By Johnny Sanders, Sports Editor
Boys: Coach Barber’s Indians are playing well at the right time as area tournament play began on Monday night.
The week started with the regular season finale against Center Point. Pinson won 71-47 in a game that saw Quay Lynch lead the way with 23 points, four assists and three rebounds. Austin Coner had 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Next up was round one of the area tournament, hosted by Clay-Chalkville. Pinson drew Mortimer Jordan first and disposed of them 69-35. Clyde Walters led the Indians with 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assits to go with Coner’s 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Camron Frost’s 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Indians will face Clay-Chalkville for the third time this year on Wednesday night for the area championship. Clay has won the previous two meetings, the last one being by just two points.
Girls: Tamara Gills set out to accomplish two things in her first year at the helm of the Pinson Valley Lady Indians. One, get to the playoffs and two, win 10 games. While she was unable to accomplish the 10 wins, coming up just one win short, her team did play in the post season, losing to Mortimer Jordan on Monday night by a score of 58-39.
“Toughness and hard work is what we will build this program on. We are a bit short on talent, but once we recoup from this loss, we are going to get back in the lab and fix that. We started three sophomores this year and I think with their hard work and grit, we can build on that.”
The week started on a positive note as Pinson got their ninth win by beating Center Point 60-11.
The Lady Indians finish the 2023/2024 season with a 9-14 record in Gills’ first season at the helm.
Boys: The Blue Devils’ tough season came to an end on Monday night as they dropped the opening game of the area tournament to the Leeds Greenwave.
The week started with a win on senior night over Vincenty. Moody had a great game, winning 81-36 over. Senior Bri’quon Lambert led the Blue Devils with 22 points in the game.
On Monday, Moody faced Leeds in round one of the area tournament, losing to the Greenwave 52-45 to end their season.
The 411 Boys ended the season 8-18, a far cry from last year’s great season. However, there are some young guys on Moody’s team that gives hope for a bright future ahead.
Coach Chad Bates said of the season, “It didn’t go as planned but life rarely does. This team faced a lot of adversity and battled to the end. They could have given up but chose not to. Hopefully they will take that same approach throughout their lives.”
Girls: This team is a machine that is gaining steam as the year goes on and they are proving to be one of the best girls teams in the state.
The week started off with a 45-37 win over Mortimer Jordan, who will play against Clay-Chalkville Wednesday night in that area championship over in class 6A. Not a bad Tuesday night win for the Lady Blue Devils. Jayla Whitsey had 19 points and three steals in the game.
The next game up was senior night against Vincent. The Lady Blue Devils whipped the visitors 66-18 as they celebrated the most successful senior class in school history.
In round one of the area tournament, Moody made short work of the Saint Clair County Saints, winning 93-18, advancing to the championship game on Tuesday night in the rubber match against Springville, who is one of only two teams to beat the Lady Blue Devils this season.
Boys: The Greenies are hitting their stride at the right time and playing quite possibly their best ball as they approach the post season.
Leeds started the week off with a win over Gardendale by a score of 57-48 to even their season record at 12-12.
In round one of the area tournament, Leeds played Moody for the third time this year and beat them 52-45 to get the season sweep and end the Blue Devils’ season. Gavin Bowlin led scoring with 15 points while Chris Burge had 12 and Tabari Davis added 10.
Coach Jeremiah Millington said the following about the game. “Thought last night was a really good high school basketball game with a great environment. Credit to both communities for traveling out to Springville to create a really fun atmosphere for these young men. Having to play Moody three times is tough. The familiarity with each other is probably like any other matchup you can have. Our kids battled, probably didn’t play our best basketball, which Moody deserves a lot of credit for that. But we stayed together and did enough down the stretch to pull out the victory.”
Leeds moves on to the championship game on Wednesday night to take on the hosting Springville Tigers.
“We are excited about the matchup,” said Coach Millington. “We had two really close games with them during the season that did not go our way. Hopefully we can do a little bit more on Wednesday to change that outcome. Coach Easterwood does a great job with his group and his kids play extremely hard.”
Girls: The Lady Greenies did not have any such luck as the boys this week, dropping their first game of the week to Gardendale 51-23.
Round one of the area tournament was no kinder to Leeds as Springville ended the Lady Greenwave’s season with a 74-29 win.
Leeds ends the season with a 4-20 record, but the young team has a good core of eighth graders who will be freshmen next year to build off of. The future looks bright for Coach Gulock’s girls.
Boys: The area’s top-seeded Springville Tigers started the week off a bit rough, but recovered well.
On Tuesday, Springville took to the road for a long trip to Fort Payne and came back home with a 12-point loss, 62-50.
However, the more important game of the week came in game one of the area tournament at the Purple Palace. The Tigers whipped up on Saint Clair County in that game, beating them 65-41 to punch their ticket to the championship game on Wednesday night, where they will take on Leeds. Brodie Frederick led the way with 15 points while Jake Conner and Jake Isbell had 11 each. Luke Ballard and Cade Gleason each had nine.
“We didn’t play our best game against Saint Clair. I felt like we played with pressure,” said Springville head coach Brandon Easterwood. “Not taking anything away from Coach Bozeman. St. Clair changed defenses against us and was more aggressive most of the night. We were fortunate to get some turnovers and made some timely shots.”
Speaking on the upcoming area championship against Leeds, Easterwood said, “We are excited to have the opportunity to play for the area title and will have to play better than we did the first two times we played against Leeds to even have a chance to win. Coach Millington does a great job of preparing his team and we know they will come in and play extremely hard.”
Girls: The Lady Tigers opened the area tournament with a 74-29 victory over the Leeds Lady Greenwave.
Springville moves on to take on the red-hot Moody Lady Blue Devils in the area championship game on Tuesday night.