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Talladega, Cherokee county tournaments

The Childersburg boys and Talladega girls are the No. 1 seeds in their respective Talladega County Basketball Tournaments at Lincoln.

Unlike the Calhoun County Tournament where coaches vote to seed the field, the seedings for the Talladega tournament were determined by the teams’ overall records. Ties were broken by coin flips or head-to-head results.

Childersburg (13-2) is followed by Lincoln (15-3), Talladega (13-5) and Winterboro (11-6) among the top four seeds in the boys tournament.

Talladega (12-3) won a coin flip over Winterboro (12-3) for top seed in the girls tournament. Sylacauga (8-7) is No. 3.

Here are the seeds for the Talladega County Basketball Tournament that starts Jan. 18.

Boys seeds: 1. Childersburg (13-2), 2. Lincoln (15-3), 3. Talladega (13-5), 4. Winterboro (11-6), 5. Sylacauga (10-8), 6. Talladega County Central (3-13), 7. B.B. Comer (2-11), 8. Fayetteville (1-6), 9. Munford (1-9).

Girls seeds: 1. Talladega (12-3), 2. Winterboro (12-3), 3. Sylacauga (8-7), 4. Talladega County Central (7-7), 5. Munford (4-8), 6. Childersburg (4-8), 7. Fayetteville (1-5), 8. Lincoln (1-13), 9. B.B. Comer (0-12).

Jan. 18
B.B. Comer vs. Lincoln girls, 3 p.m.
Munford vs. Fayetteville boys, 4:30 p.m.
Winterboro vs. Fayetteville girls, 6 p.m.
Lincoln vs. B.B. Comer boys, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 19
Lincoln-B.B. Comer winner vs. Talladega girls, 4:30 p.m.
TCC vs. Munford girls, 6 p.m.
Sylacauga vs. Childersburg girls, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 20
Fayetteville-Munford winner vs. Childersburg boys, 4:30 p.m.
Talladega vs. TCC boys, 6 p.m.
Winterboro vs. Sylacauga boys, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 21
Girls semifinal No. 1, 6 p.m.
Girls semifinal No. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 22
Boys semifinal No. 1, 6 p.m.
Boys semifinal No. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 23
Girls championship, 6:30 p.m.
Boys championship, 8 p.m.

Cherokee County boys, Sand Rock girls installed as top seeds in Cherokee County

By Shannon Fagan/Cherokee County Herald

Sand Rock girls coach Lisa Bates isn’t sure being the top see in the Cherokee County Tournament is a blessing or a curse.

In her years of coaching the Lady Wildcats, she can’t recall her team ever winning the tournament as the top seed, but that’s exactly what they are heading into this year’s event at the Gadsden State-Cherokee Arena.

“We’re the top seed, but we know it’s going to be tough,” Bates said. “There are several tough teams in this thing. We’ve had a good start to the year so far. Our girls work hard and they deserve to get that top seed, but we’ve got to back it up. Hopefully we’ll be ready to play well next week and do the best we can.”

For coach Neal Wester, whose Cherokee County team pulled the No. 1 boys seed, this year’s tournament is more about keeping things going. The Warriors have won the last two county championships and 12 of the last 15.

“Every year is a different year; it’s motivation and, at the same time, pressure,” he said. “For our seniors it’s, ‘How do you want to be remembered?’ We know every game, whoever it’ll be, it’ll be a challenge. We’re looking forward to it.”

Here are the pairings for the 2016 Cherokee County Basketball Tournament at the Gadsden State-Cherokee Arena

Cherokee County (7-6) vs. Gaylesville (2-10), Jan. 14, 6 p.m.
Cherokee County-Gaylesville winner vs. Sand Rock (13-3), Jan. 15, 4 p.m.

Cedar Bluff (10-3) vs. Spring Garden (10-4), Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

Championship, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Sand Rock (7-8) vs. Gaylesville (2-10), Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Sand Rock-Gaylesville winner vs. Cherokee County (11-4), Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m.
Spring Garden (8-5) vs. Cedar Bluff (7-5), Jan. 15, 8:30 p.m.
Championship, Jan. 16, 8 p.m.

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