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Class 1A Boys’ Championship Sacred Heart Catholic 82, South Lamar 59

    BIRMINGHAM – Sacred Heart Catholic captured its third Class 1A state boys’ championship in a row Thursday night beating South Lamar 82-59 at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    South Lamar (25-8), coached by Chris Tucker, battled the Cardinals (29-8) toe-to-toe for the first two quarters and trailed by four 32-28 at intermission. The intense Sacred Heart pressure finally started to takes it toll in the second half as Coach Ralpheal Graves’ team outscored the Stallions 50-31.
    Dionte Wood, a 6-foot-4 junior, had 27 points, four assists, five steals, four blocked shots and six rebounds to earn MVP honors for the Cardinals. Dontavis Heath scored 17 points and Murdock Simmons had 16. Simmons also had five steals and Heath had four. Kevion Nolan also scored nine points and had six assists.
     Leading South Lamar was junior guard Chase Gore. He scored 21 points with three 3point goals, three assists and four rebounds. Carson Lindsey chipped in 14 points and Malik Cox had nine. Cox also had 10 rebounds and Lindsey had eight.
      Championship games for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will be played Friday at Legacy Arena. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will play championship games on Saturday.  All finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.
    Class 1A Boys’ All-Tourney Team
   
Diante Wood, Sacred Heart (MVP); Dontavius Heath, Sacred Heart; Kevion Nolan, Sacred Heart; Chase Gore, South Lamar; Malik Cox, South Lamar; Nizaiah Smith, Georgiana.

AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena


THURSDAY, MARCH 2

CLASS 7A

Girls  Semifinals

Hoover (28-7)  59, Central-Phenix City (26-5) 46

Spain Park (22-11) 49, McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7) 49 (OT)
Boys Semifinals

Auburn (23-9) 44, Vestavia Hills (19-15) 37

Mountain Brook (30-5) 52, McGill-Toolen (24-10) 41

CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLASS 1A GIRLS
R.A. Hubbard (23-8) 44, Spring Garden (27-8) 43

CLASS 1A BOYS
South Lamar (21-8) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (27-8), Thursday, 5:45 p.m.

CLASS 2A GIRLS
Tanner (28-2) vs. Geneva County (30-2), Friday, 9 a.m.

CLASS 2A BOYS
R.C. Hatch (24-2) vs. Lanett (24-7), Friday, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 3A GIRLS
Locust Fork (34-1) vs. Pisgah (27-7), Friday, 12:30 p.m.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Midfield  (26-6) vs. Plainview (31-4), Friday, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 4A GIRLS
Deshler (34-0) vs. Madison Academy (34-1), Friday, 4 p.m.
CLASS 4A BOYS
Hale County (27-4) vs. Monroe County (23-4),  Friday, 5:45 p.m.
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CLASS 5A GIRLS
Wenonah (29-3) vs. Charles Henderson (30-5), Saturday, 9 a.m.

CLASS 5A BOYS
Mae Jemison (33-4) vs. Faith Academy (22-8), Saturday, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 6A GIRLS
Hazel Green (37-1) vs. Homewood (33-2), Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
CLASS 6A BOYS.

Paul Bryant (23-11) vs.  Parker (28-7), Saturday, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A GIRLS
Hoover (28-7)  vs. Spain Park (22-11), Saturday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 7A BOYS
Auburn (24-9) vs. Mountain Brook (30-5), Saturday, 5:45 p.m.


Class 7A Boys Semifinals Mountain Brook 52, McGill-Toolen 41

    Sophomore  forward Trendon Watford scored 22 points and cleared 19 rebounds Thursday as Mountain Brook beat defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic 52-41 in the Class 7A boys’ semifinals of the 95th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The win propelled Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans (30-5) into the state finals Saturday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. The 7A boys’ and girls’ finals will be shown over the Raycom Network live on WBRC TV 6’s main channel as well as Raycom Network D-2 stations across the start.
     Mountain Brook and McGill-Toolen (24-10) fought tooth-and-nail from start to finish. The Spartans outscored the Yellow Jackets, coached by Phillip Murphy, 11-3 in the final three minutes to seal the win.
    Ben McCool added nine points for the Spartans, and Sean Elmore had eight.
    Carlton Martial had 13 points and Manny Patrick had 11 to lead the Jackets.
     The Class 1A girls’ championship game between defending champ Spring Garden and R.A. Hubbard will be at 4 p.m., tonight, and the Class 1A boys’ title game will close out the day at 5:45 p.m. with two-time defending champion Sacred Heart Catholic taking on South Lamar.
       Championships for boys and girls in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A are scheduled for Friday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A finals set for Saturday’s final day.
      All semifinals in the 95th AHSAA State Championships are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.

Class 7A Girls Semifinals Spain Park 49, McGill-Toolen Catholic 48 (OT)

    Spain Park High School junior Claire Holt sank two free throws late in the fourth quarter to tie the Jaguars’ Class 7A State Basketball Tournament semifinal game at 43 all with McGill-Toolen Catholic and send the contest into overtime. She then hit a free throw with four seconds left to lift Spain Park to a 49-48 win and set up an all-Hoover city final on Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Hoover won its semifinal over Central-Phenix City earlier Thursday. Spain Park (21-11) and Hoover (28-7) will play at 4 p.m. Saturday in the 95th AHSAA State Tournament girls’ finals.
     Holt finished with 20 points, finishing 10-of-14 at the foul line, had five assists and five rebounds to pace the Jaguars.  Sarah Ashlee Barker added nine points, nine rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots to spark Spain Park’s defensive effort that helped close an 11-point deficit in the second half.  Mallory Duke also had nine points, all coming on a trio of 3-point goals.
      Shauntai Battle had 24 points, eight rebounds and six steals to lead McGill-Toolen (27-6), coached by Carla Berry.  Reanna Burroughs added 15 points and eight rebounds.
     The Class 1A girls’ championship game between defending champ Spring Garden and R.A. Hubbard will be at 4 p.m., tonight, and the Class 1A boys’ title game will close out the day at 5:45 p.m. with two-time defending champion Sacred Heart Catholic taking on South Lamar.
       Championships for boys and girls in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A are scheduled for Friday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A finals set for Saturday’s final day.
      All semifinals in the 95th AHSAA State Championships are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.

Class 7A Boys Semifinals Auburn 44, Vestavia Hills 37

    Auburn High School 6-foot-10 senior Garrison Brooks scored 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Tigers (23-9) to a 44-37 victory over Vestavia Hills (19-15) in the 95th AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Class 7A boys’ semifinal game Thursday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Brooks had six offensive rebounds in his total, had three steals and a blocked shot for Coach Frank Tolbert’s Tigers.  Brooks was also 8-of-9 at the foul line, including a pair with 3:58 to play that erased a 37-36 Rebels lead. Brooks sank two more with four seconds left to seal the win.
     Antoine Pitts added right points and nine rebounds for the Tigers and Will Elston had three assists.
     The Class 7A boys’ finals will close out the 2017 State Finals Saturday night with a 5:45 p.m. tip-off.
      The Class 1A girls’ championship game between defending champ Spring Garden and R.A. Hubbard will be at 4 p.m., tonight, and the Class 1A boys’ title game will close out the day at 5:45 p.m. with two-time defending champion Sacred Heart    Catholic taking on South Lamar.
       Championships for boys and girls in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A are scheduled for Friday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A finals set for Saturday’s final day.
      All semifinals in the 95th AHSAA State Championships are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.

Class 7A Girls Semifinals Hoover 59, Central-Phenix City 46

    Hoover High School jumped out to a 19-7 lead after one quarter in its AHSAA Class 7A girls’ semifinal game with Central-Phenix City Thursday morning and that cushion held up as  the Lady Bucs (28-7) won 59-46 to move into Saturday afternoon’s championship game. The game opened up Thursday’s final round of semifinal action.
    Coach Krystle Johnson’s team out-rebounded Central 37-29 and limited the Lady Red Devils (26-5) to just 31 percent shooting from the floor. With the victory, Johnson is now representing Hoover in the state finals after playing in the state finals herself on Hoover’s 2001 state championship team.
    Four players were in double figures for the Bucs. Jennifer Andrew led with 14 points and seven rebounds. Miya Kimber added 11 points, Eboni Williams and Joiya Maddox had 10 each. Williams also had a game-high 11 rebounds, Kimber handed out four assists and Maddox sank two 3-pointers. Kimber was also 8-of-11 at the foul line.
     Teyah Johnson led Coach Carolyn Wright’s Lady Devils with 17 points and her twin sister Tiyah Johnson had eight points, four steals and three blocked shots. Kayla Vance also had nine points and LaShunte Faniel had a team-high nine rebounds.
     The Class 1A girls’ championship game between defending champ Spring Garden and R.A. Hubbard will be at 4 p.m., tonight, and the Class 1A boys’ title game will close out the day at 5:45 p.m. with two-time defending champion Sacred Heart    Catholic taking on South Lamar.
       Championships for boys and girls in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A are scheduled for Friday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A finals set for Saturday’s final day.
      All semifinals in the 95th AHSAA State Championships are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.


 


Class 5A Boys Semifinals Faith Academy 53, Talladega 40

    Faith Academy held Talladega to its lowest output of the season Wednesday night to claim the Class 5A boys’ semifinal battle 53-40 at the 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships.
   The Rams (22-8), coached by Chad Applin, limited the Tigers (26-9) to just 13 field goals and 27.7 per cent from the field for the game to earn a berth in the Class 5A championship game Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena versus Mae Jemison at 10:45 a.m.
     Faith met J.O. Johnson in the 5A finals last season, falling 71-50. Johnson, coached by Jack Doss, was closed last year and the students now attend the new school Mae Jemison, which is coached by Doss and is in the finals in its first year.
       Guard Michael McGowan had 20 points for the Rams Wednesday night. He also had nine rebounds.  Logan Foutz added 19 points, five rebounds and had five steals. Kaleb Jackson chipped in seven points and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.
      Talladega, coached by Chucky Miller, was led by Jae-lyn Russ’ 10 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. Robert Houston had eight points and eight rebounds,  Fred Dickerson and Jarvius McKenzie had seven points each.
     The 2017 AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues Thursday with Class 7A girls’ and boys’ semifinals in the early session that gets underway at 9 a.m. The Class 1A girls’ championship game between defending champ Spring Garden and R.A. Hubbard will be at 4 p.m., and the Class 1A boys’ title game will close out the day at 5:45 p.m. with two-time defending champion Sacred Heart    Catholic taking on South Lamar.
       Championships for boys and girls in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A are scheduled for Friday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A finals set for Saturday’s final day.
      All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.

Class 5A Girls Semifinals Charles Henderson 70, Arab 53

    Freshman point guard Niaira Jones was perfect on all six 3-point goals attempted Wednesday night and finished with 34 points as Charles Henderson beat Arab 70-53 to move into Saturday’s 95th AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Class 5A girls’ championship game to face three-time defending champion Wenonah. The finals will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Jones, the daughter of Trojans head coach Dyneshia Jones, was 9-of-13 from the field and 10-of-14 at the foul line to give Charles Henderson the spark it needed to advance to the state finals for the first time in school history. The Trojans are making their third state tournament appearance in a row.     Sophomore 6-foot-4 center Maori Davenport added 23 points, 13 rebounds, another sophomore, had nine points and 14 rebounds.
     Arb (21-14), coached by Jessica Thompson, got 17 points from Jasmine Davis and 13 each from Kate Hammond and Lauren Watson. Hammond also had five assists and Davis nailed three 3-pointers.
     The 2017 AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway earlier this week with semifinals for 1A and 2A on Monday, 3A and 4A on Tuesday and had semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. Championships for boys and girls in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A are scheduled for Friday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A finals set for Saturday’s final day.
      All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.

Class 5A Boys Semifinals Mae Jemison 80, Sylacauga 59

    Mae Jemison High School 6-foot-7 senior forward John Petty scored 36 points, had 11 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Jaguars past Sylacauga 80-59 Wednesday night in the Class 5A boys’ semifinals of the 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday.
    Petty, named Mr. Basketball last year after leading J.O. Johnson to the Class 5A state crown, was 14-of-22 from the field and 8-of-11 from the foul line. He also had three steals.  Teammates Jamar Jackson and Brandon McCarver added 13 points each for Coach Jack Doss’ Jaguars (33-4).
    Sylacauga (26-8), coached by Will Copeland, was tied after one quarter at 9-9 but Mae Jemison outscored the Aggies 26-10 in the second period to take control. Khalil Pope led Sylacauga with 16 points and Darlan Garrett had 13. Jasade Smith also chipped in 11. Pope also had five assists.
      Doss, inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015,  coached J.O. Johnson to state titles in 2015 and 2016 before the Huntsville School System closed  the high school and opened Mae Jemison last August in its place.
     Doss, who has 811 career wins, has led three high schools (J.O. Johnson, Butler and Hayes) to state titles and hoping to notch the 10th overall of his career in the finals Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Legacy Arena.
     The 2017 AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway earlier this week with semifinals for 1A and 2A on Monday, 3A and 4A on Tuesday and had semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. Championships for boys and girls in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A are scheduled for Friday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A finals set for Saturday’s final day.
      All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.

Class 5A Girls Semifinals Wenonah 73, Sylacauga 50

    The Wenonah Dragons (29-3) shot 70 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter and 53 percent for the game to beat Sylacauga 73-50 in Class 5A girls’ semifinal game in the 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday.
    The victory propelled Coach Emanuel Bell’s team into the finals for the fourth straight year. Wenonah has won the last three Class 5A state to Faith Academy in 2013.
    Senior center Alexus Dye led the way Wednesday with 24 points – coming on a 10-of-13 shooting performance. She also had nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Faith Reynolds added 16 points, three assists and four steals and Kourtnie Smith had 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Point guard Jayla Morrow also had game high seven assists.
    Sylacauga (25-6), coached by Derrick Crawford, fell behind 21-4 in the first quarter but closed the gap to 29-17 by halftime.  Kayla Dark and Tierra Dark had 12 points each for the Aggies. Tierra also had seven rebounds and Kayla had four assists and six steals.
     The 2017 AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway earlier this week with semifinals for 1A and 2A on Monday, 3A and 4A on Tuesday and had semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. Championships for boys and girls in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A are scheduled for Friday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A finals set for Saturday’s final day.
      All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.

Class 6A Boys Semifinals Parker 69, Spanish Fort 59 (OT)

    Parker High School junior Jason King’s 3-point basket at the end of regulation tied the Class 6A boys’ semifinal game in the 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena. King then completed the come-from-behind effort with a dunk in overtime as the Thundering Herd (28-7) beat Spanish Fort 69-59 to advance to the state finals Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
     Parker, coached by Reginald McGary, will play Paul Bryant in the finals.
     King finished with 16 points for the Herd. Cam’Ron Beard had 23 points, including a trey to close the third quarter and cut four-point Spanish Fort lead to one, 37-36. He finished with three 3-point goals and also handed out six assists.  Xavier Williams also had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Eugene Minter scored 11.
    Coach Dru Powell’s Toros (25-9) also had balanced scoring with four players in double figures. Terrin Atkinson, Jalen Wayne and Kris Abrams-Draine scored 13 points each and Trae Barry had 12.  Jeric Packer had six rebounds while Atkinson and Michael Meador each had three assists and three steals.
     The 2017 AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway Wednesday with semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. Championships for boys and girls in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A are scheduled for Friday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A finals set for Saturday’s final day.
      All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.