BIRMINGHAM -- Eighth grader Alexandria Orr was fouled as the fourth quarter of the AHSAA Class 1A girls’ state basketball finals ended Thursday night, then sank the second of two free throws with no time remaining to give R.A. Hubbard of Courtland a 44-43 victory and the 2017 championship over defending state champion Spring Garden at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
Orr, who had missed her first four free throws of the night, was fouled with the score tied at 43 all when she and a Spring Garden player collided on the floor near the Spring Garden basket as time expired. She missed the first of two shots but the second sealed the win. She finished with nine points and seven rebounds, made 2-of-3 3-point attempts and handed out three assists to be named to the Class 1A All-State Tourney Team.
Tiyonna Rogers tied the game for Coach Ricky Austin’s Panthers (26-8) with 29 seconds left when she sank a 3-point shot. She got the rebound when Coach Candace Byrd’s Lady Chiefs (22-8) missed on a shot with five seconds remaining. That set up a last play for Spring Garden, but the ball bounced off a player’s legs and set up the scramble for the loose ball.
R.A. Hubbard held a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Panthers clawed back outscoring the Chiefs 14-5.
Charm Saulsberry and 1A tournament MVP Kee-Undria Bolden led Hubbard with 10 points each. Bolden also had 10 rebounds. A’Nautica Bibbs added five points and six assists.
Rogers led Spring Garden with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Payton McGinnis also had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Tournament continues Friday at Legacy Arena with championship games for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will play championship games on Saturday.
All 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.
Class 1A Girls All-Tourney Team
Kee-Undria Bolden, R.A. Hubbard (MVP); Charm Sausberry, R.A. Hubbard; Alexandria Orr, R.A. Hubbard; Payton McGinnis, Spring Garden; Tyiona Rogers, Spring Garden; Mar’Quaja Brown, J.F. Shields.
AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
Hoover (28-7) 59, Central-Phenix City (26-5) 46
Spain Park (22-11) 49, McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7) 49 (OT)
Auburn (23-9) 44, Vestavia Hills (19-15) 37
Mountain Brook (30-5) 52, McGill-Toolen (24-10) 41
CLASS 1A GIRLS
R.A. Hubbard (23-8) 44, Spring Garden (27-8) 43
CLASS 1A BOYS
South Lamar (21-8) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (27-8), Thursday, 5:45 p.m.
CLASS 2A GIRLS
Tanner (28-2) vs. Geneva County (30-2), Friday, 9 a.m.
CLASS 2A BOYS
R.C. Hatch (24-2) vs. Lanett (24-7), Friday, 10:45 a.m.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Locust Fork (34-1) vs. Pisgah (27-7), Friday, 12:30 p.m.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Midfield (26-6) vs. Plainview (31-4), Friday, 2:15 p.m.
CLASS 4A GIRLS
Deshler (34-0) vs. Madison Academy (34-1), Friday, 4 p.m.
CLASS 4A BOYS
Hale County (27-4) vs. Monroe County (23-4), Friday, 5:45 p.m.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
Wenonah (29-3) vs. Charles Henderson (30-5), Saturday, 9 a.m.
CLASS 5A BOYS
Mae Jemison (33-4) vs. Faith Academy (22-8), Saturday, 10:45 a.m.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Hazel Green (37-1) vs. Homewood (33-2), Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
CLASS 6A BOYS.
Paul Bryant (23-11) vs. Parker (28-7), Saturday, 2:15 p.m.
CLASS 7A GIRLS
Hoover (28-7) vs. Spain Park (22-11), Saturday, 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A BOYS
Auburn (24-9) vs. Mountain Brook (30-5), Saturday, 5:45 p.m.