North Montgomery's Grace McClaskey drives around an Elwood defender in a game earlier this season.
At one point this season, North Montgomery was 9-5, but an eight-game skid to end the regular season puts the Chargers at 9-13 entering the IHSAA Sectional at Danville.
“The neat thing with the postseason is that it is a completely different season than the regular season,” North Montgomery coach Ryan Nuppnau said. “Everyone starts excited at a 0-0 record to see how far they can go.”
The Chargers will open tournament play against 2-20 Frankfort, a team they beat 51-34 back in November.
Nuppnau knows both teams are very different from that first meeting.
“We were fortunate to defeat Frankfort in the regular season,” he said. “Since then, they have gotten better, despite their record, and we will be without Katie Rice and Makinze Rominger. Therefore, how we played them in the regular season will be different than on Tuesday.”
The Chargers have not won since they lost Rice for the season with an injury in the Delphi Tournament in late December.
In the absence of Rice’s 10 points per game, Maddie Moseley leads the Chargers with seven points per game, while Madi Welch and Emily Sennett each chip in six.
If the Chargers get by Frankfort on Tuesday at 7 p.m., Greencastle awaits in the first semifinal on Friday night.
The Tiger Cubs defeated the Chargers 62-41 back on Jan. 14, and after an 0-5 start to the season, ended the regular season by winning eight of their last nine games.
“Against Greencastle, we must do a better job of rebounding and we need to respect their perimeter play,” Nuppnau added. “In the first game, we focused too much attention on the post play, and they shot lights out.”
The Chargers and Hot Dogs play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Danville.