BIRMINGHAM – Hoover outscored Spain Park 7-3 in overtime Saturday night in the battle of the city’s two rival high schools and captured the 2017 AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state basketball championship 51-47.
Coach Krystle Johnson’s Lady Bucs (29-7) saw a 3-point lead vanish Sarah Ashlee Barker sank a 3-point goal with four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter for Spain Park (22-12) to tie the game at 44 all.
Coach Mike Chase’s Lady Jaguars lost two key starters in overtime when Claire Holt and Barrett Herring fouled out. Hoover was clinging to two-point 48-46 lead with 1:05 left in overtime when Joiya Maddox stepped to the foul line and sank free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
Eboni Williams had 10 points and 11 rebounds to earn Class 7A state tourney MVP. Angela Grant also had a big game inside scoring 13 points and snatching eight rebounds. Maddox had nine points and Kelci Marable scored eight.
Holt led Coach Mike Chase’s Jaguars with 22 points. Barker had 11 points and nine rebounds and Ahrielle Parks had four points and 10 rebounds.
For Hoover’s Johnson, the state championship as a coach was her first. She sank the winning free throws in Hoover’s 2001 state championship win over Decatur to win a title as a player.
The boys’ Class 7A championship game was set close out the 2017 state tournament Saturday night at Legacy Arena. All finals are being 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 7A Girls’ All-Tourney Team
Eboni Williams, Hoover (MVP); Angela Grant, Hoover; Claire Holt, Spain Park; Sarah Ashlee Barker, Spain Park; Teyah Johnson, Central-Phenix City; Shauntai Battle, McGill-Toolen.
AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
CLASS 1A BOYS
Sacred Heart Catholic (28-8) 82, South Lamar (25-8) 59
CLASS 2A GIRLS
Geneva County (31-2) 44, Tanner (28-3) 42
CLASS 2A BOYS
Lanett (25-7) 54, R.C. Hatch (24-3) 40.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Locust Fork (35-1) 72, Pisgah (27-8) 62
CLASS 3A BOYS
Midfield (28-6) 60, Plainview (31-5) 46
CLASS 4A GIRLS
Madison Academy (35-1) 50, Deshler (34-1) 47
CLASS 4A BOYS
Hale County (28-4) 67, Monroe County (23-5) 56
CLASS 5A GIRLS
Wenonah (30-3) 55, Charles Henderson (30-6) 52
CLASS 5A BOYS
Mae Jemison (35-4) 58, Faith Academy (22-9) 52
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Homewood (34-2) 52, Hazel Green (37-2) 49
CLASS 6A BOYS.
Paul Bryant (24-11) 48, Parker (28-8) 44
CLASS 7A GIRLS
Hoover (29-7) 51, Spain Park (22-12) 47 (OT)
CLASS 7A BOYS
Auburn (24-9) vs. Mountain Brook (30-5), Saturday, 5:45 p.m.