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Class 5A Girls Semifinals Charles Henderson 70, Arab 53

    Freshman point guard Niaira Jones was perfect on all six 3-point goals attempted Wednesday night and finished with 34 points as Charles Henderson beat Arab 70-53 to move into Saturday’s 95th AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Class 5A girls’ championship game to face three-time defending champion Wenonah. The finals will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Jones, the daughter of Trojans head coach Dyneshia Jones, was 9-of-13 from the field and 10-of-14 at the foul line to give Charles Henderson the spark it needed to advance to the state finals for the first time in school history. The Trojans are making their third state tournament appearance in a row.     Sophomore 6-foot-4 center Maori Davenport added 23 points, 13 rebounds, another sophomore, had nine points and 14 rebounds.
     Arb (21-14), coached by Jessica Thompson, got 17 points from Jasmine Davis and 13 each from Kate Hammond and Lauren Watson. Hammond also had five assists and Davis nailed three 3-pointers.
     The 2017 AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway earlier this week with semifinals for 1A and 2A on Monday, 3A and 4A on Tuesday and had semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. 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.

Class 5A Boys Semifinals Mae Jemison 80, Sylacauga 59

    Mae Jemison High School 6-foot-7 senior forward John Petty scored 36 points, had 11 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Jaguars past Sylacauga 80-59 Wednesday night in the Class 5A boys’ semifinals of the 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday.
    Petty, named Mr. Basketball last year after leading J.O. Johnson to the Class 5A state crown, was 14-of-22 from the field and 8-of-11 from the foul line. He also had three steals.  Teammates Jamar Jackson and Brandon McCarver added 13 points each for Coach Jack Doss’ Jaguars (33-4).
    Sylacauga (26-8), coached by Will Copeland, was tied after one quarter at 9-9 but Mae Jemison outscored the Aggies 26-10 in the second period to take control. Khalil Pope led Sylacauga with 16 points and Darlan Garrett had 13. Jasade Smith also chipped in 11. Pope also had five assists.
      Doss, inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015,  coached J.O. Johnson to state titles in 2015 and 2016 before the Huntsville School System closed  the high school and opened Mae Jemison last August in its place.
     Doss, who has 811 career wins, has led three high schools (J.O. Johnson, Butler and Hayes) to state titles and hoping to notch the 10th overall of his career in the finals Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Legacy Arena.
     The 2017 AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway earlier this week with semifinals for 1A and 2A on Monday, 3A and 4A on Tuesday and had semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. 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.

Class 5A Girls Semifinals Wenonah 73, Sylacauga 50

    The Wenonah Dragons (29-3) shot 70 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter and 53 percent for the game to beat Sylacauga 73-50 in Class 5A girls’ semifinal game in the 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday.
    The victory propelled Coach Emanuel Bell’s team into the finals for the fourth straight year. Wenonah has won the last three Class 5A state to Faith Academy in 2013.
    Senior center Alexus Dye led the way Wednesday with 24 points – coming on a 10-of-13 shooting performance. She also had nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Faith Reynolds added 16 points, three assists and four steals and Kourtnie Smith had 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Point guard Jayla Morrow also had game high seven assists.
    Sylacauga (25-6), coached by Derrick Crawford, fell behind 21-4 in the first quarter but closed the gap to 29-17 by halftime.  Kayla Dark and Tierra Dark had 12 points each for the Aggies. Tierra also had seven rebounds and Kayla had four assists and six steals.
     The 2017 AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway earlier this week with semifinals for 1A and 2A on Monday, 3A and 4A on Tuesday and had semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. 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.

Class 6A Boys Semifinals Parker 69, Spanish Fort 59 (OT)

    Parker High School junior Jason King’s 3-point basket at the end of regulation tied the Class 6A boys’ semifinal game in the 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena. King then completed the come-from-behind effort with a dunk in overtime as the Thundering Herd (28-7) beat Spanish Fort 69-59 to advance to the state finals Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
     Parker, coached by Reginald McGary, will play Paul Bryant in the finals.
     King finished with 16 points for the Herd. Cam’Ron Beard had 23 points, including a trey to close the third quarter and cut four-point Spanish Fort lead to one, 37-36. He finished with three 3-point goals and also handed out six assists.  Xavier Williams also had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Eugene Minter scored 11.
    Coach Dru Powell’s Toros (25-9) also had balanced scoring with four players in double figures. Terrin Atkinson, Jalen Wayne and Kris Abrams-Draine scored 13 points each and Trae Barry had 12.  Jeric Packer had six rebounds while Atkinson and Michael Meador each had three assists and three steals.
     The 2017 AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway Wednesday with semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. 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.

Class 6A Girls Semifinals Homewood 78, Carver-Montgomery 48

    Homewood placed four players in double figures as the Lady Patriots beat Carver-Montgomery 78-48 to advance to the AHSAA Class 6A state tournament girls’ basketball championship game for the third year in a row.
   Homewood is coached by school athletic director and former assistant Kevin Tubbs, who took over as head coach this school year.  The Patriots (32-2) will face Hazel Green (37-1) in the finals Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Homewood won the state title in 2015 and was runner-up in 2016.
     Ajah Wayne, who injured her knee in last year’s state tournament semifinals and missed the championship game, had 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Homewood. Tori Webb added 16 points and eight rebounds, point guard Hannah Barber added 13 points, six assists and four steals and Shelby Hardy added 11 points for the Patriots.
     Carver-Montgomery (11-17), coached by Adria Harris, was led by Adasia Rudolph’s 17 points and three steals. Kristin Brown added 11 points.
     The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway Wednesday with semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. 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.

Class 6A Boys Semifinals Paul Bryant 70, Austin 57

   Junior point guard Jared Sherfield scored 23 points and handed out seven assists to lead streaking Paul Bryant to a 70-57 Class 6A semifinal basketball win over Austin Wednesday.
     The Stampede (23-11) of Coach Sean Peck-Love won their 12th game in a row to move into the 2017 AHSAA Class 6A boys’ state finals Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The 6A boys’ championship game will be played at 2:15 p.m.
     Sherfield was also 7-of-7 at the foul line, had two 3-pointers and five rebounds to pace Paul Bryant.  Junior forward Seth Williams also had 10 points, Daviyon  Dennis and Kaliex Stephens chipped in nine points each.
    The Black Bears (29-6) of Coach Jake Miles trailed by two at the half, by 10 early the fourth quarter and managed to cut the margin to seven in the final minute but get no closer.  Javan Johnson led Austin with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Joshua Birdsong added 16 on an 8-of-9 shooting performance and Anthony Mason had 12 points. Jason Scott also had five assists.
     The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway Wednesday with semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. 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.

Class 6A Girls Semifinals Hazel Green 38, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 33

    Hazel Green High School’s Lady Trojans jumped to a quick 10-0 lead, led 22-8 at the half and then staved off a tremendous Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa comeback effort to post a 38-33 victory over the Patriots in the semifinals of the 2017 AHSAA Class 6A Girls State Tournament Wednesday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Hazel Green (37-1) reached Saturday’s state championship game with the triumph. It will be the Lady Trojans’ first final since winning the state crown in 1995. Coach Tim Mille, making his 12th appearance in the state tourney as a head coach. He guided Jeff Davis and Bob Jones to state crowns in previous appearances.
     Caitlin Hose scored 16 points for Hazel Green, which is one win away from tying the second-best record for wins in a season in AHSAA history. Lauderdale County set the record (39-0) in 2015, and was 38-0 in 2014 as in the midst of a state-record 86-game winning streak. Hazel Green’s 37 wins this season ties for third already, accomplished by Paint Rock Valley (37-2) in 1990.
    Hose and Raven Washington each hit treys on the Trojans’ first two shots of the game and for the first three quarters Hazel Green appeared to be in complete control.
     Coach Steven Sims’ Patriots (31-3) turned up the defensive pressure and the shots began to fall in the fourth quarter as Hillcrest outscored the Trojans 13-4 to close the gap to three, 32-29, with 1:10 to play. Hose made two free throws and came up with her fourth steal of the game and cashed in the lay-up in the next 25 seconds to ice the win.
    Brooke Hampel added nine points for Hazel Green.
    Diamond Richardson and Tawana Nevels had nine points each for Hillcrest. Nevels also had a game-high nine rebounds.
     The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway Wednesday with semifinal games in Classes 6A and 5A. Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.  State finals in Class 1A will be held Thursday afternoon. 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.