Oakman looks to end drought

Local teams one victory away from NW regional

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 2/12/17

Oakman’s girls basketball team is on the brink of ending a lengthy drought.

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Oakman looks to end drought

Local teams one victory away from NW regional

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Oakman’s girls basketball team is on the brink of ending a lengthy drought.

Only J.B. Pennington stands in the way.

The Wildcats disposed of Carbon Hill on Friday night, upsetting the Bulldogs by 19 points on their way to the Class 3A, Area 12 title. Now the team sits one win away from its first trip to the Northwest Regional Tournament at Wallace State-Hanceville since making back-to-back appearances in 2002 and 2003.

Thanks to Friday’s win, Oakman will host J.B. Pennington (22-8), the Area 11 runner up, at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Oakman (19-9) dominated the final three quarters of Friday’s game, outscoring Carbon Hill 48-30 after the first period. Malori Crowell, Iyana Canada, Heather Thompson and Chante Williams combined to score all of Oakman’s points.

A total of five area girls teams play sub-region playoff games on Monday. Winners advance to the Northwest Regional Tournament in Hanceville.

Carbon Hill (25-5) plays at No. 2 Locust Fork (30-1), in another Class 3A game. In 4A, Dora (9-13) plays at Haleyville (16-12), Winston County (21-8) plays at Cleveland (11-14) in a 2A matchup and Addison (25-5) heads to Holy Spirit (20-2) for a 1A sub-region game.

On the boys side, No. 4 Cordova is the only area team hosting a sub-region game. The Blue Devils welcome the Haleyville Lions (13-13) to Cordova High School for a 7 p.m. tip-off on Tuesday.

Cordova knocked off Dora 77-51 on Thursday to win their second straight Class 4A, Area 10 title.

Haleyville upset No. 1 seeded Winfield in the Area 11 tournament opener and fell to Fayette County 59-43 in the area tournament championship game.

Haleyville went 2-2 against teams from Walker County this season, sweeping Carbon Hill and losing two games to Walker.

Cordova advanced to the Class 4A state championship game in Birmingham last year, losing to Westminster Christian.

Five more area boys teams hit the road on Tuesday.

In 5A, Corner (21-10) plays at Talladega (23-8) with the winner playing at the Northeast Regional Tournament at Jacksonville State.

Dora (6-20) plays at Fayette County (21-10) in a 4A matchup, Carbon Hill (13-15) plays at No. 2 Holly Pond (29-1) in a 3A game, Winston County (19-8) plays at Altamont (13-5) in a 2A matchup and Meek (13-11) hits the road to play South Lamar (21-6) in a 1A game.