Western, which features a senior-less squad, has six wins on the season.
“The season has been up and down,” Western coach Nicky Rodman said, noting a string of injuries has kept the Panthers from fielding a consistent rotation. “We’ve kind of been on a roller-coaster ride, just getting everyone motivated and staying positive. But it’s a good group of girls who are really capable of rebounding and when being put to the test, I feel like they can come through. They just have to believe.
“We were excited about the draw because it’s a school that we’ve seen twice. We definitely have a game plan because of that as opposed to [facing an unknown opponent],” Rodman added.
Maconaquah (21-11) went 7-0 en route to the MIC title. The Braves are hoping to add sectional hardware this week.
“Our girls are feeling pretty confident. We’ve changed up our lineup a little bit. We’ve done some adjustments with our offense so it runs a little quicker and I think that will be to our benefit,” Metcalf said.
The Braves swept the Bengal Tigers in three sets in MIC play, but Metcalf noted it was the Braves’ second match of the season. She has stressed to her team that both teams are different now.
Metcalf is looking for her squad to hit on all cylinders.
“We definitely know how to play with intensity. We definitely know how to run a quick offense. We are scrappy. Now it’s putting all those things together,” she said. “If we do put them all together, then our chances look pretty good. But we have to go one game at a time.”
Class 4A Logansport Sectional
The Logansport Sectional opens Thursday with McCutcheon vs. Lafayette Jeff at 6 p.m., followed by Kokomo vs. the host Berries. The winners will meet in a semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday. Marion and Harrison drew byes and will meet in the second seminfinal.