Glenwood boys, girls in familiar territory in AISA final

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 17, 2014 

Joe Paull Glenwood's Lawson Humphries looks to pass against Lee-Scott Academy Thursday night at Glenwood.

This isn’t 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, they’ll 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.

“I’m trying to make my girls understand that just because of the previous three meetings, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be like that again,” coach Julie Humphries said. “They’re a very good program. We can’t go in thinking it’s going to be easy.”

Humphries said she’s 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 they’re preaching right now,” Humphries said. “The saying is it’s hard to beat a good team three times. Well, it’s 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 doesn’t 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 won’t necessarily give them a huge advantage, though, when considering Tuscaloosa Academy has won 15 championships in program history.

“It’s business as usual, probably for both teams,” Perdue said. “They know what they’re 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.

“They’ll let us shoot outside,” he said. “But we’re going to try to get to the pain as much as possible.”

Perdue’s Gators won a title in 2007 and again in 2013.

“Knock on wood, we’re two-for-two,” Perdue said. “Here’s 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 week’s 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 Friday’s 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 Wright’s wife, Central girls coach Carolyn Wright, said on Monday they were not sure yet whether he’d be back for Wednesday’s game.

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