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2A Girls Semifinals Geneva County 41, Fyffe 35 (OT)

    Geneva County outscored Fyffe 6-0 in overtime Monday night to beat the Red Devils 41-35 in the Class 2A girls’ basketball tournament semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Center.
    First-year head coach Karie Striplin’s Bulldogs (30-2) advanced with the win to the championship game Friday morning at 9 a.m. to face Tanner (28-2).
     Eighth grader Karoline Striplin, daughter of the head coach, scored two put-back buckets in the OT period to give Geneva County a four-point lead with 20 seconds remaining, and TaMyya Hilliard had a steal and lay-up just before the buzzer to close out the extra period scoring. Hilliard’s steal with four seconds left in the fourth quarter turned into a lay-up to tie the game at 35-35 to send the game into overtime.
     The battle was close from start to finish with only eight lead changes and five tied scores throughout the contest.
      Striplin, who played with four fouls much of the second half, finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds – 10 on the offensive board. Hilliard added 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Bulldogs overcame 22 turnovers forced by Coach Steve King’s swarming Fyffe defense. Point guard Alexa Boutwell added six points, six rebounds, five assists and a game-high eight steals for the pressing Bulldogs defense that also forced 31 Red Devils turnovers.
     Libby Whitten led Fyffe (23-8) with 15 points. Brooklyn Dutton added five points and a game-high 18 rebounds. She also blocked five shots and had three steals.
     The overtime game was the third in a row for the Red Devils. Both games in the Northeast Regional went an extra period.
    The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues this week with Class 3A and Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals getting underway Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A Wednesday and Class 7A Thursday. Finals get underway Thursday Finals for 2A, 3A and 4A will be Friday and 5A, 6A and 7A finals close out the 2017 championships Saturday.
        All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.
      The Class 2A boys’ finals are set to follow the girls’ finals Friday at 10:45 a.m.    



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