Kaden Slay takes it to the rack in the Tigers' last meeting with the Hornets. Photo by Kyle Thornton.
Basketball teams in area tourneys
By Michael Butler
It's 'do or die' time. The post-season is here. Area tournaments began for basketball teams around the state on Monday.
The Tallassee girls season has come to an end. The Tigers lost at Beauregard 47-27 on Monday evening. L.D. Bell's team went 4-14 in his first season. The four victories are the most for a Tallassee team since the 2018-19 season.
"We have accomplished some major things this year," Bell said. "We are a young squad with only two girls graduating. I challenged these girls this year to make girls basketball exciting to watch again in Tallassee. They have done exactly that."
The varsity boys match up with Beauregard on Tuesday in Tallassee at 6 p.m. A win will guarantee a playoff spot and date with Valley for the area championship on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Tigers (10-8) have beaten Beauregard in both meetings this season, 70-39 in Beauregard on Jan. 13 and 54-35 at Tallassee's Stumberg Gym on Jan. 27.
"We played them a week ago on Senior Night. We didn't play well," THS boys head coach Keiven Mixson said. "We've had a week off with three or four really good practices. One (was) not good. My players are probably mad at me because I just ran them out and said go home."
In Mixson's first five seasons his teams have won three area titles (2018, '20, '21) and were runners-up in 2019. They lost in the opening round of the area tourney last season missing the post-season for the first time in his tenure.
"Our goal every season is to reach the sub-region," he said. "I think we're in good position at home versus a team we beat twice."
THS Boys Area Tournament Results (2018-'22):
2018 (at Dadeville)
Tallassee 61, Alabama Christian 53
Championship: Tallassee 53, Dadeville 46
2019 (at Brewbaker Tech)
Tallassee 48, Valley 44
Championship: Brewbaker Tech 65, Tallassee 54
2020 (at Tallassee)
Tallassee 57, Beauregard 46
Championship: Tallassee 44, Brebaker Tech 41
2021 (at Pike Road)
Tallassee 2, Brewbaker Tech 0 (Forfeit)
Championship: Tallassee 66, Pike Road 56 (Overtime)
2022 (at Pike Road)
Brewbaker Tech 49, Tallassee 42