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CLASS 6A GIRLS SEMIFINALS LeFlore 58, Hartselle 50

    Unbeaten LeFlore of Mobile scored the first 11 points of the Class 6A girls’ semifinal game with Hartselle Wednesday morning, then staved off a steady Lady Tigers comeback to win 58-50 to advance to Saturday’s championship game  of he 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Lady Rattlers (34-0) of Coach Darrell Walton led the entire way, but Coach Gary Orr’s Tigers (24-12) pulled to within six at 46-40 with 5:10 to play. Senior Japonica James scored the next six LeFlore points to stretch the lead to 10 and LeFlore held on for the win.  James finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds to pace the Rattlers. Jaz Hill and Daisha Bradford added 12 points each. Bradford also had nine rebounds and Hill handed out six assists.
    Freshman Moriah Taylor sank four 3-point goals and finished with 24 points to lead Hartselle. Senior Kayla Key added 10 points and eight rebounds.
    The 6A girls’ finals will be Saturday  at 12:30 p.m. at the BJCC.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com

CLASS 4A BOYS SEMIFINALS Westminster Christian 49, Childersburg 29

   Westminster Christian of Huntsville scored the first 12 points of its Class 4A semifinal game with Childersburg Tuesday night and eased into the state finals for the second year in a row with a 49-29 win at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The contest closed out the second day of the AHSAA 2016 State Basketball Finals. Classes 6A and 5A play Wednesday as the 94th AHSAA state basketball tourney continues. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday.
    John Kendall  sank 4-of-6 3-point goals – giving him 98 on the season for the second straight year – and finished with 16 points to pace Coach Ronnie Stapler’s Wildcats (29-3). He was also 4-of-4 sat the foul line.  Trey Petty added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Tyshean Whitehead chipped in nine for the winners.
    Childersburg (28-6) struggled from outside the 3-point arc making only 1-of-19 for the game. Tylan Coleman had 12 points and Jatorre Cook had 10 for Coach Alvin Barnett’s Tigers. Cook also had a game-high nine rebounds.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.



CLASS 4A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Sipsey Valley 52, Locust Fork 51

   Sipsey Valley edged Locust Fork 52-51 Tuesday night in the Class 4A girls’ semifinals of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena to clinch the Lady Bears’ first trip to the state championship game. 
    Coach Jerome Elliott’s Bears (28-5) took the lead 43-41 at 7:21 in the fourth quarter, stretched the lead to eight at 52-44 with just over five minutes remaining, then staved off a last-ditch comeback effort by Locust Fork (30-2) that ended with the Lady Hornets’ last shot rolling off the rim at the buzzer.
    Coach Barbara Roy’s team didn’t allow a Sipsey Valley basket over the final five minutes, but the Bears defense was  just as tenacious allowing only two Hornets points from 4:48 until Madison Cater’s lay up and free throw with nine seconds left cut the lead to one. Locust Fork got one last chance following a missed Sipsey free throw, but two shots in the final two seconds failed to go in.
    Queen Ford had 16 points and 17 rebounds for Sipsey Valley. Charity Brown also had 16 points, Taylor Smith had 10 and Denetria Williams had seven points and 10 rebounds.  Kimberly Horton and Ashlyn Adkins had 12 points each for Locust Fork, and Cater had 11.
    Sipsey Valley will meet defending state champion Deshler in the Class 4A finals Friday at 4 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com. 

CLASS 4A BOYS SEMIFINALS Cordova 69, Monroe County 63

    Isaac Chatman sank three free throws and Kolbi Fuqua two in the final 27 seconds of the fourth quarter to lift Cordova past Monroe County 69-63 in the Class 4A boys’ semifinals of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday.  Leading 64-63, Chatman made one free throw with 27 seconds left to put the Coach Heath Burns’  Blue Devils (25-5) ahead by two. Fuqua rebounded a blocked Monroe County shot with 15 seconds left, was fouled and sank both free throws for a 67-63 lead, and Chatman went to the line once more with three seconds left and sank another pair to close out the win.
    Chatman finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, three steals and was 9-of-12 from the foul line for the game. Chatman’s brother Mykelti chipped in 18 points, blocked three shots and had six rebounds. Jayce Willingham added 15 points. He and Isaac Chatman sank two 3-pointers each.
    Monroe County (26-6), coached by Anthony Hayes, outscored Cordova 17-12 in the final period to push the Blue Devils to the limit.  Tyler Stallworth led the Tigers with 21 points, DeAndre Robinson added 19 and Franky Banks had 12. Each sank two treys.
   Cordova advances to the Class 4A state finals the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday at 5:45 p.m.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.



CLASS 4A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Deshler 56, UMS-Wright 41

    Defending Class 4A state girls’ basketball champion Deshler extended its current winning streak to 33 in a row Tuesday with a 56-41 triumph over UMS-Wright in the semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday.
    Coach Jana Killen’s Tigers (35-1), winners of the Class 4A state in 1985, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2015, got solid offensive efforts from sophomores Taylor Aikerson and  Annie Sparks. Aikerson had 19 points and Sparks, 15 with nine coming on a 3-for-4 shooting effort behind the 3-point arc. She also had seven steals.  Center Karleigh Sledge, another sophomore, cleared 18 rebounds and blocked six shots while scoring six points.
     UMS-Wright (27-7), coached by Terry Canova, was led by 6-foot-2 senior center Ashley Scott. She had a game-high 19 rebounds, blocked 11 shots and three assists while scoring seven points. Lauren Lomax also had 14 points for the Bulldogs.
     Deshler advances to the Class 4A state finals the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday at 4 p.m.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.



CLASS 3A BOYS SEMIFINALS Midfield 73, New Hope 57

    Midfield’s Patriots earned a berth in the Class 3A boys’ state basketball championship game with a 73-57 victory over New Hope  in the semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday.
    The Patriots (21-12), winners of the Class 4A state title in 2012 and 2014, combined balanced scoring, strong rebounding with a defense that forced 23 New Hope turnovers to notch the semifinal win.  Junior Shy’m Cunningham, a 6-foot-4 forward, had 16 points for coach Darrell Barber’s squad. Corey Davis and Keenan Isaac added 15 points each, Ahmad Isaac had 13 and Kalon Williams 9. Ahmad Isaac also had 10 rebounds and Keenan Isaac grabbed nine. Davis had five steals.
    New Hope (24-4), making its first-state tournament appearance in school history, was led by Omar Jolly’s 22 points and Bret Clark’s 15.  Jacob Maples chipped in 9 and Jalen Wesley 8.
     Midfield faces defending 3A state champion Madison Academy (21-12) in the 3A state finals Friday at 2:15 at Legacy Arena.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.

CLASS 3A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Montgomery Academy 39, Brindlee Mountain 32

    Montgomery Academy downed Brindlee Mountain 39-32 Tuesday in the Class 3A girls’ semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Lady Eagles, making their fifth trip to the BJCC in seven seasons, are advancing to the state finals to face four-time defending champion Lauderdale County. It is the Lady Eagles’ first trip to the championship game under Fencher’s direction.
    Kayla White scored 15 points to pace Montgomery Academy (27-4), which reeled off 11 straight points in the third period to break a tie game open.  White also had eight rebounds. Jade Brooks added seven points and nine rebounds and Caroline Kirkman also had nine rebounds.
    Brindlee Mountain (26-8), making its first State Finals appearance in school history,  was led by Emerald Rush’s 10 points and 11 rebounds.  Courtney Yarbrough added eight points and 14 rebounds. Coach Kelly Robinson’s Lions managed 21 offensive rebounds and 39 overall.
     The 3A girls’ finals will be Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the BJCC.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com
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CLASS 3A BOYS SEMIFINALS Madison Academy 61, Pike County 38

    Defending Class 3A state champion Madison Academy jumped to a 23-point lead by intermission en route to a 61-38 victory over Pike County in the Class 3A boys’ semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Coach Andy Blackston’s Mustangs (21-12) move into the 3A state finals Friday at 2:15 p.m.  Madison Academy has won five state titles since 2006.
     Senior Josh Langford had 14 points and nine rebounds, Myles Parker added 12 points and Collin Blanchard had 11 for the Mustangs. Langford also had four assists and two blocked shots.
     Pike County (20-10), coached by Doug Holland, rallied in the second half to cut the lead to 13 but couldn’t get any closer.  Jerrell Lawson, who had eight points, cleared a game-high 13 rebounds to pace the Bulldogs.  Jahzarian Lampley had 11 points and Kamari Jackson had nine. The South Regional champions were making the school’s first-ever appearance in the state tournament.
     The 3A girls’ finals will be Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the BJCC.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com
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CLASS 3A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Lauderdale County 83, Barbour County 38

    Lauderdale County jumped out to a 30-9 first-quarter lead Tuesday morning and eased to an 83-38 win over Barbour County in the Class 3A girls’ semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The victory sends the Lady Tigers (29-7) into the 3A state finals Friday. Coach Brant Llewellyn’s girls have won the last four 3A state titles and will be going for the school’s fifth in a row and 13th state crown overall.
     Senior Emma Wallen sank 8-of-13 treys to finish with 24 points to lead Lauderdale County Tuesday.  Allie Craig Cruce chipped in 18 points and six rebounds, Emma Covington and Channing Gafford added nine points each. The Tigers shot 62.5 percent from the field, were 10-of-16 on  3-point tries, had 25 assists and forced 27 turnovers.  Ivy Wallen had seven assists and Covington had four.
    Coach Robert Palmer’s Jaguars (19-7) were paced by Patrice Blackmon’s 13 points. Breanna McCray added nine and Jasonie Guice scored eight for Barbour County.
     The 3A girls’ finals will be Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the BJCC. Play continues Tuesday with Class 3A completing its session and Class 4A playing the afternoon session. Classes 6A and 5A play Wednesday and Class 7A semifinals are set for Thursday.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.

CLASS 2A BOYS SEMIFINALS Lanett 72, Section 59

    Lanett scored six points in 16 seconds late in the fourth quarter Monday night to nip Section 72-59 in the Class 2A boys’ semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The victory sends the Panthers (28-6) of Coach Richard Carter into the finals for the first time in his 45-year coaching career.
    The Panthers led 64-59 when Anquaevious Pollard put back a rebound for a bucket with 1:05 to play. Tavaris Geiger followed with a quick steal and lay-up eight seconds later, and Clifford Story picked up Lanett’s 22nd  offensive rebound of the night and scored following another Geiger steal with 49 seconds left to stretch the lead to 70-59.
     Pollard finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds, Geiger added 16 points and five assists. Emmanuel Littles had 10 points and 16 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards, to lead the Panthers. Lanett out-rebounded Section 44-18 on the night and was 13-of-14 at the foul line for the game.
   Coach Jamie Pruett’s Lions (26-6) remained close all night thanks to a big offensive effort by forward Caleb Haynes and a superb 3-point shooting effort by Dylan Davis. Haynes had 24 points on a 9-of-12 shooting effort and Davis sand six 3-point goals on just eight tries and finished with 18 points. The Lions had nine treys on the night. Haynes also had six rebounds.
   Lanett will play St. Luke’s Episcopal (23-11) in the 2A boys’ championship game Friday at 10:45 a.m. at the BJCC. Play continues Tuesday with Class 3A tipping off the action at 9 a.m., and Class 4A playing the afternoon session. Classes 6A and 5A play Wednesday and Class 7A semifinals are set for Thursday.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.