Thursday, February 20, 2020






Class 4A Girls Semifinals Madison Academy 68, Booker T. Washington Magnet 24

    Madison Academy (34-1) defeated Booker T. Washington Magnet of Montgomery 68-24 in the second semifinal of the 2017 AHSAA Class 4A State Basketball Championships Tuesday to set up a 4 p.m. Friday date with defending  state champion Deshler (34-0) at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     The Mustangs of Coach Brian Privett led 20-9 after one quarter and 40-13 at halftime in notching their 34th win of the season.  Freshman 6-foot-2 center Destinee McGhee dominated inside with 18 points and 15 rebounds. She was 8-of-10 from the field.  Another freshman, point guard Jaden Langford added 12 points and six assists, and sophomore Damayia Calvert added 11 points for Madison Academy. Makiyah Parker also had 11 rebounds.
    The Yellow Jackets (15-8) of Coach Teklia Roberson got 10 points from senior point guard Jada Davison. She was 5-of-5 at the foul line and BTW finished perfect on its seven free throws for the game. Paige Towns added eight points and seven rebounds, and K.T. Blanding had eight boards and four steals.
      Play continues Wednesday with Classes 6A and 5A playing girls’ and boys’ semifinal games beginning at 9 a.m. Class 7A will play Thursday’s morning session with the Class 1A girls’ and boys’ championship games following at 4 and 5:45 p.m., respectively. Friday’s finals will include Class 2A, 3A and 4A boys and girls. The 2017 state tourney will conclude Saturday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A girls’ and boys’ championship games.
         All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be 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.

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