Saturday, December 07, 2019






Class 7A Boys Finals Hoover 50, Mountain Brook 43

    Hoover ended Mountain Brook’s dream of a three-peat Saturday night as the Bucs posted a 50-43 victory in the final game of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament to claim the Class 7A boys state title.
   The Bucs (27-9) of Coach Charles Burkett clinched the school’s first-ever state boys basketball crown with as tenacious defensive effort and some timely free-throw shooting . Class 7A state tournament MVP Austin Cherry was 7-of-9 at the foul line and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
   Burkett’s defense limited Mountain Brook (27-8) to just 1-of-18 from the 3-point line and spoiled the Spartans’ run at a third straight big-school state title. Coach Bucky McMillan’s team won the 6A crown in 2013 and 2014 and advanced, like Hoover, the first 7A finals with a double-overtime semifinal win.
    Leonard Wood scored eight points and had five steals, Maurice Brown added seven points and nine rebounds and Sam Bowman had seven points for Hoover.
    Jack Kline led Mountain Brook with 15 points and seven rebounds in the finals. Terrell Guy also had 15 points going 4-for-4 at the foul line.
    The announced attendance for the final day of the 2015 state tourney was 15,940 and 60,716 for the week.
 Class 7A Boys All-Tournament Team
Austin Cherry, Hoover (MVP); Dylan Smith, Hoover; Jack Kline, Mountain Brook; Terry Guy, Mountain Brook; Tommy Burton, Lee-Montgomery; Dazon Ingram, Theodore.

Class 7A Girls Finals Jeff Davis 55, McGill-Toolen 54

    Jeff Davis nipped McGill-Toolen 55-54 in the first AHSAA Class 7A girls basketball finals Saturday night at the BJCC Legacy Center to win the first Lady Vols state crown since 2006.
    Coach LaKenya Knight’s Vols (31-4) used their superior height to score 26 second-shot points in a battle where every made basket was needed. Class 7A state tournament MVP Jasmine Walker had 23 points on a 10-of-16 shooting performance and cleared nine rebounds. She also had four steals.  Tia Horne added 10 points and 10 rebounds to help Jeff Davis finish with a 35-21 rebounding edge.
    Ahyiona Vason also had eight points and was 6-of-8 at the foul line.
    Pacing McGill-Toolen (31-5), coached by Carla Berry, were Lauren McKee and Shelby Hall with 13 points each.  Shauntai Battle added 12 points and Ryann Sylvester had 10.
Coach Carla Berry’s M      Burnett led Lee (27-7), coached by Greg Brown, with 12 points and was perfect on both treys attempted. Gerron Scissum had 10 points and nine rebounds and Ashton Ray had 10 points.
      The state title was Jeff Davis’ third overall with the other title coming in 1978. McGill’s Coach Berry played on McGill-Toolen’s last state championship team (1988).
Class 7A Girls All-Tournament Team
Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis (MVP); Tia Horne, Jeff Davis; Ryann Sylvester, McGill-Toolen;  Shelby Hall, McGill-Toolen;  Shaquera Wade, Huntsville; Rayven Pearson, Hazel Green.

Class 6A Boys Finals Carver-Montgomery 57, Lee-Huntsville 55

   Carver-Montgomery out-scored Lee-Huntsville 28-17 in the fourth quarter to claim a 57-55 victory in the AHSAA Class 6A boys’ state basketball finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Satruday.
   The Wolverines trailed by 10 when Lee’s Tracey Burnett sank a free throw 12 seconds into the final quarter. Carver (29-4) began clawing back, however, finally tying the game with four minutes left when Brandon Austin sank two free throws. The Wolverines took the lead for good a minute later when Lyndell Wilson sank two more.
   Austin made six more down the stretch, but it was a pair by Darian Adams with six seconds left that gave Carver a much-needed 57-52 cushion. Lee’s Malik Burnett drilled s 3-pointer with one second left to set the final 57-55 margin.
    Austin, named Class 6A state tourney MVP, had 20 points on the night with 8-of-10 coming at the foul line. He also had five steals and five rebounds.   Antonio Nelson added 16 points for Coach James Jackson’s Wolverines and Adams had 10. Carver finished 24-of-32 at the foul line. The Generals were 12-of-18.
     Burnett led Lee (27-7), coached by Greg Brown, with 12 points and was perfect on both treys attempted. Gerron Scissum had 10 points and nine rebounds and Ashton Ray had 10 points.
   The state title was Carver’s fourth overall and the first since 2012.
Class 6A Boys All-Tournament Team
Brandon Austin, Carver-Montgomery (MVP); Joseph Strugg, Carver-Montgomery; Antonio Nelson, Carver-Montgomery; Gerron Scissum, Lee-Huntsville; Tracey Burnett, Lee-Huntsville; Malik Cook Stroupe, Homewood; Javien Williams, Woodlawn.

Class 6A Girls Finals Homewood 69, Blount 60

   Homewood (30-4) downed Blount 69-60 in the Class 6A finals to capture the school’s first AHSAA state girls championship Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Ajah Wayne scored 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Coach JoVanka Ward’s Lady Patriots. Hannah Barber added 11 points, a tournament-high eight assists and cleared four rebounds.  The two freshmen were named co-MVPs of the Class 6A state tournament. 
    Tori Webb added 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots and Shelby Hardy cleared 10 rebounds.
     Blount (18-9), coached by Janel Williams, was paced by junior Cierra Johnson’s 24 points and freshman Daja Woodard’s Class 6A state-tournament record 22 rebounds. Woodard also scored 13 points and Johnson had 10 rebounds.  Jermecya Harris added 10 points.
Class 6A Girls All-Tournament Team
Hannah Barber and Ajah Wayne, Homewood (co-MVPs); Tori Webb, Homewood; Cierra Johnson, Blount; Daja Woodard, Blount; Camryn London, Shades Valley.

Class 5A Boys Finals J.O. Johnson 59, Ramsay 52

   J.O. Johnson High School (32-4) beat Ramsay 59-52 Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena to capture the Class 5A boys state basketball title.
     The win also gave Jaguars Coach Jack Doss the eighth state title of his prep coaching career. He is the first boys basketball coach in AHSAA history to win eight titles -- snapping a tie with R.C. Hatch legendary coach Eugene Mason.
    Class 5A state tournament MVP John Petty had 15 points, four assists, three steals and five rebounds and exited the game with the other Jaguars starters with 1:42 remaining and Johnson leading 52-39. Ramsay went on a 13-7 run to end the game to close to seven.  Terrion Bone added 14 points for Johnson and Justin Hopkins had 13.
    Jordan Millsap and Jonathan Etheridge each had 15 for Ramsay (30-6), coached by Kelly Cheatham. Baniko Harley added 12. The Rams were Class 5A runner-up to Parker in 2014 and J.O. Johnson lost in overtime to Dallas County in the 2014 Class 4A finals.  
    Mason, who won all seven of his state titles at R.C. Hatch of Uniontown, collapsed earlier this week while helping his former student and player Cecil Williams prepare Keith High School’s girls team for the Class 1A state championship game Williams’ team won Friday.  Mason was later pronounced dead at a Selma hospital.
     Doss offered condolences to Mason’s game during his post-game press conference. “I have always respected Coach Mason the R.C. Hatch program.  I was shocked to learn of his death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Mason’s family.”

Class 5A Boys All-Tournament Team
John Petty, J.O. Johnson (MVP); Terrion Bone, J.O. Johnson; Justin Hokpins, J.O. Johnson; Jordan Millsap, Ramsay;  Albert Luke, Ramsay; Jerrod Moorer, Dallas County; Josh Hill, Faith Academy.

Class 5A Girls Finals Wenonah 49, Brewbaker Tech 29

   Wenonah’s Lady Dragons (32-3) beat Brewbaker Tech 49-29 Saturday morning at the BJCC Legacy Arena for the school’s second straight AHSAA Class 5A state girls basketball championship.
   Wenonah has now won six state girls’ titles in school history including the Dragons’ third since 2004 under Coach Emanuel Bell’s direction.
   Class 5A state tournament MVP Kaitlyn Rodgers, a 6-foot-2 junior center, had just four points in the win over Brewbaker. However, she ruled inside with eight rebounds five blocked shots, seven assists and four steals.   Alexus Dye led Wenonah with 16 points. Point guard Jayla Morrow added eight points and four steals.
    Brewbaker Tech (23-8), coached by Cynthia Thompson, was led by sophomore guard Bianca Jackson’s 11 points and two steals.  Michaia Fluellen added eight points and was perfect on all four free throws attempted.
    Wenonah’s previous state titles were won in 1986, 1990, 1993, 2004 and 2014.
Class 5A Girls All-Tournament Team
Kaitlyn Rodgers, Wenonah (MVP); Alexus Dye, Wenonah; Jayla Morrow, Wenonah; Michaia Fluellen, Brewbaker Tech; Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech; Kiyana Bullock, Anniston. 

Class 4A Boys Finals West Limestone 53, Westminster Christian 42

   West Limestone won its first boys state championship since 1956 Friday night with a 53-42 win over Westminster Christian in the Class 4A finals of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Wildcats (33-3) of Coach Justin Taylor sank 19-of-26 free throws -- 17 in the second half -- to hold off a tenacious comeback effort by the Wildcats (21-12).
    Senior Zane Griffin had 17 points including 7-of-8 from the foul line and sophomore point guard Matt  Bozeman added 1, also sinking 7-of-8 free throws.  Class 4A state tournament MVP Hunter Morgan had 12 points and five rebounds.
    West Limestone limited Coach Ronnie Stapler’s Westminster team to just nine points in the first half but led only 19-9. The game got tense in the fourth period.  Westminster closed to within seven at 46-39 with 2:04 to play.  With four starters fouled out for West Limestone, reserve Evan Hill sank two free throws with 27 seconds left and Zane Griffin’s two free throws seven seconds later sealed the win.
     Trey Petty’s 11 points and six rebounds paced Westminster.
Class 4A Boys All-Tournament Team
Hunter Morgan, West Limestone (MVP); Matt Bozeman, West Limestone; Zane Griffin, West Limestone; Jarrett Murphy, Westminster Christiahn; Trey Petty, Westminster Christian; Brice Scott, Straughn; Maleake Kersh, Bibb County.

Class 4A Girls Finals Deshler 70, Jacksonville 57

   Deshler raced to a 43-18 halftime lead, then weathered two strong Jacksonville rallies in the second  half to capture the Class 4A girls state basketball championship with a 70-57 win Friday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Lauren Cantrell scored 20 points, had five rebounds and five steals to lead the Tigers (34-2). It was clutch free-throw shooting, 12-of-13 for the game, that helped Coach Jana Killen’s team survive the Golden Eagles.
    Jacksonville (29-5), coached by Ryan Chambless, cut the Deshler lead to 10 in the third quarter outscoring the Tigers 16-3 in the first five minutes after intermission. Deshler stretched back to a 15-ppoint lead and to 16 by the end of the period. The Eagles clawed back 12 with 3:02 remaining but four straight free throws, two by Cantrell and two by Nicole Shirley, opened the game again.
    Shirley scored 17 for the Tigers hitting 7-of-12 free throws, and Karleigh Sledge had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Deshler was 28-of-39 at the foul line for the game.
    Jacksonville’s comeback effort was sparked by Virginia Poe. The senior guard had a game-high 26 points sinking five treys. Angel Kidd added 10 points with one 3-pointer and 7-of-8 free throws. Dasia Kirksey also had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
    The state championship was the sixth for Killen’s Tigers but the first since Deshler won three in a row in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Killen (628-126) also recorded the 600th win over her coaching career earlier in the 2014-15 season.
Class 4A Girls All-Tournament Team
Lauren Cantrell, Deshler (MVP); Karleigh Sledge, Deshler; Nicole Shirley, Deshler; Virginia Poe, Jacksonville; Angel Kidd, Jacksonville; Queen Ford, Sipsey Valley; McKenzie Courtney, UMS-Wright. 

Class 3A Boys Finals Madison Academy 75, Piedmont 51

   Madison Academy (19-12) placed four players in double figures as the Mustangs captured the AHSAA Class 3A boys state basketball championship with a 75-51 win over Piedmont in at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday night.
   Junior Josh Langford, a 6-foot-6 forward, had 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to earn Class 3A state tournament MVP honors for Coach Andy Blackston’s team.  He was 6-of-7 from the foul line and also blocked two shots. Teammate Myles Parker added 12 points, Will Acuff and Cole Tomlinson chipped in 11 points each.
   Piedmont (22-12), coached by Tommy Lewis, was led by Darnell Jackson’s 17 points. Taylor Hayes had 12.
     The state titles was Madison Academy’s fifth since 2006 and the fourth with Blackston as head coach. The Mustangs won titles in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013.
Class 3A Boys All-Tournament Team
Josh Langford, Madison Academy (MVP); Will Acuff, Madison Academy; Darnell Jackson, Piedmont; Taylor Hayes, Piedmont; Josh Thomas, Montgomery Academy; Christian Gross, Excel.

Class 3A Girls Finals Lauderdale County 70, Pisgah 39

  Lauderdale County High School girls’ basketball team continued to re-write the AHSAA record book Friday with the Lady Tigers’ 70-39 victory over Pisgah in the Class 3A state finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Tournament MVP Ivy Wallen scored 22 points and had nine assists to pace the Tigers’ fourth straight Class 3A state title since 2012. The victory extended Coach Brant Llewellyn’s team winning streak to 84 in a row, also a state record, and the 39-0 season slate topped last year’s state record of 38 set by the same Lauderdale County team.
    Allison Cruce added 16 points and 12 rebounds, Ashley Comer and Emma Wallen had seven points each.
     Pisgah’s Presley Johnson had 15 points and nine rebounds for Coach Carey Ellison’s Eagles (28-7).
Class 3A Girls All-Tournament Team
Ivy Wallen, Lauderdale County (MVP); Emma Wallen, Lauderdale County; Allison Cruce, Lauderdale County; Presley Johnson, Pisgah; Lily Womack, Pisgah; Jasonie Guice, Barbour County.