Saturday, February 22, 2020






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.

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