Childersburg takes top seed

Jailah Swain and the Lady Tigers are 16-1 on the season.

The host Childersburg girls will be the top seed for the 2019 Talladega County high school basketball tournament, set for Jan. 21-26.

The Lady Tigers are looking to win the county championship for the first time since 2012.

“It is exciting to be the one seed,” Childersburg head coach Gavin King said. “The county tournament is such a good tournament with all the all teams in it. Talladega County girls teams usually make it deep in the postseason.

“Being the one seed doesn’t help us win the tournament, we still have to go play.”

The Class 4A Lady Tigers have a 16-1 record, with their lone loss coming to 5A Shelby County in the Lady Tiger Classic at Talladega County Central.  

King said he is excited about the county tournament, but he said his team is preparing for a tough stretch of games that includes three area showdowns before the tournament starts.

“We still have some area games that we are really focused on the next couple of weeks,” he said. “Although we have the bracket now, we are still going to prepare for those area games.

“We will get to the county tournament when it comes. I am very excited this year because it is at our gym. Hopefully, we can have a good crowd come out. Hopefully, we can find a way to get into the championship game.”  

TC Central is the second seed at 15-5. The 1A Lady Fighting Tigers will be a tough out in the tournament. Robert Duncan’s team hasn’t lost a game to a 1A opponent this season.

TC Central played very well in its Christmas tournament, where the Lady Fighting Tigers fell to a pair of ranked opponents in 2A Sacred Heart and 5A Shelby County.

Winterboro is the third seed at 12-5. The Lady Bulldogs are on a four-game winning streak that includes a win over 5A Moody on Tuesday night. Sheroderick Smith earned the 200th win of his career as a girls basketball coach last Saturday against B.B.Comer.

Lincoln is fourth seed at 8-9. Defending county champion Talladega is fifth at 7-8.

B.B. Comer is sixth seed at 3-8. Munford is seventh seed at 4-11.

Fayetteville is eighth at 3-11, and Sylacauga is ninth at 1-13. Those two teams will open the tournament Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. The winner will take on top seed Childersburg on Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.