The sectional playoffs turned out to be a minefield for the top teams in the state, as six of the teams from last week's POWERADE state rankings were knocked out and sent home for the season.
Former No. 1 Hamilton SE was one of the casualties, as was No. 4 North Central. Hamilton SE actually eliminated North Central in the first round, and the Royals were then themselves sent packing by Carmel.
La Lumiere is now the No. 1 team in the rankings, climbing up from No. 2 despite being inactive last week. As a non-IHSAA team, La Lumiere doesn't compete in the state tournament. The highest ranked state-eligible team is Pendleton Heights, which checks in at No. 2.
POWERADE State Basketball Rankings
La Lumiere (25-2) — Last week: No. 2
Pendleton Heights 21-2) — Last week: No. 3
Carmel (19-4) — Last week: Not ranked
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