Nine area teams to battle in sub-region games
by Johnathan Bentley
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Parrish coach Heath Burns reacts to a call during the Tornadoes' win over Sumiton Christian last week. Parrish takes on Decatur Heritage at 6:30 p.m. today in a sub-region playoff game. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Parrish coach Heath Burns reacts to a call during the Tornadoes' win over Sumiton Christian last week. Parrish takes on Decatur Heritage at 6:30 p.m. today in a sub-region playoff game. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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Parrish came close to making some school history last year — falling just short of the school’s first trip to the Final Four.

The Tornadoes are after that same goal heading into today’s sub-region matchup against Decatur Heritage.

A total of nine area teams — five boys’ squads and four girls’ squads — are hoping for a trip to the regional tournament next week.

Today’s winners advance to the regional tournament while the losers sees their season come to an end.

All four area girls games that were originally scheduled for Thursday were moved to Friday after inclement weather on Thursday morning forced area schools to be cancelled.

Area girls teams — Carbon Hill, Lynn, Walker and Corner — play sub-region playoff games today. Area boys teams — Parrish, Dora, Walker and Sumiton Christian — play sub-region games today while the Carbon Hill boys game has been moved to Saturday.

Parrish (25-2) opens the playoffs with a home game against Decatur Heritage (9-15) set for 6:30 p.m. today. The Tornadoes handled the Eagles 73-50 in last year’s sub-region matchup.

Heath Burns’ squad struggled in its last game — a narrow 45-40 victory over Sumiton Christian. Despite the close call, the Tornadoes have won 16 games in a row heading into tonight’s matchup at Parrish High School.

The Parrish-Decatur Heritage winner takes on the Phillips-R.A. Hubbard winner in the Northwest Regional Tournament at Wallace State-Hanceville’s Tom Drake Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Parrish was eliminated by Marion County in last year’s regional championship game. This year, the Tornadoes ousted the Red Raiders in the opening round of the area tournament.

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Calera at Dora

Like Parrish, Dora finished one win short of the Final Four last year.

Dora, the Class 4A, Area 8 Tournament champion, gets Calera (13-12) at home starting at 7 p.m. today.

The Bulldogs advanced to the Central Regional Tournament championship game last year after upsetting Dallas County at the buzzer in the regional opener.

Coach Michael Bridges’ team has played Calera twice this season, losing on the road and winning at home. Dora (23-7) is 9-2 at home on the season.

The Dora-Calera winner faces the Tallassee-Dadeville winner at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Regional Tournament in Montgomery.

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Parker at Walker

Walker is hosting a sub-regional game after a two-year hiatus.

The Vikings, the Class 5A, Area 14 Tournament champions, take on sixth-ranked Parker starting at 7 p.m. today at Songer Gym.

Parker (18-6) lost by a bucket to Wenonah in the Area 13 Tournament championship game.

Walker (17-10) trounced Hayden 91-60 for its area tournament title.

The Vikings, under first-year coach Rufus McDuffie, are led their stifling press defense and 3-point shooting. Walker has averaged making 12 3-pointers a game over the last month.

The Walker-Parker winner faces the Muscle Shoals-Cullman winner at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Wallace State-Hanceville.

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Sumiton Christian at Falkville

Fresh off a narrow loss to Parrish, Sumiton Christian looks to extend its season with a game at Falkville today at 7 p.m.

The Eagles battled their way past a formidable Lynn team before pushing Parrish to the limit in the area tournament.

Sumiton Christian (20-8) finished as the 1A, Area 13 runner up while Falkville (15-11) hammered Decatur Heritage to win the Area 14 Tournament title.

The Sumiton Christian-Falkville winner takes on the Covenant Christian-Belgreen winner at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wallace State-Hanceville. 

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Saturday’s game

Carbon Hill at Bibb County

Carbon Hill’s potential game-winning shot against Dora missed the mark in last week’s Class 4A, Area 8 Tournament championship game.

As a result, the Bulldogs (16-12) head to Centreville on Saturday to take on Bibb County (25-5) at 7 p.m. The game was moved back one day because the Bibb County boys coach is also the school’s girls coach. Bibb County’s girls play at Carbon Hill today.

The Bulldogs are led by swing-man Gerald Smith, who is averaging 22.2 points per game this season. He had 35 points in the 68-67 loss to Dora last week.

The Carbon Hill-Bibb County winner faces the Beauregard-Dallas County winner at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Montgomery.

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Girls

Bibb County at Carbon Hill

Carbon Hill had to get through Bibb County to earn its first ever regional tournament berth last season.

if the Bulldogs want a second straight regional trip, they will have to go through the Choctaws yet again.

The two teams meet in a Class 4A sub-region playoff game set for 7 p.m. today.

Carbon Hill (23-8) is one of the hottest teams in Class 4A entering the game.

The Bulldogs have won 10 straight games dating back to their fourth straight Walker County Basketball Tournament championship.

Carbon Hill routed Corner for the Class 4A, Area 8 Tournament title on Saturday while Bibb County (13-11) finished as the Area 7 runner up behind Calera.

Friday’s winner advances to the Central Regional Tournament at the Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University in Montgomery.

The Carbon Hill-Bibb County winner takes on the Elmore County-Handley winner at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Dodd leads Carbon Hill, averaging 26.2 points per game. Lawson scored 11.1 ppg while Abby Tittle averages 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

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Decatur Heritage at Lynn

Lynn is one win away from another spot in the Northwest Regional Tournament.

The Bears (25-2) — aiming for their fifth consecutive trip to Wallace State-Hanceville — host Decatur Heritage (16-12) at 7 p.m. today.

Lynn has won 14 straight games going into the contest, with the last setback coming against Winfield in December.

The winner of the Lynn-Decatur Heritage game takes on the winner of the Belgreen-Covenant Christian game at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Wallace State’s Tom Drake Coliseum.

Lynn won the Northwest Regional Tournament championship for the first time in school history last season before falling to Keith at the Final Four in Birmingham.

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Walker at Wenonah

Walker’s girls get a tough draw to open the playoffs. The Vikings make the trip to top-ranked Wenonah for their sub-region game set for 6 p.m. today.

The Vikings (14-11) finished as the Class 5A, Area 14 runner up to Hayden while Wenonah won the Area 13 title.

The Walker-Wenonah winner faces the Muscle Shoals-Cullman winner at noon on Wednesday at Wallace State-Hanceville.

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Corner at Calera

Corner makes the trip Calera for its 4A sub-region matchup set for 3 p.m. today.

The Yellow Jackets (9-15) edged Dora in the 4A, Area 8 Tournament opener to earn a playoff spot.

Carbon Hill defeated Corner in the area tournament championship game.

Calera (22-4) won the Area 7 tournament championship.

The Corner-Calera winner takes on the Childersburg-Dadeville winner at 3 p.m. on Thursday in Montgomery.