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And since Springfield has run the gauntlet of the
Greater Western Ohio Conference
and played tough road games at
this season, Carson is confident all players are prepared for the pressure the tournament can bring.
“I love of our guys and the intensity we play with,” Carson said. “With how we’ve done this year, we’re absolutely ready for it. That’s why we play tough teams, and we’ve played a lot this year. It’s gotten us ready.”
Carson said the last week of regular season will be a perfect tournament tune-up. Springfield has a huge game looming on Friday with Trotwood (18-2), which earned the top seed in the Dayton D-II sectional.
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But first, the Wildcats will travel to Fairmont on Tuesday. The Firebirds (9-11) played a close game the first time the teams met in GWOC play on Jan. 20,
but Springfield won 70-64
“You may want to look forward to (Trotwood), but we’ve got a dangerous Fairmont team first,” Carson said. “We can’t worry about Trotwood until Wednesday, and it’s just like the tournament. We can’t look ahead any games. Because if you’re thinking about someone you could be playing later and overlook who you have to beat first, you’re going home.”
• Southeastern earned the top seed in Troy’s Division IV sectional. The Trojans (19-1) will play No. 11 Yellow Springs in a first-round game on Feb. 25. Catholic Central (13-7) is the No. 3 seed in the sectional and will play Jefferson on Feb. 25.
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If both the Trojans and Irish win their first two games, they would face off in a sectional final on March 4. Southeastern beat Central by 10 points in Ohio Heritage Conference action on Jan. 13.
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Emmanuel Christian (4-15) is the No. 12 seed in the sectional and will face No. 2 Tri-Village on Feb. 25.
• Northwestern looked poised for one of the top seeds in the Dayton D-III sectional a few weeks ago, but the Warriors have lost four of their last five since and could do no better than the No. 10 seed.
As a result, Northwestern (13-7) will face No. 13 Northeastern (10-8) in a first-round game on Feb. 25 at Northmont. The Warriors beat the Jets 60-58 in a nonconference game on Dec. 27.
• Urbana (12-8) is the top seed in the Springfield D-II sectional. The Hillclimbers will face the winner of Indian Lake vs. Kenton Ridge in a second-round game on Feb. 28. The Cougars will play Indian Lake on Feb. 25.
Shawnee (8-12) is the No. 4 seed in the sectional and will face No. 5 Graham (8-12) on Feb. 25.