The Lauderdale County Tigers are the new queens of the court in Alabama, where the team set a record for consecutive girls basketball victories by knocking off Central-Florence, 69-48, in the county tournament … then went one better to slip on top of the all-time boys streak as well.
As reported by AL.com, the 74 consecutive victories are two more than the girls basketball program from Athens, a school which set the record with an undefeated run between 2001-2003. The longtime boys and overall state record regardless of gender was held by A.G. Parrish, from Selma, which won 73 straight from 1943-1947.
The all-time record for both sexes went down with a huge thud, with Lauderdale routing Lexington, 57-26, in the title game of the aforementioned county tournament. The most recent victory helps put Lauderdale’s true dominance in stark relief; Lauderdale is currently ranked No. 1 in Alabama’s Class 3A which Lexington is not far behind, at No. 8.
“We were playing for the county championship tonight and that is all we were really focused on,” Tigers coach Brant Llewellyn told AL.com following the rout of Lexington. “It’s a relief to have the girls streak behind us. I think that is the one the girls were really proud of. I think now with that stress off of them they were able to play the way we usually do.”
Even if the girls basketball record was the one that the team was focused on, it’s capture of the overall state record adds more luster to a record-setting squad.
“We just knew we had to keep our minds focused and do what we came here to do, and it was to win,” Makayla Liles, the team’s only senior, told AL.com. “We had to take the pressure and set it aside so we could conquer what we did tonight.
“It’s a pretty good feeling that we have (the record) and that it’s now ours. It’s really awesome that we get to go into the record book, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”