Basketball

With high school basketball season beginning, The Anniston Star has previewed each of the boys and girls teams in Calhoun County. Beginning this past Tuesday, several previews ran each day until all 15 schools were covered. Ohatchee is the 15th school:

Ohatchee girls

Last year, a buzzer-beating 3-point shot helps Bryant Ginn and his Ohatchee beat Glencoe to clinch a spot in sub-regional, but the Indians saw their season end there, one game short of the Northeast Regional.

Even though, Ginn loses seniors Makenzie Hanks and Cheyenne McCarter from last season’s team, he expects seniors Ally McCoy and Kacie Cooper to step up and excel this season.

“I think the group this year will be a fun group to coach,” Ginn said. “They’re real attentive, do anything you tell them to do, get after it, but will be really young so I understand we’ll have some growing pains.

“I know it’s going to be a work in progress, but I’m excited to have this group of kids.”

Ohatchee will be joined by Weaver and Wellborn in Class 3A, Area 9, so the regular-season area champion will get a bye into the area tournament finals, which clinches berth in the sub-regionals.

“Having Weaver and Wellborn, they’re both really good teams,” Ginn said. “Weaver is very well coached and will present us with some problems while Wellborn is one of the more athletic teams in the county.”

Instant Info

Team: Ohatchee

Coach: Bryant Ginn

Classification, area: Class 3A, Area 9

2015-16 record: 13-14

Players to watch: Ally McCoy, sr.; Kacie Cooper, sr.; Maggie Phillips, so.

Ohatchee boys

Not a lot of people expect to be playing football at this point in the year, but Bryant Ginn, who serves as an Ohatchee assistant football coach was well as the head girls and boys basketball coach, doesn’t mind.

Ginn understands there will be a few bumps in the road, with the Indians making the Class 3A football semifinals, which means the coach and some of the players will get a late start on hoops. But for basketball, it’s all about peaking at the right time, and the beginning of the season isn’t that time.

“I think it may make for some losses early in the season, ones we wouldn’t normally have had if we would be practicing,” Ginn said. “On the other side, I think it’s great the kids are able to make a run in football.”

Similar to Ohatchee football coach Scott Martin, Ginn will rely on Austin Tucker as his floor general, guiding the Indians through the season.

Exactly like the girls, Ohatchee boys will do battle with Weaver and Wellborn for the Class 3A, Area 9 title.

“Weaver gets after it like crazy,” Ginn said. “They get up-and-down so quickly and seem like they rotate five in, five out. Coach (Daryl) Hamby seems like he’s been over there forever.

“For Wellborn, (Jordan) Montgomery and (Blake) Hanson are so good. Jordan Angle has really done a great job with them.”

Instant Info

Team: Ohatchee

Coach: Bryant Ginn

Classification, area: Class 3A, Area 9

2015-16 record: 13-13

Players to watch: Austin Tucker, sr.; C.J. Ray, sr.; Ben Glass, jr.