5 games to watch in the Huntsville area for the week of January 8-13

Here are five high school basketball games this week that look promising for fans in the Huntsville metro area. Six teams ranked by the Alabama Sportswriters Association are participating in those five games – including three No. 1 teams.

BUCKHORN (9-9) AT LEE-HUNTSVILLE (13-8) – GIRLS

Day/time: Tuesday, 6 p.m

The Skinny: Senior Limaya Batimba is a double-double machine for Lee. The 5-foot-8 guard has scored and rebounded in double figures in 19 of 21 games so far. Batimba leads the Generals with 18 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, followed by London Harris with 10.1 and 6.2. Harris is averaging 4.4 assists per game. The Generals are 2-1 in Class 6A, Region 16. Buckhorn is 0-2 in the region and lost 53-33 at home to Lee on Dec. 1. That setback started a 2-7 streak in the Bucks’ last nine games.

BUCKHORN (16-5) AT LEE-HUNTSVILLE (4-8) – BOYS

Day/time: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m

The Skinny: This game is the highlight of a great matchup against Lee and is a rematch of Buckhorn’s 59-50 win at home on December 1st. Defending state champion and top-ranked Buckhorn is 2-0 in Class 6A, Area 16, while Lee is 2-1. Top Mr. Basketball contender Caleb Holt should be seen as a freshman. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder already has scholarship offers from eight SEC schools. In four games against tough competition in the Huntsville City Classic, he averaged 27.25 points per outing. Lee stumbled out of the gate, losing three in a row, and went 0-4 at the Palm Desert Holiday Classic in Rancho Mirage, California. Coach Greg Brown’s squad is 4-3 against Alabama teams with losses to 7A No. 1 Huntsville, 7A Grissom (2 each) and 6A No. 1 Buckhorn.

LAUDERDALE COUNTY (18-0) AT CLEMENTS (11-6) – GIRLS

Day/time: Tuesday, 6 p.m

The Skinny: This clash in Athens is a big game from Area 16, featuring Class 3A No. 1 Lauderdale County v. No. 2 Clements. Lauderdale County defeated the Colts 38-27 at home on Dec. 12 in the lowest-scoring game of the season for the Rogersville team. Lauderdale County is averaging 63.9 points per game while the Colts are scoring 53.3 points per game. Clements has won games with field goals in the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and beat Tanner 94-14 last week. Clements won a state championship in 2010 and finished second last season, falling 52-48 to Trinity to finish 28-7. Lauderdale County holds the AHSAA record with 13 state championships, most recently in 2016 — the end of a five-year streak that was the standard until Hazel Green won its sixth straight title last season. The Tigers also finished second in 1988, ’94, ’98, 2001 and 2018.

MADISON ACADEMY (17-4) AT ATHENS (12-5) – BOYS

Day/time: Tuesday, 7 p.m

The Skinny: The Mustangs, ranked sixth in Class 5A, take on Athens on the road after coming off two straight big wins, 81-17 over Area 16 Ardmore and 68-35 over 5A Fairview. The only losses for Tom Berryman’s squad came at 6A Mountain Brook, to 5A Ramsay, 7A Grissom and 6A No. 1 Buckhorn. The Mustangs have a balanced attack with Kahleel Green and Jaylen Blackwell scoring 11 points per game. Cam Bell scores 10.3 and Mike Stanford 9.4 per game. Stanford leads MA with 7.5 rebounds per game, followed by Blackwell’s 6.1 per game. Athens has lost two in a row – at Muscle Shoals and at Red Bay – and fell 54-31 in its opener at Madison Academy on Dec. 12.

HUNTSVILLE (21-1) AT ALBERTVILLE (18-3) – BOYS

Day/time: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m

The Skinny: It’s No. 1 vs. No. 7 in a clash from Class 7A, Area 7. The Aggies are 1-1 in area play as Huntsville won the area opener over Grissom on Friday. Christian Schweers’ Crimson Panthers were virtually unstoppable against all opposing strategies – scoring 60.1 points per game while allowing 46.5. Huntsville’s only loss was on Nov. 15 to current 16-0 Monteverde Academy of Orlando. Albertville scores 64.5 points per game and allows 51.9. The Aggies are 1-1 in the area, with a 68-46 win over Sparkman and a 51-49 loss to Grissom, both on the road. Huntsville went 1-0 in the zone with a 60-51 home win over Grissom on Friday. Cooper Colvin averaged 17 points and 6 assists in three games as Albertville finished second in the Gulf Coast Classic. Caleb Harrison leads Huntsville with around 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. Major Deacon is in his first season at the helm of Albertville, after stints at Baker, Austin and Pleasant Home. Schweers is in his sixth year at Huntsville.

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