MONTGOMERY – Lindsay Lane Academy junior guard Tommy Murr and Pleasant Home High School senior River Baldwin each reached major milestones in their AHSAA basketball careers last week to share the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight as the regular season came to an end.
Murr scored 41 points and eight assists to lead the Lions to an 81-61 victory over Phillips to push him over the 4,000-point mark for his career. Brandon Green, who is averaging 26 ppg this season, had 24 points for the Bears.
Murr, a 6-foot-1 guard, has scored 1,236 points this season in 28 games and is leading the nation with 44.3 points per game. He has scored 40 or more points 20 of those games, including eight over 50 and one over 60. Murr is shooting 86.7 percent from the foul line (319-of-368) and has sank 101 3-pointers on the year heading into this week’s Class 1A, Area 15 tournament.
The son of head coach Steve Murr has 4,004 points for his career in 143 varsity games to become the fourth boys’ player in AHSAA history to go over the 4,000-point career mark. The AHSAA’s all-time scoring leader is Jeremy Monceaux, who amassed 4,555 points in 124 games over his final four seasons at Parkway Christian in Birmingham from 1998-2002. Currently the head boys’ basketball coach at Clay-Chalkville, Monceaux finished his prep career with 6,354 points in 198 games – including 1,799 points in 74 games playing on the high school varsity while still in middle school in Louisiana. His dad Dave Monceaux was also his head coach.
Frankie Sullivan of R.C. Hatch High School in Uniontown totaled 4,224 points in a career that spanned 2005-2008 (139 games) for the Bobcats. And John Drew of J.F. Shields High School in Beatrice, totaled 4,018 points from 1969-1972 for the Panthers. He went on to score 15,291 points in 739 games in an NBA pro career that spanned 11 seasons from 1974-1985.
Murr needs 98 points this season to break the single-season scoring record (1,333) set by Monceaux in the 1999-2000 season and 1,253 in the 1998-99 season. Drew had 1,320 to average 44.0 ppg in 1970-71 for J.F. Shields and Daryl Wilson of South Lamar totaled 1,243 points for the Stallions in 1991-92.
Robert Whisenant of Ryan High School in Morgan County set the AHSAA single-season scoring record averaging 46.3 ppg in 1969-70. He had 1,112 points in 24 games.
Pleasant Home’s 6-foot-5 senior center Baldwin went had 32 points and 14 rebounds in a 49-21 win over Kinston and followed with 30 points and 14 boards in a 58-34 victory over Straughn to close out the regular season. The Lady Eagles are hosting the Class 1A, Area 2 tournament this week. Baldwin, who earned MVP honors as Pleasant Home captured its first Class 1A state volleyball championship last October, was recently chosen to participate in the 2018 McDonald’s All-America Game.
She has scored 534 points and cleared 288 rebounds this season in 21 games and is averaging 25.9 points ppg and 13.2 rpg. For her career, she has 3,034 points scored in 131 games and 1,469 rebounds – an average of 11.2 for her career that has spanned five seasons (2014-2019). Candace Byrd of Tanner is the all-time career rebounding leader in the AHSAA with 2,065 boards in a career that ended in 2000. Byrd is currently the head girls’ coach at R.A. Hubbard.
The Florida State signee, who was 23-of-30 shooting (76.7%) in the last two games also had 671 blocked shots, 5.1 per game. Her blocked shots currently rank second all-time in the AHSAA behind Danisha Malone of Clements, who finished her career in 2013 with 721 for the Colts.
Baldwin is the 20th girls’ player, according to the AHSAA Record Book, to score 3,000 points and the first since Geneva County guard Lacy Stafford, who closed out her career with 3,045 in 2016. Courtney Strain of Woodland set the AHSAA record with 5,283 points in six seasons for the Bobcats from 2004-05 to 2009-10. She is now the head girls’ coach at Handley High School.
Other top performances reported from the last week of the regular season include:
BRAXTON WILLIAMS, THOMASVILLE: Had 41 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to lead Thomasville to a 68-66 win over Monroe County.
HAROLD KING, OPP: Sank a 3 –point goal with three seconds remaining to lift the Bobcats past Andalusia 53-50. It was his only points on the night and the first Opp win over Andalusia in the last three seasons.
TREY LEWIS, MILLRY: Nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime as Millry beat Sweet Water 71-69. Lewis finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.
KRISTON DAVIS, BAKER: Led the Hornets past Blount 77-72 in overtime with 30 points.
DEANTONI GORDON, LEFLORE: Scored 30 points, including 22 in the second half, as LeFlore defeated Faith Academy 61-38.
TAE WHETSTONE, SHELBY COUNTY: Keyed the Wildcats’ 49-42 win over Jackson-Olin with 25 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
B.J, COMER, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Had 27 points in a 67-49 win over Class 7A Prattville and a career-high 34 points in PCA’s 76-58 victory over Calera. He also had nine rebounds for the Panthers (26-3) in that game.
DEMOND ROBINSON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Grabbed 11 rebounds and eight points in a 56-55 win over Carver-Montgomery to reach the 1,000-rebound milestone in his career for the Generals.
JOHN COLE NORRIS, HUNTSVILLE: Scored 24 points in a 61-55 win over Decatur.
REGINALD BROWN, MARBURY: Scored 27 points as the Bulldogs downed Autaugaville 73-69.
KENDRICK CALHOUN, B.T. WASHINGTON: Led the Tuskegee school to a 55-47 win over Elmore County with 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
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