Class 7A Girls Semifinals McGill-Toolen 53, Huntsville 35

    McGill-Toolen used balanced scoring to beat Huntsville 53-35 in the Class 7A girls’ state tournament semifinals Thursday night at BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The victory sends Coach Carla Berry’s Yellow Jackets (31-4) into the first-ever Class 7A state championship game versus Jeff Davis Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. at the BJCC.
    The Jackets shot 50 percent from the field, made 13-of-19 free throws and had just 11 turnovers in posting the win.  Ryann Sylvester had 15 points. Shelby Hall scored 12 and Shauntai Battle 13 to lead McGill-Toolen. Lauren McKee also had seven points, four assists and five rebounds.
    Huntsville (32-4) was led by Ta’Naisha Hill’s 10 points and two assists.   Shaquera Wade added nine points and 14 rebounds.
    The Lady Panthers of Coach Krystle Johnson were making their second state tournament appearance in the last three years.

Class 5A Boys Semifinals J.O. Johnson 57, Faith Academy 40

    J.O.  Johnson rallied from a one-point deficit at the half to post a 57-40 win over Faith Academy in the Class 5A boys state tournament semifinals Thursday at Bill Harris Arena.
    The Jaguars (31-4) of Coach Jack Doss outscored the Rams 32-14 in the final two quarters to snap Faith Academy’s 33-game winning streak -- longest current boys streak in the state heading into the 2015 AHSAA State Tournament.
    John Petty’s 21 points and nine rebounds sparked J.O. Johnson. The victory was the 748th career win for Doss (748-340). The veteran coach was selected to be inducted into the 25th AHSAA Hall of Fame Class on March 23.
    Terrion Bone added 14 points and Justin Hopkins had 10.
   Coach John Price’s Rams (34-2), who lost in the second game of the regular season before reeling off 33 straight wins to capture the South Regional, were paced by Josh Hill’s 23 points and eight rebounds.
   J.O. Johnson will play Ramsay in the Class 5A state finals at BJCC Legacy Center Saturday night. Ramsay finished as Class 5A runner-up in 2014 and Johnson was runner-up in Class 4A. The Jags moved to 5A this school year when the AHSAA established seven classifications.

Class 7A Boys Semifinals Hoover 65, Lee-Montgomery 56 (2 OT)

     Hoover outscored Lee-Montgomery 11-2 in the second overtime Thursday night to claw its way to a 65-56 win over Lee-Montgomery. The win catapults the Bucs into the Class 7A boys state basketball tournament championship game at BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday night.
    Dylan Smith scored nine of the final 11 points for Coach Charles Burkett’s Bucs (26-9 and assisted on the other bucket to finish with 27 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists on the night. He a perfect 9-of-9 from the foul line including hitting all six attempts in the final 37 seconds of the marathon contest.
    Maurice Brown added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Shaquille Bracey added 10 points and six rebounds before fouling out late. Hoover finished 15-of-18 from the foul line but just 6-of-31 from the 3-point zone.
    Lee (29-4), coached by Bryant Johnson, struggled out the charity stripe sinking only 14-of-34.  Kendarius Hartwell had 12 points, Roderick Scott had 11 and Trenton Clayton 10 for the Generals. Tommy Burton scored nine points, cleared a game-high 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.
    The 7A finals will close out the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships Saturday at 7 p.m. All finals Friday and Saturday will be televised by Raycom Media. Check www.ahsaa.com for channels in each area that will be carrying the games.
   The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all 14 championships starting Friday morning. The links can be found at www.ahsaa.com as well.

Class 5A Girls Semifinals Brewbaker Tech 42, Anniston 40

   Coach Randy Varner’s Rams (23-7) posted a close 42-40 win over Anniston (27-9) at Bill Harris Arena Thursday night to clinch a spot in the Class 5A girls state tournament finals Saturday against Wenonah.
   Michaia Fluellen had 12 points and nine rebounds, Charlisa Wellington added 10 points and 13 rebounds and Bianca Jackson chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds for Brewbaker.  Wellington ansd Jackson also had four assists each.
    Miajah Bullock had 15 points and Kiyana Bullock had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Coach Eddie Bullock’s Lady Bulldogs.
    The 5A girls’ finals will tip off at 9 a.m. Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.

Class 5A Boys Semifinals Ramsay 58, Dallas County 44

   Ramsay advanced to the Class 5A state championship for the second year in a row Thursday night beating Dallas County 58-44 in the AHSAA boys state tournament semifinals at Bill Harris Arena.
    Jordan Millsap scored 18 points, Albert Luke had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Justin Wiley had 1 points for Coach Kelly Cheatham’s Rams (25-5).
    Dallas County (29-4), coached by Willie Moore, was led by Jerrod Moorer’s 26 points, seven rebounds and 9-of-11 free-throw shooting effort. Keyona Phillips added nine points.  The Hornets won the 4A state title in 2014.
    Ramsay will play in the finals Saturday at 11 a.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.

Class 7A Girls Semifinals Jeff Davis 42, Hazel Green 41

    Jeff Davis scored the last five points of the game to stage a dramatic 42-41 come-from-behind win over Hazel Green Thursday to advance to the Class 7A girls’ state basketball championship game Saturday night at the BJCC.
    Hazel Green (29-6), coached by former Jeff Davis coach Tim Miller, led 26-18 at the half and 34-29 after three quarters.  Ahyiona Vason sank a 3-point goal with 37 seconds left to bring the Lady Vols to within one at 41-40, then dished a pass from underneath the goal to teammate Larvasha Thigpen with 21 seconds left and Thigpen delivered the game-winning bucket to seal the win.
    Coach LaKenya Knight’s Lady Vols (30-4) outscored Hazel Green 24-15 in the second half.  Kayla Jackson and Jasmine Walker each scored 10 points for Jeff Davis. Tia Horne added nine points, Vason finished with seven and Thigpen had scored two.
    Hazel Green was led by Rayven Pearson with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Choloe Long’s 14 points and 12 rebounds.
    The historic first-ever Class 7A girls’ finals will be Saturday at 5 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.

Class 5A Girls Semifinals Wenonah 73, Talladega 34

    Defending Class 5A state champion Wenonah (31-3) advanced to the Class 5A finals with a 73-34 win over Talladega in the girls’ semifinals at Bill Harris Arena Thursday. The 5A games were originally scheduled for the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday, but the winter storm that stretched through Alabama Wednesday forced the tournament to go to two sites Thursday.
     All games will return to the BJCC Friday and Saturday as the 93rd AHSAA State Tournament concludes with boys and girls state finals in seven classifications.
    Point guard Jayla Morrow only scored four points but handed out a tournament-high 11 assists as the Lady Dragons of Coach Emanuel Bell moved into position to capture the school’s eighth AHSAA state title with the win.   Alexus Dye had 19 points and nine rebounds, Kaitlyn Rodgers added 19 points and 12 rebounds, Faith Reynolds added 12 points and Tywanna English had nine plus six assists.
    Pacing Talladega (21-10), coached by Jannie Keith, was Gabreal Johnson with 12 points.
    The 5A girls’ finals will be Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.

Class 6A Boys Semifinals Carver-Montgomery 54, Woodlawn 42

     Carver-Montgomery (28-4) outscored Woodlawn by nine in the fourth quarter en route to a 54-42 victory in the AHSAA Class 6A boys’ state basketball tournament semifinals Thursday.
    Brandon Austin had 18 points and Joseph Strugg had 12 rebounds to pace the Wolverines of Coach James Jackson.  Antonio Nelson also had 12 points and guard Darian Adams had eight points and five assists.
    Woodlawn (25-8), coached by Demetrius Turner, was paced by DeCarlos Wright’s 16 points. Javien  Williams had 14 and Jaylon Dubose 11.
   Carver will meet Lee-Huntsville in the 6A finals of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tourney at the BJCC Saturday at 3 p.m.

Class 6A Girls Semifinals Blount 56, Shades Valley 48

     Blount (18-8) outscored defending Class 6A state champion Shades Valley 17-2 over the last six minutes to post a 56-48 win in the AHSAA girls state tournament semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Thursday.
     Cierra Johnson led the comeback effort for Coach Janel Williams’ Leopards scoring 19 points. She also had six assists, four steals, 10 rebounds and sank eight important free throws.   Daja Woodard also had 17 points and Jermecya Harris scored 13 for Blount.
    Camryn London led Shades Valley (21-8), coached by Gary Ferguson, with 15 points. Katelyn Thomas added 10 points and six rebounds.
    Blount faces Homewood in the 6A state finals Saturday at 1 p.m. at the BJCC.

Class 6A Boys Semifinals Lee-Huntsville 48, Homewood 45

    Lee-Huntsville (27-6) outscored Homewood 12-5 down the stretch to pull out a 48-45 semifinal victory in the Class 6A Boys state basketball tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Thursday.
     Geron Scissom sealed the win with two free throws with seven seconds remaining for Coach Greg Brown’s Generals. Scissom had a team-high 13 points and finished a perfect 4-of-4 at the foul line. He also had three steals, three blocked shots and three assists.
    Tracy Burnett added 10 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks and Malik Burnett had 11 points.
    Homewood (28-8), coached by Tim Shepler, was led by Malik Cook-Stroupe’s 15 points and four assists. Ronald Claiborne had 10 points and Austin Patterson had eight plus a team-high seven rebounds.
    Lee will play in the 6A finals Saturday at 3 p.m.