Area teams populate state polls

Published 10:59 am Thursday, January 11, 2018

GREATER VALLEY AREA — The Alabama Sports Writers Association released its first state basketball rankings since mid-December on Wednesday night.

A few local teams made the polls.

In Class 2A, the Lanett High School boys (8-5) are ranked fifth, while the LaFayette boys (12-5) are ranked ninth. Both moved up since the last poll was released. On Dec. 13, Lanett was ranked 10th and LaFayette was unranked.

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The Panthers and Bulldogs have combined to win the past three 2A state titles. LaFayette captured the crown in 2015; Lanett has clinched the past two seasons.

The rivals met last Friday, and Lanett pulled out a 64-55 victory. The Area 8 rematch will take place at Lanett on Jan. 19.

In AISA, the Springwood School girls (13-4) are ranked fifth. They were ranked fourth in the last poll but have recently suffered a pair of losses to Lee-Scott and Glenwood.

The Lady Wildcats finished as a state runner-up in 2015, state champion in 2016 and state semifinalist in 2017.

The Valley boys (10-6) did not appear in the 5A poll, but their strong campaign has not gone unnoticed. The Rams were nominated and find themselves on the bubble.