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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.


CLASS 1A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Spring Garden 52, Phillips 38

     BIRMINGHAM – Spring Garden High School opened the 2018 Class 1A girls’ state basketball championship game Thursday afternoon with guns ‘a blazing’ sinking seven 3-point goals in the first quarter and then turned to its defense to seal a 52-38 victory over Phillips of Bear Creek.
    The state title was the sixth in school history and fourth in the 25-year tournament history at the BJCC.
    Macy Reedy, Coach Ricky Austin’s 5-foot sophomore, made the first trey for the Panthers (32-3) and had four before the quarter had ended. Teammates Payton McGinnis, A.J. Broome and Kerstin Bryant also made one as Spring Garden built a 21-10 lead.
    Reedy finished with four treys and 12 points. Class 1A state-tournament MVP Tiyonna Rogers recorded 15 points, 15 rebounds and three steals, and Broome had 10 points going 7-of-9 at the foul line.
    Phillips (29-4), making its first state finals appearance since 1986, got 12 points from Gracie Hallman. She sank two 3-pointers. Alicyn McCollum added eight points and eight rebounds and also blocked two shots. Misty Dishner had six points, five rebounds and four assists, and Julianna Taylor scored eight points and had 10 rebounds.
    Spring Garden’s previous state titles were won in 1987, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2016. The Panthers lost on a free throw at the buzzer in the 2017 finals.
    The Class 1A boys’ finals closes out Thursday’s six-game slate at 5:45 p.m. p.m. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
    Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network, and the NFHS Network will live-stream all finals over its subscriber-based platform. The AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 1A GIRLS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Tiyonna Rogers, Spring Garden (MVP); Macy Reedy, Spring Garden; Alicyn McCollum, Phillips; Gracie Hallman, Phillips; Amber Richardson, Linden; Colby Cox, Loachapoka.



CLASS 7A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Mountain Brook 70, Central-Phenix City 42

     BIRMINGHAM – Mountain Brook defeated Central-Phenix City 70-42 Thursday afternoon at the BJCC Legacy Arena to clinch the Spartans’ fifth time in the last six years in the AHSAA State Basketball Championships state finals.
    The Spartans (33-4) will face McGill-Toolen Catholic in the Class 7A championship game of the 96th AHSAA State Championships Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Coach Bucky McMillan’s team won state titles in Class 6A in 2013 and 14, captured the 7A state title last season and reached the 7A state finals in 2015.
    Mountain Brook shot 54.2 percent from the field and limited the Coach Bobby Wright’s Red Devils (21-5) to just 40 percent for the game. The Spartans defense limited Central to just two points in a 16-2 fourth quarter.
    Senior Trendon Watford had 22 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots to pace Mountain Brook. Lior Berman had 13 points and six rebounds and Sean Elmore scored 11 points and grabbed six boards.
    Central placed three players in double figures with Donald Jackson and De’Anthony Miles netting 11 each and Tremaine Porter 10. Miles’ six rebounds was tops for the Red Devils.
    The Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals close out Thursday’s six-game slate at 4 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
    Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 7A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Spain Park 60, Lee-Montgomery 51

     BIRMINGHAM – Spain Park overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to beat Lee-Montgomery 60-51 Thursday in the Class 7A girls ‘ semifinals of the 96th State Basketball tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Thursday. With the win Spain Park (30-6) advances to play McGill-Toolen Catholic in the state finals Saturday at 4 p.m.
    Coach Mike Chase’s Jaguars trailed 36-26 early in the third period and steadily chipped away at the Generals’ lead, thanks in part to the play of sophomore Sarah Ashlee Barker. She sank a 3-pointer with 3:30 left in the third period to cut the lead to five, followed with a lay-up for two points and then blocked a shot at the other end that resulted in a bucket by Claire Holt. A minute later, Holt gave Spain Park the lead.
     The Jaguars then took control in the final period to seal the win.
    Holt finished with 22 points and four rebounds, Barker added 13 points, nine rebounds, four blocked shots, four steals and four assists.
     Lee (23-10), coached by Freeah Smith, built the early lead and remained thanks in part to senior Zipporah Broughton’s 27 points. She was 5-of-7 from the 3-point line in the first half and finished with six treys. Zaniya Crawford also had 10 points and eight rebounds, Dalayiah Crawford had eight points and nine rebounds.
    The Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 7A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS McGill-Toolen Catholic 64, Sparkman 61 (OT)

     BIRMINGHAM – Senior forward Peter McDonald nailed the first two buckets in overtime and junior forward Matthew McNeece followed with a lay-up and free throw as McGill-Toolen Catholic nipped Sparkman 64-61 in the Class 7A semifinals of the 96th State Basketball tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Thursday. The victory sends the Yellow Jackets (25-6) into Saturday’s 7A boys’ championship game at 5:45 p.m. The McGill-Toolen girls also reached the finals with a win in the 7A girls’ semifinals.
    Coach Phillip Murphy’s Jackets trailed by 10 after one quarter and by 16 late in the second period. Sparkman (30-5), coached by Jamie Coggins, took a 46-40 lead into the fourth quarter and held the lead until 1:34 remaining. Trailing 52-49, McGill-Toolen’s Eric Toth got a defensive rebound and then sped to the other end where he sank and short jumper and was fouled. He converted the free throw to tie the game.
     The Jackets finally took their first lead with 49 seconds left in regulation on McDonald’s lay-up. Malik Tyson’s jumper 15 seconds later gave back the lead to the Senators, 55-54. With 16 seconds left, Toth tied the game with a free throw.
     McGill-Toolen took control in overtime and Sparkman’s last-second shot to tie at the buzzer hit the back of the rim.
     McDonald fished with 10 points on a 5-of-6 shooting performance. Toth had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Matthew Russ and Manny Patrick added 12 points apiece. Patrick also canned three 3-pointers. McNeece finished with nine points, two blocked shots and six rebounds.
    Tyson led Sparkman with 14 points and six rebounds. Ellis Lee had 13 points and Darron Howard had 11.
    The Class 7A semifinals continued in Thursday with two games in the semifinals. The Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.


CLASS 7A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS McGill-Toolen Catholic 50, Sparkman 49

     BIRMINGHAM – Freshman point guard Nya Valentine made the first three shots she attempted from 3-point arc Thursday morning en route to a 25-point performance as McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) downed Sparkman 50-49 as the AHSAA Class 7A Girls’ State Basketball tournament got underway at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The win sends the Yellow Jackets into Saturday’s 7A girls’ championship game at 4 p.m.
     Valentine, who finished with six treys in nine tries, three steals and three assists, made a short jumper with 1:28 left to put the Jackets ahead 50-48. Coach Carla Berry’s McGill-Toolen defense did the rest down the stretch. Shanice Battle added nine points and Brooke Morgan had eight. Alex Pierre cleared nine rebounds, blocked one shot and scored six points.
    Coach Patrick Delay’s Senators (29-6) got 10 points and five rebounds from Sierra McCullough, nine points from Deserea Walker and six points each from Deyanna Dodd and J.J. Webster. Dodd also had three assists and Webster, three steals.
    The Class 7A semifinals continued in the morning session Thursday. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 5A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Sylacauga 59, Talladega 55

BIRMINGHAM – Sylacauga High School senior Malik Crawford scored 27 points and cleared seven rebounds Wednesday night to spark the Aggies (30-5) to a 59-55 win over arch-rival Talladega  in the Class 5A boys’ semifinals Wednesday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Coach Will Copeland’s team now moves into the Class 5A boys’ finals Saturday at 10:45 a.m. to play Eufaula (29-9) at 9 a.m. The championship game will be one of six on the final day of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships.
    Crawford was 12-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 at the foul line. He canned two free throws with six seconds remaining to seal the win. Erron Bryant scored 12 points and also had seven rebounds, and Darian Garrett scored 11.
    Talladega (21-11), coached by Chucky Miller, was led by Kobe Simmons’ 16 points and five rebounds. D’juante Dickerson, Chaztin Tanner and Ashton Duncan added eight points apiece. All three had two 3-point goals each.
     The two schools, located just 20 miles apart in Talladega County, had played three times previously this season and the Tigers winning all three.
      The Class 7A semifinals will tip off Thursday morning. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.