River’s Lukas Isaly watches a shot bank off the glass past a leaping Zac Jones during the sectional semifinal game between the Pilots and Seminoles Tuesday, Feb. 27 at River High School.River’s Cody Hupp lofts a shot over Monroe Central’s Zac Jones Tuesday, Feb. 27 during the sectional battle between the Pilots and Seminoles at River High School.Monroe Central’s Ryan LaFollette looks for an opening against River’s Drew Dietz Tuesday, Feb. 27 during the sectional semifinal battle between the Seminoles and the Pilots at River High School.

River fends off Monroe Central

Monroe Central wasn’t supposed to make a game of it Tuesday, Feb. 27 when it visited the state-ranked River Pilots for the Division IV sectional opener.

The Pilots were 21-1. They had already beaten the Seminoles twice during the regular season.

There was no reason why River shouldn’t coast into the sectional final.

But that’s why they play the game.

The Seminoles defied everyone’s expectations and kept the game close into the third quarter.

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