February Frenzy has begun

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 9, 2006

The college basketball world hits its peak in March. Thus you have March Madness.

No one has coined a term for the time when high school basketball teams begin tournament play to determine the state title.

Having covered high school tournaments for almost 20 years, I think the perfect term for high school tournament time is a February Frenzy.

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That frenzy reached its peak actually before the month began when Charles Henderson's boys varsity team looked poised to claim the area title.

Only the Trojans' claim to the title was short-lived.

Charles Henderson played its last area game beyond the deadline to have area games played and was stripped of its area title and the right to host the boys area tournament.

Greenville coach Victor Smith was content with a trip to Troy for the area tournament to face Eufaula in the semifinals.

Only those plans quickly changed. Charles Henderson dropped from the first to the third seed of the tournament, so now the Trojans will face Greenville in the semifinals at Eufaula.

That mistake by Charles Henderson may cost the Trojans and could end up helping Greenville.

The Tigers lost both area games to Charles Henderson earlier in the season, but Greenville has changed as a team. The Tigers have found the common denominator when it comes to guard play and have won three straight games.

Don't be surprised if Charles Henderson falls to Greenville on Friday to give the Tigers an automatic berth in the sub-regional tournament.

Another team that may be dangerous this late in the season is Cindy Lowe's McKenzie girls team. The Lady Tigers earned the regular season area title and look poised to play for the area tournament title on Saturday.

Whether or not the Lady Tigers win the tournament title or not, it may not matter. This team is good enough to make it beyond the sub-regional to earn a trip to Troy.

This team maybe the Cinderella school of the year.

Should McKenzie get to the regional tournament, the Lady Tigers could be poised to make a lot of people take notice.

Another Butler County team that looks to go deep into the state basketball playoffs is Fort Dale Academy.

The Lady Eagles breezed through the area tournament and will face a Lee-Scott team that Fort Dale beat by almost 40 points in late December.

Lee-Scott is improved, but so are the Lady Eagles.

Fort Dale faced Faith Academy for the Class AAA title last year. Don't surprised if the Lady Eagles earn a rematch with Faith again this year.

Kevin Taylor is sports editor of The Greenville Advocate. Call him at (334) 382-3111 ext. 122 or e-mail kevin.taylor@greenvilleadvocate.com.