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Class 3A Boys’ Championship Midfield 60, Plainview 46

    BIRMINGHAM – Midfield freshman guard Kam Woods scored 29 points to spark the Patriots to a 60-46 victory over Plainview Friday in the Class 3A boys’ championship game of the 95th AHSAA State Basketball tournament at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena.
     The state title was the third in the last six years for Midfield and the fourth overall. Other state crowns were won in 2014, 2012 and 1984.
      Coach Darrell Barber’s Patriots (28-6) struggled against a hustling Plainview squad that set a school record for wins this season finishing 31-5. Coach Robi Coker’s Bears led 15-11 after the first quarter, 27-26 at the half and 36-35 after three quarters.  Midfield took the lead on Woods’ lay-up just seven seconds into  the fourth period, followed 35 seconds later with  3-pointer and then hit a jumper to put the Pats up six at 42-36. Plainview pulled to within one at 42-41 with 4:48 to go but was out-scored 16-5 the rest of the way.
    Woods finished with four assists and three steals to go with his 29 points and was selected the 3A State Tourney MVP. Shy Cunningham added 11 points and seven rebounds and Kalon Williams had 10 points. Anthony Brown cleared eight offensive rebounds and finished with a game-high 19 total. He scored six points.
     Caden Millican had 15 points for Plainview – all coming on five 3-point goals.  Luke Graham added 11 points and 16 rebounds. Jeffery Armstrong also had eight rebounds.
    Girls’ and boys’ championship games for Class 4A are also scheduled for today with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A playing championship games at Legacy Arena Saturday.  All finals are being 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 3A Boys’ All-Tourney Team
   
Kam Woods, Midfield (MVP); Shy Cunningham, Midfield; Anthony Brown, Midfield; Luke Graham, Plainview; Caden Millican, Plainview; Drew Jones, Holly Pond; Kobe Bradley, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.

Class 3A Girls’ Championship Locust Fork 72, Pisgah 62

    BIRMINGHAM – Locust Fork High School closed out a 35-1 season with a 72-62 victory over Pisgah in the 2017 AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Class 3A girls’ championship game Friday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Four starters, Kimberly Horton, Carissa Horton, Ashlyn Adkins and Rachael Baker, scored in double figures and the other starter, Madison Cater, had nine for coach Barbara Roy’s Hornets.  Kimberly Horton had 21, her sister Carissa scored 16, Adkins had 15 and Baker, 12.  Locust Fork was 10-of-28 from the 3-point line with Carissa Horton netting four, Adkins had three, and 3A State Tournament MVP Kimberly Horton had two key treys after the Eagles (27-8) of Coach Carey Ellison had cut a 16-point lead to four late in the third quarter. The Horton sisters are also nieces of the head coach.
     Baker and Carissa Horton also had seven rebounds each and Cater had six  assists.
     Annie Hughes scored 27 points to lead Pisgah. She also had three steals, eight rebounds and was 6-of-7 at the foul line. Presley Higdon added 21 points, three assists, four steals and seven rebounds.
     The championship for Locust Fork was the first of any kind in school history8.
     Championship games for Classes 3A and 4A are also scheduled for today with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A playing championship games at Legacy Arena Saturday.  All finals are being 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 3A Girls’ All-Tourney Team
   
Kimberly Horton, Locust Fork (MVP); Carissa Horton, Locust Fork; Ashlyn Adkins, Locust Fork; Annie Hughes, Pisgah; Presley Higdon, Pisgah; Kayla White, Montgomery Academy.

Class 2A Girls’ Championship Geneva County 44, Tanner 42

    BIRMINGHAM – Geneva County eighth grader Karoline Sriplin had 11 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the 2017 AHSAA Class 2A girls’ state championship game Friday morning at the BJCC Legacy Arena to lead the Bulldogs to a 44-42 win over Tanner and the school’s first state title.
    The 6-foot-3 Striplin, who earned MVP honors for the Class 2A state tourney, and teammate TaMyya Hilliard dominated the inside to give first-year head coach Karie Striplin’s Bulldogs (31-2) a 48-38 rebounding advantage for the game. Hilliard, who had six points, also cleared 15 rebounds. Point guard Alexa Boutwell scored 15 points, including 7-of-8 at the foul line and a key lay-up in the final minute that gave Geneva County an important three-point lead.
      Tanner (28-3), coached by Larry Greene, was led by Jessika Milton’s 13 points, five steals and five assists. Nahri’yah Timmons added 11 points and Faith Franklin pulled down 10 rebounds. Kirstin Brown also had eight rebounds, seven points and six steals.
     The game was the final one for Tanner’s head coach. He is retiring after 20 seasons at Tanner with more than 500 wins and one state title (2011). 
     Championship games for Classes 3A and 4A are scheduled for today with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A playing championship games at Legacy Arena Saturday.  All finals are being 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 2A Girls’ All-Tourney Team
   
Karoline Striplin, Geneva County (MVP); Alexa Boutwell, Geneva County; TaMyya Hilliard, Geneva County; Kirstin Brown, Tanner; Jessika Milton, Tanner; Brooklyn Dutton, Fyffe.

Class 1A Girls’ Championship R.A. Hubbard 44, Spring Garden 43

    BIRMINGHAM -- Eighth grader Alexandria Orr was fouled as the fourth quarter of the AHSAA Class 1A girls’ state basketball finals ended Thursday night, then sank the second of two free throws with no time remaining to give R.A. Hubbard of Courtland a 44-43 victory and the 2017 championship over defending state champion Spring Garden at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Orr, who had missed her first four free throws of the night, was fouled with the score tied at 43 all when she and a Spring Garden player collided on the floor near the Spring Garden basket as time expired. She missed the first of two shots but the second sealed the win. She finished with nine points and seven rebounds, made 2-of-3 3-point attempts and handed out three assists to be named to the Class 1A All-State Tourney Team.
    Tiyonna Rogers tied the game for Coach Ricky Austin’s Panthers (26-8) with 29 seconds left when she sank a 3-point shot. She got the rebound when Coach Candace Byrd’s Lady Chiefs (22-8) missed on a shot with five seconds remaining. That set up a last play for Spring Garden, but the ball bounced off a player’s legs and set up the scramble for the loose ball.
      R.A. Hubbard held a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Panthers clawed back outscoring the Chiefs 14-5.
      Charm Saulsberry and 1A tournament MVP Kee-Undria Bolden led Hubbard with 10 points each. Bolden also had 10 rebounds. A’Nautica Bibbs added five points and six assists.
      Rogers led Spring Garden with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Payton McGinnis also had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
      The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Tournament continues Friday at Legacy Arena with championship games for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A. 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 Girls All-Tourney Team
   
Kee-Undria Bolden, R.A. Hubbard  (MVP); Charm Sausberry, R.A. Hubbard; Alexandria Orr, R.A. Hubbard; Payton McGinnis, Spring Garden; Tyiona Rogers, Spring Garden; Mar’Quaja Brown, J.F. Shields.

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 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.