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Five Selma teams prepare for Elite 8

Five Selma teams hope to make their mark in the AISA Elite 8 Basketball Tournament on Thursday and Friday in Montgomery.

By winning the Region 2 tournament on Friday, Central Christian’s boys’ team enters today’s matchup with Coosa Valley as the No. 1 seed. The Warriors have won 13 straight games, with the last 11 wins coming on the road.

The Warriors beat the Rebels 62-46 on Nov. 14, but Central Christian coach Carl Rawls has made it a point to maintain focus.

“We’re not going to take them light,” Rawls said. “This group is more focused and wants it more.”

The Lady Warriors won the consolation game of the Region 2 tournament to earn the No. 3 seed, and also have a date with the Rebels.

Central Christian reached the Final 4 last season, and hopes to draw from that experience.

“We’ve been ready, waiting to prove all the doubters wrong,” said Lady Warrior coach Darrell Walker.

The Morgan girls open the Class AAA tournament with a difficult task against No. 1 Lee-Scott at 9 a.m. Friday morning in Montgomery.

Morgan coach Robert Andress sees the best three guards in the state taking the floor against his team. But, he does like the opportunity the game presents.

“There’s no pressure on us,” said Andress. “Nobody gives us any kind of chance.”

After losing Saturday’s Area 2 championship game to Tuscaloosa, the Morgan boys enter Friday’s tangle with Glenwood as the No. 2 seed. The Senators reached the 2008 Elite 8, and hope the experience will provide a boost.

“Last year’s experience will help our team,” said Morgan coach Lee Tate. “Our eyes won’t be as wide.”

Glenwood matches Morgan in size, and has the edge in athleticism. The Senators will rely on a physical advantage and defense.

The Meadowview boys round out the slate against East Memorial in the Class AA Elite 8 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.