Thursday, February 27, 2020






2A Boys Semifinals Lanett 64, Barbour County 48

    Defending Class 2A state champion Lanett used a strong third period to break open a close game and moved into the AHSAA state championship game for the second year in a row posting a 64-48 win over Barbour County Monday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Lanett (24-7) faces R.C. Hatch (23-2) in the championship game Friday morning at 10:45 a.m. The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continue Tuesday with Class 3A and Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals getting beginning at 9 a.m.  Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semifinals are Thursday.
    Monday’s game pitted two Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Coaches. Lanett Coach Richard Carter (651-220) is being inducted in March as a member of the Class of 2017 and Barbour County coach Raymond White (794-301) was inducted in 2013.
     The Panthers (24-7) led 27-25 at the half. Barbour  County tied the game early in the third period on Quaimaine Oliver’s dunk. White’s Jaguars took the lead 30-29 at 6:25 of the period on Taurian Scott’s 3-point goal, but things went south for the Jaguars the rest of the quarter as Lanett reeled off the next 16 points to take a 45-30 lead.  Barbour County never recovered.
    Anquaevious Pollard, a 6-foot-6 junior, had 15 rebounds and 24 points to pace Lanett.  Point guard Jalen Madden added 15 points and three steals, Terrion Truitt and Emanuel Littles added 10 points each. Littles also had 11 rebounds.
     Markeith Williams led Barbour County with 18 points and six rebounds. He sank 5-of-14 3-point goals and also had three assists. Taurian Scott added 13 points with four 3-pointers. The Jags finished 10-of-28 from the 3-point line.
            All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.

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