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CLASS 6A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Hazel Green 56, Ramsay 54 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green senior guard Imari Martin received a vote of confidence from her head coach Tim Miller during a Class 6A girls’ state championship game timeout just prior to going to the foul line with three seconds left and the game tied at 54-54 in overtime Saturday.
    “Coach told me I was going to make them,” she said. And she did.
    Martin’s sank both with ease and then turned on her defense by making a steal on the inbounds play to seal Hazel Green’s 56-54 victory at the BJCC Legacy Arena. It was the second state title for the Madison County school’s history. The first was won in 1995.
    The OT championship was the second of the day Saturday at the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Finals state tournament. Class 6A boys’ and Class 7A girls’ and boys’ finals were to follow the 6A girls’ championship game. The tourney is in its 25th year with the current girls’ and boys’ format and the 25th at the BJCC.
      Martin finished with eight points, two assists and two steals for Miller’s Trojans (35-2). Tourney MVP Brooke Hampel had 15 points, five rebounds and two steals, Caitlin Hose added 16 points and six rebounds and Farrah Pearson had 11 points.
      Ramsay (24-5), coached by Ronnie Jackson, battled fiercely to the final buzzer. Ramsay trailed 24-20 at the half but led by one after three quarters, 40-39.  The score was tied six times and the lead changed seen times.
     Junior Jaylyn Sherrod scored 18 points, made four 3-point goals and had two assists for the Rams. Senior Ajah Wayne, who earned MVP honors after leading Homewood to the Class 6A state title last season, added 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls i much of the second half. She transferred to Ramsay last summer. Dakiyah Sanders had three assists, two steals and five points in a strong defensive effort. Ramsay was making its first state championship game appearance since winning its fourth state crown in 2007.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is aired the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 6A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Brooke Hampel, Hazel Green (MVP); Imari Martin, Hazel Green; Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; Jaylyn Sherrod, Ramsay; Ajah Wayne, Ramsay;

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 5A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Sylacauga 79, Eufaula 78 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Sylacauga’s Aggies battled back from an 11-point third-quarter deficit to nip Eufaula 79-78 in overtime to claim the Class 5A boys’ state basketball title at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday morning.
       The final was the second of a six-championship game slate on the final day of the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Finals state tournament. It is also the 25th year for the tournament at the BJCC.
    Senior Malik Crawford had 20 points, 10 rebounds and sank 6-of-8 free rows to pace the Aggies (31-5) of Coach Will Copeland. The Class 5A state tourney MVP sank two free throws with 47 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter put Sylacauga ahead by four, 66-62.
    Eufaula (29-10), coached by Michael Smith, battled back on a jumper by Terrell Jones with 40 seconds left in the period and a rebound and put-back by Marquise Jones with five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
    The intensity displayed in the first four quarters continued in the extra period. Sylacauga scored the first six points led 77-70 with 1:21 remaining when the Tigers battled back once again thanks in part to Anthony Haigler’s offensive rebounding that led to three quick baskets. Aggies senior Darian Garrett sank two free throws with 55 seconds left in OT to make it 79-75.     Laquaveous Nelson, who led Eufaula with 21 points, came up with a steal, made a layup and was fouled. His made free throw cut the lead to 79-78. The Tigers got one last chance with four seconds left but closely guarded shot was off its mark.
    Jones finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for Sylacauga. Garrett had 14 and was 7-of-10 at the foul line. Malik Powell scored 13 points and Keaton Wilson had five points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Aggies.
     Terrell Jones chipped in 20 points and seven steals for Eufaula before fouling out late. Tyler Mayo added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Smith’s Tigers had three starters foul out and at eight players played at least 13 minutes in the contest.
      The championship was the second in school history for Sylacauga. The first one came 30 years ago in 1988. Eufaula  has four state championships to its credit (1953, 1978, 1986, 1999).
     The Class 6A and 7A girls’ and boys’ state championship games close out the competition at Legacy Arena Saturday.
      Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is aired the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 5A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Malik Crawford, Sylacauga (MVP); Malik Powell, Sylacauga; Desmon Jones, Sylacauga; Tyler Mayo, Eufaula; Laquaveous Nelson, Eufaula; Terrell Jones, Eufaula; Cameron Tucker, Wenonah.

2018 AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (34-2) vs. Ramsay (24-4), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 5A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Charles Henderson 55, Central-Tuscaloosa 37

BIRMINGHAM – Charles Henderson High School’s third trip in a row to the AHSAA State Basketball Championships was fruitful Saturday morning as the Trojans from Troy downed Central-Tuscaloosa 55-37 in the Class 5A girls’ state basketball finals to claim the school’s first state basketball crown.
   The girls’ championship game opened of the final day of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Coach Dyneshia Jones’ Trojans (32-4) lost in the finals to Wenonah in 2017. Her girls started slowly, but took over in the second quarter to take a 20-15 lead in at halftime. Charles Henderson outscored Central 38-22 in the second half. Junior center Maori Davenport led the way with 17 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Tatyana Siler added 14 points and eight rebounds and point guard Niaira Jones had 11 points, nine rebounds, three steals and five assists. Jones also was 4-of-4 at the foul line.
    Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) was led by Quintasia Leatherwood’s 17 points. Leatherwood, a 5-foot-3 sophomore point guard for Coach Michael Rivers’ Falcons, is a cousin of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame member and former Olympic track Gold medalist Lillie Leatherwood.
     Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is airing the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 5A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson (MVP); Niaira Jones, Charles Henderson; Tatyana Siler, Charles Henderson; Sakyia White, Central-Tuscaloosa; Quintasia Leatherwood, Central-Tuscaloosa; Keara Sexton, Scottsboro; Faith Reynolds, Wenonah.




CLASS 4A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Cordova 56, Madison Academy 54

BIRMINGHAM –  Cordova High School senior Isaac Chatman sank two  free throws with four seconds left, then stole Madison Academy’s final shot at a victory from mid-air to seal the Blue Devils’ 56-54  win in the Class 4A boys’ championship game Friday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The championship was the first in school and Walker County history and closed out Friday’s day of championships at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships.  The state tournament concludes Saturday with girls’ and boys’ finals in Class 5A, 6A and 7A. The first game tips off at 9 a.m. with Charles Henderson of Troy facing Central-Tuscaloosa in the 5A girls’ championship game.
     Chatman’s finish was the final touch on a superb game, season and career at Cordova for Coach Heath Burns’ team. The 6-foot-6 forward sat much of the first half after picking up to fouls. He played just five minutes in the first two quarters and Coach Andy Blackston’s Mustangs (24-12) were able to build a 33-25 lead at intermission.
     He returned in the second half and picked up just one foul in the final 16 minutes. He scored 13 of his 17 points in the final two quarters. None were bigger than his free throws at the, however. Madison Academy had the ball with score tied at 54-54, and Chatman stepped in front of a Mustangs pass, made the steal and streaked to his goal where he was fouled attempting to make a lay-up. He finished 7-of-8 at the foul line on the night and also had seven rebounds to earn Class 4A state tournament MVP. He had three steals.
    Senior teammates Demetrius Kirk and Jayce Willingham added 17 and 15 points, respectively. Willingham’s free throws following an offensive rebound with 14 seconds left pulled Cordova with two at 54-52.  Willingham finished with eight rebounds, five on the offensive boards, and Kirk had five rebounds. More importantly, Kirk ran the team at guard, limiting Cordova’s turnovers to just three.
    Luke Tomlinson had 15 points, Calvin Bacon 14 and Calvin Walker 11 for Madison Academy. Tomlinson also had seven rebounds and Bacon had four assists.
     Raycom Sports is broadcasting all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 4A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Isaac Chatman, Cordova (MVP); Jayce Willingham, Cordova; Demetrius Kirk, Cordova; Luke Tomlinson, Madison Academy; Calvin Walker, Madison Academy; Calvin Bacon, Madison Academy.

 

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (31-4) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-7), 9 a.m.
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Eufaula (29-9) vs. Sylacauga (30-5), 10:45 a.m.

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (34-2) vs. Ramsay (24-4), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 4A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Madison Academy 56, Deshler 43

BIRMINGHAM – Madison Academy sophomore point guard Jaden Langford scored 22 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out three assists to lead the Mustangs to a 56-43 triumph over Deshler in the Class 4A girls’ state finals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     The state title was the second in a row and third overall for Madison Academy (29-7). Coach Alissa Hargett is in her first year as head coach at her alma mater.
    Langford scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half. Teammates Damayia Calvert and Jasmine Gracie added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Calvert also had three assists and three steals and Gracie blocked two shots and recorded two steals.
    Deshler (33-3), coached by Jana Killen, got 12 points from Taylor Aikerson and 10 points from Karleigh Sledge. Sledge also had 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. The Tigers had a difficult night shooting the 3-pointer. Deshler made only 1 of 25 from beyond the arc.
    The Tigers have seven state championships to their credit winning back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016 en route to a 68-game winning streak that ended last season.
     Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 4A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Jaden Langford, Madison Academy (MVP); Damayia Calvert, Madison Academy; Jasmine Gracie, Madison Academy; Taylor Aikerson, Deshler; Kayleigh Sledge, Deshler; Katyreah Willliams, Greensboro.

CLASS 3A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Plainview 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen 75 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Plainview High School’s boys’ basketball team shattered the AHSAA record for 3-point shots attempted and made this season. It seemed only fitting that the Bears would sink a trey to win its first-ever state basketball championship Friday.
    Junior Caden Millican, who earned MVP honors for the Bears (34-2), took a feed from point guard Jeffery Armstrong in overtime and fired a 3-pointer as the final buzzer sounded to give Plainview a 78-85 overtime win over Hillcrest-Evergreen (23-4) in the Class 3A boys’ state championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday. The game will go down as one of the greatest games in the 96-year tournament history of the AHSAA State Basketball Championships.
     Hillcrest-Evergreen senior guard Kobe Bradley’s 3-point goal with 37 seconds remaining in the extra period tied the game at 75-75. Bradley, who finished with 44 points, helped the Jaguars of Coach Chenson Griffin tie the game at the end of regulation when he was fouled taking a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left and his team was trailing 66-62. Bradley sank his first two free throws, then missed his third and teammate Ryan Nettles rebounded and banked the game-tying bucket to send the game into overtime tied 66-66.
    Millican finished with 37 points, sinking 6-of-10 3-pointers and going 9-of-10 at the foul line. He made two free throws in overtime to give Coach Robi Coker’s Bears a 75-72 lead just prior to Bradley’s trey. Armstrong added 18 points, five assists, five steals and eight rebounds for Plainview. 
    Bradley was 12-of-21 shooting for Hillcrest, sank 5-of-9 3-point shots and was 15-of-19 at the foul line. He also had seven steals.  Nettles had nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Jarrett Taylor chipped in 10 points.
     Plainview was 12-of-33 on 3-pointers. The Bears finished the season with 467 made treys on 1,279 attempts. Both are single-season state records.  Hillcrest won the Class 3A football title in December with a perfect 15-0 record.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 3A BOYS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Cade Millican, Plainview (MVP); Jeffery Armstrong, Plainview; Koby Tinker, Plainview; Kobe Bradley, Hillcrest-Evergreen; Ryan Nettles, Hillcrest-Evergreen; Luke Skinner, American Christian.

CLASS 3A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Pisgah 62, Lauderdale County 59

BIRMINGHAM – Pisgah High School Junior Annie Hughes sank two free throws with  18 seconds left to lift the Eagles to a 62-59 victory over the Tigers in the Class 3A girls’ state basketball finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday.  The win in the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena gave Pisgah the school’s first state title since 2005. The state tourney is in its 25th year at the BJCC.
    Hughes scored 28 points, but none were more important than the last two. She was just 7-of-18 at the foul line prior to her final two. Hughes also had 15 rebounds, eight on the offensive boards, and four blocked shots to earn MVP honors for the 3A state tourney. It was her blocked shot underneath the Lauderdale County basket moments earlier that led to her final free throws.
    Coach Carey Ellison’s Eagles (31-1) also got a big game inside from Kaylee Vaught. She had 15 points, nine rebounds and blocked three shots.
     Lauderdale County (35-3) was paced by senior Allie Craig-Cruce’s 26 points and 11 rebounds. She was also 9-of-11 before fouling Hughes for her fifth foul.  Hannah Tate also had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Jaide Ellick added 10 points. Tamia Watkins contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.
    The championship was the sixth overall for Pisgah, which won titles in 1981, 1982, 1997, 2003 and 2005. The Eagles lost in the finals last season to Locust Fork. Lauderdale County has 13 state championships, a girls’ AHSAA state record, and won five in a row from 2012-2016.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 3A GIRLS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Annie Hughes, Pisgah (MVP); Kaylee Vaught, Pisgah; Tamia Watkins, Lauderdale County; Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County; Jemeriah Moore, Midfield; Valerie Samuel, T.R. Miller.

CLASS 2A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Lanett 41, St. Luke’s Episcopal 38

BIRMINGHAM – Lanett High School won its third straight Class 2A boys’ state basketball championship Friday with a 41-38 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal of Mobile. The third one, however, was not in tow until the final second as the Wildcats pushed the Panthers to the limit in the 2A finals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The state tourney is in its 25th year at the BJCC.
     The lead changed 11 times in the contest including five times in the final quarter.  Senior Anquavious Pollard’s inside bucket with 4:29 remaining put Coach Richard Carter’s Panthers (26-5) ahead for good – but not ahead by much. The game see-sawed the rest of the way with any a separation of no more than one made shot.
    Lanett’s Emmanuel Littles, a 6-foot-7 senior, earned Class 2A state tourney MVP with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the finals. Pollard has 12 points and eight rebounds, and Kristian Story had five points – all on as 5-of-6 free-shooting performance.
    St. Luke’s Episcopal (22-9), coached by Kantonio Davis, out-rebounded the Panthers 34-32 and had five less turnovers. Mark Wilcox had 13 points, 14 rebounds and six steals in a superb defensive effort. Jermaine Brown had eight points and five rebounds.
    Lanett won the school’s first state basketball title in 2016, followed up in 2017 and became just the 11th school in the state tournament’s 96-year history to win three boys’ state titles in a row. Two schools (Francis Marion and Sacred Heart) have won four and nine have won three (Wenonah, Pickens County, R.C. Hatch, Madison Academy, Brantley, Austinville, Geraldine and Simpson).
    Lanett also became just the seventh school to win football and boys’ basketball championships in the same school year. Hoover was the last team to accomplish that feat (2016-17).  The first was Sidney Lanier in 1965-67.  Six more schools have won state titles in the same calendar year including the first, Colbert County, in 1972.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 2A BOYS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Emmanuel Littles, Lanett (MVP); Anquavious Pollard, Lanett; Mark Wilcox, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Jermaine Brown, St. Luke’s Episcopal; C.J. Yarbrough, Tanner; Jaquan Lee, Aliceville.

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Samson 69, Sand Rock 65

     BIRMINGHAM – Samson High School twin sisters La’Tascya and LaTora Duff combined for 56 points Friday morning to lead the Tigers past Sand Rock 69-65 in girls’ Class 2A finals of 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     The 5-foot-8 seniors each had 17 points in the first half as Samson (31-3) built a 39-33 lead. La’Tascya, who earned Class 2A state tourney MVP, finished with a game-high 32 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots for Coach Chad McKnight’s Tigers before fouling out with 1:11 remaining and her team holding 65-56 lead. LaTora, who had 24 points and six rebounds, made two crucial free throws with 31 seconds remaining to make it 68-60. Kinley Johnson’s free throw nine seconds later was even more critical giving Samson a 69-60 lead.
    Sand Rock (24-10), coached by Lisa Bates, battled back with Caley Garrett sinking a 3-pointer and Savannah Blackwell getting a bucket to cut it to 69-65. The Wildcats forced yet another turnover with six seconds remaining but a 3-point shot bounced off the rim long to run out the final seconds.
    La’Tascya Duff was 10-of-12 at the foul line and LaTora Duff was 4-of-6. Diamonique Williams also had five points and three assists for Samson.
   Sand Rock was led by Kirby DeBoard’s 17 points. Kynleigh Chesnutt had 16 plus eight rebounds, and Blackwell had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
    The state championship was Samson’s fourth, winning previously in 2006, 2007 and 2016. County rival Geneva County won the 2A state crown in 2017.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, and WSFA TV 12 plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals Saturday over its main channel in Montgomery. The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 2A GIRLS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
La’Tascya Duff, Samson (MVP); LaTora Duff, Samson; Savannah Blackwell, Sand Rock; Kirby DeBoard, Sand Rock; Shatavia Moore, Keith; Chloe Roberson, Phil Campbell.

CLASS 1A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Sacred Heart Catholic 65, Georgiana 56 (OT)

     BIRMINGHAM – Sacred Heart Catholic’s bid for a fourth straight Class 1A state boys’ basketball championship was pushed to brink by Georgiana Thursday night. The Cardinals (23-10), however, outscored the Panthers 10-1 in overtime to post a 65-56 win Thursday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The victory clinched the fourth consecutive Class 1A state boys’ title for Coach Ralphael Graves’ team from Anniston, tying a state record set by Class 2A Francis Marion from 1988-91. Eight other schools have won three state boys’ basketball titles in a row during the 96-year history of the state tournament. Sacred Heart is the first boys’ team to win four in a row in the BJCC’s 25-year history of hosting the event.
     Sacred Heart senior Diante Wood earned Class 1A state tournament MVP honors scored 22 points, had six rebounds and two blocked shots. He made a key bucket and free throw with a minute left in regulation to give the Cardinals a four-point 53-49 lead.
    Georgiana senior guard responded with a 3-pointer, and after Sacred Heart’s Victor Wilson made two free throws with 25 seconds left,  Stallworth nailed another trey from well beyond arc to with 18 seconds  left to tie the game at 55-55 and send it into overtime.
    Senior guard QuinDarious Riggins, who played much of the second half with four fouls, took over in the overtime period by attacking the basket. He scored the last nine points of the game to finish with 18 points. He also had three assists and six rebounds. Murdock Simmons also had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals before fouling out in the extra period.
    Georgiana (30-4), coached by Kirk Norris, was led by Stallworth’s 17 points. He was also 4-of-6 at the foul line and finished with three 3-pointers. Sophomore post Martavius Payton had 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots, and junior Christian Williams had 13 points and four assists. The Panthers have reached the state tourney three years in a row and have played in the finals twice.
    The Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals get underway Friday with Samson and Sand Rock tipping off the Class 2A girls’ championship game at 9 a.m. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
    Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network, and the NFHS Network is live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform. The AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting all finals over it state-wide radio network and website as well.
CLASS 1A BOYS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Diante Wood, Sacred Heart (MVP); Murdock Simmons, Sacred Heart; QuinDarious Riggins, Sacred Heart; Ja’Michael Stallworth, Georgiana; Christian Williams, Georgiana; Martavius Payton, Georgiana.

AHSAA 96th State Basketball Championships
Thursday’s results
CLASS 7A Girls
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) 50, Sparkman (29-6) 49
Spain Park (30-6) 60, Lee-Montgomery (23-10) 51
CLASS 7A Boys
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) 64, Sparkman (30-5) 61 (OT)
Mountain Brook (33-4) 70, Central-Phenix City (21-5) 42

CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38 (Spring Garden is champion)
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT) (Sacred Heart is champion)

Friday, Mar. 2
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (30-3) vs. Sand Rock (24-10), 9 a.m.
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
St. Luke's Episcopal (22-8) vs. Lanett (25-5), 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Lauderdale County (35-2) vs. Pisgah (30-1), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-3) vs. Plainview (33-2), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Deshler (33-2) vs. Madison Academy (28-7), 4 p.m.
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (25-9) vs.Madison Academy (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 3
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (31-4) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-7), 9 a.m.


 

CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Eufaula (29-9) vs. Sylacauga (30-5), 10:45 a.m.

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (34-2) vs. Ramsay (24-4), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.