Prep Basketball: Hitting the home stretch

Area tournament play starts today

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 2/4/18

Time is almost up.

Cordova’s top-ranked basketball team — led by dynamic seniors Isaac Chatman and Jayce Willingham — is hitting the home stretch of the season.

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Prep Basketball: Hitting the home stretch

Area tournament play starts today

Posted

Time is almost up.

Cordova’s top-ranked basketball team — led by dynamic seniors Isaac Chatman and Jayce Willingham — is hitting the home stretch of the season.

At most, Cordova has two home games left this season. The first comes Friday night in the Class 4A, Area 10 Tournament championship game.

The Blue Devils are the lone Walker County team hosting an area tournament this week.

Cordova has already clinched a spot in the sub-region by winning the regular-season area title. The area tournament starts on Tuesday with Dora playing Good Hope at 6 p.m. Cordova plays the winner at 6 p.m. Friday. The area tournament winner hosts a sub-region game the following week while the loser must travel.

Cordova advanced to the Final Four in Birmingham last season, losing to eventual 4A state champion Hale County in the semifinals. In 2016, the Blue Devils played in the state championship game, losing to Westminster Christian.

The Blue Devils (20-9) have been put out by the eventual state champion each of the last three seasons — losing to West Limestone in a sub-region game in 2015.

At Hanceville, Oakman meets Carbon Hill in an elimination game to open the Class 3A, Area 12 Tournament. The teams play at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday with the winner advancing to Thursday’s area tournament championship game. The teams split their games in the regular season with each team winning on the road.

In Class 1A, Meek is hosting the Area 12 Tournament. On Tuesday, Lynn plays Marion County at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Meek-Addison game at 7 p.m. The championship game is set for 6 p.m. on Friday.

Varsity Girls

On the girls side, several rivals clash in area tournament elimination games.

Like the boys, Oakman plays Carbon Hill in the Class 3A, Area 12 Tournament opener at Hanceville High School with the loser seeing its season come to an end, and the winner advancing to the sub-region round of the playoffs.

Oakman’s girls are 2-1 against Carbon Hill this season.

In the Class 4A, Area 10 Tournament at Good Hope, Cordova plays Dora at 6 p.m. on Monday in another elimination game. In Class 1A, Meek plays Addison at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in the Area 12 Tournament at Marion County High School.

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Boys area tournament games

Class 6A, Area 11 at

Carver-Birmingham

Jasper vs. Minor, 6 p.m., Tuesday

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Class 5A, Area 12 at Hayden

Curry vs. Hayden, 6:15 p.m., Tuesday

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Class 5A, Area 11 at

Mortimer Jordan

Corner vs. Springville, 6 p.m., Tuesday

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Class 4A, Area 10 at Cordova

Dora vs. Good Hope, 6 p.m., Tuesday

Cordova vs. Dora/GH winner, 6 p.m. Friday

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Class 3A, Area 12 at Hanceville

Carbon Hill vs. Oakman, 5:30 p.m. Tues.

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Class 2A, Area 13 at

St. Bernard

Winston County vs. St. Bernard, 7 p.m., Tues.

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Class 1A, Area 12 at Meek

Lynn vs. Marion County, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday

Meek vs. Addison, 7 p.m., Tues.

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Class 1A, Area 8 at

Cornerstone

Sumiton Christian vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain, 5:30 p.m., Tues.

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Girls area tournament games

Class 6A, Area 11 at Minor

Jasper vs. Minor, 6 p.m., Mon.

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Class 5A, Area 12 at Fairview

Curry vs. Fairview, 5 p.m., Mon.

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Class 5A, Area 11 at

Mortimer Jordan

Corner vs. Springville, 3 p.m., Tues.

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Class 4A, Area 10 at

Good Hope

Dora vs. Cordova, 6 p.m., Mon.

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Class 3A, Area 12 at Hanceville

Oakman vs. Carbon Hill, 5:30 p.m., Mon.

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Class 2A, Area 13 at

Cold Springs

Winston County vs. Falkville, 5:30 p.m., Mon.

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Class 1A, Area 12 at Marion County

Addison vs. Meek, 5:30 p.m., Mon.

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Class 1A, Area 8 at Westminster-Oak Mtn. (Samford)

Sumiton Christian vs. Cornerstone, 5:30 p.m., Wed.