Oakman’s boys and Curry’s girls are the teams to beat in the 2020 Walker County Basketball Tournament set for this week at Curry High School.
Varsity games will be held Thursday through Saturday while the JV boys and freshman boys start today.
Five championship games will be held on Saturday starting with freshman boys at noon.
Oakman’s boys are the lone ranked team in the county. The Wildcats (15-5) hold down the No. 8 spot in Class 3A.
Oakman recently split games with Class 6A Hueytown, winning 84-81 on the road and losing 76-48 at home. The Wildcats are 3-0 against Walker County competition, beating Carbon Hill twice and Dora once.
Oakman plays its tournament opener at 8 p.m. Friday against the winner of the Dora-Cordova game.
Carbon Hill is the No. 2 seed. The Bulldogs (11-13) bring a four-game losing streak into the tournament. Carbon Hill plays No. 3 seed Curry (7-13) at 5 p.m. Friday. The Yellow Jackets have also dropped four straight games.
In Thursday’s game, set to tip off at 6:45 p.m., No. 4 Dora (4-16) plays No. 5 Cordova (3-14). Dora won last year’s county championship, beating Oakman 62-53 at Cordova High School.
Curry’s girls (15-6) play their first game at 6:30 p.m. on Friday against the winner of the Cordova-Oakman game.
The Yellow Jackets are 3-2 against Walker County teams. Curry is 1-1 against Carbon Hill, 0-1 against Dora and 2-0 against Cordova. Curry went on a 10-1 run starting in early January, but the Jackets have struggled lately with losses to Corner, Fayette and Haleyville in their last four games.
Carbon Hill (11-13) is the No. 2 seed. The Bulldogs have won 2 of their last 10 games going into the tournament.
Carbon Hill faces No. 3 seed Dora (7-11) at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Dora won the only meeting this season, 54-46 in early December.
In Thursday’s game, No. 4 Cordova (4-11) plays No. 5 Oakman (0-14) at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
Oakman won last year’s tournament, beating Curry 48-26 in the final.
The tournament starts with a freshman boys game (No. 2 Carbon Hill vs. No. 3 Dora) at 4 p.m. Tuesday. A JV boys game follows with No. 4 seed Cordova playing No. 5 Dora at 5:15 p.m.
There are two JV girls teams in the tournament. Curry plays Carbon Hill in the championship game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
(2) C. Hill vs. (3) Dora, 4 p.m.
(4) Cordova vs. (5) Dora, 5:15 p.m.
(2) C. Hill vs. (3) Curry, 6:30 p.m.
(1) Oakman vs. Dora/Cordova winner, 4 p.m.
(4) Cordova vs. (5) Oakman, 5:15 p.m.
(4) Dora vs. (5) Cordova, 6:45 p.m.
(2) Carbon Hill vs. (3) Dora, 3:30 p.m.
(2) Carbon Hill vs. (3) Curry, 5 p.m.
(1) Curry vs. Cordova/Oakman winner, 6:30 p.m.
(1) Oakman vs. Dora/Cordova winner, 8 p.m.
Freshman Boys, noon
JV Girls, 1:30 p.m.
JV Boys, 3 p.m.
Varsity Girls, 4:30 p.m.
Varsity Boys, 6 p.m.