Tourney roundup: Greensboro claims title
4A Area 6
Boys: 4A No. 5 Greene County had no problem at home against fourth-seeded Choctaw County Friday, rolling to a 67-39 victory and setting up Monday’s title game against Demopolis.
4A Area 5
Boys: Host Greensboro cruised past fourth-seeded Jemison, 84-43. The Raiders face second seed Dallas County, 65-53 winners over Bibb County, at home Monday for the title.
Girls: The top-seeded Lady Raiders struggled offensively, but held Bibb County to 33 points to avenge an earlier loss to the Lady Choctaws 36-33 and claim the Area 5 title. Shandrille Tabb was named tournament MVP after scoring 11 points in the title game, with Kara Johnson, Vanessa Rhodes, and Brittney Skipper also named to the All-Tournament team. The Lady Raiders will face Chelsea, 61-43 losers to Montevallo, at home in Thursday’s sub-regionals.
3A Area 6
Boys: The top-ranked Sumter County Wildcats waxed West Blocton as expected, 85-57, but the big news Friday was third-seeded Aliceville’s 62-59 upset of second seed Francis Marion. The loss means that the six-time state champion Runnin’ Rams will miss the sub-regionals for the second consecutive year.
Sumter will face Aliceville Monday night in a double-header with the girls’ championship between Sumter and Francis Marion.
2A Area 6
Boys: 2A No. 2 R.C. Hatch showed no signs of letdown at home Friday facing fourth-seeded Billingsley, coasting to a 103-47 victory. They square off with rival Keith, 55-53 winners over Marbury, Monday night in Uniontown following the same two schools’ meeting in the girls title game.
1A Area 2
Boys: Fourth-seeded A.L. Johnson came within one shot of knocking off area regular season co-champ Coffeeville on the Panthers’ home floor, falling 60-57. Second-seeded Linden, the area’s other co-champ, had an easier time of it as the Patriots defeated Sweet Water 45-34. Coffeeville hosts Linden in a rubber match for the area title Monday night.
Girls: The second-seeded Linden Lady Patriots upset regular season area champions A.L. Johnson on the road in Thomaston Saturday night, defeating the Lady Eagles 47-41. Linden will look to qualify for their first regionals appearance since 2002 at home Thursday against the loser of Monday’s Area 8 championship game between Sunshine and Akron. A.L. Johnson will travel to take on the winner.
1A Area 8
Boys: Host Sunshine ended the season of fourth-seeded rival John Essex with a 72-45 blowout victory in Friday’s semifinals. The Tigers now turn their attention to Carrollton, 57-50 winners over Akron in the other semifinal. The Indians were the only team to hand Sunshine an area loss this season, winning on the Tigers’ court Jan. 27.