With the regular season winding down, the time has come for local basketball teams around the county to prove what they’re made of, starting with area tournament play beginning this upcoming week.
Six local basketball squads — three boys, three girls — head into the postseason with hosting duties for their respective area tournaments.
Both Holly Pond teams, as well as Good Hope's and Cold Springs' girls, were able to make it through their respective areas with perfect 6-0 records.
Two teams that needed some help — Fairview’s and Cold Springs’ boys — were able get it late in the season. The Aggies garnered their regular season area title by winning a coin toss, while Cold Springs secured a top seed with a Lamar County victory over Oakman back in January.
The remaining teams in the county will all be on the road for their area tournaments as they look to extend their seasons to the sub-regional round, which will begin on Monday, Feb. 11 and, hopefully, a trip to regionals shortly thereafter.
Area winners and runners-up both receive sub-regional games — a home game for the winner and an away game for the runner-up. A win in that contest will advance teams to regional play, whereas a loss will mark the end of the road.
Class 3A, Area 12 — Boys
Host: Holly Pond
Coach Mitch Morris’ team enters its area tournament playing some of its best basketball to date. The No. 7 Broncos are 20-5 on the season and have easily dispatched of all of their area foes this year.
Holly Pond will play fourth-seeded Brindlee Mountain on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Broncos have beaten the Lions by an average of 32 points in their two meetings.
The other semifinal matchup pits New Hope versus J.B. Pennington. The winner of that game will face the Holly Pond/Brindlee Mountain winner for the area championship on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.