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Class 1A Girls’ Championship Spring Garden 53, St. Luke’s Episcopal 45

  BIRMINGHAM – Spring Garden High School downed St. Luke’s Episcopal 53-45 Thursday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena to claim the 2020 Class 1A state championship. It was seventh state title in school history for the Lady Panthers.
    Spring Garden (35-2) sophomore Neely Welsh had 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and six steals to earn MVP honors for Coach Ricky Austin’s team. Seventh grader Ace Austin had 14 points, including two 3-pointers, five rebounds and two assists. Freshman Kayley Kirk chipped in 11 points and senior Macy Reedy has 10. Kirk had three treys and Reedy had two.
     St. Luke’s (22-5), coached by Gareth Trawick, were led by Iamunique Bowie’s 12 points. Chloe Gilmore had 10, Elizabeth Roebuck nine and Haley Patterson eight.  Whitney Novak also had six points and six rebounds.
     Spring Garden had just six turnovers on the night and forced 14. That  led to 24 points off turnovers for Panthers to four for the Wildcats.
    The Class 1A boys’ finals was underway Thursday night between Pickens County and Lanett. Friday’s schedule gets underway at 9 a.m., with the 2A girls’ finals at 9 a.m., and the 2A boys’ finals at 10:45 a.m. Class 3A’s championship games are set for 12:30 p.m. for the girls and 2:15 p.m. for the boys. Friday’s championship day schedule concludes with 4A girls’ title game at 4 p.m., and the boys’ championship at 5:45. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A conclude the 2020 state tournament with girls’ and boys’ championships Saturday.  
     All championship games in the 2020 AHSAA State Tourney are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform and are also being shown over the AHSAA TV Network’s group of cable affiliates in Alabama. WOTM TV is producing all games and the AHSAA Radio Network is handling announcing duties for radio and TV during the semifinals.
    All cable systems in Alabama have a chance to take the broadcast feed for all the games free of charge. If your local cable company is not televising the games, please contact them and ask them to join the AHSAA TV Network.
Class 1A All-State Tournament Team
Neely Welsh, Spring Garden (MVP); Macy Reedy, Spring Garden; Ace Austin, Spring Garden; Iamunique Bowie, St. Luke’s; Elizabeth Roebuck, St. Luke’s; Neely Johns, Mars Hill Bible.

98th AHSAA STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thursday’s Results

Class 1A Girls’ Championship

Spring Garden (35-2) 53, St. Luke’s Episcopal (22-5) 45
Class 1A Boys Championship
Lanett (21-11) vs. Pickens County (25-3), Thursday, 5:45 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Semifinals
Hoover (31-2) 58, Central-Phenix City (21-8) 42
Spain Park (31-4) 48, McGill-Toolen Catholic (26-7) 36
Class 7A Girls Championship
Hoover (31-2) vs. Spain Park (31-4), Saturday, 4 p.m.

Class 7A Boys Semifinals

Lee-Montgomery  (32-1) 65, Oak Mountain (22-9) 57
Class 7A Boys Championship
Lee-Montgomery (32-1) vs. Mountain Brook (32-2), Saturday, 5:45 p.m.




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