“It’s tough, because they were my girls last year. I coached that group of juniors since they were in eighth grade,” Barnett said. “It’ll be one of the toughest games that I’ve coached. It’s going to be exciting, though. They’re a phenomenal team, and we’re going to have to get after it for four quarters.”
Another tie-in: Mountain Brook head coach Mark Cornelius coached the Gardendale boys team for three seasons, and was an all-state player for the Rockets in the late 1970s.