Subregional spots on the line for county girl teams

Published 2:07 pm Friday, February 3, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer

The most important time of the season is here for Chilton County area varsity girl’s basketball teams.

Chilton County High School is looking to put a cap on the most successful varsity girl’s season in the school’s history with an AHSAA Class 6A Area 5 tournament crown. The Tigers are hosting the tournament at their gym and have already locked up their spot in the championship game and sub-regionals. CCHS will play the winner of Benjamin Russell and Calera High Schools on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. in the area tournament final.

“I feel like we can win it,” CCHS senior Trinity Pulliam said. “It is hard to beat a team three times, so I do feel like we need to play very well. We just need to come in with our energy.”

Jemison High School heads to Syalcauga High School for the AHSAA Class 5A Area 8 tournament. The Panthers are No. 4 seed and drew the No. 1 seed and host-school Sylacauga in the semifinals on Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. If the Panthers advance, the area final will be on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.

“I am hoping we have gotten our groove back this last week,” Jemison coach Kelsey Mims said. “We are going to go down there with the same energy we have had recently … We are going to try to stay in the game long enough to try and pull off the upset.”

Isabella High School looks to turn their No. 2 seed in the AHSAA Class 2A Area 7 tournament into a spot in the subregionals. The Mustangs will face Fayetteville High School, the No. 3 seed, on Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinals. The schools split their regular season matchups 1-1, and the grudge match will decide who moves on to the final, and who goes home.

“I remind them that just because you got a team back the second time, you cannot just overlook them,” Isabella coach Jared Day said. “I feel pretty good about it, but you never know until you play the game.”

The Class 2A Area 7 tournament is taking place at B.B Comer High School, the No. 1 seed. Thorsby High School is also in the tournament as the No. 4 seed and takes on Central of Coosa County High School on Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. The winner moves into the semifinals to face B.B. Comer.

The Class 2A Area 7 tournament championship game is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.

Maplesville and Billingsley high schools have a win-and-in semifinal matchup on Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. in the AHSAA Class 1A Area 7 tournament. The winner of the game moves into the championship game on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m., and secures a berth in the subregionals.

Verbena High School, the No. 5 seed, plays Notasulga High School on Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the preliminary round game. The winner moves on to play the No. 1 seeded and host school Loachapoka High School on Feb. 7 at 5 p.m.