Some thought the Bears would take a step backward in the 2013-14 season.
Instead, Lynn is right on track.
The Bears bring a 23-2 mark and a No. 10 ranking into the Class 1A, Area 13 Tournament starting Thursday at Lynn High School. The team is a perfect 8-0 against area foes this season.
Lynn opens against Sumiton Christian at 7 p.m. A win would put the Bears into Saturday’s area tournament championship game set for 2 p.m. Lynn is a perfect 8-0 in area play and hasn’t lost since a setback against Winfield in the Winfield Christmas Tournament.
The Bears have reeled off 13 wins in a row since.
The secret to Lynn’s success is simple — defense.
“Our defense has helped us tremendously as far as winning games. The girls take a lot of pride in that,” Lynn coach Adam Gray said. “I would say that’s our biggest strength. We’ve played good defense all year.”
Lynn is giving up an average of 24.4 points per game. The team has allowed more than 30 points just four times this season.
On the offensive end, Lynn is led by senior point guard Reagan Tittle.
She averages 17 points along with five assists, five rebounds and four steals a game.
“She does a little bit of everything,” Gray said.
Tittle is one of five seniors on the squad along with Emma Easley, Brooke Harris, Abbey Terry and Jessica Hulsey.
Over the last four years, Lynn is 109-8 under Gray. Lynn is aiming for its fifth straight trip to the Northwest Regional Tournament in Hanceville
Lynn is one of two area girls teams hosting area tournaments.
Carbon Hill will host the Class 4A, Area 8 Tournament starting on Thursday.
Like Lynn, Carbon Hill has gotten hot at the right time. The Bulldogs have won eight games in a row heading into Thursday’s game vs. Oak Grove set for 5:30 p.m. A win would put the Bulldogs into Saturday’s area tournament championship game vs. the Corner-Dora winner at 6 p.m.
“We are 14-0 in the area over the last two years, but we are 0-0 starting Thursday. We need to be 2-0 on Saturday night because it’s so important to be able to host the sub-region game,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. Carbon Hill (21-8) is hosting the area tournament for the second season in a row.
The Bulldogs battled through the area and won a sub-region game last year to earn a spot in the regional tournament in Montgomery for the first time in school history.
Area tournament champions host sub-region games while the runner ups have to travel. Sub-region winners advance to the regional tournament.
Other area tournaments
Walker plays in the 5A, Area 14 Tournament at Hayden. The Vikings face Mortimer Jordan in the opener at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Curry battles the host team at 7:30 p.m.
Cordova travels to Winfield for the Class 3A, Area 14 Tournament. The Blue Devils play Hamilton at 5 p.m. Thursday. In the other tournament game, Winfield plays Winston County at 3:30 p.m.
In Class 2A, Oakman plays in the Area 14 Tournament at Cold Springs. The Wildcats play Cold Springs at 7 p.m. Thursday.
In Class 1A, Addison plays in the Area 14 Tournament at Falkville. The Bulldogs play Decatur Heritage at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Meek, which knocked off St. Bernard on Tuesday, plays Falkville at 7 p.m.