking its first sectional championship since 1985. The only team Caston has lost to this season is in the same South Newton Sectional but on the other side of the bracket.

At Sectional 52, Frontier (4-14) opens the tournament on Jan. 30 against Tri-County (14-6), the only team to defeat the Comets. The winner returns Feb. 2 for a semifinal game against North White (2-17).

Caston follows on Jan. 30 against West Central (11-8). The two teams have not met this season. The winner returns Feb. 2 to face South Newton (1-14).

The South Newton Sectional champion will face the Lakewood Park Christian Sectional champion in a one-game regional championship on Feb. 10.

Class A, Sectional 50, hosted by Culver, features seven teams including Argos.

In the sectional opener on Jan. 30, No. 3 Marquette Catholic (18-2) faces Culver (4-14). The winner advances to Friday’s semifinal game against Oregon-Davis (5-13).

On Jan. 31 in the first quarterfinal game, Triton (8-12) battles Trinity Greenlawn (5-12).

The second quarterfinal pits Argos (8-11) against Westville (7-8). The two teams did not meet this season.

The Culver Sectional champion will face the Morgan Township Sectional champion on Feb. 10 in the regional championship.