Friday, February 28, 2020






CLASS 4A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Madison Academy 72, Greensboro 51

     BIRMINGHAM –   Defending Class 4A state champion Madison Academy overcame a sluggish start with a strong second-half start to down Greensboro 72-51 in semifinals of the  96th AHSAA Class 4A State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday night.
      The victory sets up a rematch against Deshler in Class 4A finals Friday at 4 p.m. The Mustangs (28-7) won last year’s championship 50-47.
      Jaden Langford sparked a 20-3 run to open the third quarter as Madison Academy stretched a 29-27 lead to 49-31. The Raiders (24-7) of Coach Frances Dunn outscored Coach Alissa Hargett’s Mustangs 5-2 to end the quarter but the damage was already done.
     Langford finished with 19 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals in a complete performance for the Mustangs. She was 7-of-11 at the foul line and nailed two 3-pointers. Damahyia Calvert had 15 points, five assists and six rebounds and Jasmine Gracie added 13 points and six boards.
    Greensboro’s KaTyreah Williams led the Raiders with 19 points. Kamekia Edwards had nine points and six rebounds, and Trinity Hambright had seven points and eight rebounds.
         The 96th annual AHSAA state tourney, now in its 25th year at the BJCC, resumes Wednesday with Class 6A and Class 5A girls’ and boys’ semifinals. The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and Saturday.
    All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals.

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