The Lady Bears (26-5) advanced to the AHSAA Class 1A girls’ state basketball finals with a defensive effort. Coach Cecil Williams’ girls limited Decatur Heritage to 14 points in the first half and out-scored the Eagles 20-10 in the fourth quarter to move into the championship game for the second year in a row. Harriet Winchester scored 20 points and passed out five assists to pace Keith. Zykia Pettway also had 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Ambreya Snow and Shatavia Moore added eight points. Decatur Heritage (23-6) was paced by Bekah Voss and Maddie Vinton had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Chandler Sparkman also had eight rebounds for Coach Paula Armstrong’s Eagles. The game was the first of 42 games scheduled for the week at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena in Birmingham. Class 1A and Class 2A play today, Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A tip off on Wednesday and Class 7A closes the semifinals on Thursday. Two finals will be Thursday night (1A boys and girls). Finals for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will Friday with the Classes 5A, 6A and 7A closing out the week on Saturday.