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Class 3A Boys Semifinals Midfield 86, Holly Pond 78

    Midfield clawed past Holly Pond 86-78 Wednesday in the AHSAA’s 95th State Basketball tournament semifinals and moved into Friday’s championship game with the win.
    Coach Darrell Barber’s Patriots (26-6) saw two big leads evaporate fast thanks to the red-hot streak shooting of the Broncos (33-2). Coach Mitch Morris’ team closed a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to six in just over two minutes. Midfield regained the momentum and led 77-62 with 3:42 to play, but Holly Pond cut it to 79-72 with 2:09 left. The Patriots, 26-of-37 at the foul line for the game, nailed some clutch free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win.
     Kam Woods led Midfield with 26 points. He also had three assists, four steals and was 7-of-9 at the foul line.  Shy Cunningham, who canned s trey and a dunk in the final seconds of the third quarter to stretch Midfield’s lead back to 12 at the quarter break, ended up with 16 points.  Keenan Isaac added 17 points and Anthony Brown had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
      Holly Pond was paced by Drew Jones’ 19 points. He had four 3-pointers and seven rebounds. Dawson Foust added 13 points, McKinley Garrett and Matt Cahoon had 12 points each. The Broncos were 11-of-13 from the 3-point arc.
      The Class 3A boys’ championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena will be Friday at 2:15 p.m. All semifinals of the 95th annual state tourney are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link and is providing the audio for the NFHS Network.

Class 3A Girls Semifinals Locust Fork 57, Montgomery Academy 47

    Locust Fork High School outscored Montgomery Academy 21-7 in the second quarter to build a 14-point lead by halftime, then was almost perfect at the foul line fourth quarter to fend off the Eagles’ tenacious comeback effort to win 58-48 in the semifinals of the AHSAA Class 3A girls’ state basketball tournament.
     Coach Barbara Roy’s Hornets (34-1) advanced to the 2017 AHSAA Class 3A state finals Friday at 12:30 p.m. with the victory. Locust Fork lost by one point in last year’s Class 4A semifinals to Sipsey Valley.
     “We looked at that picture of the scoreboard from last year’s game ever since that game,” Roy said, whose team is now in the state finals for the first time in school history.
     Locust Fork’s double-digit lead dwindled to seven with 30 seconds remaining but Carlissa Horton and Kimberly Horton each sank two free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.  The Hornets finished 13-of-15 at the foul line for the game and 9-of-10 in the fourth period.
     Kimberly Horton led Locust Fork with 20 points and six rebounds. She was 5-of-6 at the foul line. Carissa Horton had nine points and four steals. She was perfect on all six free throws she tried.  Ashlyn Adkins added 12 points and six rebounds, and Madison Cater had 10 points.
      Coach Barry Fencher’s Eagles (28-5) got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Kayla White and 16 points from Jade Brooks. White also had three assists and Brooks sank three 3-point goals.  Caroline Kirkham, Montgomery Academy’s usual starting center, came off the bench to start the fourth quarter and quickly put a spark in her team scoring four points. She injured a knee in the regional finals and was not expected to play.
      All semifinals of the 95th annual state tourney are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link and is providing the audio for the NFHS Network.

2A Boys Semifinals Lanett 64, Barbour County 48

    Defending Class 2A state champion Lanett used a strong third period to break open a close game and moved into the AHSAA state championship game for the second year in a row posting a 64-48 win over Barbour County Monday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Lanett (24-7) faces R.C. Hatch (23-2) in the championship game Friday morning at 10:45 a.m. The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continue Tuesday with Class 3A and Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals getting beginning at 9 a.m.  Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semifinals are Thursday.
    Monday’s game pitted two Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Coaches. Lanett Coach Richard Carter (651-220) is being inducted in March as a member of the Class of 2017 and Barbour County coach Raymond White (794-301) was inducted in 2013.
     The Panthers (24-7) led 27-25 at the half. Barbour  County tied the game early in the third period on Quaimaine Oliver’s dunk. White’s Jaguars took the lead 30-29 at 6:25 of the period on Taurian Scott’s 3-point goal, but things went south for the Jaguars the rest of the quarter as Lanett reeled off the next 16 points to take a 45-30 lead.  Barbour County never recovered.
    Anquaevious Pollard, a 6-foot-6 junior, had 15 rebounds and 24 points to pace Lanett.  Point guard Jalen Madden added 15 points and three steals, Terrion Truitt and Emanuel Littles added 10 points each. Littles also had 11 rebounds.
     Markeith Williams led Barbour County with 18 points and six rebounds. He sank 5-of-14 3-point goals and also had three assists. Taurian Scott added 13 points with four 3-pointers. The Jags finished 10-of-28 from the 3-point line.
            All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.

2A Girls Semifinals Geneva County 41, Fyffe 35 (OT)

    Geneva County outscored Fyffe 6-0 in overtime Monday night to beat the Red Devils 41-35 in the Class 2A girls’ basketball tournament semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Center.
    First-year head coach Karie Striplin’s Bulldogs (30-2) advanced with the win to the championship game Friday morning at 9 a.m. to face Tanner (28-2).
     Eighth grader Karoline Striplin, daughter of the head coach, scored two put-back buckets in the OT period to give Geneva County a four-point lead with 20 seconds remaining, and TaMyya Hilliard had a steal and lay-up just before the buzzer to close out the extra period scoring. Hilliard’s steal with four seconds left in the fourth quarter turned into a lay-up to tie the game at 35-35 to send the game into overtime.
     The battle was close from start to finish with only eight lead changes and five tied scores throughout the contest.
      Striplin, who played with four fouls much of the second half, finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds – 10 on the offensive board. Hilliard added 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Bulldogs overcame 22 turnovers forced by Coach Steve King’s swarming Fyffe defense. Point guard Alexa Boutwell added six points, six rebounds, five assists and a game-high eight steals for the pressing Bulldogs defense that also forced 31 Red Devils turnovers.
     Libby Whitten led Fyffe (23-8) with 15 points. Brooklyn Dutton added five points and a game-high 18 rebounds. She also blocked five shots and had three steals.
     The overtime game was the third in a row for the Red Devils. Both games in the Northeast Regional went an extra period.
    The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues this week with Class 3A and Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals getting underway Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A Wednesday and Class 7A Thursday. Finals get underway Thursday Finals for 2A, 3A and 4A will be Friday and 5A, 6A and 7A finals close out the 2017 championships Saturday.
        All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.
      The Class 2A boys’ finals are set to follow the girls’ finals Friday at 10:45 a.m.    

Class 2A Boys Semifinals R.C. Hatch 51, Sheffield 27

    R.C. Hatch downed Sheffield 52-27 Tuesday in the Class 2A boys’ state tournament semifinals to advance  to Friday’s championship game for the first time since 2009.
    The Bobcats of Coach Home Davis won three state titles in a four-year period from 2006-09 – reaching the championship each year. The school has 10 state titles, most of any AHSAA school in state-tournament history beginning with the first in 1978.
Davis said the goal for his team all year has been to “Never quit.”
    R.C. Hatch (24-2) built a nine-point lead by halftime and then outscored the Bulldogs (23-11) in the second half 27-12 thanks to a swarming defense that forced 23 turnovers for the game.
    Jalen Lockett led the Bobcats with 12 points, Venantris Lipscomb added 11,  Tyler Rhone had 10 and Antwan Powell scored eight. Rhone also had eight rebounds, and Freddie ward had four assists.
     Malik Smith had seven points for Sheffield. JaVaria Nalls added six, Dontarius Hughes and Emmanuel Ford had five each for Coach Ski Anderson’s Bulldogs. Ford also had eight rebounds.
    The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues this week with Class 3A and Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals getting underway Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A Wednesday and Class 7A Thursday. Finals get underway Thursday Finals for 2A, 3A and 4A will be Friday and 5A, 6A and 7A finals close out the 2017 championships Saturday.
        All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.
      The Class 2A boys’ finals are set for Friday at 10:45 a.m.     

Class 2A Girls Semifinals Tanner 60, R.C. Hatch 24

    Tanner (28-2) held R.C. Hatch (22-6) to just five points in the first half and moved into Friday morning’s AHSAA Class 2A girls’ basketball championship game with a 60-24 win in the semifinals Monday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.|
     The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues this week with Class 3A and Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals getting underway Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A Wednesday and Class 7A Thursday. Finals get underway Thursday Finals for 2A, 3A and 4A will be Friday and 5A, 6A and 7A finals close out the 2017 championships Saturday.
        All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.
      Tanner led 30-5 at intermission. Kirstin Brown finished with 25 points and 24 rebounds to lead the Rattlers. Teammate Jessika Milton added 15 points and eight rebounds and Nautica Nobles had eight points.
     R.C. Hatch was paced by Patiniquia Collins’ 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Shakia Dudley added six points and Alaysia Norfleet had four.

1A Boys Semifinals Sacred Heart Catholic 82, Georgiana 55

    Two-time defending state champion Sacred Heart Catholic (27-8) will be playing for a third AHSAA Class 1A boys’ state basketball title Thursday night after beating Georgiana 82-55 in the Class 1A semifinals Monday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
        Sacred Heart will meet South Lamar in the finals Thursday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. at Legacy Arena. The 95th annual AHSAA State Basketball Championship semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.
      Coach Ralpheal Graves’ Cardinals used a big third quarter to break open the rematch from last year’s finals. Sacred Heart led 36-29 at the half but outscored Coach Kirk Norris’ Panthers (27-3) in the third period 28-11. Georgiana never recovered.
      D.J. Heath scored 27 points, had four assists and three steals for the Cardinals. Dakota Myers added 20 points, Diante Wood and Kevion Nolan chipped in 15 each. Wood also had 10 rebounds and five assists. Nolan and Heath each had three 3-point goals.
    Nizaiah Smith led Georgiana with 20 points and 11 rebounds. He was also 6-of-7 at the foul line and the Panthers finished 16-of-20 as a team. Ja’Micha Stallworth added 12 points and Keinderus Mobley added eight.

1A Girls Semifinals Spring Garden 48, J.F. Shields 38

    Defending state champion Spring Garden (26-7) downed J.F. Shields 48-38 Monday in the Class 1A girls’ semifinals to move back into the championship game for the third consecutive year.
    Coach Ricky Austin’s Panthers will face R.A. Hubbard in the state finals Thursday at 4 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Spring Garden, one of the most storied programs in AHSAA girls’ basketball history, has won five state titles in school history (1987, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2016) and has finished runner-up three additional trips to the finals.
    The Panthers dominated the first half Monday, building a 33-15 lead by halftime. Coach Linda Hollinger’s J.F. Shield squad turned up its defense in the third quarter and out-scored Spring Garden 16-6 to pull to within eight, 39-31, heading into the fourth quarter. After see the lead cut to six (39-33) early in the final period, Austin’s team rallied back out to a 10-point lead with three minutes left.
   Tiyonna Rogers had 19 points and 13 rebounds to pace Spring Garden. Savannah Dempsey and Payton McGinnis added 14 each. McGinnis also had 11 rebounds. Dempsey was 6-for-6 at the foul line, and point guard Kerstin Bryant had six assists.
    Mar’quaja Brown had 22 points and Ti’Ajah McCrery had nine for J.F. Shields.  Shamiya Johnson also had seven points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

Class 1A Boys Semifinals South Lamar 80, Cornerstone 67

    South Lamar (21-8) jumped to a quick lead Monday morning in its Class 1A boys’ semifinal battle with Cornerstone of Birmingham then had to claw from behind with a big fourth quarter as the Stallions advanced to the state finals with an 80-67 win.
    South Lamar will play in the finals Thursday afternoon at 5:45 p.m.
     Chase Gore and Malik Cox finished with 23 and 20 points, respectively, sparking Coach Chris Tucker’s Stallions to a 10-0 lead early and a 25-9 advantage in the final eight minutes. In between, however, Coach Ronald Steele’s Eagles (15-10) outscored South Lamar 43-32 to take a 58-55 lead into the fourth period.
     Gore had two 3-point goals, was 9-of-11 at the foul line, and had six rebounds and four assists. Cox, who had a game-high 15 rebounds, was 8-of-10 at the foul line. Carson Lindsey added 15 points, four assists and four steals.
    Cornerstone’s Darryl Grayson nailed six 3-pointers and finished with 21 points. Kelton Wilson added 12 points and John Stanford had 11.
    South Lamar reached the finals on the 25th anniversary of the Stallions’ only state championship won in 1992.

Class 1A Girls Semifinals R.A. Hubbard 48, Westminster-Oak Mountain 44

    A’Nautica Bibbs sank four key free throws in the final 39 seconds to spark R.A. Hubbard (21-8) to a come-from-behind 48-44 victory over Westminster-Oak Mountain (21-6) Monday morning as the 95th annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Down 44-41 with 90 seconds to play, Chiefs teammate Alexandria Orr made two free throws to cut the Lady Knights’ lead to one. Bibbs put her team ahead 45-44 with 39 seconds left and added to the lead 12 seconds later as Coach Candace Byrd’s team took control 47-44.
    Bibbs finished with four points. She also had 13 rebounds. Kee-Undria Bolden led R.A. Hubbard with 18 points.
    Westminster, coached by Dana Gache’, was led by freshman guard Morgan White’s 14 points and four assists. She also had six rebounds.  Macy Mixon and Rachel Price added nine points each. Anna Richburg had four points, four rebounds and a game-high seven blocked shots before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.