It was to be a great battle between the unknown of the Muncie Sectional Hamilton Heights and Muncie Central. It was until Hamilton Heights pulled away. The Huskies eliminated the Bearcats 75-58 to move on in the Muncie Sectional. The Bearcats were the defending Sectional Champions spoiled the dream to be repeat champions. The Huskies got 28 points from Purdue commit Grant Weatherford and his brother Sterling Weatherford added 16 points to the cause. The strength and depth of Hamilton Heights was the difference.
When a player scores 14 out of a team’s first 16 points, you know you’re in for a tough game. Especially when that player averages just 12 points per game. That’s how the game started for Muncie Central. Grant Weatherford took over and never let off the gas pedal. No matter what the Bearcats did defensively, Weatherford was able to make plays in the lane. Before long, Hamilton Heights built a double-digit lead. They never let that lead get below 9 in the second half. It was an impressive performance by Hamilton Heights and cemented themselves as the favorite of the Sectional.
For Muncie Central there is some good and bad news. The good news is they return their three best players (Phillip Corthen, Andre Jones, and Donald Allen). Other good news is Trenton Hatfield and Duane Clemens both took major strides this season. That’s a very confident starting five. The bad news is Muncie Central is likely to move up to 4A. Their regular season schedule will stay the same. If the move to 4A, Muncie Central would be placed in the New Castle sectional gauntlet that includes Richmond, Pendleton Heights, among others. That’s a difficult task. However, with the core coming back there is no reason Muncie Central should not compete for the sectional. They have one of the shooters in the state along with one of the best big man combinations in Indiana. That spells success for Muncie Central next year. It’s going to be a show. No doubt about it.