MONTGOMERY – Headland High School senior guard Daveon Taylor stands just 5-foot-4. However, in last Friday’s 91-77 victory over Rehobeth, Taylor stood taller than all the rest with 37 points, including 11 3-point goals, for the Rams.
Meanwhile, just west of Headland in near-by Samson, senior LaTascya Duff was busy scoring 50 points as the Tigers downed defending Class 2A state girls’ champion Geneva County 81-37. The victory was the 400th career win for Duff’s coach Chad McKnight. Both performances captured this week’s AHSAA Basketball Spotlight.
“Dameon was on fire,” said Headland Coach Mike Henry of his floor leader. “It was just a gigantic effort from a great kid.”
Taylor finished 11-of-26 from the 3-point arc (42.3%) and the Rams (13-9) finished the game 14 of 44 with teammate Jailan Simpson sinking the other three. Rehobeth (12-10) also made 10 of 36 with both teams combining to attempt 80 3-pointers to tie the AHSAA single-game state record set earlier this month by Plainview and North Sand Mountain.
The 11 treys by Taylor were the most in a game in the AHSAA since Plainview’s Koby Tinker sank 11-of-20 attempted in a 93-42 win over DAR last season. He was 17-of-22 in that effort. James Raines of Berry and Chance McCarver of Section also sank 11 treys in a game in 2016 and 2010, respectively, which ranks sixth best in the AHSAA. The record (17), was set by Fred Turner of Wilcox Central in a 96-54 win over Francis Marion in 2011.
Huff scored 42 of her 50 points in the first half as Samson (21-2) beat the Lady Bulldogs (13-9) to improve to 19-0 this season against in-state opponents. The Tigers are 2-2 versus out-of-state competition. Duff, who is averaging over 30 points per game this season, finished with six 3-pointers and was 8-of-8 at the foul line. The 50-point effort was the first in the AHSAA since Brewbaker Tech’s Biancha Jackson scored 58 last season in a win over Greenville. Jackson is now a freshman at NCAA Division I defending national champion South Carolina.
The AHSAA girls’ single-game record (63) was set in 1991 by Houston Academy’s Carlee Bevis in a win over Bayside Academy. Sunshine’s Raven Mitchell had 61 in a win over Akron in 1997 and Taurus Pyles of Birmingham-Phillips scored 61 that same season.
Other top performances reported include:
ANNISTON GIRLS’ TOURNEY DOMINANCE CONTINUES: The Lady Bulldogs won the Calhoun County Tournament for the 18th time with a 59-55 win over Oxford at Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum. The win in the finals was Anniston’s fourth in the last five years for Coach Eddie Bullock. Center Toniah Foster earned MVP honors with 20 points and five rebounds in the finals. Allasha Dudley was named best offensive player in the tournament. She finished with 10 points in the championship game.
DIANTE WOOD LEADS SACRED HEART TO TITLE: Scored 22 points to lead the Cardinals past Oxford 66-61 in the finals of the Calhoun County tournament at Jacksonville State. He and became just the second player in the tourney’s long history to earn Best Defensive Player, Best Offensive Player and MVP. Len Stafford was the first, winning all three individual awards for Oxford at the 1983 tournament.
STRAUGHN POST KINSAUL’S 400TH WIN: Teammates Allie Kelley and Colby Adams had 18 and 10 points, respectively as the Bulldogs beat Slocomb 47-41 – giving head coach Scott Kinsaul a milestone victory, No. 400 of his prep coaching career.
LIOR BERMAN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Nailed two free throws with six seconds remaining to lead the defending Class 7A state champs to a 58-56 win over Huffman (21-3). Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook’s 6-foot-8 junior, had 24 points and 12 rebounds, including eight points in the fourth period. His bucket with 1:14 to play tied the game at 56-56. Jeremiah Williams had 22 for the Vikings. The Spartans (22-5) and Huffman are now tied at 3-1 in 7A, Area 6.
CURTIS SOWELS, BLOUNT: Sank two free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining to lift the Leopards past LeFlore 49-47. He scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth period.
MONTGOMERY – The assessment is official. Fayette County High School senior Darius Nails, a multi-sport standout, has made the adjustment from football to basketball.
Nails, who led the Tigers to the Class 4A state football finals this past season catching 78 passes for 1,659 yards and 19 touchdowns, scored 60 points in Fayette County’s 72-57 victory over Hamilton January 12 to land himself in the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight for this week.
His 60 points is the most ever by a Class 4A player (since the AHSAA went to more than four classes) and ranks tied for 14th all-time in the AHSAA. The last player to clip 60 points in a game in the AHSAA was Gardendale’s Dustin Duncan in 2001.
The state record (97) was set in 1963 by Walter Garrett of Birmingham’s West End High School in a 97-63 win over Glenn High School. Garrett’s performance also set a national record as the most by a high school player when scoring all his team’s points. Nails scored all but 12 of Fayette’s points in last week’s win over the Aggies.
The 6-foot-2 senior’s 60 points came on a 24-of-37 field-goal shooting effort. He was 3-of-6 on 3-point goals and a perfect 9-of-9 on free throws for Coach Ron Hamilton. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and fouled out with two minutes to play. Nails is averaging 27.2 points in 14 games this season with 30 or more points in five games and 20 or more in 12.
Nails’ 1,659 receiving yards on the year ranks second all-time in the AHSAA Football Record Book – 76 yards shy of the record (1,735 yards) set by Westbrook Christian’s Brandon Greer in 1998. Nails’totals included 11 catches for 108 yards in the 21-7 loss to UMS-Wright in the Class 4A Super 7 “Snow Bowl” game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 8 and tied Oneonta’s Alvin Scott for most receptions in a Super 7 championship game for all classes. Scott’s 11 catches in the 2012 Super 6 Class 4A title game also came against UMS-Wright.
The 60-point effort edged out a clutch performance by Lafayette senior Corey Boston for this week’s Spotlight. Boston scored five points in the final 10 seconds, including a 40-foot desperation 3-pointer, to lift the Bulldogs (14-5) of Coach Obadiah Threadgill IV to a 49-46 win over Valley. He finished with 16 points.
The Rams took a 46-44 lead with 15 seconds left when Keionte Dent nailed a short jumper. Boston was fouled with 10 seconds left while attempting a shot and tied the game at 46-46 with two free throws. Valley, after a timeout, in-bounded the ball, brought it into the frontcourt and was working for a last-second shot when the ball was knocked free. Boston ran down the loose ball, turned and heaved the game-winning shot from well behind the 3-point arc toward the LaFayette goal. The final buzzer sounded while the ball was in the air.
Other top performances reported last week included:
GARRETT HICKS, JAMES CLEMENS: Scored 33 points, including a perfect 19-of-19 at the foul line, as Coach Danny Petty’s Jets (13-8) shocked the ASWA’s top-ranked Class 7A team Huffman (21-2) 78-67 at the Marvin Stone Classic at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. It was the first in-state loss for Coach Steve Ward’s Vikings. The 19-of-19 free-throw shooting performance tied a 57-year year old state record for most free throws made in a perfect free-throw game performance. Florala’s Kris Scarbrough originally set the record in 1961 with his 19-of-19 free-throw shooting performance in a 66-38 Florala win over Elba. Hicks made all 11 free throws attempted in the fourth quarter to seal the win over Huffman. James Clemens finished 21-of-23 at the foul line as a team.
PLAINVIEW ATTEMPTS 57 3-POINT SHOTS: The Bears (19-2) of Coach Robi Coker broke their own AHSAA 3-point attempt record in last Friday’s 71-46 victory over North Sand Mountain with 57 attempts – at least one try by all 12 players on the team. Caden Millican made 3-of-8 to lead Plainview, which sank just 13 for only 22.8% that is well below the team’s season average. Seven players recorded at least one made trey. North Sand Mountain was also 6-of-23, giving the two teams 80 3-point attempts combined, another state record. The Bears were also 15-of-20 on 2-point tries and 2-of-5 on free throws. The old 3-point attempts record (54) was set against the Bison last December in a 119-55 win. The Bears made 25 in that contest.
JOLEE COLE, DANVILLE: The sophomore guard had two big performances, scoring 22 points in a 55-34 win against West Limestone and 24 in a win against Falkville to go over 1,000 points for her prep career.
MATTHEW McNEECE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The three-year starter for Coach Phillip Murphy had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets (15-5) beat Murphy (12-10) 52-50. His 2-point bucket with 32.5 seconds remaining put McGill ahead 51-50. He followed with a free throw for the final point of the game.
WILLIE SCREWS, BARBOUR COUNTY: Scored 35 points, including two free throws late in the second overtime, to lead the Jaguars (12-5) to an 81-79 double-overtime win over Pike County (7-9). Jahzarian Lampley scored 31 for the Bulldogs.
SHAMAR SPINKS, WEAVER: Nailed two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to lift the Bearcats past White Plains 65-63. He finished with 26 points.
DaKENYA FAIRLEY, MURPHY: Sank a layup with 18.5 seconds left to lift the Panthers to a 43-42 win over McGill-Toolen. She finished with 10 points.
JASHA FILS-AIME’, DALEVILLE: Sank two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining to give Daleville a 47-46 victory over Elba. She finished with 16 points and teammate Kiarra Pouncy had 22.
Other highlights reported include:
DEE HUGHES, CHEROKEE: Had 31 points in a 59-48 win over Athens Bible.
MARK SEARS, MUSCLE SHOALS: The sophomore scored 31 points in a 72-59 win over Athens and 28 in the Trojans’ 52-41 victory over Westminster Christian.
CADE DEESE, COTTONWOOD: Led the Beats to a 56-54 overtime win over Samson with 17 points and 10 steals.
JAY JORDAN. ELBA: Canned seven 3-pointers en route to 27 points as the Tigers beat Zion Chapel 74-13.
BRYCE PEAVY, ARITON: Had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Purple Cats past Dale County 59-55. He also handed out six assists.
DONTAVIOUS DAVIS, ANNISTON: The 6-5 senior forward had 18 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots in the Bulldogs’ 90-40 win over Faith Christian in the Calhoun County tourney at Oxford.
BROOKE HAMPEL, HAZEL GREEN: Led the Lady Trojans (23-2) to a 56-47 win over Spain Park (20-4) at the Marvin Stone Classic at UAH. Hampel scored 19 points and cleared 11 rebounds. The game pitted Hazel Green, the ASWA’s top-ranked Class 6A team, against the second-ranked Class 7A Jaguars.
SIDNEY BEVIS, WILSON: Scored a career high 27 points to lead the Warriors past Mars Hill Bible 62-58.
LEXIE GANN, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Had 35 points in a win over Waterloo, 24 in a win over Hackleburg and 23 points and seven assists in a Colbert County tournament win over Cherokee.
CALEIGH CORTEZ, WEAVER: Had 24 points, sinking 16-of-22 free throws, as the Bearcats won a Calhoun County tournament game over White Plains 45-35.
JAMIRACLE BASS, SAKS: Scored 28 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked seven shots in a 54-43 overtime win over Ohatchee in the Calhoun County tournament at Oxford.
MAORI DAVENPORT, CHARLES HENDERSON: Tallied 18 points and teammate Niaira Jones had 13 as the Lady Trojans (22-4) posted a 45-16 win over Dothan (14-6). Charles Henderson, ranked first in the ASWA Class 5A rankings, lost a 48-44 decision to four-time Georgia defending state champion McEachern on Monday at the BallN’ Prep Classic at Montgomery with Jones scoring 18 points and Davenport 16. Charles Henderson also downed Greenville 62-31 in an area game with Davenport scoring 32 points.
ARIANA FOSTER, PARK CROSSING: Scored 23 points to lead Park Crossing to a 62-61 triple-overtime victory over Northview at the BallN’ Prep Classic at Montgomery.
BEE GRIFFIN, GOSHEN: Scored 33 points in a 53-43 loss to 2A, Area 6 rival Luverne.
MONTGOMERY – Wenonah High School’s Lady Dragons (15-6) beat Pleasant Grove 67-50 on the road Tuesday night to present head coach Emanuel Bell the 500th win of his storied girls’ basketball coaching career. The milestone victory for one of girls’ basketball’s biggest ambassadors captured the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight for this week.
Markesha Body, who scored 21 points in the win, summed up what her teammates were feeling about their beloved coach following the victory. “He’s an encourager. When he’s around, we go harder,” she told Josh Bean of Al.com. “He’s legendary. He’s an amazing coach.”
Senior guard Faith Reynolds added, "He's been through a lot. We dedicate everything to him."
Bell’s overall coaching record improved to 500-184 with the win. Now in his 24th season, Bell has guided the Lady Dragons to five state championships including the last four Class 5A state titles in a row.
Bell, who was diagnosed with stage four cancer in 2016, said he has nothing but love in his heart for the many players who have played in his program for the last quarter century. He said their encouragement has helped sustain him during his battle with the disease.
“The girls and my assistant coaches have been amazing,” he said. “They work just as hard and do what I need them to do even when I am not there. But more important, I can really feel their love and concern. They really have kept me going when things got tough.”
The Wenonah coach missed more than two months of work earlier this school year and is still undergoing chemotherapy. He said the good news is that the cancer is not growing and has gotten smaller. “God has been so good to me,” he said. “When I was growing up my dad was involved with kids by coaching youth teams and working with Cub Scouts. I told myself I wasn’t going to do that. I didn’t really understand back then.
“However, my life was in a downward spiral when God introduced me to coaching girls’ basketball. It turned my life around. Coaching girls all these years has made a lot of difference in the lives of so many. Some call me their second daddy. But what they don’t realize is that they have made an even bigger difference in my life.”
The school plans to celebrate the milestone win at Friday night’s home game with a ceremony between the girls’ and boys’ games versus Woodlawn. The ceremony will get underway at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Other highlights reported include:
INDIA BROWN, COOSA CHRISTIAN: In a game played in late December, Brown pulled down a school-record 31 rebounds to help the Lady Conquerors beat Cleveland 62-46. She had 17 offensive and 14 defensive rebounds to write her name in the AHSAA Record Book. The 31 boards ties for third best in a single game. Maida Harris of Childersburg set the record with 38 in a game versus B.B. Comer in 2000. Toyonda Peoples of Satsuma and Shamika Culpepper of Sylacauga cleared 32 in 2004 and 1995, respectively. Miracle Mayo of Lanett, Marqu’es Webb of Brewbaker Tech and Kristy Moore of Leeds also had 31 rebounds in a game in 20014, 2011 and 1996, respectively.
OLIVIA JONES, BRANTLEY: Nailed a game-winning shot from mid-court at the buzzer to give the Bulldogs a 37-34 win over Luverne. She finished with 12 points, all coming on 3-point goals. Kassidy Wilcox led Brantley with 14 points, sparked by four 3-pointers.
DALLAS HOWELL, ENTERPRISE: Scored a career-high 34 points, including a putback in the final 10 seconds, to power the Wildcats (13-5) past Headland 56-53. Howell, who also had seven rebounds in the game, scored 14 of Enterprise’s 16 points in the final quarter. He also had 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 60-45 win over Prattville.
CAM’RON GINN-McKINNEY, REHOBETH: Fired a 3-pointer from the corner with five seconds left in overtime to lift Rehobeth (12-7) over Headland 82-81. He finished with 18 points.
HENRY MITCHELL, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Sank two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lift the Raiders (16-1) to a 63-61 win over Daleville. Teammate Ben Nelson made a steal at midcourt and passed the ball ahead to Mitchell, who was fouled driving to the basket to set up the winning free throws. Houston Academy led 36-27 at halftime. The score was tied 56-56 at the end of regulation and 61-61 after the first overtime.
TOMMY MURR, LINDSAY LANE: Sank two free throws with one second remaining to lead the Lions (19-1) past Waterloo 59-57. He finished with 41 points and four steals. Murr also had 34 points and six steals in Lindsay Lane’s 67-38 victory over Whitesburg Christian and 30 points in a 72-59 loss to Decatur Heritage.
JACOREY JACOBS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Class 2A Wildcats (11-5) downed Class 5A Vigor 56-53. He finished with 11 points.
JABRE BARBER, NORTHVIEW: Sank two free throws with 5.1 seconds remaining to lift the Cougars (7-8) past arch-rival Dothan (7-9). He finished with a game-high 21 points including 13 free throws.
DELO FOSTER, PIEDMONT: Had 16 blocked shots, including 10 in the first quarter, to lead the Bulldogs to a 60-57 win over Weaver. He scored only three points, but his defensive effort tied for third in the AHSAA Record Book for most blocked shots in a game. He now has 70 blocked shots on the season.
TRAVARUS CARROLL, HUFFMAN: Scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to lead the Vikings (19-1) to a come-from-behind 68-67 win over Mountain Brook (19-5) – and kept his team unbeaten versus AHSAA schools this season in the process. He finished with 12 points. Teammate Eddie Smith had 24 and Trendon Watford had 24 for the Spartans.
J.P. ROBINSON, DESHLER: Had a career-high 46 points as Deshler held off Central-Florence 84-80 in a Class 4A, Area 16 game. Robinson scored 20 of Deshler’s 21 points in the fourth quarter to cap the Tigers’ comeback from an early 11-point deficit.
MARK SEARS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Sears averaged 34 points in two games as the Trojans beat Loretto (TN) and Athens. He had 37 points in a 74-59 win over Loretto.
SJRDAN PETROVIC, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had 29 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to pace the Class 3A Raiders (15-1) to a 75-41 win over Wicksburg.
DEMETRIUS HUFF, GADSDEN CITY: Had 17 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, as the Titans beat Talladega 66-65. Huff’s bucket in the waning moments put Gadsden City ahead for good. The Titans trailed by as many as eight points in the final quarter. Talladega made 11 3-point goals in the loss. Chaztin Tanner had four of the Tigers’ treys to finish with 14 points.
NOAH BOLER, DECATUR HERITAGE: Had 26 points, 16 rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists as the Eagles (15-3) beat Lindsay Lane (19-2) in a key Class 1A battle 72-59.
ANDREW WHEELER, ARITON: Scored 22 points and cleared 14 rebounds as Ariton (8-6) downed Rehobeth 79-53.
VINCENT DOUGLAS, BAKER: Was 13-of-16 at the foul line to finish with 23 points to push the Hornets (12-9) past Theodore 46-32.
MATTHEW McNEECE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Jackets (14-5) to a 68-63 win over Ocean Springs (MS). Teammate Eric Toth also had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
BRAXTON & BROOKS BARNHIZER, ALMA BRYANT: The brothers combined for 45 points as the Hurricanes (16-3) beat Davidson 72-41. Braxton, a sophomore, had 24 points, and Brooks, a freshman, had 21. Braxton and Brooks also had 28 and 24 points, respectively, in a 74-59 win over B.C. Rain.
JEFFREY GRIFFIN, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 24 points, including a game-winning free throw with 19 seconds remaining, in the Leopards’ 47-46 win over Clarke County.
MARTAVIUS PAYTON, GEORGIANA: Had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Class 1A Panthers (16-1) beat Red Level 88-39.
DARRON HOWARD, SPARKMAN: Led the Senators (20-3) to a 66-65 win over James Clemens with 22 points.
GRAHAM COPELAND, RANDOLPH: Had 28 points as the Raiders beat Madison County 70-66.
TREY BONHAM, UMS-WRIGHT: Totaled 18 points, 10 assists and six rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (15-5) past Williamson 74-58.
DIAMOND ACREES, COTTONWOOD: Scored 16 points and had six rebounds as the Lady Bears (8-7), two years removed from a 103-game losing streak, knocked off defending Class 2A state champion Geneva County 44-42.
LATASCYA DUFF, SAMSON: Scored 31 points and her sister LaTora Duff had 16 as Samson (18-2) had 25 steals and forced 34 turnovers to beat defending arch-rival Geneva County (11-6) 62-33. LaTascya also had 17 rebounds. Michelle Duff, the youngest sister, also had 11 points. Karoline Striplin led the Bulldogs with 14 points.
ALLI TEMPLE, HALEYVILLE: Temple scored a career-high 45 points as Haleyville beat Fayette County 82-31. Temple was 21-of-26 from the field in the win.
LEXIE GANN, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Gann scored 35 points in a win over Waterloo.
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: The 6-foot-5 center had 37 points, 11 rebounds, three blocked shots and five steals to lead the Eagles (16-4) to a 49-29 win over Houston County. She also had 33 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots in a 60-13 win over Kinston.
KAITLIN PETERSON, EUFAULA: Scored 33 points, had five steals, five assists and four rebounds in leading the Tigers (14-4) to a 77-48 win over Russell County.
BREE GRIFFIN, GOSHEN: Had 33 points to lead the Eagles past Bullock County 57-44.
DESTINY RAMOS, FAITH ACADEMY: Led the Lady Rams (12-6) to a 54-51 win over Murphy with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Teammate Ashanti Lipscomb nailed 6-of-8 free throws in the final quarter to finish with 12 points. Ramos also had 20 points in a 76-31 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal (15-4).
IVY TURNER, DOTHAN: Tallied 33 points as the Tigers (13-5) nipped Northview (10-5) in a key Class 6A, Area 3 game. She sank two key free throws with 25 seconds remaining to tie the game and teammate Kyra McGlon, who had 17 points, sealed the win with two more charity shots.
ALYSE MADDEN, LANETT: Scored 11 of her team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Lady Panthers (5-3) outscored LaFayette 25-9 in the final eight minutes to win 58-53. Lanett trailed by as many as 11 points in the final period. Madden sank two crucial 3-pointers down the stretch to ignite the comeback effort. She also had 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in a 62-52 win over Russell County.
DESTINEE McGHEE, JAMES CLEMENS: Had 29 points in a 58-54 overtime loss to Sparkman. T.J. Webster had 15 to pace the Senators.
ALEXIS LEGGETT, ARITON: Totaled 23 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots as the Purple Cats (7-1) downed Rehobeth 54-40. Teammate Zakyria Johnson also contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds.
KATHLEEN WHEELER, PRICEVILLE: Had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in a 56-41 win over Danville and another double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) in a 59-30 win over West Limestone.
WHITNEY NOVAK, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Scored 17 points and had 10 steals as the Wildcats forced 48 turnovers in a 56-16 win over J.U. Blacksher.
MONTGOMERY – Abbeville High School finished strong, outscoring defending tournament champion Eufaula 12-2 in the final 2:30, en route to a 65-55 victory in the finals of Downtown Dothan Hoops Classic boys’ basketball tournament – and grabbed the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight in the process.
The Class 2A Yellow Jackets (13-3) of Coach Emanuel Brown won the prestigious tournament played at Dothan’s Civic Center for the first time since 2006. For Brown, however, it was the seventh Hoops Classic tourney title he has coached in 12 seasons – winning in 2006 and 2008 while at Houston County High School and taking four straight from 2012-15 while serving as head coach at Class 6A Dothan. He is in his second season as head coach at Abbeville.
“I tell anybody this – it is not me,” Brown told the Dothan Eagle. “God has blessed me with some great groups of young men, starting at Houston County. I love all of them like they are my sons. We still stay in touch.
“I moved on to Dothan High and it was same thing. Those guys did all the work there. And now here, it is just a carryover. The guys at Houston County and Dothan come and talk to the guys at Abbeville and tell them how important it is to relish the moment they have now. The three groups are close.”
For Jermaine Glover, Abbeville’s title run was especially important. He had three strong games to lead the Jackets – earning the Moses Knight Most Outstanding Player award for the tournament. He scored seven of his nine points in the final stretch to seal the win. The award is named in the memory of Knight, the Wiregrass Hall of Famer who was Abbeville’s head coach for 37 years coach. He died in 2017 after a battle with cancer.
“It is an honor (receiving this award named for Coach Knight),” Glover said. Daquon Kincey led Abbeville’s balanced scoring with 17 points. Jaylan Coxson had 14 and Jaquon Kincey added 13. Eufaula (12-8), coached by Michael Smith, was led by Terrell Jones’ 19 points.
Most teams played in tournaments during the Christmas break.
Other highlights reported:
STAPLER NOTCHES 750TH WIN: Westminster Christian of Huntsville beat Madison Academy 49-42 on Tuesday as veteran coach Ronnie Stapler recorded the 750th win over his long prep boys’ basketball coaching career.
HESTER NOTCHES 1,000TH ASSIST: Vina point guard Abby Hester recorded 11 assists to go over 1,000 for her career and scored 15 points for the Red Devils (17-5) in a 59-23 win over Waterloo.
TRUITT HAS MILESTONE GAME: Just a week after earning MVP honors for Lanett in the Class 2A state football finals at the Super 7 Championships at Tuscaloosa, the Lanett point guard handed out 11 assists in a 72-70 win over Fairland (OH) in the Beach City Classic at Myrtle Beach (S.C.). The 11 assists was the sixth best assist effort in the 37-year history of the Beach Ball Classic. Lanett (5-4), the AHSAA’s two-time defending Class 2A state basketball champs, closed the road trip with a 71-70 win over Milton at the Big South Shootout at Duluth (GA). Anquaevious Pollard had 24 points and 19 rebounds and Truitt had 17 points in that win.
KIRA LEWIS, HAZEL GREEN: In one of the top clutch performances reported during the Christmas break, Lewis sank a 3-point shot with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter to help the Trojans overcome a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit and send the game into overtime as Hazel Green beat defending Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook 94-91 in the semifinals of the AL.COM Classic tourney at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. Lewis finished with 35 points and eight rebounds. Trendon Watford had 43 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans. Lewis had 23 points and eight assists in a 71-67 win over Sparkman (18-3) in the finals to give Hazel Green the tourney championship for the first time in school history.
TRAVARUS CARROLL, HUFFMAN: Had 23 points, sinking 9-of-12 free throws, to earn MVP honors as the Vikings beat Birmingham city rival Parker 72-69 in the finals of the Steel City Classic played at Samford University.
TY RAPER, HACKLEBURG: Scored 20 of his 38 points in overtime as the Panthers (7-3) beat Marion County 77-70. The game was sent into the extra period when Hackleburg’s Collier Cantrell sank a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left in regulation. Brayden Pyron had 32 points for the Red Raiders.
JUSTIN ALLISON, PELHAM: Sank nine 3-point goals and finished with 44 points in a 63-61 loss to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Metro Tourney at Homewood last week. The Panthers dressed only eight players for the game. Allison sank his final trey with 2 seconds left, but Pelham could not get a timeout called before time expired.
DEANTONI GORDON, LEFLORE: Turned in a stellar defensive effort and scored nine points in a low-scoring Gulf Coast Holiday Classic tournament final at Bishop State Community College to earn MVP honors as the Rattlers (17-4) beat Murphy 38-25 to win the tournament for the third year in a row.
JA’MICHAEL STALLWORTH, GEORGIANA: Scored 28 points as the Panthers (14-1) beat Pleasant Home 72-52 to claim the Red Level Christmas tournament MVP award. He also had 26 points in a tourney win over Samson.
KURAN GARNER, BUCKHORN: Helped the Bucks (18-2) win its 10th consecutive game with two clutch free throws with 10 seconds remaining to seal a 50-49 regular-season win over Huntsville on Tuesday. Buckhorn won two tournaments over the Christmas break capturing the King of the Smokies Christmas Classic at Pigeon Forge (TN) and the Bayside tourney at Daphne.
MARK SEARS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Tallied 37 points as the Trojans (10-3) beat Loretto (TN) 74-59.
J.P. ROBINSON, DESHLER: The junior guard had 36 points as Deshler beat Rogers 61-41.
JAMARCUS GREEN, MONTEVALLO: Sank eight 3-pont goals and finished with 30 points to lead Montevallo to a 63-36 win over Fultondale in the Jefferson-Shelby Hoops Classic Tuesday. Teammate Jabrian Sullens also had 15 rebounds.
JACOREY TURNIPSEED, SUMTER CENTRAL: Had 15 points as all five starters scored in double figures in a 79-70 loss to Choctaw (FL) in the championship game of the Northwest Florida Shootout. Sumter Central is now 20-3 on the season.
GARRETT HICKS, JAMES CLEMENS: Had 29 points in an 84-62 win over Fairview.
VIRGIL CRAWFORD, DALE COUNTY: Cleared 10 rebounds, blocked seven shots and scored eight points as Dale County beat Cottonwood 47-34 in a regular-season win.
BROOKE HAMPEL, HAZEL GREEN: Had 34 points in a 79-52 win over Muscle Shoals in the AL.com Girls’ basketball tournament at Madison and followed with 18 points in the finals as the Trojans won the title with a 41-26 win over Charles Henderson.
ZIPPORAH BROUGHTON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Sank five 3-point goals and finished with 37 points and 10 steals as the Lady Generals (11-7) beat Enterprise 74-30.
TENASIA GORDON, GEORGIANA: Poured in 33 points in Georgiana’s 64-44 win over Andalusia in the Red Level Christmas tourney consolation game.
LATASCYA DUGG, SAMSON: Had 24 points in a 52-31 win over Poplar Springs (FL) in the Red Level Tourney for the Lady Tigers (17-2). She added 32 points in a 68-34 win over Andalusia on Tuesday.
CIERRIA CUNNINGHAH, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Scored 26 points and Anya Banks added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Lady Patriots (14-2) beat Carver-Birmingham 59-45 to go 3-0 in the Marine Corps/Ball’N Prep round-robin basketball tournament at Thompson High School.
ALLIE CRAIG CRUCE, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Had 25 points as the Lady Tigers (16-2) beat East Limestone 48-43 in a regular-season game on Tuesday.
KARLEIGH SLEDGE, DESHLER: Scored a season-high 29 points as defending 4A state champion Deshler (17-2) beat Rogers 55-28 in a Class 4A, Area 16 game.
MONTGOMERY – Pleasant Home High School junior River Baldwin scored 30 points and cleared 12 rebounds last Friday to lead Class 1A Pleasant Home (8-2) to a 50-38 win over Class 5A Greenville.
The 6-foot-5 junior center, who is averaging 23.6 points per game this season, reached the 2,000-point milestone of her prep career in the process to grab the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight.
Baldwin, one of just 18 girls nationwide to be selected as a finalist for the 12-member USA Under 16 National Team last summer, also followed that performance with a triple double to lead Coach Tony Wilson’s Eagles to a 43-40 win over Class 5A Carroll of Ozark in the Alabama-Florida Shootout on Monday. She finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 14 blocked shots. The 14 blocked shots tied Shelby Weaver of McIntosh (2012) and Gwen Jackson of Eufaula (1999) for 7th on the AHSAA all-time single-game record book list.
Charles Henderson junior Maori Davenport set the AHSAA girls’ single-game blocked shot record last year in the finals of the Class 5A state tournament with 19. Baldwin is averaging 12.0 rebounds and just over six blocked shots a game this season – which ranks among the Top 10 nationally, according to MaxPreps.
The Pleasant Home center scored 833 points and pulled down 355 rebounds in 29 games last season. She had 150 blocked shots. She began this season with 1,833 career points, 843 rebounds and 396 blocked shots in 82 games.
Her milestone effort edged out another outstanding performance by Paul Bryant senior point guard Jared Sherwood, who had 10 points, 10 assists and six steals to lead the defending Class 6A state champion Stampede (8-2) to a 76-45 win over defending Class 4A state champion Hale County at Moundville last week. Sherwood, the MVP of last season’s Class 6A state tournament, is one of the state’s top free-throw shooters – nailing 125-of-144 last season for 86.8 percent.
Teammate Kershon Lockhars also had 16 points in the win over Hale County and Dylan Robertson had 10 points and four blocked shots. Jakorrian Edwards had 16 for Hale County.
Sherwood and Coach the Stampede, coached by Sean Peck-Love, will be in action beginning Wednesday at the Steel City Classic boys’ basketball tournament at Samford University. The tourney features three defending state champions. Nine games are scheduled for Wednesday beginning with Vestavia Hills vs. three-time defending 1A state champion Sacred Heart at 8:30 a.m. Parker meets Cordova at 10, Pelham plays LeFlore at 11:30, Eufaula and Homewood play at 1 p.m. Wenonah will play the Vestavia-Sacred Heart winner at 2:30; Paul Bryant takes on the winner of the Parker-Cordova game at 4; Huffman plays the Pelham-LeFlore winner at 5:30; defending 3A state champion Midfield plays the Homewood-Eufaula winner at 7; and Ramsay plays Spain Park in a girls’ game at 8:30 p.m.
Other highlights reported include:
UMS-WRIGHT WINS AT BUZZER FOR CANOVA’S 300TH COACHING WIN: Sophomore Jill Coffee-Jackson scored in the final seconds as UMS-Wright nipped Citronelle 43-41. The victory was the 300th of Lady Bulldogs Coach Terry Canova’s coaching career. He is in his 12th year as head coach at UMS-Wright.
Trailing 41-39 with 10 seconds left, another sophomore Sarah Elizabeth Freeman came up with a steal and fed to junior Emme McPhillips who hit a layup for the tying basket. With three seconds left, UMS-Wright inbounded the ball to Virginia Dukes, who found Coffee-Jackson opening for the winning shot. Senior Amy Robinson had 14 points, including four 3-point goals, coming off the bench for UMS-Wright.
MURR GOES OVER 2,000 POINTS: Lindsay Lane Academy sophomore Tommy Murr scored 49 points to lead the Lions past Addison 86-60 and went over 2,000 points for his career in the process. Murr, a 5-foot-11, 120-pound guard, is averaging 41.6 points per game, and according to MaxPreps, currently leads the nation in scoring. He is shooting 84.6 percent from the foul line (115 of 136) and is averaging 8.2 points per game on free throws alone. He is also 63-of-139 from the 3-point arc (45.3%) and is averaging 13.5 points a game just on treys made.
3 PLAYERS HAVE DOUBLE-DOUBLES IN CENTRAL WIN: Central-Tuscaloosa (11-2) beat Tuscaloosa County 64-53 as three players recorded double-double performances. McKenzie Mahone had 20 points and 10 assists, Shakyia White had 17 points and 13 rebounds and LaTarius Montgomery added 10 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Tamia Knight had 17 points for Tuscaloosa County.
In other highlights reported from last week’s action:
ISAAC WOODWARD, CARBON HILL: Had 42 points in a 94-70 win over Carbon Hill. The junior guard was 9-of-10 on 3-point shots, 11-of-14 at the foul line and scored 17 points in the first quarter sinking the first five treys he attempted.
NOEL JONES, CENTRAL COOSA: Had 25 points and eight rebounds and teammate Jovon Richardson added 13 points, including sinking 8-of-8 free throws in the final four minutes, to seal a 54-51 win over Benjamin Russell.
TREY BONHAM, UMS-WRIGHT: Scored a game-high 23 points, but it was his assist to teammate Brink Bedsole with eight seconds remaining that provided the winning bucket as the Bulldogs nipped Citronelle 49-47.
MASON BRAGWELL, BELGREEN: Averaged 24.3 points per game in three wins as the Bulldogs (9-0) beat Carbon Hill, Fayette County and Phil Campbell.
J.P. ROBINSON, DESHLER: Scored 34 points in a win over Russellville and followed with 18 in a win over Rogers and 19 in an overtime loss to Central-Florence.
JALON JOHNSON, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Earned MVP honors as Hillcrest (9-3) beat American Christian 47-31 to win the championship of its own Hillcrest All-State tournament.
CHASE GORE, SOUTH LAMAR: Scored 27 points to lead the Stallions past Pickens County 80-50 in an early-season Class 1A, Area 9 showdown.
JOSEPH WOMACK, CARROLL: Had 17 points for the Eagles (9-4) in a 61-51 win over Daleville in the finals of the Daleville Christmas tournament to earn MVP honors.
MICHAEL HOLLIS, GOSHEN: Had 13 points in a three-overtime win over Elba, 13 in a semifinal win over Luverne and 13 in a 50-32 win over Brantley in the finals of the Brantley Christmas Tourney.
JA’MICHAEL STALLWORTH, GEORGIANA: Had 29 points in the Panthers’ 89-43 win over Opp and 22 in a 77-69 loss to Greenville at the Andalusia Christmas Tourney. The loss to 5A Greenville was Class 1A Georgiana’s first setback of the season.
DONALD JACKSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Scored 27 points as the Red Devils beat Eufaula 73-52.
JESSIE STEGER, BUCKHORN: Sank a free throw with no time remaining to give the Class 7A Bucks (11-2) a 43-42 road win over James Clemens.
KIRA LEWIS, HAZEL GREEN: Tallied 26 points as the Trojans beat Muscle Shoals 57-53.
LATASCYA DUFF, SAMSON: Scored 41 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Tigers’ 71-42 win over Goshen in the Brantley Christmas tournament and followed with 14 points in the semifinal 49-34 win over Brantley and finished with 21 in a 50-27 win over Pleasant Home in the finals for Samson (14-1).
RACHEL JOHNSON, EUFAULA: Recorded 19 points and 15 steals as Eufaula (10-1) beat Abbeville 41-29. The 15 steals ranks third in the AHSAA Record Book. The state record (23) was set by Wanda McDaniel of Speake in 1993. Leah Strain of Woodland also had 16 in a 2009 win over Lineville and 14 twice, versus Handley and Wadley in 2011.
KAREIGH SLEDGE, DESHLER: Sledge averaged 18 points per game as the defending Class 4A state champions won three games last week.
EMMA HUMPHRES, VINA: Scored the 1,000th point of her high school career in Vina’s win over Hubbertville and added 21 in the Red Devils’ victory over Cherokee.
JOSIE HARVILLE, HATTON: Scored 22 points in a win against Class 5A Lawrence County, and then recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Sheffield.
CLAIRE DAVIDSON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Scored 29 points and teammate India Brown added 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Conquerors (9-4) to a 62-46 win over Cleveland.
ANYA BANKS, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Had 10 points and eight rebounds in a 53-15 win over Sipsey Valley in the finals of the Hillcrest All-State girls’ tourney to earn MVP honors for the Lady Patriots (9-2).
SIERRA CARTER, HOLT: Scored 29 points as Holt (7-5) posted a 75-54 Class 4A, Area 7 win over Northside.
AHSAA Basketball Spotlight
Nothing Plain about Plainview High School’s Record-Setting 3-Point Shooting Ability
MONTGOMERY – Plainview High School boys’ basketball coach Robi Coker is a big proponent of the 3-point shot. And for good reason.
The Bears finished 31-5 last season reaching the Class 3A state finals by taking a state-record 972 3-point shots. Plainview fell to Midfield 60-46 in the championship game at the BJCC but not before closing the season with 314 made three’s on the year.
The unbeaten Bears (9-0) have been on an even faster pace this season making 25-of-54 shots behind the 3-point arc in a recent 119-55 win over North Sand Mountain. Coker’s Bears set an AHSAA single-game record for treys made, attempted and for the number of players contributing. The sharp-shooting display thrust Plainview into the AHSAA’s first Basketball Spotlight of the season.
Several records fell in that game including most 3-point shots attempted (54) and most 3-point shots made (25) by one team and most 3-point goals (33) made by both teams. North Sand Mountain was 8-of-31 as both teams combined to make 33-of-85 treys attempted.
Ten different players for Coker’s Bears sank at least one 3-pointer with Koby Tinker nailing 7, Caden Millican 4, Haden White 3, Cade Willingham 3, Jeffery Armstrong 2, Clay Cooper 2, Sebastian Long, Dane Haymon, Levi Lusk and Bailey Dukes with 1 each. The Bison had six players sink at least one 3-point goal with Hunter Vest and Dylan Gentry making 2 each, Russell Marr, Jayden Culpepper, Benjamin Beasley and Kristian Walsh, 1 apiece for a total of 16 players contributing to yet another state record. Hayden and Cleveland high schools held the record with 11 players sinking treys in last season’s 101-74 win by the Wildcats last season.
Plainview picked up four big wins over the last seven days beating 3A arch-rival Sylvania (95-49), three-time defending 1A state champion Sacred Heart (100-90), Class 5A Talladega ((89-77) and Class 6A Oxford (70-66). The Bears averaged 88.5 points in the four wins.
Topping the AHSAA girls’ basketball highlights were two outstanding performances by point guards Aleigha Walden of Montgomery Catholic and Abby Hester of Vina.
Walden handed out 10 assists in a 49-30 win by Catholic (4-3) over LAMP last week to set the school career assist record with 551. She started the season with 513 and now has 44 this season after seven games for 557 total. She had 13 in a win over Elmore County and 14 in a win over John Carroll Catholic last season. Already this season she has had double digit assists in three games with 11, 10 and 10, respectively, in wins over Bullock County, Alabama Christian and LAMP. Michelle DeLongchamp set the school mark with 550 from 1987-90.
Hester dished out 19 assists in Vina’s 80-32 win over Waterloo earlier this season, second best in AHSAA history. Tara Tuck of Danville had 20 in a 72-63 win over R.A. Hubbard last season. Hester finished with 10 points, including two of her team’s 15 treys. Teammate Kaitlyn King sank eight 3-pouinters to finish with 34 points in the win.
In other top performances reported:
JAYCE WILLINGHAM, CORDOVA: Scored 56 points, including 17-of-18 at the foul line, and had 19 rebounds as the Blue Devils knocked off South Lamar 102-93. Sixteen of his points came in the overtime period. Teammate Isaac Chatman added 24 points and 19 rebounds and followed up with 29 points, 16 boards and seven blocked shots in an 82-58 win over Fayette County. Chatman scored 50 in a victory over Fayette County last year.
TOMMY MURR, LINDSAY LANE: Scored 54 points in a 79-70 win over Athens Bible and followed with 40 in a 68-35 victory over Paint Rock Valley.
NALIJAH HEARD, HORSESHOE BEND: Scored 36 points as the Generals beat two-time defending Class 2A state champion Lanett in the Panthers’ season opener 64-58 in overtime last week. Lanett, coached by Richard Carter, saw its 11-game winning streak that ended last season broken in the process. Carter said he dressed only five players for the game, and he had no guards. The rest Lanett’s players were on the school’s football team preparing for the Class 2A state football championship game won by the Panther 26-14 over Randolph County three days later.
JAKE LEWIS, ENTERPRISE: Scored 30 points, hitting 10-of-15 3-pointers attempted to lead the Wildcats (7-1) past Red Level 72-36.
BROOKS BARNHIZER, ALMA BRYANT: Tallied 32 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in a 77-75 win by the Hurricanes (9-2) over B.C. Rain.
NELSON HASKIN, DEMOPOLIS: Had a triple double with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a recent 51-36 win over Keith.
TRENT LAWRENCE, BUCKHORN: Scored 21 points, had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in a 68-61 win over Columbia. The Bucks improved to 10-2.
VINCENT DOUGLAS, BAKER: Scored 27 points as the Hornets (7-7) nipped McGill-Toolen Catholic 68-65.
JEREMIAH LITTLEPAGE, McADORY: Nailed a jumper with 2.7 seconds remaining to give the Yellow Jackets (7-4) a 41-39 win over previously undefeated Helena (11-1). Littlepage scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.
TRENDON WATFORD, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had 30 points and 12 rebounds as the Spartans (9-1) beat Parker 74-52.
COLLIER CANTRELL, HACKLEBURG: Had 37 points to lead the Panthers past Tharptown 93-56.
TITUS GRIFFIN, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Totaled 29 points as Eagles beat Sheffield 52-45 and had 20 in 67-59 win over Colbert Heights.
JAKE BAXTER HALL, SHOALS CHRISTIAN: Led the Flame to a 74-70 win over Vina with 27 points.
TRACE HILL, HARTSELLE: Scored a game-high 23 points on Friday in a win against Priceville, and he scored 17 in a win against Florence.
FABIAN BELL, AUSTIN: The senior guard continues to average a double-double on the season as he led Austin to a pair of Class 6A, Area 16 wins against Hartselle and Decatur. Against Decatur, Bell led Austin with 19 points and nine rebounds. Earlier in the week, he scored nine points with 11 rebounds against Hartselle.
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: The 6-foot-5 center had 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots as the Eagles (6-2) beat Straughn 45-41.
ADIYA MATTHEWS, ALMA BRYANT: Had a triple double with 41 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in a 53-47 win over B.C. Rain.
LATASCYA DUFF, SAMSON: Had 38 points, eight rebounds and six steals as Samson (11-1) beat Cottonwood 59-34.
SARAH SUTTLE, BUCKHORN: Had 30 points, 10 steals, six rebounds and five assists as Buckhorn (9-6) beat Columbia 70-36. She followed with 21 points in a 47-38 win over Lincoln County (TN).
AUDRA PUTMAN, LINDSAY LANE: Had 30 points in a 65-15 win over Athens Bible and teammate Madelyn Dizon had 26 points, including six 3-pointers, in a 58-21 win over Pain Rock Valley.
DAISHA BRADFORD, LEFLORE: Scored 24 points in a 52-46 win over Fairhope to keep the Lady Rattlers unbeaten at 11-0.
RAVEN BURKS, GRISSOM: Sank a clutch 3-point goal with one second left to give the Tigers a 37-34 win over Madison County.
DESTINY RAMOS, FAITH ACADEMY: Scored 26 points to lead the Rams (9-3) to 46-40 win over Daphne.
ABBY DAVIS, PHIL CAMPBELL: Davis scored 20 points and surpassed 1,000 points for her career in 67-25 win over Lamar County.
MORIAH TAYLOR, HARTSELLE: The guard amassed 57 points in three games last week, leading the Tigers to wins against Austin, Florence and Priceville. Taylor scored 23 in a win against Austin on Tuesday, and then tossed in 11 on Thursday in a win against Florence. She finished the week with 23 points in a win against Priceville.
ALLIE CRAIG CRUCE, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Totaled 52 points in wins over Colbert County and West Limestone.
NEELY JOHNS, MARS HILL BIBLE: Sank seven 3-point goals and finished with 30 points in a 57-31 win over Hatton.
MONTGOMERY – The North girls and boys posted hard-fought victories Wednesday night over the South in the North-South All-Star basketball all-star competition with a crowd of more than 2,500 in attendance at Auburn University-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex.
North’s girls won 76-67 to improve to 18-3 in the series that got underway in 1997, and the North boys captured a 75-64 win and now holds a 48-27 edge in a series that got its start 64 years
ago in 1953.
Earlier in the day the North also swept the first-ever all-star cross country competition and the North won 16-47 – running at AUM’s on-campus 3.1-mile course. Cross Country was added to the North-South all-star competition this year. The All-Star contests are part of the AHSAA’s annual Summer Conference, now in its 21st year. The week-long convention is managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The all-star action concludes Thursday with the North-South volleyball match at AUM at 4 p.m. The 58th AHSAA North-South Football All-Star Game will be the final all-star event Thursday night at Cramton Bowl at 7 p.m.
NORTH GIRLS 76, SOUTH GIRLS 67: Homewood’s Ajah Wayne scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals to earn MVP honors for her team and led the North to its 18th victory in the 21-year series. She had 16 points in the first half – virtually unstoppable when going inside and dead-on at the foul line as well.
LeFlore’s Daisha Bradford had 15 points, four steals and five rebounds to capture MVP honors for the South.
Hazel Green’s Brooke Hampel added 12 points, Allie Cruce of Lauderdale County had 11, Karleigh Sledge of Deshler chipped in nine and Athens’ Alexis Woods had eight to round out the North offensive leaders for North coaches Mike Chase of Spain Park and Lisa Bates of Sand Rock.
Samson guard LaTascya Duff added 11 points and five rebounds for the South. Teammates Brianna Harris of Blount and Lakhylian Rankins of Faith Academy chipped in nine points each. The South was coached by Geneva’s Rich Bixby and R.C. Hatch’s Willie Morgan.
The North dominated inside out-rebounding the South 53-36.
NORTH BOYS 74, SOUTH BOYS 64: Huffman guard Travarus Carroll had a game-high 27 points to help the North boys win for the 48th time in the 75-game series. No bucket was bigger than his startling round-house dunk with 57 seconds left in the third quarter that put the North ahead 48-40.
The South rallied midway through the fourth period to tie the game at 53-53 but Carroll sank a 3-pointer just under the four-minute mark to push the North ahead by four 62-58.
Carroll, the North MVP, finished 8-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-3 from the 3-point arc, and was 8-of-10 at the foul line. He also had five rebounds. Trey Jemison, a 6-foot-11 center from Homewood, added 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for the North, coached by Paul Bryant’s Shon Peck-Love and Muscle Shoals’ Neal Barker. Parker’s 6-9 center Xavier Williams also had nine points and six rebounds.
The South, coached by Tony Hayes of Monroe County and Douglas Moore of Bullock County, were led by Anquavious “Quay” Pollard’s 23 points and eight rebounds. The 6-6 forward from Lanett was 5-of-12 on 3-pointers and a perfect 4-of-4 at the foul line. He also had three steals. Lanett teammate Emanuel Littles added 11 points and five rebounds.
NFHS NETWORK: The North-South Football All-Star Game Thursday night will live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network. The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon Friday at noon and the Coaches’ Awards Banquet Friday night.
The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference
AHSADCA TO AWARD 10 COACHES’ CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIPS: A highlight of the AHSADCA each year is the awarding of scholarships to graduating seniors at AHSAA schools who are children of AHSADCA member coaches, teachers or administrators. The 10 students to receive the scholarships for 2016-17 will be recognized at Friday night’s Coaches’ Awards Banquet at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
This year’s recipients include:
· Heaven Rozier, Jackson High School, Daughter of Coach Walter and Ursula Rozier
· Alexandria Wiggins, Enterprise High School, Daughter of Mr. Dewayne and Coach Janie Wiggins
· Bailey Ryan Price, Chilton County High School, Son of Coach Zed Ryan and
· Jessica Norris, LAMP High School, Daughter of Coach Anthony and Patti Norris
· Bailey Simmons, Elmore County High School, Daughter of Mr. Robert and Coach Angie Simmons
· Mary Elizabeth Laatsch, Helena High School, Daughter of Coach Chris and Leigh Laatsch
· Shelby Hicks, Oxford High School, Daughter of Coach Matt Hicks
· Reagan MaKinley Smothers, Addison High School, Daughter of Micah and Cindy Smothers
· Michael Drew Statom, Deshler High School, Son of Coach Michael and Cindy Statom
· Jadie Burney, Huntsville High School, Son of Coach Jay and Sandee Burney
2017 ALL-STAR WEEK North-South Results/Schedule
Baseball: North 9-3, South 3-2 (North leads series 22-11-1)
Softball: North 12-1, South 6-11 (North leads series 25-10-3)
Boys’ Soccer: North 5, South 2 (North leads series 11-4-1)
Girls’ Soccer: North 4, South 1 (North leads series 13-2-1)
Boys Cross Country: North 16, South 47 (North leads series 1-0)
Girls Cross Country: North 20, South 35 (North leads series 1-0)
Girls Basketball: North 76, South 67 (North leads series 18-3)
Boys Basketball: North 74, South 64 (North leads series 48-27)
Volleyball: Thursday, 4 p.m., AUM (North leads series 13-6)
Football: Thursday, 7 p.m., Cramton Bowl (South leads series 30-25-2)
MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2017 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games North-South Volleyball 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 21th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 19-22, 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 Wednesday night, July 19 at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.
The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, and for the first time, cross country. Soccer, softball and baseball all-star contests will be Tuesday, July 18. Volleyball will be played at AUM on Thursday, July 20, at 2 p.m., and the 56th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The inaugural North-South cross country competition will be Wednesday morning, July 19.
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 21.
Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards Banquet set for Saturday, July 22, at noon.
Shon Peck-Love of Paul Bryant High School and Neal Barker of Muscle Shoals will be coaching the North boys’ basketball squad. Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County will serve as administrative assistant for the North boys’ and girls’ teams. Coaching the North are Tony Hayes of Monroe County and Douglas Moore of Bullock County. Nigel Card of Saint James is the administrative assistant for the South boys and girls.
Peck-Love coached Paul Bryant (24-11) to the Class 6A state basketball championship last season winning their last 13 games of the season. Barker has his team in the state finals in 2016. Hayes directed Monroe County (23-5) to the 4A state championship game in 2017 and Moore has steadily built and strong program at Bullock County (18-10), which reached the South 4A Regional at Dothan.
The South girls’ coaches are Rich Bixby of Geneva and Willie Morgan of R.C, Hatch. Mike Chase of Spain Park and Lisa Bates of Sand Rock are the North coaches. Chase directed the Jaguars (22-12) to the 7A state finals last season, and Bates, one of the state’s top rebounders in AHSAA girls’ history at Locust Fork, has built a tremendous program at Sand Rock. Morgan’s Hatch girls (22-6) reached the Class 2A state semifinals, and Bixby directed Geneva (23-7) to the South Regional tourney.
Among the players selected for the South boys’ team are 6-foot-6 Anquavious Pollard and 6-7 Emmanuel Littles of two-time Class 2A state champion Lanett. Theo Akwuba of Brewbaker Tech is the tallest player on the squad at 6-9. The North features 6-9 forward Xavier Williams of Parker, 6-10 Richard Jemison of Homewood and 6-8 Logan Dye of Haleyville and 6-6 Isaac Chatman of Cordova.
The South girls’ team includes 6-1 center Tamyya Hilliard of Class 2A state champion Geneva County, Tyesha Rudolph of Hillcrest-Evergreen, who helped her team go 21-1 on the year, and 5-10 LeFlore guard Daisha Bradford. The North girls list 6-3 center Camille Buckhanon of Talladga, 6-0 center Karleigh Sledge and 5-8 guard Taylor Aikerson, who helped Deshler win 68 games in a row over the last two seasons, and Homewood guards Hannah Barber and Ajah Wayne, who led the Patriots to the Class 6A state championship in 2015 and 2017.
The South girls ended an eight-year drought with a 57-53 win over the North last summer, and the North boys won 84-73 in the 63rd North-South boys’ contest. The competition for boys was first played in 1953 and 1997 for the girls. The North holds a 47-26 edge in the boys’ series and a 17-3 edge in the girls’ series heading into this summer’s games.
The rosters for the basketball squads are below.
2017 NORTH-SOUTH BASKETBALL ROSTERS
Xavier Williams, Jr.
A. H. Parker
Christian Peterson, III
Lauderdale County, Adm.
Carver - Montgomery
Central - Hayneville
Central - Phenix City
Mark Wilcox, Jr.
Saint James, Adm.
Hillcrest - Evergreen
R. C. Hatch
MONTGOMERY – Seniors John Petty of Huntsville’s Mae Jemison High School and Bianca Jackson of Montgomery’s Brewbaker Tech were named Mr. and Miss Basketball, respectively, at the Alabama Sportswriters Association 2017 Player of the Year luncheon Tuesday.
The awards were presented by Carol Golsan, senior vice president of marketing services for AHSAA Corporate Partner ALFA Insurance, and selected by the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s All-State Committee comprised of member sportswriters from across the state. The luncheon banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center.
The ASWA has chosen Mr. Basketball every year since 1983 and Miss Basketball annually since 1988. The awards are presented to the boy and girl selected as the state’s top high school basketball players as determined by the ASWA.
Petty, who was also named Mr. Basketball in 2016, became just the third player to be named Mr. Basketball twice in the award’s 35-year history. Trevor Lacey of Huntsville-Butler won the award in 2010 and 2011 and Ronald Steele of Birmingham’s John Carroll Catholic captured the award in 2003 and 2004.
The Alabama signee led Jemison -- a first-year school -- to the Class 5A state championship in 2017, averaging 20.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists. The Jaguars, coached by Jack Doss, finished 33-4. He was named the state-tournament MVP for the third straight year. The Alabama signee led J.O. Johnson, a school closed last summer and also coached by Doss, to state titles in 2015 and 2016. He also captured was named Class 5A Player of the Year for the third time, becoming just the 12th player in AHSAA history to win at least three player-of-the-year awards.
Jackson, the daughter of Alabama State University men’s basketball coach Lewis Jackson and ASU women’s basketball coach Frieda Freeman-Jackson, averaged 24.8 points per game as a senior and finished her Brewbaker Tech career with 2,177 points. She signed last November with reigning NCAA national champion South Carolina. Jackson also averaged 7.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists to help the Rams reach at least 18 wins for an eighth straight season. She helped Brewbaker Tech, coached by Cynthia Thompson, to a 19-9 record in 2017.
Jackson recorded three triple-doubles, including a single-game record 58-point outburst versus Greenville in January that tied for fifth highest scoring effort in AHSAA history. She also had 12 rebounds and 10 assists that win.
Both Petty and Jackson were four-time first-team All-State players in their prep careers. Petty was just the sixth boy and Jackson the 18th girl in ASWA history to be at least a four-time first-teamer.
ASWA Boys’ Players of the Year announced Tuesday were: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (7A); Alex Reese, Pelham (6A); John Petty, Mae Jemison (5A); Herb Jones, Hale County (4A); Shy Cunningham, Midfield (3A); Anquaevious Pollard, LaFayette (2A); Diante Wood, Sacred Heart Catholic (1A); Artavious Billups, Macon-East (AISA).
ASWA Girls’ Players of the Year announced Tuesday were: Haley Troup, Gadsden City (7A); Ajah Wayne, Homewood (6A); Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech (5A); Queen Ford, Sipsey Valley (4A); Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County (3A); Kirstin Brown, Tanner (2A); River Baldwin, Pleasant Home (1A); Tazsa Garrett-Hammett, Springwood (AISA).
The top five vote-getters in the Mr. and Miss Basketball balloting were named to the ASWA Super 5 All-State Team. Petty received all 13 first-place votes to headline the boys’ squad. Jackson received nine of the 14 first-place votes cast to headline the girls’ squad. Ajah Wayne of Homewood and Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson received two votes each and Unique Thompson of Faith Academy received the other first-place vote.
ASWA SUPER 5 TEAM
John Petty, Mae Jemison; Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook; Alex Reese, Pelham; Herb Jones, Hale County; Diante Wood, Sacred Heart.
Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech; Unique Thompson, Faith Academy; Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson; Ajah Wayne, Homewood; Haley Troup, Gadsden City.
MISS BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS (1988-2017)
2017: Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech
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 County
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 County
1992: Yolanda Watkins, Decatur
1991: Tonya Tice, Hamilton
1990: Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible
1989: Leslie Claybrook, St. James
1988: Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle
MR. BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS (1983-2017)
2017: John Petty, Mae Jemison
2016: John Petty, J.O. Johnson
2015: Dazon Ingram, Theodore
2014: William Lee, Dallas County
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
1984: Jeff Moore, Midfield
1983: Terry Coner, Phillips-Birmingham