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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. 

CLASS 2A GIRLS SEMIFINALS R.C. Hatch 59, Ider 57

    R.C. Hatch senior center Ka’Lasha Patterson’s rebound and put back with five seconds remaining Monday night lifted the Lady Bobcats  to a 59-57 victory over Ider in the semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    R.C. Hatch (23-6) advances to Friday morning’s Class 2A championship game to face Samson (32-2). The game will tip off at 9 a.m. The 94th annual AHSAA State Finals got underway Monday at the BJCC Legacy in Birmingham. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A play Wednesday and Class 7A plays Thursday.  The Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon at 4 and 5:45 p.m., respectively.
     Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday beginning with the R.C. Hatch-Samson contest. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the State Finals Saturday with girls’ and boys’ championship games.
     Patterson finished with 14 rebounds and 14 points for Coach Willie Morgan’s Bobcats from Uniontown.  Miranda Jones added 18 points and Alaysia Norfleet had 13.  Ider (24-9), coached by Mark McMahon, was paced by Dani Townsend’s 23 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Culpepper added 14 points and Morgan Flynn had nine.
    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 St. Luke’s Episcopal 48, Tanner 36

    St. Luke’s Episcopal downed Tanner 48-36 Monday afternoon to advance to the Class 2A state finals Friday at 5:45 p.m.
    Coach Kantonio Davis’ Wildcats (23-11), making their first appearance in the AHSAA State Basketball Tournament, limited the Rattlers (22-9) to just 29.5 percent shooting for the game. The 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament got underway Monday at the BJCC Legacy in Birmingham.
    St. Luke’s led 15-3 after one quarter.  Wildcats’ 6-foot-6 junior center Hunter Preston had 11 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots to pace St. Luke’s. Jermaine Brown also had 15 points.
    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 GIRLS SEMIFINALS Samson 68, Tanner 50

    Samson High School senior guard scored 28 points and sophomore LaTora Duff added 21 as the Tigers (32-2) beat Tanner 68-50 in the Class 2A girls’ semifinals of the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday.
     Coach Chad McKnight’s South Regional champs led by 10 at the half and opened a 24-point lead in the third period to seal the win.  Green was 5-of-7 from the 3-point arc and also had 12 rebounds to pace Samson. Duff had two treys and was a perfect 5-of-5 at the free-throw line. Identical twin sister LaTaschya Duff added seven points, seven rebounds and was perfect on her two free throws.
    Junior Kirstin Brown had 26 points and 14 rebounds despite missing eight minutes due to three quick fouls in the first half. She was 10-of-15 from the field and made 6-of-7 free throws for Coach Larry Greene’s Rattlers (24-8).
    Samson moves into the 2A state finals to be played Friday morning at 9 a.m. at Legacy Arena.
    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 1A BOYS SEMIFINALS Sacred Heart Catholic 75, Keith 67

    Defending Class 1A state champion Sacred Heart Catholic out-scored Keith 11-3 over the final 3:16 of the game Monday to squeak out a 75-67 victory in the semifinals of the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Area Monday.
      The victory for Coach Ralpheal Graves’ Cardinals (28-8) sets up the Class 1A championship game Thursday night at 5:45 p.m. against Georgiana (30-1).
      Juniors D.J. Heath and Keion Nolen had 24 and 20 points, respectively, to lead Sacred Heart. Diante Wood also had 17 points and 12 rebounds. He was 9-for-9 and Nolan 9-for-11 on free throws for the Cardinals.
     Senior John Pettway led Keith (26-7) with 34 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five assists and was 9-of-11 at the foul line. Coach Tommy Tisdale’s Bears also got 12 points from Jimmy Powell and eight rebounds from Dalven Johnson.
    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 1A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Spring Garden 50, Keith 34

    Spring Garden jumped out to a quick 14-point lead in the first half and eased past defending Class 1A state champion Keith 50-34 in the semifinals of the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday.
     Coach Ricky Austin’s Panthers (30-4) used a stingy defense to seal the win. Keith (31-3) shot only 35 percent for the game and had 15 turnovers.
     Senior Tykeah Rogers has 23 points and 15 rebounds for Spring Garden. Madison Sides added 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals, and A.J. Broome handed out six assists. Savannah Dempsey added eight points.
      Senior guard Harriett Winchester led Coach Cecil Williams’ Bears with 17 points. Shatavia Moore chipped in five points and six rebounds.
      Spring Garden advances to face Linden in the Class 1A finals Thursday at 4 p.m.
      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 1A BOYS SEMIFINALS Georgiana 86, Marion County 58

CLASS 1A BOYS SEMIFINALS
Georgiana 86, Marion County 58
   
Georgiana (30-1) advanced to the Class 1A boys’ state basketball finals Monday with an 86-58 win over Marion County (17-11) in the semifinals of the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Panthers of Coach Kirk Norris out-rebounded the Red Raiders 44-26 and 6-foot senior point guard Jacquez Patton scored 30 points to pace the win. Patton was 12-of-15 from the field and 8-of-8 at the foul line.  Ja’Michael Stallworth added 20 points, Richard Boggan had 19 and Nizaiah Smith chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds.
    Marion County, coached by Brad Frazier, also placed four players in double figures. Jacob Sanders led with 16 points, Aaron Madero had 12, Braden Pyron 11 and Colton Dennis 10.  Jack Gunter handed out six assists.
    The 1A boys’ championship game will be at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday.
    Class 1A opened the tournament Monday. Class 2A teams will play in the second session Monday. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday. All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.