Tuesday, January 21, 2020






Spring Garden Lady Panthers Present Coach Ricky Austin Win No. 600 – and Counting …

   MONTGOMERY – Spring Garden High School’s veteran girls’ basketball coach Ricky Austin coached his 600th win in of all places – Georgia – earlier this season. The Panthers beat Haralson County (GA) in the first round of the Haralson County Invitational tourney at Tallapoosa (Ga) 51-24 on December 28.
    Two weeks later, Spring Garden (20-2) played an almost perfect game to beat Jacksonville Christian 96-39 for its 10th win in a row. The red-hot Panthers and their legendary coach grab this week’s AHSAA Girls’ Basketball Spotlight.
   Austin (607-161), now in his 24th season as head girls’ coach, started the season with a 587-159 career girls’ basketball record and five Class 1A state titles (2018, 2016, 2008, 2005, 2004). The Panthers also have three runner-up finishes (2017, 2015, and 2002) during that span. His record does not reflect the approximately 200 wins his boys’ teams at Spring Garden have won.
      This year’s team is currently 20-2 heading into Friday night’s semifinal game in the Cherokee County tourney. The two losses came by a combined four points to Lauderdale County (45-44) on December 19 and Collinsville (47-44) on Nov. 26.
      Wife his wife, Dana, coaching his side, Spring Garden has become a household name when it comes to girls’ basketball in the AHSAA. Dana and her twin sister Jana played on Spring Garden’s first state championship team in 1987 and then starred at Jacksonville State.
     In the win over Jacksonville Christian, the Lady Panthers scored 41 points in the first quarter – sinking shots on 17 of their first 25 attempts from the floor. The team forced 19 turnovers in that stretch and with just over a minute remaining in the first half, Austin had gotten every player into the game and had scored on 68.6% percent of their 35 possessions to build a 56-11 lead.
  “I wish I could duplicate that every game. That would be a great year,” Austin told an East Alabama Sports reporter. “It was pretty precise.”
      Macy Reedy and Kayley Kirk led that win with 14 points each. All 14 players on the team scored and the Panthers canned 15 3-point attempts. Reedy and Abbie Steward had four each. Four other players had at least one each.  Jacksonville Christian’s Rebekah Carter had 21 points for the Thunder.
   Other top girls’ performances reported from last week:

MADISON PARKER, WEST END: Canned two free throws with no time remaining lift West End to a 45-44 win over Sardis in the Etowah County tournament.
IVEY MADDOX, GOOD HOPE: Sank two free throws with six seconds remaining in overtime to lift Good Hope past Hanceville 52-48 in overtime. She finished with 22 points. Kelly Pickett had 25 for Hanceville.

JENNA WALKER, PRICEVILLE: Dished out 11 assists, scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in a 54-24 victory over Danville.
CORDASIA HARRIS, CENTRAL-HAYNEVILLE: Scored 34 points in a 64-39 win over Highland Home and 31 in a 59-34 victory over Luverne for the Central (13-3).
BELLA MILLIRONS, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Had 30 points and teammate India Brown added 18 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists as the Conquerors beat Westbrook Christian 71-40.
AALIYAH POSTMA, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Scored 21 points to lead the Lady Generals to a 43-38 come-from-behind win over Enterprise. The Wildcats led 29-21 heading into the final period but Lee outscored the hosts 22-9 in the final eight minutes to seal the win. She had 12 points in the final quarter.
JANIYA LABYZON, VIGOR: Led all scorers with 28 points in a win over LeFlore.
ELSIE HARRIS, B.C. RAIN: Scored 29 points in a 63-52 victory over Baldwin County.

ASHLEY PHILLIPS, ALEXANDRIA: Sank five 3-pointers and finished with 24 points in the Valley Cubs’ 66-55 win over Etowah.
FARRAH PEARSON, HAZEL GREEN: Had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds in a 45-33 victory over Buckhorn.

RANDREA WRIGHT, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Had 24 points and 10 assists against Homewood and 15 points and 10 assists against Jackson-Olin.

JAYDN POWELL, HUEYTOWN: Posted 17 points and 13 rebounds against Jackson-Olin, 17 points and 17 rebounds against Gardendale and eight points and six rebounds against Thompson.

SARAH ASHLEE BARKER, SPAIN PARK:  Scored 20 points against Mountain Brook and added 26 points against Hewitt-Trussville.
MONTANA HARRIS, HELENA: Had 28 points and five steals against Calera and 17 points against Pelham.
EMMA SMITH, VESTAVIA HILLS: Had 18 points and 10 rebounds in upset win over Hewitt-Trussville.

NIAIRA JONES, CHARLES HENDERSON: Scored 22 points to lead the unbeaten Trojans (145-0) to a 49-36 win over Carroll.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY: Totaled 27 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead Geneva County (13-4) past Houston County 74-34.
ZAKYRIA JOHNSON, ARITON: Scored 18 points and cleared 10 rebounds in the Purple Cats’ 36-31 win over Cottonwood.
MYA BARNES, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had a career-high 17 rebounds, six blocked shots, five assists and a season-best 17 points in a 70-57 win over Park Crossing. She followed with 11 points and nine boards in a 69-52 win over Park Crossing for the Wolverines (14-4).

Lanett’s Carter, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Suttles Reach Coaching Milestones

This Week’s AHSAA Boys’ Basketball Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY – Lanett High School boys’ basketball coach Richard Carter and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa boys’ coach Scott Suttles each reached major milestones in their outstanding careers last week to catapult into the AHSAA Boys’ Basketball Spotlight this week.
   The Panthers beat Loachapoka 74-33 on January 7 to hand Carter his 700th career win – in a career that has spanned almost 50 years with the last nine at Lanett. He has also had stops at Bullock County, Valley and Greenville (GA). His current win-loss record heading into Friday’s game home game against arch-rival LaFayette is 702-234.
    The Class 1A Panthers (8-7) started slowly this season winning just two of their first seven games with a very difficult schedule against several 5A, 6A and 7A schools. And as in recent years, the team didn’t all its players until football season finished. Lanett was 15-0 and won the Class 1A state title last December 5. Carter coached the Panthers to three straight Class 2A state titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Lanett, which features big 6-foot-9 senior twin centers Zameron and Cameron Boozer, is currently riding five-game winning streak.
   Carter, who also has been a pastor for most of his coaching career and is currently serving Washington Chapel AME Church in Tuskegee, was honored recently when the school named the Lanett gymnasium basketball court in his honor.
   “Lanett made a dream come true. This is where my dream came true,” Carter said at that ceremony, according to the Valley Times News. “I’ve had a lot of teams that have gone to the Final Four, but I was still chasing a ring.  I never envisioned myself having my name put on the floor because that’s not what I did it for. I did it for the love of the people that I was teaching,” Carter said. “Believe me, I loved every one of them.”
   Hillcrest (14-6) beat rival Central-Tuscaloosa 52-46 last week for Suttles’ 600th career win. The Patriots followed with a 69-48 win over Brookwood earlier this week – giving Suttles a 601-194 career record heading into the final stretch of the current season. He is 384-122 at Hillcrest – leading the Patriots to 34-3 and 33-3 records in winning Class 6A state titles in 2008 and 2011.
   Suttles, who has had coaching stops at Holy Spirit Catholic and Akron, got his 400th career win in the 2011 state championship game over Murphy. After that game, he said his mother made a comment about the No. 600 milestone.
    “My mother, who passed four years ago this week, told me when we won the second state championship in 2011, ‘wouldn’t it be interesting if you were to get 600 wins before you get 200 losses?’ I was like, ‘thanks mom for all the pressure,’” Suttles said in an interview with the Tuscaloosa News.
     He met that goal. His teams have had just 194 losses in his 24 seasons as a head coach.

BRYCEN PARRISH, WILSON: Canned a 26-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Wilson to a 49-47 win over Rogers. Parrish, who finished with 24 points, got the ball with just 2.7 seconds remaining and got off his winning shot just before the buzzer.
ASHTON ELLIOTT, HAZEL GREEN: Recorded a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 74-72 overtime win over Buckhorn. He also had 14 points, including the game-winning shot, and five rebounds in a 44-43 victory Mae Jemison.
DANIEL PRUITT, CARROLL: Sank a shot with three seconds left to give Carroll a 43-41 win over Charles Henderson in a Class 5A, Area 3 win. He finished with 14 points.
XAVIER FUELL, HUNTSVILLE: Sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer in a 52-49 win over visiting Sparkman.
JACKSON ABBOTT, MAPLESVILLE: Had 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Red Devils past Holy Spirit 52-50. He had 15 crucial points in the final period.

LANE McCAY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Scored 23 points in a 72-70 win over Deshler. Central sealed the win shooting 9-for-9 in the final minutes.
JUSTIN JOHNSON, BREWBAKER TECH: Was 8-of-14 from the 3-point line and scored 35 points as the Rams (13-6) beat Park Crossing 73-71. He finished 12-of-19 from the field.
HARRISON WALLACE, PIKE ROAD: Led the Patriots (15-3) to a 63-61 win over Bullock County scoring 22 points – in the school’s first game in its newly renovated gym.
TOMMY MURR, LINDSAY LANE: The AHSAA’s career scoring leader scored 52 points in the Lions’ 87-68 win over Whitesburg Christian.

K.D. RABB, J.U. BLCKSHER: Had 42 points, five rebounds, two steals, four blocks and two assists in a 58-49 win over Leroy.

KAM WOODS, PINSON VALLEY: Had 29 points, three rebounds and three assists in a 60-56 win over Bessemer City, 42 points, six assists and two steals in a 70-64 win over Clay-Chalkville and 40 points, eight assists and five rebounds in a win over Pell City.

QUANDRE BURROUGHS, CLARKE COUNTY: Scored 26 points against Andalusia and 28 points against Hillcrest-Evergreen to lead the Bulldogs to two wins.
COLBY McALLISTER, DAPHNE: Nailed five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points in a 68-48 victor over Robertsdale.
TREY LEWIS, MILLRY: Had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Millry past McIntosh 55-41.

BLAKE DAVIS MURPHY: Totaled 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in a 66-55 win over Foley.

DRESSEAN KNIGHT, MINOR: Recorded two triple-doubles with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks in an 85-28 win over Dora, and 11 points, 16 rebounds and 11 blocks to lead the Tigers past Gardendale 66-62.
TAYE PERSON, BRANTLEY: Had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-53 win over Kinston.
RASHAAD COLEMAN, FLORALA: Led the Wildcats to a 66-48 win over Elba with 24 points and eight assists.
MARTEZ JONES, B.T. WASHINGTON: Led the Golden Eagles (13-4) from Tuskegee to a 67-36 win over Elmore County with 22 of his 28 points coming in the second half. He also had 21 re bounds and 11 blocked shots.
IMARUION WATSON, CENTRAL-HAYNEVILLE: Had 32 points as the Lions beat Highland Home 89-56.
JUSTIN BUFFORD, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Had 30 points and 15 rebounds in a 107-75 win over Alabama Christian for the Knights (1703).
TYREK TURNER, TALLASSEE: Was 7-of-10 from the floor and totaled 21 points to lead the Tigers (17-3) past Brewbaker Tech 63-47.

Central’s Quintasia Leatherwood Passes Her Way into the AHSAA Prep Spotlight

AHSAA Girls’ Basketball Spotlight

    MONTGOMERY – Central-Tuscaloosa senior point guard Quintasia Leatherwood, the Alabama Sportswriters Association Class 5A Player of the Year in 2019, is proving once again that she is not just a “passing fancy.”
   The MVP of the Lady Falcons’ 2019 Class 5A state championship run last season not only leads the AHSAA in assists this season but currently leads the nation, according to AHSAA partner MaxPreps, the nation’s leading high school statistic-gathering service.
   Coach Michael Rivers’ point guard passed her way into the first AHSAA Girls’ Basketball Spotlight of the season by averaging 13.4 assists in 16 games thus far – including back-to-back games with 25 and 20 assists earlier in the year to tie the AHSAA single-game state record (20) set by Tara Tuck of Danville in 2017 and establish a new high (25).
    Leatherwood is the niece of Olympic Gold Medalist Lillie Leatherwood, who won her Gold as a member of the 4x400-meter U.S. relay team at the 1984 Games held at Los Angeles. Quintasia dished out 11 assists in Central’s 61-25 win over Demopolis last weekend as the defending state champs improved to 13-3 on the year. She had 20 assists in a 77-15 win over Paul Bryant in late November – just one day after setting the state record with 25 as Central (13-3) beat Brookwood 82-18. She has had eight or more assists in all 16 games with 10 or more in 13. She has dished out 14, 11, 15, 14, 11, 15 and 11 in the Falcons’ last seven games.
   The cat-quick guard also had 13 steals in the win over Brookwood and has had 10 steals, 10 rebounds, 25 points and nine assists in Central’s first g me of the season, a 53-18 win over Hale County. She has had 12 double-doubles this season and has just 39 turnovers (2.4 per game) while averaging 15.4 points per game. She had 809 career assists through the Demopolis win and 1,140 career points. The AHSAA all-time assist leader is Tonya Tice, who had 1,626 assists and led three different schools – Phil Campbell, Pell City and Hamilton – to state finals during a prep career that spanned 1985-91.
    According to MaxPreps this week, Leatherwood’s 13.4 average is four assists higher than her closest competition nationally. Falcons center Sakya White has been on the receiving end of Leatherwood’s passes. White is averaging 22.1 ppg has been on the receiving end of many of Leatherwood’s passes. She currently ranked fourth nationally in field-goal accuracy with 153-of-205 for 4.6%.

BROOKLYN KEMMERLIN, GENEVA: Had 17 points in the Panthers’ 62-37 win over Samson. The emotional win came in the first-on campus contest since a tragic accident on Christmas Day that took the lives of three Geneva cheerleaders. Fans were admitted free to the game, but were encouraged to donate to charities chosen by the families of the three girls.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY: One of the nation’s top juniors, the 6-foot-3 center had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a 58-31 win over Ariton last week.
Striplin ranks 11th nationally in blocked shots per game (4.9), according to MaxPreps. She had 11 blocked shots in back-to-back games in December versus Elba and Dothan and had 10 steals in a win over Slocomb in December.
     Her rebounding high this season is 18 in another win over Wicksburg. She is averaging 20.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game this season and has had a double-double in all 15 games played by the Bulldogs (13-2). She is shooting 52.1% from the floor and is 62-of-80 (77.5%) at the foul line. She was 12-of-13 at the charity stripe in an earlier win over Providence Christian and was 10-of-10 with 31 points in the Bulldogs’ 66-40 win over Elba.

ELSIE HARRIS, B.C. RAIN: The senior leads the AHSAA in scoring with 28.1 ppg in 10 games. She ranks 18th nationally in MaxPreps and is also leading the AHSAA in free-throw shooting (53 of 61) with 86.9%. She had 23 points in a 47-46 win over Blount in her last game in December. Her season high is 45 points in an 83-64 loss to St. Martin (LA) in an early-season game. She sank 19-of-21 free throws in that contest and now has 1,479 points in her 84-game career with the rest of her senior season remaining. Harris averaged 24.5 ppg last season.
NEELY ELLISON, COLD SPRINGS:  The senior 3-point shooting specialist is currently ranked 12th nationally with 67 treys this season in 176-3-point attempts. Her season high (9) came against Vinemont in the defending Class 2A state champion Panthers’ season-opening 68-32 win. She had eight in a win over defending 1A state champ Phillips and currently has 176 career 3-pointers in 521 tries.
   Cold Springs (17-2) currently has a 12-game win streak since suffering back-to-back losses to Susan Moore and Fairview in early December. The Panthers of Coach Tammy West led the nation last season in 3-point shooting and is currently ranked fourth this season, according to MaxPreps, with 171 out of 531 (32.0%). Cold Springs is averaging nine treys per game – with 44% of their points coming from the 3-point RC.
MIA HOLLINGSWORTH, HAMILTON: The Aggies’ 5-foot-8 eighth grader had 26 points and 11 rebounds in a 65-54 loss to Winfield and followed with 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 69-50 win over Marion County. The double-doubles give her 15 on the season in the Aggies’ first 19 games, which ranks tied for sixth in the nation, according to MaxPreps. She had 28 points and 13 rebounds in a 61-54 loss at Pelham for her season scoring high and 14 rebounds in a 70-52 loss versus West Point.

NIAIRA JONES, CHARLES HENDERSON: Scored 31 points, all coming in the first three quarters, to pace the Trojans (13-0) to a 55-27 win over Greenville.
RANDREA WRIGHT, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Had 28 points as the Rams (18-5) beat the top-ranked team in South Carolina’s 5A division T.K. Hannah 53-44 at the B-Town Classic at Bluffton (SC). Carver finished 2-1 in the tourney. She added 21 in a 47-41 win over Columbia (FL) and had 17 in Carver’s only loss, a 51-48 setback to host Bluffton.
Finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a big area win over Lynn on Friday.
MASYN MARCHBANKS, HARTSELLE: Scored a game-high 24 points as Hartselle picked up a 59-35 win over Class 7A Florence on Friday.
AMIYA PAYNE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Totaled 20 points and eight rebounds as the Huskies (13-4), the Class 7A runner-up in 2019, beat defending Class 4A state champion Madison Academy 42-40.
CAIDYN CANNON, HOMEWOOD: Scored 17 points and cleared seven rebounds to lead the red-hot Patriots (18-1) to a 60-52 win over Pelham in the finals of the Oak Mountain Tourney.
STANTEN CUNNINGHAM, PLEASANT GROVE: Had 17 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots in a 62-54 overtime win over McAdory.


Robert E. Lee Point Guard Duke Miles Earns AHSAA Boys’ Basketball Spotlight

AHSAA Prep Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY – Robert E. Lee High School senior point guard Duke Miles and his Generals’ basketball teammates are a team on a mission this season  -- a journey he says that must be completed one game at a time.
    So far this season, unbeaten Lee (18-0) is on the right path.
Miles had 14 points in a 72-62 win over Thompson on January 4 and scored 16 in the Generals’ first Class 7A, Area 3 win of the season the night before beating Jeff Davis 63-48 to lead Lee to the AHSAA’s first Boys’ Basketball Spotlight of the 2019-20 season.
     Generals Coach
Bryant Johnson says the trip has been a good one so far but Lee still has plenty of important games still ahead. Miles nods his head in agreement – Like a return to Enterprise on Friday night where Lee lost its only area game last season en route to a 29-4 record, Southeast Regional championship and a state tourney semifinal appearance.
    That team lost a tough one to Mountain Brook 59-48 in the semis. Ten seniors from Lee’s squad are gone, but their quarterback
Miles is back and more determined than ever.
    “We have 10 seniors on this team too,”
Miles said.
    Lee and Enterprise met again last season in the area tournament and again in the Southeast Regional finals. Two Area 3 games remain. The Generals also have an area game at home against Prattville next Tuesday and play the Lions at their place tonight.
Miles can score with the best of them – but loves watching his passes wind up as slam dunks by his strong, physical post players inside.
      “We love to play defense,” he said. “That’s the main reason we are still undefeated.”
Miles and his teammates edged out three other top performances turned in by a trio of exciting scoring machines. Tommy Murr of Lindsay Lane, Jerddarian Davison of Calhoun and Kam Woods of Pinson Valley ranked 1-2-5 in the nation’s prep scoring leaders according to MaxPreps, the AHSAA’s statistics partner which collects data from schools across the nation.
Murr scored 22 of his game-high 45 points in the fourth quarter as Lindsay Lane picked up an 81-77 win over Class 4A North Jackson last week. That brings his total career points to 5,112 since joining the Lindsay Lane varsity as a seventh grader in the 2014-15 season. The state’s all-time leading scorer has amassed 4,270 points in 111 games played since becoming a freshman in 2016-17 – and has averaged 38.5 points per game during that span.
    Murr set the AHSAA single-season scoring mark last year with 1,442 points in 32 games. His current 45.1 points per game average this season leads the nation in scoring, according to MaxPreps. He led the nation in scoring as a sophomore as well – clipping 45.1 per game. He has scored 902 points in 20 games this season for the Lions with 51 in a 74-69 win over Lexington and 60 in an 83-72 loss to R.A. Hubbard.
   He is shooting 86.9% from the foul line this season (233-of-268) and was 18-of-18 versus North Jackson on Jan. 2 in an 81-77 win. He was 24-of-30 in the win over Lexington and 15-of-15 in a season-opening 84-72 loss to Belgreen.
     MaxPreps lists three AHSAA players in the nation’s top five scorers with Jerddarian Davison of Calhoun second at 42.4 ppg in nine games and Kam Woods of Pinson Valley listed fifth averaging 35.8 ppg for the defending Class 6A state champion Indians (15-3).
   Davison, a junior, had a career high 54 points in a 78-75 win over Autaugaville in early December. Calhoun beat Murr and Lindsay Lane in a game played at Columbia High School in Huntsville on December 7 81-67. He had 47 points and Murr had 45.
   Woods, last season’s Class 6A State Tourney MVP, had 48 points in a 92-58 win over Jefferson Davis, 52 in wins over Gadsden City (81-64) and Midfield (83-49) and 49 in the WKY Hoops Classic at Princeton (KY) 84-82 win over North Little Rock (AR). Woods nailed a game-winning three-pointer in the first game for the Indians (15-3).
   Another player, Russ Marr of North Sand Mountain, had the top single game in the AHSAA this season with 62 points in a 104-99 win over Sylvania in the second game of the season on Nov. 29. He is averaging 28.9 ppg.
     North Sand Mountain’s Thundering Herd (9-5) is ranked second in the nation in charges taken – with an average of 5.3 per game (74 total). Lakeland County (GA) is the national leader with 5.5 per game.

Other Boys’ Highlights:
JADARIOUS BLACKSHIRE, EUFAULA: Was 7-of-12 from the field and finished with 18 points as Eufaula (12-5) beat Enterprise 59-34 to win the Downtown Dothan Hoops Classic championship for the second year in a row. The Tigers’ defense allowed 34 points or less in each of their four wins to finish 4-0 in the tourney.
COLBY JONES, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Helped the defending Class 7A state champion Spartans (19-1), currently ranked seventh in the nation by MaxPreps, win two regular-season games and the Arby’s Classic tourney title at North Mecklenburg (NC). He earned MVP honors at the tourney with 29 points against the host school in s 77-66 win and scored 30 in a 59-50 win over powerful Hoover to close out the week.

COLLINS McCLINTOCK, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Sank a 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds left to lift the Eagles to a 53-50 win over G.W. Long. He finished with 10 points.
BRODY PEEBLES, HARTSELLE: His 33 points led the Tigers to a 72-48 win over Class 7A Florence.
CHARLIE MORRISON, LINDSAY LANE: Sank eight 3-pointers and finished with 30 points in an 81-77 win over North Jackson last week.
JUSTIN BUFFORD, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Scored 28 points in a 79-59 win over LAMP for the Knights (15-3). He also had 13 in a win over Winter Park (FL), 20 in a 73-35 win over Blount (TN) in a tournament at Freeport, FL.
CHRISTIAN LEWIS, PLEASANT GROVE: Had 21 points in the finals of the Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach Christmas Classic as the Spartans (8-2) downed Van Buren (TN) 63-55 to claim the title.
CHANEY JOHNSON, THOMPSON: Had 25 points in a 92-87 win over North Laurel (KY) in the final game of the Rock Holiday Classic at Orlando.
EVAN SMITH, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had a school-record 13 assists in a 65-37 win over Clay-Chalkville in a regular-season game and scored 18 points with five assists in a 51-52 win by the Eagles (12-7) over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Homewood Metro Tourney.
JOSH HARRINGTON, SPAIN PARK: Had 16 points in three Metro Tourney wins as the Jags won the tourney held at Homewood.

WILLIAM NORRELL, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had 16 points, eight in the final period, to lead the Eagles (9-5) to their eighth win in their last nine outings beating Prattville Christian 53-51.
JAVIER WILLIAMS, BARBOUR COUNTY: Tallied 25 points to lead the Jaguars past Abbeville 73-53.

North-South All-Star Basketball South 88, North 75

MONTGOMERY – Sidney Lanier High School 6-foot-5 rising senior Antwan Burnett turned in a double-double Tuesday night with 10 rebounds and 16 points to lead the South to an 88-75 win over the North in the 77th game of the series which started in 1953.
    Burnett earned MVP honors for his efforts as the South won for the second year in a row and closed the series record to 48 North wins and 29 South victories.
    The South, coached by LeFlore’s Jeffrey Pope and Dadeville’s Jessie Foster,  nailed 5-of-9 3-pointers in the first half to keep a slight lead over the North. Robert Bonham of UMS-Wright and Kedrick Turnipseed of Sumter Central sank two each as the South took a 40-35 edge into halftime. Each player had eight points in the first two quarters. Mountain Brook’s 6-5 Colby Jones scored 12 of his team-high 18 points in the first half and the North was 8-for-8 at the foul line in the first half to keep the game close. Jones also had 10 rebounds to earn MVP honors for the North.
      Ellwood Christian 6-6 forward Justin Bufford scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half to help the South pull away. He also had five rebounds. Sumter Central’s Kedrick Turnipseed added 15 points, UMS-Wright’s Robert Bonham had 12 points, three assists and three steals, and Michael Murry of Carver-Montgomery had 10 points to round out the South leaders.
     The North, coached by James Poindexter of McAdory and Anthony Reid of Florence, also got 14 points from Pinson Valley’s Kameron Woods and 12 from Damarcus Beckwith of Florence. Tommy Murr of Lindsay Lane, who led the nation in scoring last season with 45.1 points per game, had seven points.
    The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), continues Wednesday with the North-South Cross Country boys’ and girls’ races at AUM beginning at 7:30 a.m. The North-South Softball all-star competition will be played at Lagoon Park at 5 and 7 p.m., and the North-South girls’ and boys’ soccer matches will be played at the Emory Folmar Soccer Complex at AUM at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.
        Thursday’s slate features the newest additions to the North-South lineup, golf and tennis, at 8:30 and 10 a.m., respectively at the Montgomery Country Club. Boys and girls will compete at the same time in match play in both venues. North-South Volleyball tips off at 4 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex and the 60th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the soccer matches, and the Central-Phenix City NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Tim Loreman, will produce the other sports. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 23nd Summer Conference also is in full swing Wednesday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center with the Coaching School providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.

North-South Series
Girls’ Basketball

North 65, South 56 (North leads series 20-3)
Boys’ Basketball
South 88, North 75 (North leads series 48-29)

North-South All-Star Basketball North Girls 65, South Girls 46

MONTGOMERY – The balanced North girls’ all-star team outscored the South 36-16 in the first half and coasted to a 65-46 victory in the 2019 North-South Girls’ All-Star basketball game played at Dunn-Oliver Arena on the campus of Alabama State University Tuesday night.
    The North, coached by Kim Nails of Southside-Gadsden High School and Rand Smith of Southside-Selma High School, improved to 20-3 in the series with the win. North MVP Farrah Pearson finished with 10 points and five rebounds, Destinee McGhee of Madison Academy had 11, including 5-of-6 at the foul line, and Central-Tuscaloosa point guard Quintasia Leatherwood had nine points and four steals. South MVP Elsie Harris of B.C. Rain and Charles Henderson’s Niaria Jones finished with 11 points each.
    The 77th North-South Boys’ All-Star game followed at 7 p.m. Tuesday night.
    Both games are being video live-streamed over the NFHS Network with veteran sportscaster Gil Anthony handling the play-by-play. The NFHS Network is live-streaming all North-South contests live this week except for cross country, golf and tennis, which will be featured in a highlight program on a delayed basis on the network.
     Keira Griffin of Ramsay had six points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals for the North, and Sarah Barker of Spain Park had six points and six rebounds. Samira Moore of Charles Henderson had six points and a game-high eight rebounds for the South, which was out-rebounded 58-35. Midfield’s Jeremiah Moore led the North with seven boards and four assists.
    The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), continues Wednesday with the North-South Cross Country boys’ and girls’ races at AUM beginning at 7:30 a.m. The North-South Softball all-star competition will be played at Lagoon Park at 5 and 7 p.m., and the North-South girls’ and boys’ soccer matches will be played at the Emory Folmar Soccer Complex at AUM at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.
        Thursday’s slate features the newest additions to the North-South lineup, golf and tennis, at 8:30 and 10 a.m., respectively at the Montgomery Country Club. Boys and girls will compete at the same time in match play in both venues. North-South Volleyball tips off at 4 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex and the 60th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the soccer matches, and the Central-Phenix City NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Tim Loreman, will produce the other sports. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 23nd Summer Conference also is in full swing Wednesday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center with the Coaching School providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.


Several Equipment Changes Highlight High School Basketball Rules Changes




Several Equipment Changes Highlight

High School Basketball Rules Changes 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Contact: Theresia Wynns

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 15, 2019) — Five of the seven rules changes in high school basketball concern player equipment, including new uniform provisions that will be required in the 2024-25 season.

All seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 

Effective with the 2024-25 season, the number on the jersey can no longer be the same color as the jersey itself. Currently, the number can be the same color as the jersey if it is bordered by a contrasting color. Despite the contrasting-color border, the committee said the number is still difficult to see in many cases. The other two options in Rule 3-4-3e regarding the color of the number remain in effect.

A five-year implementation date was approved to allow schools time to budget for purchasing new uniforms. 

Four other changes were approved in Rule 3 – Players, Substitutes and Equipment. A new rule, 3-5-8, provides recommendations for use of a mouthguard. Though not required, the committee noted that state associations may deem a tooth and mouth protector required equipment.

A note was added to Rule 3-5-5 to permit folding or rolling the shorts at the natural waistband seam. The new language does state that the shorts have to be in compliance with Rule 3-4-5, which restricts uniform pants/skirts to one visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference.

Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee, said this addition to Rule 3-5-5 modernizes the rule and allows players to adjust the shorts in a manner that serves no harm to the game or its integrity.

The other equipment changes deal with headbands and hair-control devices in Rule 3-5-4. The maximum width of the headband was expanded from 2 inches to 3 inches to be consistent with the rules for volleyball and accommodate athletes who play both sports. In addition, in 3-5-4d, hair-control devices are not required to meet color restrictions. Wynns noted that a hair-control device goes around the hair only, while a headband goes around the entire head.     

In another change, assistant coaches now will be able to go onto the court with the head coach in an effort to restore order when a fight breaks out among players.

“It can be difficult for officials to separate players involved in a fight on the court,” Wynns said. “This change will allow assistant coaches to enter the court with the head coach to assist officials in regaining control of the situation and restoring player safety.”

The final change approved by the Basketball Rules Committee is a change in the signal when a held ball occurs. Now, when a held ball occurs, the covering official(s) shall stop the clock using Signal #2 (straight arm, open palm extended) while simultaneously sounding the whistle.  

“This change should help to alleviate conflicting calls by officials when a held ball occurs,” Wynns said. “We currently raise one arm to stop the clock for everything except the jump/held ball.”

              According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, basketball is the third-most popular sport for boys with 551,373 participants in 18,510 schools and the third-most popular sport for girls with 412,407 participants in 18,171 schools.








About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.




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Players Selected for First AHSADCA Basketball Showcase Set for June 22

    MONTGOMERY – Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (ASADCA), announced Friday that invitations have been issued to 100 boys’ and  100 girls’ basketball players who will participate in the AHSADCA’s Basketball Showcase planned for June 22.
    The Showcase will allow outstanding student-athletes still in high school the opportunity to participate in this special camp that will be open to college coaches to attend. It is a joint project of the AHSAA, NFHS and NCAA.
    AHSAA coaches nominated players for this event and the AHSADCA Showcase Selection Committee chose 100 boys and 100 girls to attend.  The invitations were sent out April 16-17 to the student-athlete’s high school coach.

    “The coach is responsible for getting the information to the selected players,” Lee said. “I think our  selection committees did a great job of selecting these talented players and we are looking forward

to a great event.”
      The Boys’ Showcase will be held at Hoover High School and the Girls’ Showcase will be hosted at Spain Park High School. The June 22 event will begin at 10 a.m., and end at 6 p.m.
      “This showcase will bring our best basketball players together in one setting. “This is a great opportunity for our schools to get exposure for our high school basketball players,” Lee said. 

      The complete list of players can be found at:


Pisgah’s Annie Hughes, Mountain Brook’s Trendon Watford Named ASWA Miss Basketball & Mr. Basketball

      MONTGOMERY – Pisgah High School senior guard Annie Hughes and Mountain Brook senior forward Trendon Watford were named Miss and Mr. Basketball, respectively, at the Alabama Sportswriters Association (ASWA) luncheon Tuesday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. AHSAA corporate partner ALFA Insurance sponsored the luncheon which is hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
      Hughes, an Auburn signee, was also named the Class 3A Girls’ Player of the Year by the ASWA and was recently named the Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year and Al.com Girls’ Player of the Year. She led Pisgah, coached by Carey Ellison, to the 2018 and 2019 Class 3A state titles, earning state Tourney MVP each year. She averaged 21.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.5 steals as a senior.
      Pisgah went 65-2 over the past two seasons. Hughes is the first player from a school in a classification smaller than 5A to win Miss Basketball since Hayden Hamby of 3A West Morgan in 2011. Hughes is also the first Jackson County player to win in the 32-year history of the award.
    The 6-foot-9 Watford, also named the Class 7A Boys’ Player of the Year by the ASWA, was selected to participate in the McDonald’s All-America Game March 27 and was unable to attend Tuesday’s luncheon. He led the Spartans to three straight Class 7A state basketball championships – earning MVP honors all three years.
   He averaged 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a senior. He finished his career as the AHSAA career rebounding leader with 1,909 and had 3,783 career points. He also had 285 career blocked shots and had 155 career 3-pointers.
     Emily Westlake accepted for Watford. The annual awards banquet was presented by ALFA Insurance.
     Watford, who is still uncommitted, became just the fourth repeat winner of the ASWA Mr. Basketball Award. The others are John Petty of Butler (2016) and Mae Jemison (2017) high schools; Trevor Lacey of Butler (2010 and 2011); and Ronald Steele of John Carroll Catholic (2003 and 2004).    
    Hughes gathered 52 points in the Miss Basketball balloting of the ASWA All-State Committee. Finishing second was Spain Park’s Barker (46), followed by Pleasant Home’s Baldwin (45), Joiya Maddox of Hoover (10) and Hazel Green’s Snodgrass (9). These five comprise the ASWA Super 5 All-State Team for 2019.
    Watford led the ASWA Boys’ Super 5 All-State Team with 11 first-place votes and 66 total points. Rounding out Top 5 were Kobe Brown of Lee-Huntsville (27), Demond Robinson of Lee-Montgomery (27), Kam Woods, Pinson Valley (20) and Jaykwon Walton of Carver-Montgomery (19).
   The ASWA named a player of the year for boys and girls in each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications and the AISA. Those recipients included:

 ASWA Class Boys’ Players of the Year
Class 7A: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook
Class 6A: Kameron Woods, Pinson Valley
Class 5A: Cameron Tucker, Wenonah
Class 4A: Kobe Simmons, Talladega
Class 3A: Auston Leslie, Westminster Christian
Class 2A: Jayden Stone, Sacred Heart Catholic
Class 1A: Noah Boler, Decatur Heritage
AISA: Gunnar Henderson, Morgan Academy

 ASWA Girls Class ’ Players of the Year
Class 7A: Sarah Ashlee Barker, Spain Park
Class 6A: Marisa Snodgrass, Hazel Green
Class 5A: Quintasia Leatherwood, Central-Tuscaloosa
Class 4A: Kathleen Wheeler, Priceville
Class 3A: Annie Hughes, Pisgah
Class 2A: Elizabeth Hill, Cold Springs
Class 1A: River Baldwin, Pleasant Home
AISA: Kelsey Curry, Tuscaloosa Academy

Alabama Sportswriters Association
Miss Basketball Recipients (1988-2019)
2019 – Annie Hughes, Pisgah
2018 - Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery
2017 – Bianca Jackson, Brew 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 (1985-2019)

2019 - Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook

2018 - Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook

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 - Kerryon 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 - Terrance Lewis, Ramsay

1987 - Bryant Lancaster, Valley

1986 - Larry Rembert, Keith

1985 - Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport

Alabama Boys 107, Mississippi Boys 90

    MONTGOMERY  – Strong inside play in the second half by Mountain Brook’s Trendon Watford and Lee-Montgomery’s Demond Robinson and a superb performance by Wenonah High School guard  Cameron Tucker helped Alabama’s Boys All-Stars  storm from behind in the second half to beat Mississippi 107-90  in the 29th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star basketball series Friday night at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
      Both teams came in with 14 wins in the series which began in 1991. Mississippi won last year’s game at Mississippi College in Clinton (MS) and was riding a three-game winning streak coming into this year’s game.
      That streak looked like it might extend to four games with Mississippi’s strong first-half finish to take a 47-39 lead in at halftime – chiefly on Jaylen Forbes’ three long-distance 3-pointers. The Florence guard had 11 points at the half.  He finished the game with 20 points, including four treys and a 6-of-6 free-throw shooting effort for Mississippi.
     Alabama outscored Mississippi 68-43 after intermission. Tucker scored 16 his 18 points in the first half to keep Alabama, coached by Carver-Montgomery’s James “J.J.” Jackson and Mountain Brook’s Bucky McMillan, close.  He earned Alabama MVP honors sinking 6-of-8 field goals, 2-of-2 3-pointers and 4-of-4 at the foul line. He also had two assists and three steals.
     Robinson scored 12 points, had nine rebounds and four blocked shots, and Watford had 13 points and 12 rebounds. He had all 12 rebounds in the second half.  LeFlore’s DeAntoni Gordon chipped in 14 points, JaLon Johnson of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa had 10 points while Jaykwon Walton of Carver-Montgomery, Desmond Williams of Brewbaker Tech and Brandon Nicholas of Mae Jemison each had eight points. Lee-Huntsville’s Kobe Brown added seven. Williams also had seven rebounds and three steals.  Alabama out-rebounded Mississippi 60-54.
    Mississippi, coached by Darren Chancellor od Florence and Bruce Robinson of Warren Central, got 20 points from Canton’s Brandon Weatherspoon, who also sank four 3-pointers. D. J. Washington of Greenville added 11 points and John Rawls of East Marion had eight points and a team-high nine rebounds. Guard Earl Smith of Lanier also had eight points and four assists.