Following Thursday’s action involving Marshall County middle school basketball teams, the seedings and pairings for the upcoming county tournament were determined.
The tournament was scheduled to start today but will now start on Monday, beginning at 3 p.m., at DAR (Grant). The start of the tournament was pushed back two days because of the threat of extreme weather today, according to DAR Middle School Principal Tim Isbill, the tournament director.
Action on Monday begins at 3 p.m. with a seventh grade girls game between DAR and Guntersville. Four seventh grade boys games follow, including Douglas vs. Brindlee Mountain at 4 p.m. and Arab vs. Boaz at 7 p.m.
Arab and Brindlee Mountain teams completed their regular season on Thursday. Arab split four games with Albertville at home, with the seventh grade boys and eighth grade girls posting wins and the eighth grade boys and seventh grade girls falling to defeat.
Brindlee Mountain’s three tournament-bound teams all lost to Douglas in their regular-season finales Thursday (see story below).
Because of the delayed start, games that would have been played on Monday will now be played on Tuesday, and games that would have been played on Tuesday will be played on Wednesday. One Wednesday game involving a local team has the Arab eighth grade boys taking on Albertville at 7 p.m.
Other Monday matchups have the Albertville seventh grade boys playing DAR at 5 p.m. and the Guntersville seventh graders facing Asbury at 6.
The Brindlee Mountain eighth grade girls play Asbury at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Brindlee Mountain eighth grade boys play Douglas at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The finals are scheduled for next Saturday (Jan. 18). See the Local Sports Calendar in Saturday's Arab Tribune for additional tournament information.
• 8TH GRADE BOYS
Albertville 48, Arab 25
Arab closed out the regular season at 7-11 after falling to a talented Aggies team that knew how to force turnovers and cash in on offense. The game was tied 9-9 after a quarter but after that, the Aggies gradually pulled away.
“They have a lot of depth and a lot better size than we have,” said coach Jason Guger. “Their big kids whipped us rebounding but I was proud of how we battled in the first half.”
Owen Thomas led the Knights with eight points while Ryan King and J.R. Young had four each.
The boys face Albertville again on Wednesday at 7 in the county tournament.
7TH GRADE BOYS
Arab 40, Albertville 28
Arab led all the way in this one, jumping out to an 18-6 first-quarter lead that they were able to maintain practically the rest of the game.
“We shot well in our own gym, which we should, and we played outstanding defense against a very good team that’s already beat us twice this season,” Guger said.
Logan Alldredge led the Knights with 12 points followed by Drew Puccio, who had nine second-half points while Wyatt Lamar and Landon Strickland had four each.
“With this win and the Boaz win on Tuesday, we’re going into the county tournament with two rivalry wins playing our best basketball of the year,” Guger said.
The Knights (9-9) will face Boaz in the county tournament Monday at 7.
8TH GRADE GIRLS
Arab 25, Albertville 14
While it wasn’t a high-scoring game, the Lady Knights were pretty much in control all the way, despite a slow start. Arab led 3-2 after the first quarter and 10-6 at halftime.
“We didn’t really shoot the ball well tonight but we controlled the pace of the game with our defense,” said coach Terance Maze. “We got better as the game went on and made a run in the third quarter to build the lead a little bit.”
Bennett Elrod led Arab with 14 points while Marissa Pope had four. The Knights, now 12-6, will face Guntersville at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
7TH GRADE GIRLS
Albertville 29, Arab 25
The Lady Knights made a good comeback in the fourth quarter but still fell short.
“Same story as the eighth grade. We had a slow start,” said Maze. “We couldn’t hit shots, we turned the ball over a little bit and struggled rebounding.”
Ava Kinney and Ava Wooten had eight points each while Alli Persle added four.
“Ultimately we got better as the game went on and made a little bit of a run in the fourth quarter to trim the lead to four. But, I like our momentum going into the county tournament,” said Maze.
The Knights (9-9) will face Boaz Friday at 4 in the county tournament.