The holidays are upon us and that means high school basketball tournaments provide stiff competition for teams in our area.
One team that needs a little competition is Barbara Roy’s Locust Fork Lady Hornets, who are up to No. 2 in the final poll of 2015 and are now 11-0 on the season.
The Lady Hornets should get all the competition they need this week in the AL.COM Tournament in Huntsville – a tournament formerly known as the Huntsville Times Classic.
Locust Fork got a pair of free throws from Ashlyn Adkins with just 4 seconds to play to knock off Decatur 42-40 in the first round Monday afternoon.
6A Decatur (3-8) got nine points from Tamia King.
Locust Fork (11-0) was led by Adkins with a gamehigh 18 points. Kimberly Horton chipped in 12.
Locust Fork met 7A Bob Jones (7-8), the tournament host, yesterday in the semifinals. Bob Jones got past Huntsville 31-30 in the first round.
Wildcats playing well
Hayden is now 9-3 on the year after going 1-1 in the Bojangles Christmas Shootout last week at Wallace State in Hanceville.
The Wildcats, ranked No. 6 in 5A, opened the tournament on Friday with one of their best wins of the year – a 66-62 victory over Columbia of Huntsville, the No. 4 team in 5A.
Columbia came into the game with a record of 8-2 and a decided height advantage inside – starters in the frontcourt that were 6’7, 6’6, and 6’5.
With the win, the Wildcats advanced to the title game against 6A No. 10 Albertville.
The Wildcats trailed just 19-16 after one quarter and 33-26 at the half but the Aggies began to pull away in the third quarter – building a 56-41 lead – and then put the game away in the final quarter for an 81-54 victory.
Hayden got 16 points from Dylan Bradford and 10 from Leonard Johnson.
Albertville (10-3) was led by tournament MVP Avery Nevels, who finished with a game-high 18 points.
The Locust Fork girls improved to 10-0, 3-0 in 4A Area 10, with a 67-56 victory at J.B. Pennington last Tuesday – but it wasn’t easy.
The Lady Hornets jumped all over the Lady Tigers, building a 16-6 lead after one quarter. The hosts played them tight for the rest of the night but the damage had already been done.
J.B. Pennington (10-2, 2-1) got 16 points and nine rebounds from Darby Hamm.
Locust Fork’s Ashlyn Adkins had a monster night with 26 points, six rebounds, five steals, and four assists. Jaime Gail Hudson had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Kimberly Horton added 11 points and five steals.
In the boys game, Locust Fork led the entire way and put away the Tigers 63-53.
Christian Baker led the Tigers (2-10, 0-3) was led by Christian Baker’s 21 points. Dylan McCay added 10 points.
Locust Fork (7-3, 3-0) got a game-high 25 points from Daniel Goss and 10 from Chase Biles.
Friday, Dec. 18
Cornerstone 53, Oneonta 40
The Redskins played well in the first half and led 29-24 after two quarters.
Unfortunately, the second half was a different story as the 1A Eagles buried the Redskins 18-2 in the final period to get the win.
Oneonta (6-6) got 13 points from Brody Moore and 12 points, six rebounds and six steals from Jacob Adams.
Cornerstone (6-8) was led by Will Stanford’s gamehigh 25 points.
The only holiday basketball tournament being played in the county is the Hayden Girls Christmas Classic.
The tournament starts Saturday (Dec. 26) with the semifinals Monday and the finals set for Tuesday.
The first-round schedule: 2 p.m. – Cleveland vs. Mortimer Jordan; 3:30 p.m. – Good Hope vs. Cordova; 5 p.m. – Hayden vs. Hamilton; 6:30 p.m. – West Point vs. Hueytown.
Games will be start at 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and the championship game is for Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
Cleveland’s boys will play in the Brindlee Mountain Christmas Tournament starting Saturday while Oneonta’s boys are playing in the Glencoe Christmas Tournament starting Monday.
The Hayden boys will travel to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to play in the King of the Smokies Tournament, which features 16 teams from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. That tournament will run Monday, Dec. 28, through Thursday, Dec. 31.