GRANVILLE — The stage has been set for an Annawan vs. Putnam County showdown for the 1A girls sectional basketball championship at R.M. Germano Gymnasium in Granville Thursday night.
Both disposed of Little Ten Conference teams in sectional semi-final action Tuesday. No. 1 ranked Annawan beat Serena 89-42 while host Putnam County toppled Indian Creek 73-26.
The Annawan contest, while admittedly a challenge, is one the Lady Panthers feel they are up to, especially playing on their homecourt.
“I know it’s not going to be easy. We are playing like we do not want this season to end,” PC senior guard Daniela Pavlovich said.
“We have to take away a couple of their players and make sure we take away a couple of their tendencies they like to do,” PC coach James Barnett said. “And if we can do that, I think we’re going to get a real good shot.”
Annawan was led by seniors Sierra Davis with 25 points, Megan Foes with 23 and Celina VanHyfte with 18.
Leading scorers for Putnam County were Pavlovich with 24 points and Allison Voss with 13. Leading scorer for Indian Creek was Josie Diehl with 8 points.
“We took care of business and just kept going,” Barnett said. “It was a lot of our pregame talk was ‘just execute,’ and it will all work out.”
Pavlovich admitted to being on a dry spell in the last couple of games.
“We had beat them in December, so we know what they would be like,” Pavlovich said. “I think we executed and did everything Coach said. “Our rebounding was offensively good. They like to run, like we like to run, and we beat them down there.”