Steele is impressed with Twin Lakes. The Indians were 3-5 at one point, but rattled off an eight-game win streak to turn their season around and emerge as one of the sectional’s favorites.
“They throw in a press just about every make or dead-ball situation and fall back into a man. I think we’re ready for that,” Steele said. “What’s been really impressive to me in watching them has been their guard play. Just about every guard [coach Kent Adams] has can spot-up shoot and also get to the rim. We’re going to have to play hard-nosed defense and make sure we’re in good help side and take away those easy jump shots.
“If we can do that and make a good transition to offense and knock down our open shots, it should be a good, competitive game.”
Maconaquah beat Twin Lakes 61-56 in last year’s sectional.
Senior K.J. Walton (11.8 points per game) and freshman Wyatt Hughes (10) lead the Braves in scoring.
NORTHWESTERN (9-10) VS. PERU (7-13)
Northwestern was 6-4 after beating Sheridan on Feb. 1, but the Tigers went 3-6 the rest of the way to finish the regular season 9-10.
“I feel like we’ve been in every game we’ve played this year,” Northwestern coach Jim Gish said. “It seems like we always have a bad quarter offensively that puts a lot of stress on us defensively. But we feel like our kids are very competitive.”
Gish noted the rash of weather-related school cancellations in January was the biggest story of the season for his squad. The Tigers missed practices at the time and then missed more practices in February when they had to make up games.
“We’ve played several games back to back without any preparation and it just makes for a challenge when you have a team that requires repetition,” he said.