DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Tuesday night the den at Dothan High will be full of both Wolf and Wildcat faithful.
Seasoned rivals and area foes Enterprise and Dothan are meeting for the second time this season in an important hardwood matchup.
Right now Dothan is on fire.
The Wolves are 4-1 in region play, 17-3 on the season and riding a ten game win streak.
“I think for our guys it gives us confidence,” Dothan Head Coach Jeremy Bynum said. “They’re believing in what we’re doing, but like I tell my guys all the time basketball is a long season, nothing matters until you get to February. We know our record. We appreciate our record, but we understand we haven’t done what we need to yet.”
Enterprise is going through a rough patch.
The Wildcats are 9-6 on the season, 1-3 in area and they haven’t won a game since the end of December.
“Our guys are still coming in each and every day working hard and having a good attitude about things,” Enterprise Head Coach Rhett Harrelson said. “We’re working to clean up some of some of our issues and focusing on taking care of the ball and and making some shots.”
When these teams met two weeks ago the Wolves prevailed in a low scoring matchup 47-44.
“You hold teams in the forties, you ought to be able to have a chance to win, but credit them they do a good job defensively too,” Harrelson said.
Bynum believes that win boosts the Wolves confidence, but this time around it is a whole new ball game.
“They’re the defending 7A state champions and they believe they should win the game so they’re coming in fighting and we’ve got to play the game the right way and have a chance to win,” Bynum said.
Aside from the region implications it is the rivalry that makes this game even bigger.
“The crowd is going to be big for us, but I don’t really believe in home court advantage,” Bynum said. “I think the guys are going to come out and make plays and play the game the right way. I do think we’ll have a big crowd and I think my guys are going to feed off that.”
“It’s fun,” Harrelson said. “It’s why you play. When we were here the bleachers were packed. People were standing in the corners. We’re really looking forward to the challenge. They got the best of us last time, so we’ll be ready to go when when we go to Dothan Tuesday.”
On Tuesday games start at 4:30 p.m. beginning with junior varsity boys, followed at 6 p.m. by varsity girls and varsity boys play at 7:30 p.m.