MONTGOMERY – Pleasant Home High School junior River Baldwin scored 30 points and cleared 12 rebounds last Friday to lead Class 1A Pleasant Home (8-2) to a 50-38 win over Class 5A Greenville.
The 6-foot-5 junior center, who is averaging 23.6 points per game this season, reached the 2,000-point milestone of her prep career in the process to grab the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight.
Baldwin, one of just 18 girls nationwide to be selected as a finalist for the 12-member USA Under 16 National Team last summer, also followed that performance with a triple double to lead Coach Tony Wilson’s Eagles to a 43-40 win over Class 5A Carroll of Ozark in the Alabama-Florida Shootout on Monday. She finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 14 blocked shots. The 14 blocked shots tied Shelby Weaver of McIntosh (2012) and Gwen Jackson of Eufaula (1999) for 7th on the AHSAA all-time single-game record book list.
Charles Henderson junior Maori Davenport set the AHSAA girls’ single-game blocked shot record last year in the finals of the Class 5A state tournament with 19. Baldwin is averaging 12.0 rebounds and just over six blocked shots a game this season – which ranks among the Top 10 nationally, according to MaxPreps.
The Pleasant Home center scored 833 points and pulled down 355 rebounds in 29 games last season. She had 150 blocked shots. She began this season with 1,833 career points, 843 rebounds and 396 blocked shots in 82 games.
Her milestone effort edged out another outstanding performance by Paul Bryant senior point guard Jared Sherwood, who had 10 points, 10 assists and six steals to lead the defending Class 6A state champion Stampede (8-2) to a 76-45 win over defending Class 4A state champion Hale County at Moundville last week. Sherwood, the MVP of last season’s Class 6A state tournament, is one of the state’s top free-throw shooters – nailing 125-of-144 last season for 86.8 percent.
Teammate Kershon Lockhars also had 16 points in the win over Hale County and Dylan Robertson had 10 points and four blocked shots. Jakorrian Edwards had 16 for Hale County.
Sherwood and Coach the Stampede, coached by Sean Peck-Love, will be in action beginning Wednesday at the Steel City Classic boys’ basketball tournament at Samford University. The tourney features three defending state champions. Nine games are scheduled for Wednesday beginning with Vestavia Hills vs. three-time defending 1A state champion Sacred Heart at 8:30 a.m. Parker meets Cordova at 10, Pelham plays LeFlore at 11:30, Eufaula and Homewood play at 1 p.m. Wenonah will play the Vestavia-Sacred Heart winner at 2:30; Paul Bryant takes on the winner of the Parker-Cordova game at 4; Huffman plays the Pelham-LeFlore winner at 5:30; defending 3A state champion Midfield plays the Homewood-Eufaula winner at 7; and Ramsay plays Spain Park in a girls’ game at 8:30 p.m.
Other highlights reported include:
UMS-WRIGHT WINS AT BUZZER FOR CANOVA’S 300TH COACHING WIN: Sophomore Jill Coffee-Jackson scored in the final seconds as UMS-Wright nipped Citronelle 43-41. The victory was the 300th of Lady Bulldogs Coach Terry Canova’s coaching career. He is in his 12th year as head coach at UMS-Wright.
Trailing 41-39 with 10 seconds left, another sophomore Sarah Elizabeth Freeman came up with a steal and fed to junior Emme McPhillips who hit a layup for the tying basket. With three seconds left, UMS-Wright inbounded the ball to Virginia Dukes, who found Coffee-Jackson opening for the winning shot. Senior Amy Robinson had 14 points, including four 3-point goals, coming off the bench for UMS-Wright.
MURR GOES OVER 2,000 POINTS: Lindsay Lane Academy sophomore Tommy Murr scored 49 points to lead the Lions past Addison 86-60 and went over 2,000 points for his career in the process. Murr, a 5-foot-11, 120-pound guard, is averaging 41.6 points per game, and according to MaxPreps, currently leads the nation in scoring. He is shooting 84.6 percent from the foul line (115 of 136) and is averaging 8.2 points per game on free throws alone. He is also 63-of-139 from the 3-point arc (45.3%) and is averaging 13.5 points a game just on treys made.
3 PLAYERS HAVE DOUBLE-DOUBLES IN CENTRAL WIN: Central-Tuscaloosa (11-2) beat Tuscaloosa County 64-53 as three players recorded double-double performances. McKenzie Mahone had 20 points and 10 assists, Shakyia White had 17 points and 13 rebounds and LaTarius Montgomery added 10 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Tamia Knight had 17 points for Tuscaloosa County.
In other highlights reported from last week’s action:
ISAAC WOODWARD, CARBON HILL: Had 42 points in a 94-70 win over Carbon Hill. The junior guard was 9-of-10 on 3-point shots, 11-of-14 at the foul line and scored 17 points in the first quarter sinking the first five treys he attempted.
NOEL JONES, CENTRAL COOSA: Had 25 points and eight rebounds and teammate Jovon Richardson added 13 points, including sinking 8-of-8 free throws in the final four minutes, to seal a 54-51 win over Benjamin Russell.
TREY BONHAM, UMS-WRIGHT: Scored a game-high 23 points, but it was his assist to teammate Brink Bedsole with eight seconds remaining that provided the winning bucket as the Bulldogs nipped Citronelle 49-47.
MASON BRAGWELL, BELGREEN: Averaged 24.3 points per game in three wins as the Bulldogs (9-0) beat Carbon Hill, Fayette County and Phil Campbell.
J.P. ROBINSON, DESHLER: Scored 34 points in a win over Russellville and followed with 18 in a win over Rogers and 19 in an overtime loss to Central-Florence.
JALON JOHNSON, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Earned MVP honors as Hillcrest (9-3) beat American Christian 47-31 to win the championship of its own Hillcrest All-State tournament.
CHASE GORE, SOUTH LAMAR: Scored 27 points to lead the Stallions past Pickens County 80-50 in an early-season Class 1A, Area 9 showdown.
JOSEPH WOMACK, CARROLL: Had 17 points for the Eagles (9-4) in a 61-51 win over Daleville in the finals of the Daleville Christmas tournament to earn MVP honors.
MICHAEL HOLLIS, GOSHEN: Had 13 points in a three-overtime win over Elba, 13 in a semifinal win over Luverne and 13 in a 50-32 win over Brantley in the finals of the Brantley Christmas Tourney.
JA’MICHAEL STALLWORTH, GEORGIANA: Had 29 points in the Panthers’ 89-43 win over Opp and 22 in a 77-69 loss to Greenville at the Andalusia Christmas Tourney. The loss to 5A Greenville was Class 1A Georgiana’s first setback of the season.
DONALD JACKSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Scored 27 points as the Red Devils beat Eufaula 73-52.
JESSIE STEGER, BUCKHORN: Sank a free throw with no time remaining to give the Class 7A Bucks (11-2) a 43-42 road win over James Clemens.
KIRA LEWIS, HAZEL GREEN: Tallied 26 points as the Trojans beat Muscle Shoals 57-53.
LATASCYA DUFF, SAMSON: Scored 41 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Tigers’ 71-42 win over Goshen in the Brantley Christmas tournament and followed with 14 points in the semifinal 49-34 win over Brantley and finished with 21 in a 50-27 win over Pleasant Home in the finals for Samson (14-1).
RACHEL JOHNSON, EUFAULA: Recorded 19 points and 15 steals as Eufaula (10-1) beat Abbeville 41-29. The 15 steals ranks third in the AHSAA Record Book. The state record (23) was set by Wanda McDaniel of Speake in 1993. Leah Strain of Woodland also had 16 in a 2009 win over Lineville and 14 twice, versus Handley and Wadley in 2011.
KAREIGH SLEDGE, DESHLER: Sledge averaged 18 points per game as the defending Class 4A state champions won three games last week.
EMMA HUMPHRES, VINA: Scored the 1,000th point of her high school career in Vina’s win over Hubbertville and added 21 in the Red Devils’ victory over Cherokee.
JOSIE HARVILLE, HATTON: Scored 22 points in a win against Class 5A Lawrence County, and then recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Sheffield.
CLAIRE DAVIDSON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Scored 29 points and teammate India Brown added 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Conquerors (9-4) to a 62-46 win over Cleveland.
ANYA BANKS, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Had 10 points and eight rebounds in a 53-15 win over Sipsey Valley in the finals of the Hillcrest All-State girls’ tourney to earn MVP honors for the Lady Patriots (9-2).
SIERRA CARTER, HOLT: Scored 29 points as Holt (7-5) posted a 75-54 Class 4A, Area 7 win over Northside.
AHSAA Basketball Spotlight
Nothing Plain about Plainview High School’s Record-Setting 3-Point Shooting Ability
MONTGOMERY – Plainview High School boys’ basketball coach Robi Coker is a big proponent of the 3-point shot. And for good reason.
The Bears finished 31-5 last season reaching the Class 3A state finals by taking a state-record 972 3-point shots. Plainview fell to Midfield 60-46 in the championship game at the BJCC but not before closing the season with 314 made three’s on the year.
The unbeaten Bears (9-0) have been on an even faster pace this season making 25-of-54 shots behind the 3-point arc in a recent 119-55 win over North Sand Mountain. Coker’s Bears set an AHSAA single-game record for treys made, attempted and for the number of players contributing. The sharp-shooting display thrust Plainview into the AHSAA’s first Basketball Spotlight of the season.
Several records fell in that game including most 3-point shots attempted (54) and most 3-point shots made (25) by one team and most 3-point goals (33) made by both teams. North Sand Mountain was 8-of-31 as both teams combined to make 33-of-85 treys attempted.
Ten different players for Coker’s Bears sank at least one 3-pointer with Koby Tinker nailing 7, Caden Millican 4, Haden White 3, Cade Willingham 3, Jeffery Armstrong 2, Clay Cooper 2, Sebastian Long, Dane Haymon, Levi Lusk and Bailey Dukes with 1 each. The Bison had six players sink at least one 3-point goal with Hunter Vest and Dylan Gentry making 2 each, Russell Marr, Jayden Culpepper, Benjamin Beasley and Kristian Walsh, 1 apiece for a total of 16 players contributing to yet another state record. Hayden and Cleveland high schools held the record with 11 players sinking treys in last season’s 101-74 win by the Wildcats last season.
Plainview picked up four big wins over the last seven days beating 3A arch-rival Sylvania (95-49), three-time defending 1A state champion Sacred Heart (100-90), Class 5A Talladega ((89-77) and Class 6A Oxford (70-66). The Bears averaged 88.5 points in the four wins.
Topping the AHSAA girls’ basketball highlights were two outstanding performances by point guards Aleigha Walden of Montgomery Catholic and Abby Hester of Vina.
Walden handed out 10 assists in a 49-30 win by Catholic (4-3) over LAMP last week to set the school career assist record with 551. She started the season with 513 and now has 44 this season after seven games for 557 total. She had 13 in a win over Elmore County and 14 in a win over John Carroll Catholic last season. Already this season she has had double digit assists in three games with 11, 10 and 10, respectively, in wins over Bullock County, Alabama Christian and LAMP. Michelle DeLongchamp set the school mark with 550 from 1987-90.
Hester dished out 19 assists in Vina’s 80-32 win over Waterloo earlier this season, second best in AHSAA history. Tara Tuck of Danville had 20 in a 72-63 win over R.A. Hubbard last season. Hester finished with 10 points, including two of her team’s 15 treys. Teammate Kaitlyn King sank eight 3-pouinters to finish with 34 points in the win.
In other top performances reported:
JAYCE WILLINGHAM, CORDOVA: Scored 56 points, including 17-of-18 at the foul line, and had 19 rebounds as the Blue Devils knocked off South Lamar 102-93. Sixteen of his points came in the overtime period. Teammate Isaac Chatman added 24 points and 19 rebounds and followed up with 29 points, 16 boards and seven blocked shots in an 82-58 win over Fayette County. Chatman scored 50 in a victory over Fayette County last year.
TOMMY MURR, LINDSAY LANE: Scored 54 points in a 79-70 win over Athens Bible and followed with 40 in a 68-35 victory over Paint Rock Valley.
NALIJAH HEARD, HORSESHOE BEND: Scored 36 points as the Generals beat two-time defending Class 2A state champion Lanett in the Panthers’ season opener 64-58 in overtime last week. Lanett, coached by Richard Carter, saw its 11-game winning streak that ended last season broken in the process. Carter said he dressed only five players for the game, and he had no guards. The rest Lanett’s players were on the school’s football team preparing for the Class 2A state football championship game won by the Panther 26-14 over Randolph County three days later.
JAKE LEWIS, ENTERPRISE: Scored 30 points, hitting 10-of-15 3-pointers attempted to lead the Wildcats (7-1) past Red Level 72-36.
BROOKS BARNHIZER, ALMA BRYANT: Tallied 32 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in a 77-75 win by the Hurricanes (9-2) over B.C. Rain.
NELSON HASKIN, DEMOPOLIS: Had a triple double with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a recent 51-36 win over Keith.
TRENT LAWRENCE, BUCKHORN: Scored 21 points, had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in a 68-61 win over Columbia. The Bucks improved to 10-2.
VINCENT DOUGLAS, BAKER: Scored 27 points as the Hornets (7-7) nipped McGill-Toolen Catholic 68-65.
JEREMIAH LITTLEPAGE, McADORY: Nailed a jumper with 2.7 seconds remaining to give the Yellow Jackets (7-4) a 41-39 win over previously undefeated Helena (11-1). Littlepage scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.
TRENDON WATFORD, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had 30 points and 12 rebounds as the Spartans (9-1) beat Parker 74-52.
COLLIER CANTRELL, HACKLEBURG: Had 37 points to lead the Panthers past Tharptown 93-56.
TITUS GRIFFIN, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Totaled 29 points as Eagles beat Sheffield 52-45 and had 20 in 67-59 win over Colbert Heights.
JAKE BAXTER HALL, SHOALS CHRISTIAN: Led the Flame to a 74-70 win over Vina with 27 points.
TRACE HILL, HARTSELLE: Scored a game-high 23 points on Friday in a win against Priceville, and he scored 17 in a win against Florence.
FABIAN BELL, AUSTIN: The senior guard continues to average a double-double on the season as he led Austin to a pair of Class 6A, Area 16 wins against Hartselle and Decatur. Against Decatur, Bell led Austin with 19 points and nine rebounds. Earlier in the week, he scored nine points with 11 rebounds against Hartselle.
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: The 6-foot-5 center had 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots as the Eagles (6-2) beat Straughn 45-41.
ADIYA MATTHEWS, ALMA BRYANT: Had a triple double with 41 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in a 53-47 win over B.C. Rain.
LATASCYA DUFF, SAMSON: Had 38 points, eight rebounds and six steals as Samson (11-1) beat Cottonwood 59-34.
SARAH SUTTLE, BUCKHORN: Had 30 points, 10 steals, six rebounds and five assists as Buckhorn (9-6) beat Columbia 70-36. She followed with 21 points in a 47-38 win over Lincoln County (TN).
AUDRA PUTMAN, LINDSAY LANE: Had 30 points in a 65-15 win over Athens Bible and teammate Madelyn Dizon had 26 points, including six 3-pointers, in a 58-21 win over Pain Rock Valley.
DAISHA BRADFORD, LEFLORE: Scored 24 points in a 52-46 win over Fairhope to keep the Lady Rattlers unbeaten at 11-0.
RAVEN BURKS, GRISSOM: Sank a clutch 3-point goal with one second left to give the Tigers a 37-34 win over Madison County.
DESTINY RAMOS, FAITH ACADEMY: Scored 26 points to lead the Rams (9-3) to 46-40 win over Daphne.
ABBY DAVIS, PHIL CAMPBELL: Davis scored 20 points and surpassed 1,000 points for her career in 67-25 win over Lamar County.
MORIAH TAYLOR, HARTSELLE: The guard amassed 57 points in three games last week, leading the Tigers to wins against Austin, Florence and Priceville. Taylor scored 23 in a win against Austin on Tuesday, and then tossed in 11 on Thursday in a win against Florence. She finished the week with 23 points in a win against Priceville.
ALLIE CRAIG CRUCE, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Totaled 52 points in wins over Colbert County and West Limestone.
NEELY JOHNS, MARS HILL BIBLE: Sank seven 3-point goals and finished with 30 points in a 57-31 win over Hatton.
MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2017 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games North-South Volleyball games have been selected.
Sixty outstanding junior basketball players, 15 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 21th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 19-22, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus Wednesday night, July 19 at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.
The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, and for the first time, cross country. Soccer, softball and baseball all-star contests will be Tuesday, July 18. Volleyball will be played at AUM on Thursday, July 20, at 2 p.m., and the 56th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The inaugural North-South cross country competition will be Wednesday morning, July 19.
The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2015-16 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2015-16 Making A Difference Award Recipients ,Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 21.
Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards Banquet set for Saturday, July 22, at noon.
Shon Peck-Love of Paul Bryant High School and Neal Barker of Muscle Shoals will be coaching the North boys’ basketball squad. Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County will serve as administrative assistant for the North boys’ and girls’ teams. Coaching the North are Tony Hayes of Monroe County and Douglas Moore of Bullock County. Nigel Card of Saint James is the administrative assistant for the South boys and girls.
Peck-Love coached Paul Bryant (24-11) to the Class 6A state basketball championship last season winning their last 13 games of the season. Barker has his team in the state finals in 2016. Hayes directed Monroe County (23-5) to the 4A state championship game in 2017 and Moore has steadily built and strong program at Bullock County (18-10), which reached the South 4A Regional at Dothan.
The South girls’ coaches are Rich Bixby of Geneva and Willie Morgan of R.C, Hatch. Mike Chase of Spain Park and Lisa Bates of Sand Rock are the North coaches. Chase directed the Jaguars (22-12) to the 7A state finals last season, and Bates, one of the state’s top rebounders in AHSAA girls’ history at Locust Fork, has built a tremendous program at Sand Rock. Morgan’s Hatch girls (22-6) reached the Class 2A state semifinals, and Bixby directed Geneva (23-7) to the South Regional tourney.
Among the players selected for the South boys’ team are 6-foot-6 Anquavious Pollard and 6-7 Emmanuel Littles of two-time Class 2A state champion Lanett. Theo Akwuba of Brewbaker Tech is the tallest player on the squad at 6-9. The North features 6-9 forward Xavier Williams of Parker, 6-10 Richard Jemison of Homewood and 6-8 Logan Dye of Haleyville and 6-6 Isaac Chatman of Cordova.
The South girls’ team includes 6-1 center Tamyya Hilliard of Class 2A state champion Geneva County, Tyesha Rudolph of Hillcrest-Evergreen, who helped her team go 21-1 on the year, and 5-10 LeFlore guard Daisha Bradford. The North girls list 6-3 center Camille Buckhanon of Talladga, 6-0 center Karleigh Sledge and 5-8 guard Taylor Aikerson, who helped Deshler win 68 games in a row over the last two seasons, and Homewood guards Hannah Barber and Ajah Wayne, who led the Patriots to the Class 6A state championship in 2015 and 2017.
The South girls ended an eight-year drought with a 57-53 win over the North last summer, and the North boys won 84-73 in the 63rd North-South boys’ contest. The competition for boys was first played in 1953 and 1997 for the girls. The North holds a 47-26 edge in the boys’ series and a 17-3 edge in the girls’ series heading into this summer’s games.
The rosters for the basketball squads are below.
2017 NORTH-SOUTH BASKETBALL ROSTERS
Xavier Williams, Jr.
A. H. Parker
Christian Peterson, III
Lauderdale County, Adm.
Carver - Montgomery
Central - Hayneville
Central - Phenix City
Mark Wilcox, Jr.
Saint James, Adm.
Hillcrest - Evergreen
R. C. Hatch
MONTGOMERY – Seniors John Petty of Huntsville’s Mae Jemison High School and Bianca Jackson of Montgomery’s Brewbaker Tech were named Mr. and Miss Basketball, respectively, at the Alabama Sportswriters Association 2017 Player of the Year luncheon Tuesday.
The awards were presented by Carol Golsan, senior vice president of marketing services for AHSAA Corporate Partner ALFA Insurance, and selected by the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s All-State Committee comprised of member sportswriters from across the state. The luncheon banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center.
The ASWA has chosen Mr. Basketball every year since 1983 and Miss Basketball annually since 1988. The awards are presented to the boy and girl selected as the state’s top high school basketball players as determined by the ASWA.
Petty, who was also named Mr. Basketball in 2016, became just the third player to be named Mr. Basketball twice in the award’s 35-year history. Trevor Lacey of Huntsville-Butler won the award in 2010 and 2011 and Ronald Steele of Birmingham’s John Carroll Catholic captured the award in 2003 and 2004.
The Alabama signee led Jemison -- a first-year school -- to the Class 5A state championship in 2017, averaging 20.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists. The Jaguars, coached by Jack Doss, finished 33-4. He was named the state-tournament MVP for the third straight year. The Alabama signee led J.O. Johnson, a school closed last summer and also coached by Doss, to state titles in 2015 and 2016. He also captured was named Class 5A Player of the Year for the third time, becoming just the 12th player in AHSAA history to win at least three player-of-the-year awards.
Jackson, the daughter of Alabama State University men’s basketball coach Lewis Jackson and ASU women’s basketball coach Frieda Freeman-Jackson, averaged 24.8 points per game as a senior and finished her Brewbaker Tech career with 2,177 points. She signed last November with reigning NCAA national champion South Carolina. Jackson also averaged 7.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists to help the Rams reach at least 18 wins for an eighth straight season. She helped Brewbaker Tech, coached by Cynthia Thompson, to a 19-9 record in 2017.
Jackson recorded three triple-doubles, including a single-game record 58-point outburst versus Greenville in January that tied for fifth highest scoring effort in AHSAA history. She also had 12 rebounds and 10 assists that win.
Both Petty and Jackson were four-time first-team All-State players in their prep careers. Petty was just the sixth boy and Jackson the 18th girl in ASWA history to be at least a four-time first-teamer.
ASWA Boys’ Players of the Year announced Tuesday were: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (7A); Alex Reese, Pelham (6A); John Petty, Mae Jemison (5A); Herb Jones, Hale County (4A); Shy Cunningham, Midfield (3A); Anquaevious Pollard, LaFayette (2A); Diante Wood, Sacred Heart Catholic (1A); Artavious Billups, Macon-East (AISA).
ASWA Girls’ Players of the Year announced Tuesday were: Haley Troup, Gadsden City (7A); Ajah Wayne, Homewood (6A); Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech (5A); Queen Ford, Sipsey Valley (4A); Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County (3A); Kirstin Brown, Tanner (2A); River Baldwin, Pleasant Home (1A); Tazsa Garrett-Hammett, Springwood (AISA).
The top five vote-getters in the Mr. and Miss Basketball balloting were named to the ASWA Super 5 All-State Team. Petty received all 13 first-place votes to headline the boys’ squad. Jackson received nine of the 14 first-place votes cast to headline the girls’ squad. Ajah Wayne of Homewood and Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson received two votes each and Unique Thompson of Faith Academy received the other first-place vote.
ASWA SUPER 5 TEAM
John Petty, Mae Jemison; Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook; Alex Reese, Pelham; Herb Jones, Hale County; Diante Wood, Sacred Heart.
Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech; Unique Thompson, Faith Academy; Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson; Ajah Wayne, Homewood; Haley Troup, Gadsden City.
MISS BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS (1988-2017)
2017: Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech
2016: Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis
2015: Shaquera Wade, Huntsville
2014: Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga
2013: Marqu’es Webb, Hoover
2012: Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones
2011: Hayden Hamby, West Morgan
2010: Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay
2009: Jala Harris, Bob Jones
2008: Courtney Jones, Midfield
2007: Katherine Graham, Ramsay
2006: Shanavia Dowdell, Calera
2005: Whitney Boddie, Florence
2004: Starr Orr, Speake
2003: Sidney Spencer, Hoover
2002: Kate Mastin, Boaz
2001: Donyel Wheeler, Huffman
2000: Natasha Thomas, Lawrence County
1999: Tasheika Morris, Butler
1998: Gwen Jackson, Eufaula
1997: April Nance, Butler
1996: Nicole Carruth, Sulligent
1995: Heather Mayes, Fyffe
1994: Pam Duncan, Carrollton
1993: Leah Monteith, Cherokee County
1992: Yolanda Watkins, Decatur
1991: Tonya Tice, Hamilton
1990: Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible
1989: Leslie Claybrook, St. James
1988: Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle
MR. BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS (1983-2017)
2017: John Petty, Mae Jemison
2016: John Petty, J.O. Johnson
2015: Dazon Ingram, Theodore
2014: William Lee, Dallas County
2013: De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah
2012: Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery
2011: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2010: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2009: Kerron Johnson, Madison Academy
2008: JaMychal Green, St. Jude
2007: Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis
2006: Stanley Robinson, Huffman
2005: Richard Hendrix, Athens
2004: Ronald Steele, John Carroll
2003: Ronald Steele, John Carroll
2002: Kennedy Winston, Blount
2001: Chris White, Grissom
2000: Gerald Wallace, Childersburg
1999: Marvin Stone, Grissom
1998: Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright
1997: Anthony Williams, Loachapoka
1996: Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis
1995: Brian Williams, Jeff Davis
1994: Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville
1993: Howard Pride, Butler
1992: Darryl Wilson, South Lamar
1991: Victor Newman, Houston Academy
1990: Cedric Moore, Woodlawn
1989: Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope
1988: Terrence Lewis, Ramsay
1987: Bryant Lancaster, Valley
1986: Larry Rembert, Keith
1985: Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport
1984: Jeff Moore, Midfield
1983: Terry Coner, Phillips-Birmingham
MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi All-Stars square off Friday night in the 27th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games to be played at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus. The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow at 7.
The games are hosted by AHSAA with the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) managing the contests in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC).
Both games will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network by the Booker T. Washington Magnet School NFHS School Broadcast program managed by Richard Walker. The AHSAA Radio Network and its broadcast team of Brett Pritchard, Randy Lee and Michael Forehand will handle the play-by-play duties for the live-stream as well as broadcasting the game across the state over its radio and internet network.
The Alabama and Mississippi teams, comprised of current high school seniors, had one practice Wednesday, four practices Thursday and will have a shoot-around Friday afternoon prior to the doubleheader.
The games were played in Mississippi last year with the hosts winning two close games. Mississippi’s girls evened the series at 13-13 with a 78-77 win over Alabama, and the Mississippi boys won 85-83. Alabama’s boys hold a slim 14-12 edge in that series.
Emanuel Bell of Wenonah and Barbara Roy of Locust Fork are the Alabama girls’ all-star coaches. Cold Springs’ Tammy West is serving as administrative coach. Alabama’s boys’ team is being coached by Midfield’s Darrell Barber and Lanett’s Richard Carter. Administrative coaches are David Good of Mountain Brook and Jamie Lee of Grissom.
The Mississippi boys’ team coaches are Clay Norton of Clinton and Kim Windham of Port Gibson. Coaching the Mississippi girls are Sherri Cooley of South Jones and Janna Thompson of Horn Lake.
The talent pool is rich with several Division I signees on each squad. Headlining Alabama’s boys’ team are 6-foot-9 forward Alex Reese of Pelham and 6-7 guard/forward Herbert Jones of Hale County. Both are University of Alabama signees. Austin 6-7 guard/forward Javan Johnson is a Troy University signee, and Spain Park 6-4 guard Jamal Johnson is a Memphis signee. He is the son of former Alabama and NBA standout Buck Johnson. The tallest player of the Alabama team is 6-10 center Garrison Brooks of Auburn, who is heading to Mississippi State.
Mississippi’s boys list six players who have signed with Division I schools, including 6-10 center Galin Smith of Clinton, who is headed to Alabama. Nikolas Weatherspoon, a 6-2 guard from Velma Jackson, is heading to Mississippi State, Oxford 6-1 guard Jarkel Joiner has signed with California State-Bakersfield, 6-6 Pontotoc guard Tyeus Jones is heading to Charleston Southern, 6-4 LaDavius Draine of Calhoun City has signed with Southern Miss, and 6-5 forward LeDarrius Brewer of Meridian is heading to Texas-El Paso.
Alabama’s girls feature guard Jayla Morrow and 6-1 forward Alexus Dye of four-time Class 5A state champion Wenonah. Headlining the talented squad are South Carolina signees Bianca Jackson of Brewbaker Tech and Gadsden City guard Haley Troup. Unique Thompson, a 6-3 forward at Faith Academy, has signed with Auburn, and 6-3 center Queen Ford of Sipsey Valley is heading to Troy University.
Mississippi’s girls include Mississippi State signees Nyah Tate of Terry and Myah Taylor of Olive Branch. Jailin Cherry of Pascagoula is heading to LSU and 6-4 center JaDona Davis has signed with Middle Tennessee State.
THE ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI CLASSIC SERIES
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI CLASSIC YEAR-BY YEAR HISTORY
Miss. College, Clinton
Alabama State U.
Jackson State U.
North Alabama, Florence
Holmes JC, Goodman, MS
Series record: Alabama 13 wins; Mississippi 13 wins
Holmes JC, Goodman MS
Series record: Alabama 14; Mississippi, 12 wins
2017 Alabama vs. Mississippi All-Star Games
ALABAMA GIRLS ROSTER
Cold Springs (administrative)
ALABAMA BOYS ROSTER
Mountain Brook (administrative)
Series record: Alabama 14 wins; Mississippi 12 wins
BIRMINGHAM – Mountain Brook sophomore Trendon Watford scored 26 points and junior Sean Elmore scored 17 as the Spartans downed 63-43 Saturday night in the AHSAA Class 7A boys’ state basketball finals at the BJCC Legacy Center.
A total of 17,034 attending the final day of the 95th AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Saturday – with a final attendance 72,148 for the week-long tourney, a new state tournament attendance record. The attendance for the final three days topped 41,000.
Watford dominated inside and Elmore sank 5-of-8 3-pointers, including three late in the third quarter. His last one came with three seconds left in the period and gave Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans (31-5) an eight-point lead. Auburn never recovered as Mountain Brook outscored the Tigers 25-11 in the final quarter.
Ben McCool also had 10 points for Mountain Brook, which won its third state title in five years. Paulie Stragmaglia also had six points and five assists.
Auburn (23-10), coached by Frank Tolbert, was led by Garrison Brooks’ 11 points. Justin Brooks added eight points, Will Elston and Antoine Pitts, six each. Pitts also had nine rebounds.
Class 7A Boys’ All-Tourney Team
Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (MVP); Sean Elmore, Mountain Brook; Garrison Brooks, Auburn; Antoine Pitts, Auburn; Carlton Martial, McGill-Toolen; Mac Smith, Vestavia Hills.
AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
CLASS 1A BOYS
Sacred Heart Catholic (28-8) 82, South Lamar (25-8) 59
CLASS 2A GIRLS
Geneva County (31-2) 44, Tanner (28-3) 42
CLASS 2A BOYS
Lanett (25-7) 54, R.C. Hatch (24-3) 40.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Locust Fork (35-1) 72, Pisgah (27-8) 62
CLASS 3A BOYS
Midfield (28-6) 60, Plainview (31-5) 46
CLASS 4A GIRLS
Madison Academy (35-1) 50, Deshler (34-1) 47
CLASS 4A BOYS
Hale County (28-4) 67, Monroe County (23-5) 56
CLASS 5A GIRLS
Wenonah (30-3) 55, Charles Henderson (30-6) 52
CLASS 5A BOYS
Mae Jemison (35-4) 58, Faith Academy (22-9) 52
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Homewood (34-2) 52, Hazel Green (37-2) 49
CLASS 6A BOYS.
Paul Bryant (24-11) 48, Parker (28-8) 44
CLASS 7A GIRLS
Hoover (29-7) 51, Spain Park (22-12) 47 (OT)
CLASS 7A BOYS
Mountain Brook (31-5) 63, Auburn (24-10) 43
BIRMINGHAM – Hoover outscored Spain Park 7-3 in overtime Saturday night in the battle of the city’s two rival high schools and captured the 2017 AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state basketball championship 51-47.
Coach Krystle Johnson’s Lady Bucs (29-7) saw a 3-point lead vanish Sarah Ashlee Barker sank a 3-point goal with four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter for Spain Park (22-12) to tie the game at 44 all.
Coach Mike Chase’s Lady Jaguars lost two key starters in overtime when Claire Holt and Barrett Herring fouled out. Hoover was clinging to two-point 48-46 lead with 1:05 left in overtime when Joiya Maddox stepped to the foul line and sank free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
Eboni Williams had 10 points and 11 rebounds to earn Class 7A state tourney MVP. Angela Grant also had a big game inside scoring 13 points and snatching eight rebounds. Maddox had nine points and Kelci Marable scored eight.
Holt led Coach Mike Chase’s Jaguars with 22 points. Barker had 11 points and nine rebounds and Ahrielle Parks had four points and 10 rebounds.
For Hoover’s Johnson, the state championship as a coach was her first. She sank the winning free throws in Hoover’s 2001 state championship win over Decatur to win a title as a player.
The boys’ Class 7A championship game was set close out the 2017 state tournament Saturday night at Legacy Arena. All finals are being televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.
Class 7A Girls’ All-Tourney Team
Eboni Williams, Hoover (MVP); Angela Grant, Hoover; Claire Holt, Spain Park; Sarah Ashlee Barker, Spain Park; Teyah Johnson, Central-Phenix City; Shauntai Battle, McGill-Toolen.
AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
CLASS 2A BOYS
Lanett (25-7) 54, R.C. Hatch (24-3) 40.
CLASS 5A BOYS
Mae Jemison (35-4) 58, Faith Academy (22-9) 52
CLASS 7A BOYS
Auburn (24-9) vs. Mountain Brook (30-5), Saturday, 5:45 p.m.