This isnt uncharted territory for the Glenwood boys basketball team. The girls are used to this position, too.
When the Gators and Lady Gators suit up for their respective AISA Class 3A championship basketball games on Tuesday, theyll do so with the experience of having played in the game last season.
The boys, which won the championship last season, will face Tuscaloosa Academy at 6 p.m., while the girls will get a rematch with Lee-Scott at 4 p.m. The Lee-Scott girls defeated Glenwood in the title game last season, but the Lady Gators have come out on top in the three meetings between the two teams this year.
Im trying to make my girls understand that just because of the previous three meetings, it doesnt mean its going to be like that again, coach Julie Humphries said. Theyre a very good program. We cant go in thinking its going to be easy.
Humphries said shes used the 2010 season as a cautionary tale, when Glenwood was in the opposite position. Having lost the Lee-Scott three times during the season, the two teams met in the final four, which Glenwood, of course, won.
I preached to my team then probably what theyre preaching right now, Humphries said. The saying is its hard to beat a good team three times. Well, its real hard to beat a good team four times.
To take home the trophy, Humphries said her team would have to rely on its size, utilizing Tamara York inside.
She has to be big on defense for us, she said. Lee-Scott doesnt have a ton of size, so we have to use that to our advantage.
On the boys side, Glenwood will be going for its second consecutive championship and fourth in program history. Under coach Dusty Perdue, the Gators have already won two titles in as many chances.
Experience wont necessarily give them a huge advantage, though, when considering Tuscaloosa Academy has won 15 championships in program history.
Its business as usual, probably for both teams, Perdue said. They know what theyre about to go through.
Glenwood, which sports a lot of size, will face a team that may not match up in height, but has plenty of body down low. Perdue said he expects a physical opponent that will try to keep his team away from the basket.
Theyll let us shoot outside, he said. But were going to try to get to the pain as much as possible.
Perdues Gators won a title in 2007 and again in 2013.
Knock on wood, were two-for-two, Perdue said. Heres hoping we can make it three.
Russell County boys, girls to face Faith Academy
The Warriors and Lady Warriors, which both defeated Saraland at home in last weeks Class 5A subregional, will travel to the Dothan Civic Center to face Faith Academy on 3 p.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, respectively.
The Lady Warriors have won 11 straight games and sport an 11-10 record, while the boys are 13-13.
The Faith Academy boys are 27-2, while the girls are 22-6.
Central boys face Spain Park on Wednesday
In Class 6A, the Red Devils will face Spain Park at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Alabama State.
Central, which is 26-1 on the season, defeated Jeff Davis 62-58 in last Fridays subregional. Spain Park defeated Thompson 61-52.
The Red Devils won against Jeff Davis despite the absence of coach Bobby Wright, who had been admitted to the hospital for an unspecified ailment last Wednesday. In his place was assistant coach Carlton Jones.
Bobby Wrights wife, Central girls coach Carolyn Wright, said on Monday they were not sure yet whether hed be back for Wednesdays game.