Brownstown ready for Beech Grove in regional semifinal


It took a total team effort for Brownstown Central to get to this point, and it’s going to take a total team effort for the Braves to continue their postseason run Saturday afternoon at Greencastle High School.

When asked if anyone has stepped up over the last two weeks in terms of keeping the team focused and being a leader, head coach Dave Benter said he couldn’t pinpoint one individual because the entire team is rolling on all cylinders right now.

“As a collective group, I haven’t noticed one person change,” Benter said. “You could tell sectional week our team was focused and our whole team was locked in.”

Brownstown scored wins over Edgewood and Northview, both with final scores of 58-39, to win the sectional championship last weekend and advance to regional.

The Braves’ opponent will be Beech Grove. The Hornets are 18-6 this season and defeated Indianapolis Herron, Indianapolis Ritter and Indianapolis Washington in sectional to get to this point.

“Their athleticism and length throughout their whole roster,” Benter said of their challenges. “Physically, they are just so good. They are strong inside, athletic and they disrupt what you’re trying to do offensively.”

Forward Anthony Ball leads Beech Grove in scoring with 15.3 points per game. He also leads the team with 8.6 rebounds per game.

The good thing is Brownstown’s defense has been stingy as of late and the Braves’ offense has been a well-oiled machine for most of the season, especially down the stretch. Jack Benter and Carter Waskom usually carry the load offensively, but that doesn’t undersell all of the intangibles and big plays guys like Parker Hehman, Aidan Schroer, Carson Darlage, Jakob Arthur and Bryce Neal make over the course of a game.

“The biggest key for us is not having live ball turnovers and being able to rebound the basketball,” Benter said. “I think we saw that from our whole team in our sectional. Our focus and determination was really positive. I expect that to carry over.”

Brownstown scouted Beech Grove hard through Wednesday of this week, and then they started to look into the two other teams in the regional — Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory and Danville. Those two will play in the first game at 1o a.m., while Brownstown and Beech Grove are expected to follow at noon.

The championship game will be at 8 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the gate at Greencastle. Single tickets are $8, and all-day tickets are $10.

For those interested in attending the Seymour Regional on Saturday, those tickets are still being sold exclusively on the GoFan app. No cash will be accepted at Seymour High School, and ticket prices are the same as Greencastle.

Evansville North and Bloomington North are in the first game at 10:30 a.m., followed by Franklin Community and Floyd Central at 12:30 p.m. The title game also will be at 8 p.m.

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