Parrish boys, Cordova girls teams to beat in county tournament
by Johnathan Bentley
Jan 19, 2014 | 2191 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova coach Randy Stracner talks to players on the court during a game this season. The Cordova girls are the No. 1 seed in next week's Walker County Basketball Tournament. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Cordova coach Randy Stracner talks to players on the court during a game this season. The Cordova girls are the No. 1 seed in next week's Walker County Basketball Tournament. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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Parrish’s boys are used to being the team to beat in the Walker County Basketball Tournament.

The Tornadoes took their No. 1 seed all the way to the county title last year at Carbon Hill High School.

They will look for a second straight crown starting Monday at Cordova High School.

The Parrish boys and Cordova girls enter the week-long event as the top seeds.

“We are excited about being the No. 1 seed. It means we will have a target on our back, but that’s something we’ve gotten used to over the last two years,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “We realize that there are other good teams in the county. We’re going to have to play our best basketball in the tournament. It’s always a good tournament to get us ready for the playoffs.”

Dora holds down the No. 2 seed followed by Carbon Hill, Oakman, Curry and Cordova.

The No. 3-ranked Tornadoes (16-2) are joined in pool play with Oakman and Curry. Carbon Hill, Dora and Cordova make up the other pool.

Parrish defeated Carbon Hill in last year’s championship game, scoring the final 13 points in a 54-48 victory.

On the girls side, Cordova is a top seed for the first time under head coach Randy Stracner.

“There’s no doubt, this is a first for Cordova’s girls program,” Stracner said. “It’s unfamiliar territory. Now we’ve got to handle that.”

Tenth-ranked Cordova (18-5) is followed in the girls seeding by: Carbon Hill, Oakman, Curry, Dora and Parrish.

Cordova, Curry and Dora make up one pool while Carbon Hill, Oakman and Parrish fill out the opposing pool.

Carbon Hill’s girls have won the last three Walker County Tournament championships.

The Bulldogs got past Cordova in the semifinals last season before knocking off Dora 63-39 in the championship game.

The tournament will be the final Walker County Tournament for Carbon Hill stand-out Caroline Dodd. The UAH signee has been the Walker County Tournament MVP each of the last three seasons.

Neither No. 1 seed will play on Monday.

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There will be four varsity games on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Also, every varsity team plays on Saturday.

A total of nine games will be played on Monday, starting with a ninth-grade boys game between Carbon Hill and Curry at 9 a.m.

Other games are: Dora vs. Oakman (JV girls) at 10:15 a.m., Curry vs. Cordova (JV boys) at 11:30 a.m., Cordova vs. Carbon Hill (JV girls) at 12:45 p.m., Dora vs. Parrish (JV boys) at 2 p.m.

Monday’s varsity games are: (3) Oakman vs. (6) Parrish (girls) at 3:15 p.m., (3) Carbon Hill vs. (6) Cordova (boys) at 4:30 p.m., (4) Curry vs. (5) Dora (girls) at 5:45 p.m. and (4) Oakman vs. (5) Curry (boys) at 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s varsity games are: (2) Carbon Hill vs. (6) Parrish (girls) at 3:15 p.m., (2) Dora vs. (6) Cordova(boys) at 4:30 p.m., (1) Cordova vs. (5) Dora (girls) game at 5:45 p.m. and (1) Parrish vs. (5) Curry (boys) at 7 p.m.

No varsity games will be played on Thursday.

Thursday’s games are: Curry vs. Dora/Oakman winner (JV girls) at 3:15 p.m., Oakman vs. Curry/Cordova winner (JV boys) at 4:30 p.m., Carbon Hill vs. Dora/Parrish winner (JV boys) at 5:45 p.m. and Dora vs. Carbon Hill/Curry winner (9th-grade boys championship).

Varsity teams will close out pool play on Friday with four games: Carbon Hill vs. Oakman (girls) at 3:15 p.m., Parrish vs. Oakman (boys) at 4:30 p.m., Cordova vs. Curry (girls) at 5:45 p.m. and Dora vs. Carbon Hill (boys) at 7 p.m.

The winner of last year’s Dora-Carbon Hill boys game earned a spot opposite Parrish in the championship game.

Games start at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the varsity girls 5th-place game. The varsity boys fifth-place game will start at 11:15 a.m., followed by the varsity girls third-place game at 12:45, the varsity boys third-place game at 2 p.m., the JV girls championship game at 3:15 p.m., the JV boys championship game at 4:30 p.m., the varsity girls championship game at 5:45 and the varsity boys championship game at 7 p.m.