Tourney Time: Area basketball teams begin tournaments today

Area basketball teams will be booked solid starting today.Most teams, including Big Spring, Coahoma and Forsan, begin their respective tournaments today, with hopes it serves as a gauge to where the team stands.Both the Big Spring girls and boys will be in the Andrews Tournament, the Coahoma Bulldogs kick off their 25th annual tournament and the Forsan boys continue searching for their first win in the Garden City Tournament. Big Spring boysAndrews Tournament, First Opponent: Midland Christian at noonThe Big Spring Steers haven’t quite found their stride yet and are still figuring out what kind of team they have. Maybe they’ll have a chance to straighten things out at the Andrews Tournament. The Steers have wins over Fort Stockton and Greenwood, but losses to Odessa Permian and most recently San Angelo Central.This tourney will provide a wide range of opponents, which head coach Cliff Thompson is pleased about.“Going into this tournament, we’re 2-2, we’ve beaten two 3A teams and lost to two 5A teams,” he said. “We’re going to get a good mix of everything from 3A to 4A to 5A at this tournament. I think it’ll be a good measuring stick on how we do over the next eight games in two weeks. “Coming out of it, we should a lot about our team, where we’re going and what we need to do heading into district.”The Steers do know this much: Luke Adams is becoming a target for opponents. The senior scored 42 points against Permian and 24 against Central. In the Central game, Thompson said the defense keyed on Adams, hoping to prevent him from having a big game.So with hopes of seeing Adams continue scoring, Thompson is hoping to see other players taken advantage of the extra attention on the senior.Big Spring girlsAndrews Tournament, First Opponent: Andrews JV at 4:30 p.m.The Big Spring Lady Steers hope to make a great start even better with the bulk of games they’ll have in the Andrews Tournament.Not much has stopped the Lady Steers so far this season. At 5-1, their only loss was against Merkel, where the Badgers hit a late shot to win. Outside of that, they’ve beaten San Angelo Lake View, Abilene Cooper and Lamesa, among others.“It’s a very important time of year,” head coach Mike Warren said. “We’re going to play four games this week and we’ll get four games next week. I think we need to start to make a stand or a statement on what kind of season we’re going to have.”Warren said the Lady Steers have a date against Andrews at 6 p.m. Friday and they’re hoping to get into Saturday’s championship game.He hopes Cerbi Ritchey and Diamond Mayes can continue to be dominant in the post and Mackenzie Stone continues hitting shots from the 3-point line.Coahoma boysCoahoma Tournament, First Opponent: Big Spring JV at 7:30 p.m.Kim Nichols’ Coahoma Bulldogs get to stay home for their 25th annual tournament.There won’t be any girls teams this year, though. However, Nichols said the boys field is a strong one. Stanton will take part in the tourney, presenting the opportunity for the Bulldogs to face a district opponent early. Jim Ned, Wall and Sweetwater, all of which are good opponents, are also in the tournament.The Bulldogs have only had two games so far this season and this is a chance to get a bulk of games in. Coahoma is 2-0 after beating Kermit and Klondike.“We played Jim Ned the last two years in district and we’ve been competitive but we never beat them,” Nichols said. “To me right now, they’re probably the favorite. Them or Wall. Stanton’s got everybody back. It’s going to be tough. They’re good and they’re well-coached.”Coahoma girlsCrane Tournament, First opponent: Rankin at noonCoahoma girls’ basketball coach Mitzi Bell sees an opportunity with the Crane Tournament as district play looms. The Bulldogettes are on a roll, winning three consecutive games after dropping the first two of the season. This is a chance to get in a lot of work before they face Denver City on Dec. 7.“We can get four quick games in before Tuesday,” Bell said. “A lot of people wait and get tournaments later in December. I like them right at the beginning so I can see where we’re at. It’s a good confidence booster for them too if we can play well enough to get some wins under our belt before we go into district.”Joanna Gonzales, Jennifer Castilaw and Haley Pace continue to spark the Bulldogettes on the court and Bell hopes the full-court press continues causing problems for opponents.