No. 1-ranked Pickens County makes the trip to Parrish today in a matchup of the top two teams in Class 1A, Area 9.
“I’ve talked to several coaches who have played both teams and they told me that we are going to score a lot of points if we want to beat them,” first-year Parrish coach Heath Burns said.
“Some people want us to slow it down and play a different style. We’re not going to do that. We aren’t going to change for anyone. We are going to do what we do best. We’re going to get after them. We plan on winning this game.”
Tonight’s game can be heard locally on Oldies 101.5 FM. The game will tip off at aprroximately 7:30 p.m.
Pickens County gave Parrish plenty of problems last season, beating the Tornadoes three times — including a season-ending loss in the Northwest Regional Tournament.
Pickens County won those three matchups by an average of 45 points per game.
Burns expects things to be much tighter tonight.
“We want to compete with them. We are not going to be intimidated by them,” Burns said.
Parrish is off to a 10-3 start with losses coming to Class 5A teams Briarwood Christian and Etowah as well as 2A American Christian.
“The town is excited about Parrish basketball. That’s something that hasn’t happened around here. It’s fun to be a part of,” said Burns, who added that the student have arranged a “white out” for tonight’s game.
Pickens County’s losses have also come to larger schools including 5A Paul Bryant and 6A Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
“Pickens County is very athletic,” Burns said. “They play a lot like we do, they are just longer at every position. On offense, they just run. They get it and they go. They count on their defense to create opportunities on offense. They do a lot of the same things we do, they are just a little older than we are.”
Most area basketball teams hit the court tonight. Other matchups include: Walker at John Carroll, Hamilton at Carbon Hill, Sumiton Christian at Cordova, Hayden at Curry, Lynn at Meek and Addison at Winston County.