Teams prep for area tourneys
Sat. February 02, 2013 at 11:03 p.m. | By Nick Johnston Sports Writer
Tanner Shields and Hokes Bluff host the Class 4A, Area 11 tourney. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times | File)
The second season begins this week with high school basketball teams preparing for area tournaments.
Several teams in Etowah County earned the right to host their area tournaments by winning the regular-season crown.
One of those teams is the Hokes Bluff boys which, according to coach Greg Watkins, won the regular-season area championship for the first time in school history.
The Class 4A, Area 11 champ Eagles take on Cherokee County at 6 p.m. Friday. A win sends them into the championship game Feb. 11 against either Alexandria or Jacksonville.
A team needs to reach the area tournament championship game to prolong its season. Area tournament winners host sub-region, while the runner-up must travel to another area tourney victor. A win at sub-region advances a team to the Northwest Regional tournament at Jacksonville State University.
Other boys teams in Etowah County winning the regular season area title and hosting the tournament are Westbrook Christian (2A, Area 11), Glencoe (3A, Area 9) and Southside (5A, Area 10).
Westbrook, the state’s sixth-ranked team, plays West End at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the “Furnace” following the other semifinal game between Gaston and Sand Rock. The championship is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 11.
Glencoe plays Susan Moore at 6 p.m. Friday followed by Cleveland vs. Ashville. The title game is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11
Southside takes on Boaz at 7:30 p.m. Friday after Etowah plays Fort Payne. The championship game will be played at 7 p.m. Monday.
Boys teams from Etowah County that will travel for area tournaments include Gadsden City. It’s a new experience for the Titans which, until this year, had not lost an area game. This season, the 6A, Area 9 title went to Clay-Chalkville. Gadsden City faces Oxford at 7:30 p.m. Friday and a win will send the Titans into the championship game against either Clay-Chalkville or Pell City at 7 p.m. Feb. 11.
Other boys teams hitting the road for the area tournament include Coosa Christian (1A, Area 10) and Sardis (4A, Area 12).
On the girls side, Gadsden City and Glencoe will host area tournaments.
Gadsden City won the 6A, Area 9 title and plays at 6 p.m. Thursday against Pell City. A win for the Titans means they will face the winner of Oxford vs. Clay-Chalkville in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Glencoe brought home the 3A, Area 9 title and will face Susan Moore at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Yellow Jackets then await the winner of Cleveland vs. Ashville for the title game at 6 p.m. Feb. 11.
Glencoe is the only school in Etowah County in which both the boys and girls teams earned the right to host the area tournament.
Girls teams in Etowah County traveling for their respective area tournaments are Coosa Christian (1A, Area 10); Westbrook Christian, West End and Gaston (2A, Area 11); Hokes Bluff (4A, Area 11); Sardis (4A, Area 12); and Southside and Etowah (5A, Area 10).
Six girls teams outside of Etowah County in The Gadsden Times’ coverage area also earned the right to host. Those include Spring Garden (1A, Area 10), No. 9 Sand Rock (2A, Area 11), Piedmont (3A, Area 10), No. 10 Cherokee County (4A, Area 11), No. 9 Douglas (4A, Area 12) and Boaz (5A, Area 10).
The Collinsville boys, ranked No. 2 in the latest Class 1A poll, will host the Area 10 tournament.