With the holidays over we’re now in the home stretch of the basketball season.
The county tournament will take place next week, and while that always brings excitememt we have to pump the brakes a bit. Before that tournament there’s something a little more important for county teams to take care of, and that would be area play.
Between the time of writing this, which is before games on Tuesday Jan. 7, and next Tuesday Jan. 14, almost all county teams will wrap up area play. Only Hatton and R.A. Hubbard will play any area games after the county tournament and it will only be a single game each.
So, where does your team sit in area play? Let’s dive into that.
Record: 6-8 (1-2 area)
Area win: Russellville
Area losses: Hamilton, West Point.
Area place: Tied for second
Games left: at Hamilton 1/7, vs. Russellville 1/10 and at West Point
The skinny: Starters Sadie Thompson and Raigen Henderson got hurt in an area loss to Hamilton and the Red Devils had to play West Point without them. They’re back now but all roads lead through West Point. Upsetting the Warriors on the road will be a tall task, but if they succeed they will have a chance to at least climb into a tie for first place.
Record: 13-4 (5-0 area)
Area wins: Tanner, Sheffield, Tharptown, Colbert County x2
Area place: First
Games left: Sheffield 1/7, at Tanner 1/10, Tharptown 1/21
The skinny: It’s hard to imagine the Hatton Lady Hornets not finishing first in the area for the second year in a row but it is possible. The good news is that they would have to lose all their remaining games to not finish at least tied for first.
Record: 5-5 (4-1 area)
Area wins: Oakwood Aventist x2, Whitesburg, Athens Bible.
Area loss: Lindsay Lane
Area place: Second
Games left: 1/7 at Whitesburg, 1/14 vs. Athens Bible, 1/24 vs. Lindsay Lane.
The skinny: Hubbard only has five wins, but the good news for them is that four of those are area wins. The girls are in the exact same spot as the boys in that they need to defeat Lindsay Lane to force a tie for first.
Record: 4-11 (1-1 area)
Area win: Colbert Heights
Area loss: Phil Campbell
Area place: second
Games left: 1/7 at Colbert Heights, 1/10 vs. Phil Campbell
The skinny: Phil Campbell hasn’t locked up the area yet but it’s going to be a tough task to knock them out of first place.