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CLASS 4A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Deshler 70, Saint James 34

     BIRMINGHAM –   Deshler’s Tigers downed Saint James 70-34 in the Class 4A girls’ semifinals Tuesday at the BJCC Legacy Arena to advance to the state finals for the second year in a row. Deshler has seven state championships overall and are making their fourth straight appearance in the AHSAA Class 4A state basketball championship game. Overall, the Tigers have reached the finals 11 times in school history since 1985.
       Senior center Karleigh Sledge led Tuesday’s victory with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots. Annie Sparks added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for Coach Jana Killen’s Tigers (33-2). Taylor Aikerson had 12 points and Shamari Thrilkill had 10.
      Saint James (25-7), coached by Katie Barton, got 14 points from  Micala Fisanick. The senior  went over 1,000 points for her career in the semifinals, finishing her stay at Saint James with 1,008 points. She also played two years at Ponce de Leon (FL).  Annie Skoneki also had five rebounds and three assists for the Trojans.
     Killen, who owns a 735-160 career record, has directed all but one of Deshler’s past state championships, winning four in a row from 2003-06 and titles in 2015 and 2016. The Class 4A girls’  finals at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Championships will tip off Friday at 4 p.m.
    Wednesday’s state tournament schedule features Classes 6A girls’ and boys’ semifinals in the first session and 5A semifinals in the afternoon. The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and 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.

CLASS 3A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Plainview 73, American Christian 55

     BIRMINGHAM –   Plainview shot 54 percent from the field Tuesday to beat American Christian 73-55  in the Class 3A semifinals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Championship tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena to seal a berth in Friday’s state finals.
     Plainview will meet Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-2) in the 3A championship game Friday at 2:15 p.m.
     Jeffery Armstrong scored 16 of his team-high 19 points in the second half as the Bears (33-2) outscored the Patriots 36-24. He also had seven rebounds and three assists. Teammates Caden Millican and Koby Tinker added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for Coach Robi Coker’s team and Cade Willingham had 10. Coker’s team was 27-of-50 from the floor and made 2-of-5 3-point goals. Plainview, which has averaged taking 36.2 attempts from the 3-point arc per game this season, averaged making 13.2 per game. Both are AHSAA single-season state records.
      Luke Skinner’s 30 points paced American Christian (26-9), coached by Greg Crowe. Skinner was 12-of-18 from the field and 5-of-7 at the foul line. He also had six rebounds and blocked three shots.  Carson Crowe added seven points.
    Today’s second session features the Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals with Classes 6A and 5A playing Wednesday.  The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and 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.

CLASS 3A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS PISGAH 76, Midfield 74

     BIRMINGHAM –   Junior Kaylee Vaught sank a short jumper with 23 seconds left to lift Pisgah to a 76-74 victory over Midfield in the Class 3A girls’ semifinals Tuesday at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championship tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
      The Eagles (30-1) move into the finals Friday to face Lauderdale County (35-2) at 12:30 p.m.
     Vaught finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for Pisgah. Annie Hughes scored 31 points and also cleared 11 rebounds for Coach Carey Ellison’s Eagles, and Molly Heard had 16 points and nine rebounds.
      Midfield (27-10), coached by Charles Thomas, were paced by Jemeriah Moore’s 35 points and 11 rebounds. She also had two blocked shots and three steals. Amaya Fluker had 14 points and 18 rebounds, and Zakieya Brown had 14 points for the Patriots. Cynaisha Johnson contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.
   Midfield finished with 57 rebounds and was 20-of-30  at the foul line. Moore was 13-of-19 from the foul line. Pisgah had 46 rebounds and sank 16-of-30 free throws.
    The Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals continue this afternoon with Classes 6A and 5A playing Wednesday. The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and 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.

CLASS 3A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Hillcrest-Evergreen 74, Lauderdale County 48

     BIRMINGHAM – Hillcrest-Evergreen High School’s boys’ basketball team downed Lauderdale County 74-48 in the Class 3A state tournament semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday morning to advance to the state finals Friday.
      The Jaguars (24-2) of Coach Chenson Griffin used a balanced attack with Ryan Nettles and Kobe Bradley scoring 17 points each and Jarrett Taylor notching 15. Nettles, a 6-foot-3 junior who quarterbacked Hillcrest to the Class 3A state football championship last December, also had 16 rebounds. Seven came on the offensive board. He blocked five shots, had two steals and three assists. Bradley also had eight steals and Taylor sank five 3-point goals.
      Lauderdale County (23-10), coached by Mark Newton, got 11 points from senior Buddy Burchell, seven points and 11 rebounds from Reece Thacker and nine points from Connor Smith. Slade Brown also had 10 rebounds.
    Class 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals continue this afternoon with Classes 6A and 5A playing Wednesday. The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and 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.

    

CLASS 3A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Lauderdale County 59, T.R. Miller 45

     BIRMINGHAM – Senior Allie Craig-Cruce scored 28 points and cleared eight rebounds Tuesday morning to lead Lauderdale County (35-2) to a 59-45 win over previously undefeated T.R. Miller (30-1). The Class 3A girls’ semifinal victory opened the second day of action at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals championship tournament at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena.
    Class 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals are Tuesday with Classes 6A and 5A playing Wednesday. The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and Saturday.
Cruce was 10-of-19 from the field, sank three 3-pointers and was 5-of-6 at the foul line for Coach Brant Llewellyn’s Tigers. Tamia Watkins and Sadie McIntyre added 10 points each. McIntyre also had seven rebounds. Point guard Jaide Ellick also had four assists.
     Valerie Samuel had 12 points, Steely Ruzic chipped in 10 and Janazsia Nettles scored nine for T.R. Miller, coached by Ron Jackson. Kyola Bell-Barton had eight rebounds.
     The win extended Lauderdale County’s current winning streak to 20 games and ended T.R. Miller’s streak at 30, which was the longest in the state this season.
     The victory improved Llewellyn’s career coaching record to 589-90. Lauderdale County now advances to Friday’s 3A girls’ state championship game and will vying for the school’s 14th state girls’ title. Llewellyn has coached eight of the championships including five in as row from 2012-2016 that produced a state-record 86 wins in a row. Larry Sinyard coached the first five LCHS state championships.
     Jackson has coached T.R. Miller to four state titles (1995, 1996, 2002, 2009) and Monroe County to one (1987), His career coaching record is now 711-153.
     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.
    

CLASS 2A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Lanett 75, Aliceville 64

     BIRMINGHAM – Two-time defending Class 2A state basketball champion Lanett edged a stubborn  Aliceville squad 75-64 Monday night in the semifinals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Championship tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena to move into Friday’s state finals.
      Coach Richard Carter’s Panthers (25-5) will face St.Luke’s Episcopal of Mobile in the championship game at 10:45 Friday morning. Lanett, which won the Class 2A state football title last December, also won the 2017 and 2016 Class 2A state boys’ basketball titles.
     The Panthers needed all their weapons to dispose of Aliceville (20-3). Lanett’s tall inside presence of 6-foot-7 Emmanuel Littles and 6-7 Anquavious Pollard was complemented by the quickness of guard Terrion Truitt. Pollard finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, Truitt had 21 points and three 3-point goals and Littles scored 15 points with several strong dunks and also cleared a game-high 11 rebounds.
    Still, Aliceville, coached by Chris Walker, was down just five points at one point in the fourth quarter. Jaquan Lee and TyQuane Wright had 18 and 12 points, respectively, combining for seven 3-pointers – most of them coming in an exciting stretch run that closed the gap in the second half. Wright had four treys and Lee had three. Edward Weston added 16 points with two 3-pointers as the Bears finished with 11 on 32 tries. Walker’s team was also 13-of-14 at the foul line but lost the rebound battle 44-27 to the taller Panthers.
    The state tournament, now in its 25th year at Birmingham’s BJCC, resumes Tuesday with Class 3A and 4A girls and boys semifinals.  Classes 6A and 5A play Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Friday and Saturday will be championship games in all classes except Class 1A, which has its girls’ and boys’ finals Thursday night.
   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.

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Sand Rock 62, Keith 45

     BIRMINGHAM – Junior guard Kirby DeBoard scored 20 points and senior forward Savannah Blackwell had 17 points. 12 rebounds and five steals to lead Sand Rock past Keith 62-45 in the Class 2A Girls’ State basketball Championships semifinals Monday at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena.
     The victory propels Coach Lisa Bates’ Wildcats (23-8) into the Class 2A state finals Friday at 9 a.m. against Samson (30-3) in the 96th AHSAA state tourney.
     DeBoard was 11-of-14 at the foul line and also had two assists and two steals. Kynleigh Chesnut chipped in 11 points.  
     Keith (19-9), coached by Cecil Williams, was led by Ambreya Snow and Shatavia Moore, with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Moore also had nine rebounds, five steals and three assists. Jakrya Simmons also chipped in eight points.
Classes 3A and 4A girls and boys open play with semifinals Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A play  Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Friday and Saturday will be championship games in all classes except Class 1A, which has its girls’ and boys’ finals Thursday night.
   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.
   


CLASS 2A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS St. Luke’s Episcopal 72, Tanner 65

     BIRMINGHAM – St. Luke’s Episcopal nipped Tanner 72-65 Monday afternoon in the Class 2A boys’ semifinals of  96th AHSAA State Basketball Championships tourney at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena.
     Coach Kantonio Davis’ Wildcats (22-8) jumped out to a quick 22-11 lead over the Rattlers (21-12) of Coach Chris Whitt, but had to clinch the win in the final period at the foul line. St. Luke’s was 18-of-26 in the fourth quarter and finished 27-of-44 for the game. Senior 6-foot-5 forward Mark Wilcox, who scored a game-high 27 points, was 10-of-15 on the night on free throws, 8-of-14 from the field and had five rebounds to pace St. Luke’s. Jermaine Brown and Kevin Parden each had 12 points. Brown had a team-high eight rebounds.
     Tanner was paced by senior C.J. Yarbrough’s 19 points and seven rebounds. Jireh Jackson added 12 points, Malik Atkins and J.J. Jones, 11 each. The Rattlers were 18-of-28 at the foul line.
     St. Luke’s will play in the Class 2A finals Friday at 10:45 a.m. The Class 2A boys’ and girls’ semifinals continued Monday night with Classes 3A and 4A scheduled to play semifinals Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.
   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.

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Samson 64, Phil Campbell 43

     BIRMINGHAM – Samson High School downed Phil Campbell 64-43 Monday afternoon a the BJCC Legacy Arena to clinch a berth in the AHSAA Class 2A Girls’ State Tournament championship game for the second time in three seasons.
     The Tigers (30-3) of Coach Chad McKnight outscored the Bobcats 21-11 in the second quarter to take a 36-25 lead at halftime. Coach Craig Thomas’ girls clawed back in the third quarter to close the game to six points before Samson closed strong outscoring Phil Campbell 17-4 in the final period.
        Senior LaTascya Duff scored 23 points and her twin sister LaTora Duff added 14 to lead the Tigers. Kaitlyn McKnight added 10 points. Diamonique Williams had seven points and 11 rebounds and LaTascya Duff also had 11 boards, five steals and made three 3-point goals. Samson finished 9-of-17 (52.9%) on threes and was 7-of-8 at the foul line.
      Chloe Roberson led Phil Campbell (27-6) with 18 points and eight rebounds. Abby Davis and Darby Elliott added six points each.
       Samson won the state titles in 2006, 2007 and 2016.
     The Class 2A boys’ and girls’ semifinals continued Monday with Classes 3A and 4A scheduled to play semifinals Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.
   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.

CLASS 1A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Sacred Heart Catholic 76, Cornerstone 60

     BIRMINGHAM – Sacred Heart Catholic of Anniston moved one step closer to a fourth consecutive boys’ Class 1A state championship with a 76-60 victory over Cornerstone School in the semifinals of the 2018 AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday.
     Senior Kiante Wood had 25 points and 19 rebounds for the Cardinals (22-10). He also has three assists. Teammates Khalil Watkins and Murdock Simmons added 16 and 14 points respectively for Sacred Heart, coached by Ralphael Graves. Simmons also had four assists.  The Cardinals won 1A state titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and will face Georgiana (30-3) Thursday at 5:45 p.m. in the 2018 championship game.
    Cornerstone (24-8), coached by Wiley Edwards, was paced by John Stanford’ 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Eriq Williams added 12 points and Kelton Wilson had 10. It was the second straight state tournament appearance for the Eagles.
      The Class 2A boys’ and girls’ semifinals are also scheduled for Monday. Classes 3A and 4A are scheduled to play semifinals Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.
   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.