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Rochester to open sectional with tough challenge; Tippecanoe Valley, Caston receive byes

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the sectional pairings Sunday for the 114th Annual Boys Basketball State Tournament.

Sectional games will be played Feb. 27-28 and March 1-2.

Regional championship games follow on March 9. Teams will be assigned to one of eight regional sites following the conclusion of the sectional round.

Northern regional host sites this season are Michigan City, Logansport, South Bend Washington, New Castle, North Judson-San Pierre, Lapel, Triton and Frankfort.

The semistate semifinal and championship games are March 16.

The state championship games will be played a week later this year due to Gainbridge Fieldhouse, site of the IHSAA championship games, hosting the NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Round tournament games.

The 2024 IHSAA state champions will be crowned on March 30.

Lewis Cass Sectional

Rochester (8-11) drew the only team in the Class 2A, Sectional 36 field with a winning record in the tournament opener. The Zebras face Wabash (16-5) on Feb. 27. The winner advances to take on Pioneer (8-12) in the semifinal round on March 1.

In the other half of the six-team bracket, North Miami (3-18) gets Winamac (10-11) in the other quarterfinal matchup. The winner gets the host, Lewis Cass (8-11), in the semifinal round.

The sectional championship game is March 2.

Tippecanoe Valley Sectional

The host Tippecanoe Valley will wait until March 1 for its first sectional game.

On Feb. 27 in the Class 3A, Sectional 18 opener, Culver Academy (7-12) takes on John Glenn (10-11), with the winner returning March 1 to face Bremen (8-12) in the semifinal round.

In the other semifinal, Tippecanoe Valley (14-7), the only team in the sectional with a winning record, will battle Knox (6-13) for a spot in the March 2 championship game.

Triton Sectional

Class A, Sectional 50 features seven teams competing at No. 8-ranked Triton.

In the sectional opener on Feb. 27, Trinity Greenlawn (6-13) faces Marquette Catholic (8-13). The winner advances to meet Oregon-Davis (4-16) in the semifinal round on March 1.

On Feb. 28, quarterfinal games are Triton (14-5) taking on Culver (8-11) and Argos (10-10) battling Westville (10-12). The winners return March 1 for a semifinal contest.

The championship game is March 2.

Caston Sectional

The host Comets drew a bye in Class A, Sectional 51. Caston (9-11) will take on either West Central (3-16) or North White (5-16) in a semifinal round contest on March 1.

In the other quarterfinal, South Newton (3-17) opens against Tri-County (10-11). The winner meets Frontier (6-14) in the semifinals on March 1.

The sectional championship game is March 2.