East Oktibbeha closes 2010 with tournament
East Oktibbeha girls basketball coach Randy Brooks believes the tournament hosted by their school today will be competitive. (Kim Murrell/SDN)
Just over 24 hours from 2011's beginning, the town of Crawford hosts its version of a New Year's Eve party a day early today with the East Oktibbeha Tournament.
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Six schools will be represented at the one-day-only basketball event including West Oktibbeha, Weir, West Lowndes, Columbus, McAdams and the hosts.
"It should be competitive and we should have good competition," said East Oktibbeha girls coach Randy Brooks.
The Lady Titans enter today's tournament with an overall record of 9-8. Brooks' squad will try to better that mark at 6 p.m. against McAdams.
"The McAdams girls are the defending (Class A) state champions, so we're going to take a step up with our competition," said Brooks.
Gatherings such as today's have become commonplace as of late for both the East Oktibbeha boys and girls teams.
In the last two weeks, the Titans and Lady Titans have already played in tournaments at West Oktibbeha and McAdams. Now they get to host an event on their own floor.
Brooks says the recent busy schedule has done nothing but help his girls.
"In the tournament at McAdams, we played against Provine, a (Class 5A) school," said Brooks. "We held our own for three quarters in that game before they beat us. We beat a (Class 2A) power in Puckett and beat Durant. We played a (Class 3A) school in Aberdeen (at the West Oktibbeha Tournament).
"The only thing that can help us do is get ready for our district and get ready for the South State."
The abundance of game action has also been beneficial to boys coach Barnett Robinson's Titans.
Robinson's team sits at 2-13 coming into today's 7:30 p.m. game against McAdams.
"The last game we played, we won so maybe that will give us a little confidence," said Robinson. "It's time to get back on the court and get ready for the homestretch and district play. Everything from here on out counts.
"The guys want to win. They realize it's going to take them working hard every game to win."
Aside from East Oktibbeha's games against McAdams, four other games will be played at today's tournament, beginning with a girls game at noon between West Oktibbeha and Weir.
At 1:30 p.m., the West Lowndes boys will play the East Oktibbeha junior varsity boys, and at 3 p.m., the West Lowndes girls face East Oktibbeha's junior varsity girls.
The final game not involving the hosts takes place at 4:30 p.m. as the West Oktibbeha boys battle Columbus.