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CLASS 5A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Central-Tuscaloosa 39, Anniston 37

    Central-Tuscaloosa edged Anniston 39-37 Wednesday night in the Class 5A girls’ semifinal game of  the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena and advanced to the state championship game in to face defending state champion Wenonah (32-1).
    Coach Michael Rivers’ Falcons (28-5) and Coach Eddie Bullock’s Bulldogs (20-7) battled in the second half with Central taking the lead 36-34 with 2:03 remaining when Traniya Pitts scored on a lay-up, was fouled and sank the free throw to erase a one-point deficit. Shaunterius Stephens sank two free throws with 38 seconds left and Pitts added another free throw with 16 seconds remaining to build a 39-35 lead.
     Anniston’s Miajah Bullock canned two free throws with seven seconds remaining to cut the lead to two, and the Bulldogs got s turnover one second later to set up one final play. On the in-bounds pass, however, Pitts, who finished with a game-high 15 points, stole the ball to seal the win.  Stephens had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Central.
     Cooley led the Bulldogs, who forced 28 Falcons turnovers, with 14 points and three steals. Bullock added 10 points and J’Kyra Clemons cleared 10 rebounds.
    Central and Wenonah will play Saturday at 9 a.m. in the 5A championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    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 5A BOYS SEMIFINALS Faith Academy 52, Ramsay 50

    Faith Academy out-scored Ramsay 17-10 in the fourth quarter to post a 52-50 win in the Class 5A boys’ semifinal game in the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday afternoon.
    Coach John Price’s Rams from Mobile advanced to the AHSAA State Finals as the South Regional champion for the fifth straight year – but Wednesday’s win was the first in the state tourney for Faith (27-7) in that span. Down 28-18 at the half, Faith rallied to cut Ramsay’s lead to five by the end of the third period and took the lead for the first time with 6:33 remaining when Josh Hill sank a jumper set up by R.J. Mhoon’s assist. Faith would not trail again.
    Roderick Williams led Faith Academy with 27 points. He was 10-of-14 at the foul line.  Mhoon added 14 points and Hill had five and a team-high eight rebounds.
    Coach Kelly Cheatham’s Rams from Birmingham out-rebounded Faith 34-22 with Albert Luke, who scored 17 points, pulling down a game-leading nine boards. He and Brandon Wright sank a 3-point goal each in the final 41 seconds to pull Ramsay (23-12) to within two at the end.  Wright totaled four treys and 16 points for the game. Kobe McClain also had six points and blocked five shots for Ramsay, which was making its third appearance in a row.
    Faith Academy will play Saturday at 10:45 a.m. in the 5A championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    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 5A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Wenonah 63, Charles Henderson 51

    Wenonah, two-time defending Class 5A girls’ state basketball champions, earned a chance to go for a third state title in a row Wednesday afternoon with a 63-51 triumph over Charles in the Class 5A semifinal game in the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday.
     The two teams battled to a 43-43 deadlock after three quarters. The Lady Trojans (33-3) took a 45-44 lead 44 seconds into the final quarter, but the next four minutes belonged to the Dragons (32-1). Coach Emanuel Bell’s team outscored Charles Henderson 17-5 the rest of the way to secure a third straight trip to the 5A state finals. Wednesday’s win was the 497th of Bell’s career. He is now 497-180 over 22 seasons.
    Wenonah has won six state titles (1986, 1990, 1993, 2004, 2014 and 2015). The Dragons will play Saturday at 9 a.m. in the 5A championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Junior Alexus Dye scored 30 points to lead Wenonah. She was 12-of-18 from the field and 6-of-8 on free throws and had a game-high 13 rebounds.   Faith Reynolds added 13 points and three assists, Kaitlyn Rodgers had seven points and seven rebounds and Jayla Morrow handed out four assists.
    India Blakely’s 23 points led Coach Dynesha Jones’ Trojans. Maori Davenport added 12 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out late, and Niaira Jones had 11 points and six rebounds.
    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 6A BOYS SEMIFINALS Homewood 64, Huffman 51

    Homewood scored the final 13 points of its Class 6A semifinal game Wednesday afternoon to beat Huffman 64-51 in the Class 6A boys’ semifinal game in the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday.
     With the score tied at 51 all with 2:34 to play, Homewood junior guard Luke Touliatos reeled off 11 in that stretch to finish with 31 points. He was perfect on seven straight free throws in the final minutes and 12-of-15 for the game. Touliatos also sank three treys for Coach Tim Shepler’s Patriots (30-5).
     Ronald Claiborne added 14 points, Trey Jemison had six points and 11 rebounds, and Austin Patterson had five assists and four steals while scoring four points.    
      Huffman (26-6), coached by Stephen Ward, had four players in double figures. Lataurus Carroll had 14 points and eight rebounds, Myreon Jones had 13 points, Decorian Ayers had 11 points and eight rebounds, and Travarus Carroll scored 11 points, had six assists, blocked two shots and had five steals.
    Homewood will face Muscle Shoals (21-10) in the Class 6A championship game Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The Homewood girls also advanced to the finals with 69-41 win over Huffman in the 6A girls’ semifinals and will play LeFlore in the 6A girls’ championship at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
    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 6A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Homewood 69, Huffman 41

    Homewood, the defending Class 6A state girls’ champions,used strong offensive rebounding and its usual tenacious defense to capture a 69-41 semifinal game win over Huffman in the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday.
   Coach JoVanka Ward’s Lady Patriots (27-6) forced 19 Vikings turnovers and cleared 16 offensive rebounds to dominate from start to finish.  Sophomore Ajah Wayne had 19 points and six steals to pace Homewood. Hannah Barber sank four 3-pointers and totaled 18 points. She also had five assists. Tori Webb, who had a team-high nine rebounds, finished with 15 points and Kassidy Crawford had eight.
   Huffman (26-8), coached by Lin Slater, placed three players in double figures, Shafori Kines with 13, 12 from Jayla Crawford and 10 by Catherine Hawkins. Jasmine Fowler had eight rebounds.
    Homewood will face unbeaten LeFlore (34-0) in the Class 6A championship game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    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 6A BOYS SEMIFINALS Muscle Shoals 46, Carver-Montgomery 45

    Muscle Shoals sophomore guard Riley Wolgamott’s lay-up just before the final buzzer gave the Trojans a 46-45 win over defending Class 6A state champion Carver-Montgomery in the 6A semifinal game of the AHSAA State finals Wednesday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Wolverines (27-4) took the lead with 11 seconds left when Antonio Nelson was fouled attempting a 3-point shot and made all three of his free throws to give Carver a 45-44 lead.  Muscle Shoals inbounded the ball and Wolgamott got off his final shot just before time expired.
     Coach Neal Barker’s Trojans (21-10) move into Saturday’s 6A state championship game Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at Legacy Arena. Wolgamott finished with six points and nine rebounds. Calvin Bak led the Muscle Shoals scoring with 18 points – including four 3-point goals.  Braxton Winston also had nine points and nine rebounds and Dwain Smith had four assists.
    Carver, coached by James Jackson, was led by Nelson’s 18 points. He sank three treys and was 5-of-5 at the foul line. Xavious Turner added seven points and five rebounds, and Darian Adams scored six points and dished four assists.
    The 6A girls’ finals will precede the boys’ finals Saturday 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.



CLASS 6A GIRLS SEMIFINALS LeFlore 58, Hartselle 50

    Unbeaten LeFlore of Mobile scored the first 11 points of the Class 6A girls’ semifinal game with Hartselle Wednesday morning, then staved off a steady Lady Tigers comeback to win 58-50 to advance to Saturday’s championship game  of he 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Lady Rattlers (34-0) of Coach Darrell Walton led the entire way, but Coach Gary Orr’s Tigers (24-12) pulled to within six at 46-40 with 5:10 to play. Senior Japonica James scored the next six LeFlore points to stretch the lead to 10 and LeFlore held on for the win.  James finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds to pace the Rattlers. Jaz Hill and Daisha Bradford added 12 points each. Bradford also had nine rebounds and Hill handed out six assists.
    Freshman Moriah Taylor sank four 3-point goals and finished with 24 points to lead Hartselle. Senior Kayla Key added 10 points and eight rebounds.
    The 6A girls’ finals will be Saturday  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

CLASS 4A BOYS SEMIFINALS Westminster Christian 49, Childersburg 29

   Westminster Christian of Huntsville scored the first 12 points of its Class 4A semifinal game with Childersburg Tuesday night and eased into the state finals for the second year in a row with a 49-29 win at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The contest closed out the second day of the AHSAA 2016 State Basketball Finals. Classes 6A and 5A play Wednesday as the 94th AHSAA state basketball tourney continues. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday.
    John Kendall  sank 4-of-6 3-point goals – giving him 98 on the season for the second straight year – and finished with 16 points to pace Coach Ronnie Stapler’s Wildcats (29-3). He was also 4-of-4 sat the foul line.  Trey Petty added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Tyshean Whitehead chipped in nine for the winners.
    Childersburg (28-6) struggled from outside the 3-point arc making only 1-of-19 for the game. Tylan Coleman had 12 points and Jatorre Cook had 10 for Coach Alvin Barnett’s Tigers. Cook also had a game-high nine rebounds.
    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 4A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Sipsey Valley 52, Locust Fork 51

   Sipsey Valley edged Locust Fork 52-51 Tuesday night in the Class 4A girls’ semifinals of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena to clinch the Lady Bears’ first trip to the state championship game. 
    Coach Jerome Elliott’s Bears (28-5) took the lead 43-41 at 7:21 in the fourth quarter, stretched the lead to eight at 52-44 with just over five minutes remaining, then staved off a last-ditch comeback effort by Locust Fork (30-2) that ended with the Lady Hornets’ last shot rolling off the rim at the buzzer.
    Coach Barbara Roy’s team didn’t allow a Sipsey Valley basket over the final five minutes, but the Bears defense was  just as tenacious allowing only two Hornets points from 4:48 until Madison Cater’s lay up and free throw with nine seconds left cut the lead to one. Locust Fork got one last chance following a missed Sipsey free throw, but two shots in the final two seconds failed to go in.
    Queen Ford had 16 points and 17 rebounds for Sipsey Valley. Charity Brown also had 16 points, Taylor Smith had 10 and Denetria Williams had seven points and 10 rebounds.  Kimberly Horton and Ashlyn Adkins had 12 points each for Locust Fork, and Cater had 11.
    Sipsey Valley will meet defending state champion Deshler in the Class 4A finals Friday at 4 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    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 4A BOYS SEMIFINALS Cordova 69, Monroe County 63

    Isaac Chatman sank three free throws and Kolbi Fuqua two in the final 27 seconds of the fourth quarter to lift Cordova past Monroe County 69-63 in the Class 4A boys’ semifinals of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday.  Leading 64-63, Chatman made one free throw with 27 seconds left to put the Coach Heath Burns’  Blue Devils (25-5) ahead by two. Fuqua rebounded a blocked Monroe County shot with 15 seconds left, was fouled and sank both free throws for a 67-63 lead, and Chatman went to the line once more with three seconds left and sank another pair to close out the win.
    Chatman finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, three steals and was 9-of-12 from the foul line for the game. Chatman’s brother Mykelti chipped in 18 points, blocked three shots and had six rebounds. Jayce Willingham added 15 points. He and Isaac Chatman sank two 3-pointers each.
    Monroe County (26-6), coached by Anthony Hayes, outscored Cordova 17-12 in the final period to push the Blue Devils to the limit.  Tyler Stallworth led the Tigers with 21 points, DeAndre Robinson added 19 and Franky Banks had 12. Each sank two treys.
   Cordova advances to the Class 4A state finals the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday at 5:45 p.m.
    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.