The Lawrence County basketball tournament will take place this weekend at Lawrence County High School. 

The varsity girls games will take place each night at 6 starting Thursday and going through Saturday. 

Here is a preview of each team in the tournament this year. 

Note: this story was written prior to any games played on Tuesday night. 

East Lawrence 

Record: 6-13

Tournament seed: 4

Semifinals opponent: Thursday vs. Hatton 

2019 tournament result: losto R.A. Hubbard in semifinals 52-30

Player to watch: Alexandria Jackson 

Preview: Ernie Ferguson’s squad is still just as youthful in his second year as they were last year. 

The good news is he has a few players back this year that played in the tournament last year. And like a lot of young teams, when the Eagles are on they can be a tough out. 

The bad news, however, a close loss to R.A. Hubbard means they’ve drawn Hatton in the first round, who they have not fared well against this year.

R.A. Hubbard

Record: 6-6

Tournament seed: 3

Semifinals opponent: Friday vs. Lawrence County

2019 tournament result: Defeated East Lawrence 52-30 and Hatton 55-48

Player to watch: Alex Orr

Preview: The Lady Chiefs have had a solid season in the first year under Gary Orr, but defending their county championship won’t be easy. 

Hubbard gets after you and can force you out of your game, but attrition has left them with minimal depth and lack of shooters. 

Lawrence County: 

Record: 10-8

Tournament seed: 2

Semifinals opponent: Friday vs. R.A. Hubbard

2019 tournament result: Lost to Hatton 54-40

Player to watch: Sadie Thompson

Preview: The Red Devils have every starter back from last year’s tournament team and are looking to make a run at the championship. 

They’ve won their last 4 games since the Christmas break and have arguably the top player in the county in Sadie Thompson. 

Hatton

Record: 15-5

Tournament seed: 1

Semifinals opponent: Thursday vs. East Lawrence

2019 tournament result: Defeated Lawrence County 54-40, lost to R.A. Hubbard in finals 55-48

Player to watch: Kailyn Quails 

Preview: The loss of star Josie Harville hasn’t deterred this team or their season and they head into the tournament as the top seed. 

The Hornets have two things going for them, they have already locked up home-court for area and they have lost in the Lawrence County tournament finals two years in a row. 

Locking up home-court is something no county team has done yet so that gives them the opportunity to play more relaxed, while the two losses give them motivation. 

Hatton is a great defensive team that can harass you with the press, but they do underachieve on the offensive side from time to time. 

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