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Seven Defending Champions in 56-Team Field As AHSAA 95th State Basketball Tourney Gets Underway

   BIRMINGHAM – Seven teams that won state titles last season will be in the 56-team field as the 95th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament tips off Monday at the BJCC Legacy Arena here at 9 a.m..  
     Defending girls’ champion Spring Garden (25-7) and defending boys’ champion Sacred Heart Catholic (26-8) will be in the Class 1A field as the tournament gets underway  Monday. Coach Ricky Austin’s Lady Panthers play J.F. Shields (19-3) at noon and Coach Ralpheal Graves’ Cardinals will meet Georgiana (27-2) at 1:30 p.m. That game is a rematch of last year’s state finals.
     Defending 2A boys’ state champion Lanett (22-7) will face Barbour County (18-11) in the final game of Monday’s slate at 7:30 p.m.
      Classes 1A and 2A will play girls’ and boys’ semifinals Monday, Classes 3A and 4A on Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A on Wednesday  and  Class 7A on Thursday morning. Championship games will begin Thursday afternoon (1A girls and boys)) with six finals (2A, 3A and 4A) on Friday and six (5A, 6A and 7A) on Saturday.
    The State Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 29-March 5 at the BJCC with Classes 1A and 2A playing semifinals on Monday, Classes 3A and 4A on Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday and Class 7A on Thursday. Girls’ and Boys’ finals for Class 1A will be Thursday afternoon. Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will play championship games on Friday while Classes 5A, 6A and 7A concluding the tournament Saturday.
     All semifinal games will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and all finals will be televised by Raycom Media. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all finals over its network and will provide the audio for the NFHS Network live-streams. More information can be found at www.ahsaa.com, www. http://statefinalsal.com/ and  www.nfhsnetwork.com.
      Three defending girls’ champions are in the field and four defending boys champions  -- five if you include Mae Jemison of Huntsville, which opened its doors last August. The school replaces J.O. Johnson, which won the 5A state title in 2016 and 2015. Johnson head coach Jack Doss is the head coach for Mae Jemison.  Doss (810-329), who recorded his 800th career win earlier this season, has guided the Jaguars (32-4) to national prominence in a hurry. His team had a big win over St. Anthony  (N.J.), ranked 13th nationally in the Hall of Fame Classic at Springfield, Mass., on Martin Luther King Day last month.
    Doss, inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, will be going for his 10th state title as a head coach with titles at Birmingham-Hayes in 1981 and 1982, Huntsville Butler in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2011 and at J.O. Johnson the last two years. Senior John Petty, Alabama’s Mr. Basketball as a junior, is averaging 20.7 points a game this season as a senior.
    Other boys’ defending champions in the field are  McGill-Toolen Catholic (7A) and Madison Academy, last year’s 3A winner now playing the Class 4A semifinals.
    Deshler (4A) and Wenonah (5A) are also girls’ defending champions returning this week. Deshler (33-0), coached by Jana Killen, comes in with a 67-game winning streak after claiming the Northwest Regional Class 4A title last Wednesday. Killen (697-177) is just three wins from her 700th career victory.  Wenonah is going for its 5A title in a row with head coach Emanuel Bell just 17 wins shy of 500 wins.
      The complete schedule is listed below.

AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena

MONDAY, FEB. 27

CLASS 1A

Girls

Westminster Oak Mountain (21-5) vs. R.A. Hubbard (20-8), 9 a.m.

J.F. Shields (19-3) vs. Spring Garden (25-7), noon

Boys

Cornerstone (15-9) vs. South Lamar (24-6), 10:30 a.m.

Georgiana (27-2) vs. Sacred Heart (26-8), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 2A

Girls

R.C. Hatch (22-5) vs. Tanner (27-2), 3 p.m.

Geneva County (29-2) vs. Fyff e (23-7), 6 p.m.

Boys

R.C. Hatch (23-2) vs. Sheffi eld (23-10) 4:30 p.m.

Barbour County (18-11) vs. Lanett (22-7), 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 28

CLASS 3A

Girls

Montgomery Academy (28-4) vs. Locust Fork (33-1), 9 a.m.

Hillcrest-Evergreen (23-0) vs. Pisgah (26-7), noon

Boys

Midfi eld (25-6) vs. Holly Pond (32-1), 10:30 a.m.

Hillcrest-Evergreen (22-5) vs. Plainview (30-4), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 4A

Girls

Greensboro (22-4) vs. Deshler (33-0), 3 p.m.

B.T. Washington Magnet (15-7) vs. Madison Academy (33-1), 6 p.m.

Boys

Hale County (26-4) vs. Cordova (23-8), 4:30 p.m.

Monroe County (22-4) vs. Madison Academy (24-6), 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

CLASS 5A

Girls

Sylacauga (25-5) vs. Wenonah (28-3), 3 p.m.

Charles Henderson (29-5) vs. Arab (21-13), 6 p.m.

Boys

Sylacauga (26-7) vs. Mae Jemison (32-4), 4:30 p.m.

Faith Academy (21-8) vs. Talladega (26-8), 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

CLASS 6A

Girls

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (31-2) vs. Hazel Green (36-1), 9 a.m.

Carver-Montgomery (11-16) vs. Homewood (32-2), noon

Boys

Paul Bryant (22-11) vs. Aus􀆟 n (29-5), 10:30 a.m.

Spanish Fort (25-8) vs. Parker (27-7), 1:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

CLASS 7A

Girls

Central-Phenix City (26-4) vs. Hoover (27-7), 9 a.m.

McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-6) vs. Spain Park (21-11), noon

Boys

Auburn (22-9) vs. Vestavia Hills (19-14), 10:30 a.m.

McGill-Toolen (24-9) vs. Mountain Brook (29-5) 1:30 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLASS 1A GIRLS: Thursday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 1A BOYS: Thursday, 5:45 p.m.

CLASS 2A GIRLS: Friday, 9 a.m.

CLASS 2A BOYS: Friday, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 3A GIRLS: Friday, 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 3A BOYS: Friday, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 4A GIRLS: Friday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 4A BOYS: Friday, 5:45 p.m.

CLASS 5A GIRLS: Saturday, 9 a.m.

CLASS 5A BOYS: Saturday, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 6A GIRLS: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 6A BOYS: Saturday, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A GIRLS: Saturday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 7A BOYS: Saturday, 5:45 p.m.


AHSAA 95th State Basketball Tourney Starts Monday at BJCC

   BIRMINGHAM -- Fifty-six high school basketball teams travel to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Legacy Arena this week as the 95th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament tips off Monday, Feb. 27 and concludes Saturday, March 4.
   Classes 1A and 2A will play girls’ and boys’ semifinals Monday, Classes 3A and 4A on Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A on Wednesday  and  Class 7A on Thursday morning. Championship games will begin Thursday afternoon (1A girls and boys)) with six finals (2A, 3A and 4A) on Friday and six (5A, 6A and 7A) on Saturday.
    The State Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 29-March 5 at the BJCC with Classes 1A and 2A playing semifinals on Monday, Classes 3A and 4A on Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday and Class 7A on Thursday. Girls’ and Boys’ finals for Class 1A will be Thursday afternoon. Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will play championship games on Friday while Classes 5A, 6A and 7A concluding the tournament Saturday.
     All semifinal games will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and all finals will be televised by Raycom Media. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all finals over its network and will provide the audio for the NFHS Network live-streams. More information can be found at www.ahsaa.com, www. http://statefinalsal.com/ and  www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Three defending girls’ champions are in the field and four defending boys champions  -- five if you include Mae Jemison of Huntsville, which opened its doors last August. The school replaces J.O. Johnson, which won the 5A state title in 2016 and 2015. Johnson head coach Jack Doss is the head coach for Mae Jemison.  Doss (810-329), who recorded his 800th career win earlier this season, has guided the Jaguars (32-4) to national prominence in a hurry. His team had a big win over St. Anthony  (N.J.), ranked 13th nationally in the Hall of Fame Classic at Springfield, Mass., on Martin Luther King Day last month.
    Doss, inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, will be going for his 10th state title as a head coach with titles at Birmingham-Hayes in 1981 and 1982, Huntsville Butler in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2011 and at J.O. Johnson the last two years. Senior John Petty, Alabama’s Mr. Basketball as a junior, is averaging 20.7 points a game this season as a senior.
    Other boys’ defending champions in the field are Sacred Heart Catholic (1A), Lanett (2A), McGill-Toolen Catholic (7A) and Madison Academy, last year’s 3A winner now playing the Class 4A semifinals.
     Spring Garden (1A), Deshler (4A) and Wenonah (5A) are girls’ defending champions returning this week. Deshler (33-0), coached by Jana Killen, comes in with a 67-game winning streak after claiming the Northwest Regional Class 4A title last Wednesday. Killen (697-177) is just three wins from her 700th career victory.  Wenonah is going for its 5A title in a row.
      Hillcrest-Evergreen (23-0) also comes into the tourney unbeaten in the Class 3A girls’ semifinals. Hazel Green  (36-1) is in the 6A girls’ semifinals, and Locust Fork (33-1) is in the 3A field after knocking off Lauderdale County in the Northwest finals. The Tigers had won the last five Class 3A girls’ state championships.
     On the boys’ side, Holly Pond rolls into the Class 3A semifinals at 33-1.
   The complete schedule is listed below.

AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena

MONDAY, FEB. 27

CLASS 1A

Girls

Westminster Oak Mountain (21-5) vs. R.A. Hubbard (20-8), 9 a.m.

J.F. Shields (19-3) vs. Spring Garden (25-7), noon

Boys

Cornerstone (15-9) vs. South Lamar (24-6), 10:30 a.m.

Georgiana (27-2) vs. Sacred Heart (26-8), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 2A

Girls

R.C. Hatch (22-5) vs. Tanner (27-2), 3 p.m.

Geneva County (29-2) vs. Fyff e (23-7), 6 p.m.

Boys

R.C. Hatch (23-2) vs. Sheffi eld (23-10) 4:30 p.m.

Barbour County (18-11) vs. Lane􀆩 (22-7), 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 28

CLASS 3A

Girls

Montgomery Academy (28-4) vs. Locust Fork (33-1), 9 a.m.

Hillcrest-Evergreen (23-0) vs. Pisgah (26-7), noon

Boys

Midfi eld (25-6) vs. Holly Pond (32-1), 10:30 a.m.

Hillcrest-Evergreen (22-5) vs. Plainview (30-4), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 4A

Girls

Greensboro (22-4) vs. Deshler (33-0), 3 p.m.

B.T. Washington Magnet (15-7) vs. Madison Academy (33-1), 6 p.m.

Boys

Hale County (26-4) vs. Cordova (23-8), 4:30 p.m.

Monroe County (22-4) vs. Madison Academy (24-6), 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

CLASS 5A

Girls

Sylacauga (25-5) vs. Wenonah (28-3), 3 p.m.

Charles Henderson (29-5) vs. Arab (21-13), 6 p.m.

Boys

Sylacauga (26-7) vs. Mae Jemison (32-4), 4:30 p.m.

Faith Academy (21-8) vs. Talladega (26-8), 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

CLASS 6A

Girls

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (31-2) vs. Hazel Green (36-1), 9 a.m.

Carver-Montgomery (11-16) vs. Homewood (32-2), noon

Boys

Paul Bryant (22-11) vs. Aus􀆟 n (29-5), 10:30 a.m.

Spanish Fort (25-8) vs. Parker (27-7), 1:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

CLASS 7A

Girls

Central-Phenix City (26-4) vs. Hoover (27-7), 9 a.m.

McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-6) vs. Spain Park (21-11), noon

Boys

Auburn (22-9) vs. Vestavia Hills (19-14), 10:30 a.m.

McGill-Toolen (24-9) vs. Mountain Brook (29-5) 1:30 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLASS 1A GIRLS: Thursday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 1A BOYS: Thursday, 5:45 p.m.

CLASS 2A GIRLS: Friday, 9 a.m.

CLASS 2A BOYS: Friday, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 3A GIRLS: Friday, 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 3A BOYS: Friday, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 4A GIRLS: Friday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 4A BOYS: Friday, 5:45 p.m.

CLASS 5A GIRLS: Saturday, 9 a.m.

CLASS 5A BOYS: Saturday, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 6A GIRLS: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 6A BOYS: Saturday, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A GIRLS: Saturday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 7A BOYS: Saturday, 5:45 p.m.


Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome To Host AHSAA Central Regional Feb. 16-22

    MONTGOMERY -- Steve Savarese, Executive Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, announced Friday that the AHSAA 2017 Central Regional Basketball Tournament planned to be played at Garrett Coliseum has been re-scheduled for Alabama State University’s 7,400-seat Dunn-Oliver Acadome Feb. 16-22.
    Alabama State has hosted the tournament annually since 2007. The tournament was tentatively moved to Garrett Coliseum last fall when ASU informed the AHSAA it was unsure it could host the event this year. However, the ASU administration worked out the details and a new three-year contract to remain at ASU has been finalized.
      “We appreciate Alabama State University’s administration for its commitment to hosting this and other AHSAA events,” Savarese said. “We also thank Garrett Coliseum’s board and administration for providing an alternative site in Montgomery.  We look forward to working with ASU, the City of Montgomery and Garrett Coliseum in the future as we continue to strive to provide quality championship sports venues for our schools and student-athletes.”
    The Central Regional basketball tournament is one of four regional tournaments held annually since the AHSAA implemented regional playoff format in 1994. Other sites are: Dothan (South), Jacksonville State University (Northeast) and Wallace-Hanceville Community College (Northwest).
     Fifty-six teams, 28 boys’ and 28 girls’ teams, compete in the seven-classification event with each division’s winner advancing to the AHSAA State Finals Tournament held at the BJCC-Legacy Arena in Birmingham. The 2017 state tourney will be Feb. 27-March 4.
     The Central Regional has been held at just two sites since its inception in 1994. ASU hosted the first year in 1994 when it was the Southeastern Regional. It moved to Troy University’s Sartain Hall from 1995-2007. The AHSAA renamed the tournament the Central Regional when it moved back to Montgomery and the Acadome in 2007.

History of AHSAA Central Regional
1994 – Alabama State University – Southeastern Regional
1995 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1996 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1997 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1998 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1999 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2000 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2001 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2002 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2003 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2004 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2005 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2006 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2007 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2008 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2009 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2010 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2011 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2012 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2013 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2014 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2015 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2016 – Alabama State University – Central Regional

Coach Jack Doss Records 800th Win As Mae Jemison beats Lee 68-37

   Mae Jemison downed Lee-Huntsville 68-37 Friday night and handed Coach Jack Doss another milestone win in his prep basketball coaching career – now in its 37th year.  John Petty scored 17 points as Doss’s Jaguars (22-4) recorded Doss’s 800th career win.
   Doss, who guided J.O. Johnson to the Class 5A state championship last season to become the only boys’ basketball coach in the AHSAA to lead teams to nine state titles, is now 800-329 overall. Johnson became Mae Jemison this school year.
    Doss won two state  titles at Hayes High School in Birmingham, five at Butler High School in Huntsville and two at J.O. Johnson. Hayes is now a middle school and Butler is now closed. He is the fourth boys’ coach in AHSAA history to win 800 games. Eugene Mason of R.C. Hatch closed his career with 919 wins, Cap Brown of Parker won 890 and Willie Scoggins of Ramsay won 864.
     Mason, Brown and Scoggins are now deceased. Including Doss, all four are in the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.



AHSAA Central Regional Basketball Tournament Moving to Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum

     MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) is moving the Central Regional Basketball Tournament from Alabama State University to Montgomery’s historic Garrett Coliseum. The change was announced by AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese Thursday.
    Alabama State, which hosted the tournament from 2007-2015 at Dunn-Oliver Acadome, opted out of the remainder of its contact.
    The contract with Garrett Coliseum, which seats 8,500 with capacity to add up to 4,000 more seats, will be for three years (2017, 2018 and 2019). The 2017 tournament is scheduled for Feb. 16-22 and will feature 28 boys’ and 28 girls’ teams, four each in seven classifications, qualifying through earlier rounds of the AHSAA state playoffs. The regional winners will advance to the 95th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament in Birmingham the following week (Feb. 27-March 4).
    “We thank Alabama State University for serving as a site for this tournament,” Savarese said. “We are also very excited about the Central Regional at Garrett Coliseum. This arena has so much history. We have an outstanding relationship with the City of Montgomery. They already host many AHSAA events including the state baseball and softball championships, super sectional wrestling and super regional volleyball championships. We truly believe playing at Garrett Coliseum will be a memorable experience for our member schools and team participants.”
    Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange expressed similar sentiments.
   “The AHSAA Central Regional Basketball Tournament is a time-honored tradition in the River Region, and we're ecstatic to continue this partnership as we will now call Garrett Coliseum home,” Strange said. “Without hesitation, we offered to help find a way to keep this tournament in our community and further build on our credentials as the sports capital of Alabama. Not only does it complement the current athletic offerings and events happening in Montgomery, but it also provides students, their families and friends with an opportunity to experience the revitalization across our community while exploring what has been named America's Best Historic City, as well as the ‘Capital of Dreams’.”
     Garrett Coliseum, which opened in 1953, has a rich history with the sport of basketball going all the way back to 1955. Auburn University played Coach Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky Wildcats on Feb. 4, 1955 in what would be the first of five games played by the perennial SEC powerhouse.  Kentucky, which began the 1955-56 season ranked No. 2 in the nation, won that first game 82-81 over the Tigers, and returned on Feb. 26 to lose to Alabama’s famed Rocket Eight 101-77 in what is still considered one of the biggest wins in Crimson Tide history.
    Kentucky beat Alabama 45-43 in overtime at Garrett Coliseum in 1958 and downed the Tide 75-55 in 1960. The final game of the Wildcats’ series was a 99-79 win over Auburn in 1964.  Garrett Coliseum also hosted the Blue-Gray Classic college basketball tournament for many years as well as a variety of local high school games and other college games. Most recently, Garrett Coliseum has hosted the Harlem Globetrotters basketball show.
    More than 25 million patrons have attended events at Garrett Coliseum, which is best known for its concerts featuring entertainers such as Lionel Richie and the Commodores, Prince, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Elton John, Hank Williams and the Globe Trotters. It also hosts many other events including the annual Alabama National Fair, rodeos, professional wrestling and a variety of other major entertainment events.
    The AHSAA basketball playoffs include regional tournaments at three other regional sites: Dothan Civic Center (South Regional); Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum (Northeast Regional); and Wallace State-Hanceville’s Tom Drake Coliseum (Northwest Regional).
    The AHSAA began its regional tournament format in 1994 with ASU as the site of its Central  Regional. In 1995 it was renamed the Southeast Regional and moved to Troy University where it remained until 2007. The Southeast Regional name was changed back to the Central Regional in 2007 when it returned to Montgomery and ASU and Troy, became the site of the South Regional the next three years. South Alabama hosted the South Regional from 2010-12 and Dothan Civic Center has been the host since 2013. The Central Regional remained at ASU the last nine years.
   Approximately two million fans have attended the regionals since 1994 with more than 400,000 attending the Central Regional during that time span.


History of AHSAA Central Regional Basketball Tournament

1994 – Alabama State University – Southeastern Regional
1995 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1996 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1997 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1998 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1999 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2000 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2001 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2002 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2003 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2004 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2005 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2006 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2007 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2008 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2009 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2010 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2011 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2012 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2013 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2014 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2015 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2016 – Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery – Central Regional

History of AHSAA South Regional Basketball Tournament

1994 – Troy University – South Regional
1995 – Faulkner JUC0, Bay Minette – Southwest Regional
1996 – Faulkner JUC0, Bay Minette – Southwest Regional

1997 – Faulkner JUC0, Bay Minette – Southwest Regional
1998 – Faulkner JUC0, Bay Minette – Southwest Regional
1999 – Faulkner JUC0, Bay Minette – Southwest Regional
2000 – University of South Alabama – Southwest Regional
2001 – University of South Alabama – Southwest Regional
2002 – University of South Alabama – Southwest Regional
2003 – University of South Alabama – Southwest Regional
2004 – University of South Alabama – Southwest Regional
2005 – University of South Alabama – Southwest Regional
2006 – University of South Alabama – Southwest Regional
2007 – Troy University – South Regional
2008 – Troy University – South Regional
2009 – Troy University – South Regional
2010 – University of South Alabama – South Regional
2011 – University of South Alabama – South Regional
2012 – University of South Alabama – South Regional
2013 – Dothan Civic Center – South Regional
2014 – Dothan Civic Center – South Regional
2015 – Dothan Civic Center – South Regional
2016 – Dothan Civic Center – South Regional

History of AHSAA Northeast Regional Basketball Tournament

1994 through 2015 – Jacksonville State University
2016 – Jacksonville State University

History of AHSAA Northwest Regional Basketball Tournament

1994 through 2015 – Wallace State-Hanceville Junior College
2016 – Wallace State-Hanceville Junior College

 

 


North Downs South 84-73 To Claim Boys’ All-Star Game

MONTGOMERY – Spain Park High School rising senior Austin Wiley scored 30 points and cleared 15 rebounds to lift the North to an 84-73 victory in the 63rd AHSAA North-South All-Star basketball game Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Arena.
     The 6-foot-11 Wiley earned North MVP honors going 14-of-18 from the field with most buckets coming on crowd-pleasing dunks as the North, coached by Cale Black of Geraldine and Chris Randall of White Plains, to the 16th win in the series since it was resumed in 1997. The North-South series began in 1953 with the North winning 52-46 and was played annually until 1964 when a large-school and small-school game format created two games each year through 1984.
      The series was discontinued after 1984 and resumed as part of the AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week in 1997. Since then, the North has gone 16-4 winning
12 in a row from 2003-2014 before the South snapped that streak last year with a 712-65 win.
      The North led virtually the entire game Wednesday night as Wiley dominated inside thanks in part to outstanding guard play from Tyrique Purvis of Decatur and Khalil Johnson of Cleveland. Johnson, a 6-8 guard, handed out eight assists including one 60-foot throw to Wiley at the other end of the court for one of his many dunks. Purvis added nine rebounds and five assists.
     Jakolbe McClendon of Oxford and Kobe McClain of Ramsay also added 14 points each. The North shot 60.3 percent from the field (35-of-58) and out-rebounded the much shorter South squad 52-25. 
    LaFayette’s Jatarvious Whitlow was named South MVP scoring points, dishing out five assists and pulling down eight rebounds. Jaelin Fleming and Terrell Harris of Northview added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the South, coached by their own Cougars Coach Janasky Fleming and LaFayette’s Obadiah Threadgill IV.  Maplesville’s Terence Dunlap added nine points.
    The 57th North-South Football All-Star Game and North-South Volleyball All-Star Match will close out the All-Star Week competition Thursday at Cramton Bowl and AUM, respectively. The football game will kick off at 7 p.m., and the volleyball match will tip at 4.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE NOTES: Thursday’s schedule at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center will include Coaching Schools for basketball, football, volleyball and cheerleading. The annual Fellowship of Athletes Luncheon will be at noon.
     All North-South All-Star competition is being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based webcast. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.

South Girls End North Win Streak In Basketball All-Star Game

     MONTGOMERY – South All-Star Unique Thompson of Faith Academy scored 17 points and cleared 15 rebounds to lead her team to a 57-53 win over the North Wednesday night at Dunn-Oliver Arena on the campus of Alabama State University. The victory ended an eight-year drought for the South, which last won in 2007. The North holds a 17-3 advantage in the 20-year series after Wednesday’s setback.
        The 6-foot-3 Thompson’s inside play helped stake the South to a 30-20 lead at halftime. The South, coached by Cecil Williams of Keith and Darrell Walton of LeFlore, kept a double-digit lead deep into the fourth quarter before North MVP Queen Ford of Sipsey Valley and Shelby Hardy of Homewood sparked a late comeback effort . The North, coached by David Hill of Lexington and JoVanka Ward of Homewood cut the lead to four, 55-51, with 27 seconds remaining when Gadsden City’s Brooke Burns sank a free throw.  The South stretched the lead back to six with two free throws by Nakia Kincey of Abbeville with 20 seconds remaining. Haley Troup of Gadsden City nailed a jumper with 11 seconds left, but the South ran out the clock to seal the win.
      Tiyah Johnson of Central-Phenix City chipped in 11 points with two 3-point goals for the South. Johnson’s Central teammate Kayla Vance had eight points and five rebounds and Lanett guard Ataiya Bridges had five points, four steals and a team-high three assists.
     Ford had nine points and nine rebounds for the North. Troup had eight points and was 4-of-4 at the foul line. Hardy had six points, four rebounds and two steals and Burns had seven points.         AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE NOTES: Thursday’s schedule at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center will include Coaching Schools for basketball, football, volleyball and cheerleading. The annual Fellowship of Athletes Luncheon will be at noon.
     All North-South All-Star competition is being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based webcast. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.

2016 North-South Basketball All-Star Teams Announced

     MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2016 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games have been selected.
     Sixty outstanding junior basketball players, 15 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 20th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 18-22, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus July 20 at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.
     The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in soccer, baseball, volleyball and softball. The 56th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 21,
at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2015-16 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2015-16 Making A Difference Award Recipients ,Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 22.
      Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards Banquet set for Saturday, July 23, at noon.
      Cecil Williams of Keith High School and Darryl Walton of LeFlore have been selected to coach the South girls’ squad. St. James’ Nigel Card is the administrative assistant. Coaching the North are David Hill of Lexington and JoVanka Ward of Homewood.
      Williams led Keith to the 2015 Class 1A state championship and a runner-up finish in 2016. Walton coached LeFlore to a perfect 34-0 record and the 6A girls’ championship in 2016. Ward guided Homewood to the 6A state championship in 2015 and was runner-up to LeFlore in 2016. Hill guided Lexington to the Class 3A Northwest Regional tournament in 2016.
      North coaches for the boys’ all-stars are Chris Randall of White Plains and Cale Black of Geraldine. Lewellyn is also the boys’ administrative coach. South coaches are Janasky Fleming of Northview and Obadiah Threadgill IV of LeFayette. Threadgill led LaFayette to the 2015 Class 2A state championship, and Fleming’s Cougars reached the 2016 South Regional semifinals.  Randall directed White Plains to the Northeast Class 4A Regionals, and Black’s Geraldine team reached the Class 3A sub-regional round of the state playoffs in ’16.
     Among the players selected for the North Boys are 2016 Class 6A state tourney MVP Luke Touliatos of Homewood, 6-foot-10 center and ASWA Class 7A player of the year Austin Wiley of Spain Park, and 6-9 center Alex Reese of Pelham. The North also features 6-8 Cleveland forward Khalil Johnson and 6-7 Myles Parker of Class 3A state champion Madison Academy. The South squad features 6-1 forward Marlon Williams of 7A state champion McGill-Toolen, 6-7 forward Herbert Jones of Hale County, 6-7 forward Zechariah Byrd of Stanhope Elmore and 6-1 point guard Jartavious Whitlow LaFayette, an ASWA Class 2A player-of-the-year finalist for 2016.
      The South girls’ team includes Faith Academy standout forward Unique Thompson, who averaged 18.7 points and 12.9 rebounds this past season, Brewbaker Tech guard Bianca Jackson and Lanett guard Ataiya Bridges. Bridges averaged 23 ppg and Jackson 22.0 in 2016.
       Gadsden City duo Brooks Burns and Haley Troup highlight the North team. Burns has scored 1,472 points and Troup had totaled 1,726 heading into their senior seasons. Alexus Dye and Jayla Morrow, who helped Wenonah win its third straight 5A state title last season, are also on the North squad.
     The North girls won last summer’s game 66-56 and now holds a 17-2 edge in the series. The South boys won 72-65 and snapped a 12-game winning North winning streak. The North holds a 46-26 edge in the series that started in 1953.
     The rosters are below.




2016 North-South Basketball Rosters

NORTH GIRLS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Brooke Burns

Gadsden City

SG

5'9

Aniya Burroughs

Winterboro

F

5'11

Alexus Dye

Wenonah

PF

6'2

Queen Ford

Sipsey Valley

C

6'3

Shelby Hardy

Homewood

PF

5'11

Kimberly Horton

Locust Fork

G

5'5

Kendall Johnson

Hokes Bluff

PF

6'1

Allie Kennedy

Red Bay

PG

5'8

Darby Madden

Red Bay

SF

5'11

Jayla Morrow

Wenonah

PG

5'8

Nicole Shirley

Deshler

G

5'8

Terri Smith

Sparkman

SG

5'6

Morgan Stults

Lexington

PG

5'9

Haley Troup

Gadsden City

SG

5'10

Emily Willoughby

Cold Springs

SF

5'10

COACHES

David Hill

Lexington

JoVanka Ward

Homewood

Brant Llewellyn (Adminstrative)

Lauderdale Co.

SOUTH GIRLS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Imiya Agee

Linden

G/F

5'7

Shauntai Battle

McGill-Toolen

F

5'9

Ataiya Bridges

Lanett

G

5'5

Jade Brooks

Montgomery Academy

G

5'7

Sophie Burks

Trinity Presbyterian

G

5'3

Imani Carter

Enterprise

G

5'11

Tanginyka Crews

Hale County

F

5'7

Dymond Harris

Murphy

G

5'6

Bianca Jackson

Brewbaker Tech

G

5'11

Tiyah Johnson

Central High - Phenix City

G

5'10

Nakia Kincey

Abbeville

G

5'5

Yulanda Marbury

Opelika

G/F

5'7

Unique Thompson

Faith Academy

F

6'3

Kayla Vance

Central High - Phenix City

F

6'2

Shanteria Witherspoon

McIntosh

G

5'7

COACHES

Cecil Williams

Keith

Darryl Walton

LeFlore

Nigel Card (Administrative)

Saint James

NORTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Jon Brown

Helena

G

6'4

Johnathan Coffee

Florence

F

6'3

Jordan Griswould

Faith Christian

G

6'3

Jamal Johnson

Spain Park

G

6'4

Javan Johnson

Austin

F

6'7

Khalil Johnson

Cleveland

F

6'8

Kobe McClain

Ramsay

F

6'6

Jakolbe McClendon

Oxford High

F

6'3

Myles Parker

Madison Academy

F

6'7

Tyrique Purvis

Decatur

G

6'3

Alex Reese

Pelham

C

6'9

Alexander Simon-Hayden

Fairfield

G

5'11

Payton Stovall

Winfield

G

6'1

Luke Touliatos

Homewood

G

6'4

Austin Wiley

Spain Park

C

6'10

COACHES

Chris Randall

White Plains

Cale Black

Geraldine

Brant Llewellyn (Administrative)

Lauderdale Co.

SOUTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Garrison Brooks

Auburn

C

6'10

Tevin Brown

Fairhope HS

F

6'5

Zechariah Byrd

Stanhope Elmore

F

6'7

Ladarius Carter (Administrative)

Sumter Central

SG

6'0

Terence Dunlap

Maplesville

PG

5'10

Terrell Harris

Northview

PG

5'11

Herbert Jones

Hale County

PG

6'7

Marcus Jones

Enterprise

PG

5'8

DeAndre Robinson

Monroe County

SG

6'5

Henry Ruggs, III

Lee-Montgomery

SG

6'1

Garrett Sanderson

Montgomery Academy

PG

6'2

Justin Thomas

Spanish Fort

F

6'5

Jatarvious Whitlow

LaFayette

PG

6'1

Marlon Williams

McGill-Toolen

F

6'1

Tyson Williams

Dothan

SG

5'10

COACHES

Janasky Fleming

Northview

Obadiah Threadgill

Lafayette

Nigel Card (Administrative)

Saint James



J.O. Johnson’s Petty, Jeff Davis’ Walker Named ASWA Mr. & Miss Basketball for 2016

     MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Jeff Davis High School senior Jasmine Walker and J.O. Johnson junior John Petty were named the Miss Basketball and Mr. Basketball for 2016, respectively, Wednesday afternoon at the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s luncheon held at the Alabama Activities Center. The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association sponsors the annual luncheon.
    Petty was named Mr. Basketball and Walker was named Miss Basketball by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. The ASWA’s prep basketball all-state committee made the selections.
    Walker, a 6-foot-3 forward, averaged 19.6 points and 8.5 rebounds to lead the Vols to a second straight Class 7A championship. Her four-year career totals include 1,900 points, 908 rebounds and a 102-26 win-loss record. She's a three-time All-State player and a Florida State signee.
     Petty, a 6-foot-6 guard, scored 18.9 points and grabbed seven rebounds per game, helping the Jaguars win their second state title in a row – the 2016 crown coming in J.O. Johnson's final year. The school is reopening next school year as Mae Jemison High. Petty is a three-time All-State player.
     Both were also named to the state's Super 5 list a year ago. Petty is a two-time Class 5A player of the year.
     Petty, who edged out 7A player of the year Austin Wiley of Spain Park, 84 points to 74 in the sportswriters’ polling, is just the third junior to win Mr. Basketball in the award’s 32-year history, joining John Carroll's Ronald Steele (2003) and Butler's Trevor Lacey (2010). Both Steele and Lacey were two-time Mr. Basketball recipients. Wiley is also a junior.  Walker totaled 75 points to Class 6A player of the year Japonica James’ 50 points in the voting.
     The ASWA has presented the Miss Basketball Award annually since 1988.
     With Walker, Jeff Davis is the fifth school to have both a Mr. and Miss Basketball winner. Previously, Butler, Huffman, Midfield and Ramsay had at least one winner from each gender.
     Mr. and Miss Basketball, the ASWA’s Super 5 players and each classification's player of the year were named Wednesday at a luncheon in downtown Montgomery at the Alabama Activity Center. Former Miss Basketball Tonya Tice Peoples, Oxford High School’s girls’ basketball coach, was the keynote speaker. Peoples, who recently stepped down as head coach, was the 1991 recipient.
     They were presented by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association. The Alabama Sports Writers Association began naming a Mr. Basketball in 1985 and a Miss Basketball in 1988.
    Three boys’ and three girls’ finalists in each of the seven AHSAA classifications and three finalists from the AISA were honored at the luncheon.
     Individual AHSAA 2016 classification players of the year selected by the ASWA were:
     BOYS:
Austin Wiley, Spain Park (7A); Javien Williams, Woodlawn (6A); John Petty, J.O. Johnson (5A); Trey Petty, Westminster Christian (4A); Joshua Langford, Madison Academy (3A); Triston Chambers, Cold Springs (2A); Diante Wood, Sacred Heart Catholic (1A).
    GIRLS: Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis (7A); Japonica James, LeFlore (6A); Kaitlyn Rodgers, Wenonah (5A); Charity Brown, Sipsey Valley (4A); Emma Wallen, Lauderdale County (3A); Lacey Stafford, Geneva County (2A); Harriet Winchester, Keith (1A).

 

     The ASWA also announced its Super 5 All-State selections, consisting of the five top vote getters in the Mr. and Miss Basketball voting.
    The vote breakdown is listed below.

ASWA 2016 SUPER 5 All-State Tram
(Top players regardless of classification; first-place votes are in parenthesis))
Boys                                                    Tot Pts
John Petty, J.O. Johnson (12)                      84
Austin Wiley, Spain Park (1)                         74    
Joshua Langford, Madison Academy              43
Javien Williams, Woodlawn                           14
Alex Reese, Pelham                                      7

Girls                                                    Tot Pts
Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis (10)                   75
Japonica James, LeFlore  (3)                       50
Kaitlyn Rodgers, Wenonah                         40
Emma Wallen, Lauderdale County               14
Cierra Johnson, Blount                              13

2016 ASWA PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

BOYS
CLASS 7A

Austin Wiley, Spain Park (Player of the Year)
Tevin Brown, Fairhope
Kalin Johnson, Gadsden City
CLASS 6A
Javien Williams, Woodlawn (Player of the Year)
Alex Reese, Pelham
Reginald Todd, Blount
CLASS 5A
John Petty, J.O. Johnson (Player of the Year)
Cortez Gibbs, B.T. Washington-Tuskegee
Rod Williams, Faith Academy
CLASS 4A
Trey Petty, Westminster Christian (Player of the Year)
Isaac Chatman, Cordova
Brandon Rutledge, Bibb County
CLASS 3A
Joshua Langford, Madison Academy (Player of the Year)
Chase Conley, Brindlee Mountain
Spencer Newman, Bayside Academy
CLASS 2A
Triston Chambers, Cold Springs (Player of the Year)
Anquavious Pollard, Lanett
JaTarvious Whitlow, LaFayette
CLASS 1A
Diante Wood, Sacred Heart (Player of the Year)
Jacquez Payton, Georgiana
John Pettway, Keith

GIRLS
CLASS 7A
Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis (Player of the Year)
Haley Troup, Gadsden City
Tykeria Williams, Lee-Montgomery
CLASS 6A
Japonica James, LeFlore (Player of the Year)
Cierra Johnson, Blount
Tyra Johnson, Austin
CLASS 5A
Rachael Childress, Lawrence County
Kaitlyn Rodgers, Wenonah (Player of the Year)
Unique Thompson, Faith Academy
CLASS 4A

Charity Brown, Sipsey Valley (Player of the Year)
Ashley Scott, UMS-Wright
Karleigh Sledge, Deshler
CLASS 3A
Emma Wallen, Lauderdale County (Player of the Year)
Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County
Presley Johnson, Pisgah
CLASS 2A
Lacy Stafford, Geneva County (Player of the Year)
Ataiya Bridges, Lanett
Kirstin Brown, Tanner
CLASS 1A
Harriet Winchester, Keith (Player of the Year)
River Baldwin, Pleasant Home
Tykeah Rogers, Spring Garden


ASWA MR. BASKETBALL Winners (1985-2016)
2016: John Petty, J.O. Johnson
2015: Dazon Ingram, Theodore
2014: William Lee, Dallas Co.
2013: De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah
2012: Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery
2011: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2010: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2009: Kerron Johnson, Madison Academy
2008: JaMychal Green, St. Jude
2007: Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis
2006: Stanley Robinson, Huffman
2005: Richard Hendrix, Athens
2004: Ronald Steele, John Carroll
2003: Ronald Steele, John Carroll
2002: Kennedy Winston, Blount
2001: Chris White, Grissom
2000: Gerald Wallace, Childersburg
1999: Marvin Stone, Grissom
1998: Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright
1997: Anthony Williams, Loachapoka
1996: Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis
1995: Brian Williams, Jeff Davis
1994: Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville
1993: Howard Pride, Butler
1992: Darryl Wilson, South Lamar
1991: Victor Newman, Houston Academy
1990: Cedric Moore, Woodlawn
1989: Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope
1988: Terrence Lewis, Ramsay
1987: Bryant Lancaster, Valley
1986: Larry Rembert, Keith
1985: Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport

ASWA MISS BASKETBALL Winners (1988-2016)
2016: Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis
2015: Shaquera Wade, Huntsville
2014: Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga
2013: Marqu’es Webb, Hoover
2012: Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones
2011: Hayden Hamby, West Morgan
2010: Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay
2009: Jala Harris, Bob Jones
2008: Courtney Jones, Midfield
2007: Katherine Graham, Ramsay
2006: Shanavia Dowdell, Calera
2005: Whitney Boddie, Florence
2004: Starr Orr, Speake
2003: Sidney Spencer, Hoover
2002: Kate Mastin, Boaz
2001: Donyel Wheeler, Huffman
2000: Natasha Thomas, Lawrence Co.
1999: Tasheika Morris, Butler
1998: Gwen Jackson, Eufaula
1997: April Nance, Butler
1996: Nicole Carruth, Sulligent
1995: Heather Mayes, Fyffe
1994: Pam Duncan, Carrollton
1993: Leah Monteith, Cherokee Co.
1992: Yolanda Watkins, Decatur
1991: Tonya Tice, Hamilton
1990: Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible
1989: Leslie Claybrook, St. James
1988: Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle

Mississippi Stars Win Both Games

Mississippi Boys 85, Alabama Boys 83
  CLINTON, MS – Mississippi’s All-Stars edged Alabama 85-83 Friday night at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus to win the boys’ game and sweep  the 26th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Games.
    Mississippi MVP Taze Moore of Southhaven scored 26 points to lead all scorers, including eight in the last 35 seconds, as the hosts pulled out the victory in a wild finish.  Alabama MVP Trey Petty of Westminster Christian had 21 points, including as 3-pointer to tie the game at 83-83 with six seconds remaining.  Moore, however, had one more shot in him as he took the ball the length of the floor and scored just before the buzzer to seal the win. Alabama now holds a 14-12 lead in the series that played its first game in 1991.
    Alabama’s All-Stars, coached by Andy Blackston of Madison Academy and Ronnie Stapler of Westminster Christian,  led most of the first half thanks to a near perfect inside shooting performance out of the gate inside the 3-point arc. Alabama was 10-of-10 in the first 12 minutes but just 1-of-10 from 3-point distance and held a slim 24-21 lead with 7:02 to play in the opening half. Alabama finished 14-of-18 on 2-pointers in the first half but remained cold from the 3-point distance until Cold Springs’ Triston Chambers nailed his only attempt of the first half in the final minute and Alabama trailed 32-31 at intermission.  Alabama also shot just two free throws in the first 20 minutes.
   Mountain Brook’s Jack Kline and Woodlawn’s Javien Williams reeled off nine points between them in the first two minutes of the second half to give Alabama a 42-34 lead.  Mississippi turned up its defensive pressure, however, and with 10:32 to play, Alabama led by only one, 56-55.
    The game came down to the final minute, however, with Alabama in possession and holding a 78-77 lead. A Mississippi steal and lay-up set up an incredible finish. J.O. Johnson forward Justin Hopkins scored inside to give Alabama the lead with 42 seconds left, 80-79.  Moore sank two free throws with 35.2 lefts left to give Mississippi an 81-80 lead. He added two more free throws with 22 ticks remaining for an 83-80 lead. Petty, however, sank his third trey of the game to tie the game, but Mississippi pulled out the win with Moore’s final bucket.
    Petty was 6-of-6 at the foul line, had eight rebounds and two assists for Alabama. Hopkins added 13 points   and five rebounds, and John Pettway of Keith and Jack Kline of Mountain Brook had 10 points each.
    Moore was 10-of-10 at the foul line and had eight rebounds for Mississippi. Tyson Carter of Starkville also scored 14 points for the winners.

Mississippi Girls 78, Alabama Girls 77

  CLINTON, MS – Mississippi’s All-Stars outscored Alabama 28-17 in the fourth   -- reeling off 10 of the last 12 points  -- and beat Alabama’s All-Stars 78-77 Friday at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus to win the 26th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star girls’ game.
   Mississippi evened the series, which has been played annually since 1991, at 13-13 with the win.  Mississippi is now 2-0 in the series since it returned on a rotating basis in 2014.
    Friday’s game came down to two major runs. Alabama found itself down 9-0 to start the game, but Coaches Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County and Emanuel Bell of Wenonah subbed five new players to turn things around very quickly. Rachel Childress of Lawrence County sank a 3-point goal to get the visitors on the board. Two quick steals led to a free throw and bucket and Alabama was down just three, 9-6.
     Ivy Wallen of Lauderdale County cleared a rebound and fed her sister Emma Wallen at the other end and Emma tied the game at 9-9 with a trey – all in the span of 90 seconds. When Jailyn Maddox of Hoover sank two free throws, Alabama had its first lead 11-9 before Mississippi recovered to get its next basket.
    Alabama’s All-Stars continued its rally with Maddox sinking a trey and the lead extended to 17-12 and led 21-17 at the first-quarter break.
   Alabama’s coaches continued the two-platoon rotation in the second quarter – this time with both units holding their own as Alabama took a 39-35 lead in at halftime. Nine of the 12 Alabama players played 8 to 11 minutes in the opening half as a result – keeping fresh legs on the court the entire first half.
   To start the fourth quarter, Alabama led 60-50. Mississippi stayed the course, however, and steadily clawed back and took the lead late when Savannah Jones of St. Martin drilled a 3-pointer. Two turnovers in the final minute ended Alabama’s comeback hopes.
    Maddox, a Virginia Common wealth signee, led Alabama with a game-high 19 points and earned Alabama MVP honors. Wenonah’s Kaitlyn Rodgers, heading to Ole Miss, had 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots, and LeFlore’s  Japonica James added 10 points.  Ivy Wallen also had six assists three rebounds and a game-high six assists. Childress chipped in nine points.
    Nique Cherry of Itawamba was Mississippi’s MVP scoring 17 points, clearing 10 rebounds and sinking 7-of-11 free throws. Mississippi, coached by Jason Thompson of H.W. Byers High School, was 34-of-52 at the foul line and Alabama was 13-of- 22. Both teams had 54 rebounds each.