Two Shelby County schools learned they received byes while the other three will face non-county opponents to open the sectionals after the drawings were announced Sunday night.
Both Shelbyville and Triton Central drew byes in their respective sectional tournaments.
The Golden Bears (6-12) will play either Franklin Central (8-12) or Center Grove (11-6) at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in the semi-final of the Whiteland sectional.
Shelbyville learned its schedule following a 61-56 win over Seymour, which ended a four-game losing streak, including close losses to Hoosier Heritage Conference rivals New Palestine and Delta. The Golden Bears hope to gather some momentum this week entering the tournament with road games at Seymour and Batesville.
Sectional 13 opens on the other side of the bracket with Greenwood (14-5) against Franklin (7-13) on March 2. The winner will play Whiteland (12-7) in the first game of the semi-final that Friday.
There was a pretty good chance that Triton Central would receive a bye, given that there are five teams in Sectional 44.
By receiving one of three byes, the Tigers (9-8) avoided facing Class 2A No. 6 South Ripley (19-1) and will instead play the host school, Milan (10-9), at 6 p.m. March 5 in the first semi-final game.
Triton Central and Milan previously met this season, where the Indians won 66-49 at the beginning of the new year.
South Ripley plays North Decatur (4-16) in the first round, with the winner facing South Decatur (12-7) in the other semi-final.
The Tigers are on a three-game losing streak, two of which were against Indiana Crossroads Conference rivals Indianapolis Ritter and Beech Grove. Triton Central hopes to find some momentum in the final week with one conference game (at Speedway on Saturday) and a non-conference game at home, against Hauser today.
Last week’s ICC game against Monrovia was postponed and has not been rescheduled.
Sectional 60, which will be hosted by Southwestern, is set up so that all three county schools could be playing in the semi-final.
Morristown (17-4) will play Oldenburg Academy (6-9) at 7 p.m. March 2. The Yellow Jackets, ranked seventh in Class 1A, are on a seven-game winning streak and have won 10 of the last 11 since the Shelby County Tournament.
The winner of Morristown versus Oldenburg Academy will play Jac-Cen-Del (14-6) in the first semi-final at 5:30 p.m. March 5.
Waldron (3-17) plays Rising Sun (5-9) in the second game of the first round. That game will take place at 5:30 p.m. March 3.
The Mohawks hope to pick up a couple wins before the tournament after struggling throughout the season. Waldron closes out the regular season with a 6 p.m. game Thursday at Indiana Deaf and a 7:30 p.m. game Friday at Anderson Prep Academy.
This week’s Southwestern game at Hauser took on new importance after the bracket revealed they will be playing in the final sectional first round game one week later. Wednesday’s game will not only be played to determine the fourth-place team in the Mid-Hoosier Conference but will also be a first look for both teams at their first opponent in the tournament.
The Spartans (7-9) will play the Jets (8-11) at 8 p.m. March 3 in the sectional with the winner playing either Waldron or Rising Sun two days later.
Southwestern has gotten on a roll recently, winners of four in a row.