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CLASS 4A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Deshler 56, UMS-Wright 41

    Defending Class 4A state girls’ basketball champion Deshler extended its current winning streak to 33 in a row Tuesday with a 56-41 triumph over UMS-Wright in the semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday.
    Coach Jana Killen’s Tigers (35-1), winners of the Class 4A state in 1985, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2015, got solid offensive efforts from sophomores Taylor Aikerson and  Annie Sparks. Aikerson had 19 points and Sparks, 15 with nine coming on a 3-for-4 shooting effort behind the 3-point arc. She also had seven steals.  Center Karleigh Sledge, another sophomore, cleared 18 rebounds and blocked six shots while scoring six points.
     UMS-Wright (27-7), coached by Terry Canova, was led by 6-foot-2 senior center Ashley Scott. She had a game-high 19 rebounds, blocked 11 shots and three assists while scoring seven points. Lauren Lomax also had 14 points for the Bulldogs.
     Deshler advances to the Class 4A state finals the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday at 4 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.



CLASS 3A BOYS SEMIFINALS Midfield 73, New Hope 57

    Midfield’s Patriots earned a berth in the Class 3A boys’ state basketball championship game with a 73-57 victory over New Hope  in the semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday.
    The Patriots (21-12), winners of the Class 4A state title in 2012 and 2014, combined balanced scoring, strong rebounding with a defense that forced 23 New Hope turnovers to notch the semifinal win.  Junior Shy’m Cunningham, a 6-foot-4 forward, had 16 points for coach Darrell Barber’s squad. Corey Davis and Keenan Isaac added 15 points each, Ahmad Isaac had 13 and Kalon Williams 9. Ahmad Isaac also had 10 rebounds and Keenan Isaac grabbed nine. Davis had five steals.
    New Hope (24-4), making its first-state tournament appearance in school history, was led by Omar Jolly’s 22 points and Bret Clark’s 15.  Jacob Maples chipped in 9 and Jalen Wesley 8.
     Midfield faces defending 3A state champion Madison Academy (21-12) in the 3A state finals Friday at 2:15 at 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 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 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.