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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.


26th Alabama-Mississippi Games Tip Off Friday night Alabama All-Star Teams Show Plenty of Energy in Thursday Workouts

    CLINTON, MS – Alabama All-Star coaches Andy Blackston of Madison Academy and Ronnie Stapler of Westminster Christian figure the 12 senior members of the Alabama All-Star boys’ squad have put their high school basketball careers behind them.
    That’s why their approach this week has been to try and show them just what they might have to expect at the next level.
    “Coach Stapler and I divided things up with me handling the offense and him working with the defense, and we have tried to emphasize just how it might be when they get to college,” said Blackston, 218-117 in 15 years as a head coach. Stapler just finished his 45th season with 730 wins. “We have both been impressed by all the kids. They are all very talented and all have certain skills they can bring to a team.  We worked them hard (Thursday morning) in a 2 1/2 –hour practice and they’ve all responded well.”
     The 26th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star boys’ and girls’ games will tip off Friday at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College at Clinton. The girls’ game is set for 5 p.m., and the boys’ clash will follow at 7 p.m. Alabama holds a 13-12 edge in the girls’ series and a 14-11 edge in the boys’ competition. The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) is hosting the event this year in conjunction with the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). Alabama has hosted 18 of the 26 years with an 11-7 edge in the boys’ and girls’ series as the home team. Mississippi has won 4 of 7 boys’ games it has hosted and 5 of 7 girls’ games.
     Alabama’s roster includes seven players already committed or signed by Division I-A schools. The front line is big with 6-foot-8 Kevin Morris of Dothan, a South Alabama signee, and 6-7 Shamarkus Kennedy of Northridge, a Chipola (FL) Community College recruit, both shined in Thursday’s practices.
     “Both of them have been pleasant surprises,” Blackston said. “We have a great group of kids who have worked hard, are listening to us and are working hard to try and bond as a team. They have shown great poise and a lot of energy so far. We want them to have fun, and we want them to win the game.”
     Alabama’s squad also has 6-6 Reginald Todd of Blount, a New Mexico State signee, and 6-6 Montevallo signee Albert Luke of Ramsay inside. Among the most decorated guards is 6-foot-4 UAB signee Javien Williams of Woodlawn.
     Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County, 521-86 in 17 seasons, and Emanuel Bell of Wenonah, 498-180 in 22 years, are coaching the Alabama girls. Llewellyn’s resume lists five Class 3A state championships in a row, and Bell’s portfolio includes three straight Class 5A state titles.
    Llewellyn (521-86) said they are emphasizing the little things in practice this week. “All the players are outstanding,” he said. “Coach Bell and I both coach an up-tempo style and for some of the girls, that is new for them. So we are doing a lot of teaching and emphasizing the little things. They are embracing it well and working hard.”
    Llewellyn said he has been impressed especially by Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year and Florida State signee Jasmine Walker of 7A state champ Jeff Davis. He also is coaching two of his own players, guards Ivy and Emma Wallen, who, along with their sister Ella formed the most famous triplets in AHSAA prep sports history. Lauderdale County won state titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2014 and 2016 with the Wallens.
    “One of the reasons I am coaching in the game is because of them,” said Llewellyn. “They have meant so much to Lauderdale County’s program and to me personally, I wanted to be here with them one last time.”
    Wenonah’s Bell has his star forward Kaitlyn Rodgers in the game as well. The 6-2 Rodgers is heading to Ole Miss.
    One Alabama player, Auburn-bound guard Tyra Johnson of Austin, missed practice Thursday due to a leg injury. Her playing status was undetermined and being evaluated Thursday afternoon.
    The games will be live-streamed over FNUTL Network (www.fnutl.com) Friday night. The link can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
   The year-by-year history of the series is listed below.


THE ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI CLASSIC SERIES

(1991-2015)

ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI CLASSIC YEAR-BY YEAR HISTORY

GIRLS

Year

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Site

2015

Alabama

93

Mississippi

87

Alabama State U.

2014

Mississippi

95

Alabama

89

Jackson State U.

2013

Alabama

64

Mississippi

54

Alabama State U.

2012

Mississippi

94

Alabama

91

Alabama State U.

2011

Mississippi

73

Alabama

60

Pelham CC

2010

Mississippi

78

Alabama

56

Pelham CC

2009

Alabama

81

Mississippi

73

Pelham CC

2008

Alabama

89

Mississippi

86 OT

Pelham CC

2007

Alabama

90

Mississippi

65

Pelham CC

2006

Mississippi

89

Alabama

80

Pelham CC

2005

Mississippi

101

Alabama

83

Pelham CC

2004

Alabama

114

Mississippi

78

Pelham CC

2003

Mississippi

95

Alabama

82

Pelham CC

2002

Alabama

76

Mississippi

71

Miss. College, Clinton

2001

Alabama

87

Mississippi

76

North Alabama, Florence

2000

Mississippi

87

Alabama

82

Holmes JC, Goodman, MS

1999

Alabama

95

Mississippi

85

North Alabama, Florence

1998

Alabama

105

Mississippi

84

Miss. College, Clinton

1997

Alabama

60

Mississippi

54

North Alabama, Florence

1996

Mississippi

88

Alabama

72

Miss. College, Clinton

1995

Alabama

80

Mississippi

77

North Alabama, Florence

1994

Mississippi

92

Alabama

84

Miss. College, Clinton

1993

Alabama

73

Mississippi

66

North Alabama, Florence

1992

Mississippi

74

Alabama

61

Miss. College, Clinton

1991

Mississippi

82

Alabama

66

North Alabama, Florence

Series record: Alabama 13 wins; Mississippi 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOYS

 

Year

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Site

2015

Alabama

101

Mississippi

88

Alabama State U.

2014

Alabama

90

Mississippi

83

Jackson State U.

2013

Alabama

87

Mississippi

76

Alabama State U.

2012

Alabama

109

Mississippi

104

Alabama State U.

2011

Mississippi

85

Alabama

74

Pelham CC

2010

Mississippi

112

Alabama

88

Pelham CC

2009

Alabama

78

Mississippi

74

Pelham CC

2008

Alabama

101

Mississippi

99

Pelham CC

2007

Mississippi

118

Alabama

113

Pelham CC

2006

Mississippi

94

Alabama

87

Pelham CC

2005

Alabama

84

Mississippi

79

Pelham CC

2004

Alabama

87

Mississippi

86

Pelham CC

2003

Mississippi

82

Alabama

80

Pelham CC

2002

Mississippi

98

Alabama

67

Miss. College, Clinton

2001

Mississippi

87

Alabama

83

North Alabama, Florence

2000

Alabama

90

Mississippi

82

Holmes JC, Goodman MS

1999

Alabama

95

Mississippi

68

North Alabama, Florence

1998

Alabama

111

Mississippi

76

Miss. College, Clinton

1997

Alabama

110

Mississippi

91

North Alabama, Florence

1996

Mississippi

105

Alabama

97

Miss. College, Clinton

1995

Alabama

85

Mississippi

69

North Alabama, Florence

1994

Mississippi

123

Alabama

111

Miss. College, Clinton

1993

Mississippi

82

Alabama

75

North Alabama, Florence

1992

Mississippi

73

Alabama

71

Miss. College, Clinton

1991

Alabama

103

Mississippi

62

North Alabama, Florence


Alabama, Mississippi All-Stars Set For Friday’s State Clash 2016

Boys, Girls Games Set for Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum

     CLINTON, MS – Alabama’s boys’ and girls’ all-star basketball teams reported Wednesday for Friday night’s 26th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games, set for A. E. Wood Coliseum, Mike Jones Court, on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton, MS.
    The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) is hosting this year’s games in partnership with the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). The games will return to Montgomery in 2017.
    The Alabama squads and Mississippi High School All-Star Teams were scheduled to practice for the first time Wednesday afternoon. Both Alabama teams, which met at the AHSAA Office in Montgomery Wednesday morning and traveled by charter bus to Mississippi, were scheduled to practice at Germantown High School, then attend a banquet and press conference at the HealthPlex Performance Center in Madison, MS.
     Thursday’s schedule has Alabama’s boys, coached  by Huntsville coaches Andy Blackston of Class 3A state champion Madison Academy and Ronnie Stapler of Class 4A state champion Westminster Christian, practicing three times. The Alabama girls’ team, coached by Brant Llewellyn of 3A state champion Lauderdale County and Emanuel Bell of 5A state champion Wenonah, will also practice three times at Germantown. The sessions for both are scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and again from 3 to 5 p.m., at Germantown High School and from 7:30 to 8 p.m., at A.E. Wood Coliseum for the girls, and from 8 to 8:30 p.m., for the boys.
     The two teams will be back at Germantown Friday morning for a 90-minute practice session beginning at 9 a.m. The Alabama squads will close out with a shoot-a-round at Mississippi College from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.
      The Alabama-Mississippi girls’ all-star game will tip off at 5 p.m., Friday, followed by the boys at 7.  The games will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network and will be available via live-streaming by the FNUTL Network at www.fnutl.com.
        The game features the top seniors from Mississippi and Alabama.  Alabama leads the girls’ series 13-12 and the boys’ series by a 14-11 margin.  Alabama won both games, winning the girls’ game 93-87 at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome, and the Alabama boys won 101-88.
     This year’s contests is the fifth time in the 26-year series that Mississippi College has been the host and the seventh time the games have been played in Mississippi.

    Rosters for both states are listed below.


26th ANNUAL MISSISSIPPI/ALABAMA ALL-STAR

 

MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA BASKETBALL CLASSIC

2016 ROSTERS

 

MISSISSIPPI BOYS TEAM

 

 

NO. NAME POS HGT SCHOOL COLLEGE

2 JONATHAN FLOYD PG 5-9 HARRISON CENTRAL undecided

3 TAZE MOORE PG 6-5 SOUTHAVEN CAL. ST. BF

4 BRIETON SYKES G 6-3 CALHOUN CITY EAST MS. CC

10 JONAH SIMPSON PG 5-10 RIDGELAND undecided

11 QUA’DARIUS GREEN F 6-8 McCOMB undecided

12 STACEE ST. JULIAN PG 6-0 ST. MARTIN undecided

15 ANTONIO COWART, JR. PG 6-31/2 McCOMB undecided

23 TYSON CARTER G 6-4 STARKVILLE MISS. STATE

25 TREY SPENCER G 6-4 GRENADA undecided

30 DEMETRICE CLOPTON F 6-8 COLUMBUS JACKSON ST.

32 CARLOS THOMAS F 6-8 McCOMB undecided

33 DEVON BENSON F 6-7 LAUREL JONES JUNIOR COLLEGE

 

HEAD COACH: HILTON HARRELL, McCOMB

ASSISTANT COACH: CLAY NORTON, CLINTON

ADMINISTRATIVE COACH: ERNIE WATSON, HATTIESBURG

ATHLETIC TRAINER: FRED ROBINSON, MS Sports Medicine

 

 

 

ALABAMA BOYS TEAM

 

 

NO. NAME POS HGT SCHOOL COLLEGE

2 MICAH FULLER G 6-1 BESSEMER CITY undecided

3 TRISTON CHAMBERS G 6-3 COLD SPRINGS SAMFORD

5 TAVARIS GEIGER G 6-0 LANETT undecided

10 JAVIEN WILLIAMS G 6-4 WOODLAWN UAB

11 JOHN PETTWAY G 6-2 KEITH SO. ALABAMA

12 JACK KLINE F 6-5 MOUNTAIN BROOK UAH

13 TREY PETTY G 6-3 WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN undecided

14 REGINALD TODD F 6-6 BLOUNT N.MEXICO ST.
15 JUSTIN HOPKINS F 6-4 J. O. JOHNSON SAMFORD

23 KEVIN MORRIS F 6-8 DOTHAN SOUTH ALABAMA

34 SHAMARKUS KENNEDY C 6-7 NORTHRIDGE CHIPOLA CC

50 ALBERT LUKE F 6-6 RAMSAY MONTEVALLO

 

HEAD COACH: ANDY BLACKSTON, MADISON ACADEMY

ASSISTANT COACH: RONNIE STAPLER, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

ADMINISTRATIVE COACH: JAMIE LEE, DECATUR CITY SCHOOLS

ADMINISTRATIVE COACH: DAVID GOOD, MOUNTAIN BROOK

ATHLETIC TRAINER: KELLY VINSON, ENCORE

 


MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA BASKETBALL CLASSIC

2016 ROSTERS

 

MISSISSIPPI GIRLS TEAM

 

 

NO. NAME POS HGT SCHOOL COLLEGE

 

2 ERNESHA CHATMAN PG 5-6 NATCHEZ undecided

3 SHONTE’ HAILES PG 5-6 QUITMAN SO. MISS

4 SAVANNAH JONES G 6-0 ST. MARTIN SO. ALABAMA

7 STAR WALTON G 5-6 HOLLY SPRINGS undecided

10 TAMIA “TAZ” STINSON G 5-8 HATTIESBURG undecided

11 TORI MALLORY F 5-9 ITAWAMBA AHS undecided

12 NIQUE CHERRY F 6-0 HEIDELBERG undecided

20 TAE’LOUR RICHARDSON F 5-10 HORN LAKE E. KENTUCKY

22 BRITTANY ROSE G 5-11 LANIER undecided

23 AMESHYA WILLIAMS C 6-2 WEST HARRISON undecided

33 DIAMOND SMITH C 6-4 JEFFERSON COUNTY undecided

34 TWILA HILL C 6-2 CALLAWAY PRAIRIE VIEW A&M

 

 

HEAD COACH: JASON THOMPSON, H. W. BYERS

ASSISTANT COACH: SHERRI COOLEY, SOUTH JONES

ADMINISTRATIVE COACH: DONNY FULLER, GULFPORT

ATHLETIC TRAINER: STEVEN BUSH, MS Sports Medicine

 

 

ALABAMA GIRLS TEAM

 

 

NO. NAME POS HGT SCHOOL COLLEGE

 

3 IVY WALLEN G 5-7 LAUDERDALE CTY NO. ALABAMA

5 EMMA WALLEN G 5-7 LAUDERDALE CTY NO. ALABAMA

11 CIERRA JOHNSON G 5-10 BLOUNT ALABAMA

13 KATELYNN THOMAS C 6-0 SHADES VALLEY UAB

14 TYRA JOHNSON G 5-7 AUSTIN AUBURN

15 JAPONICA JAMES C 5-11 LEFLORE undecided

20 INDIA BLAKELY G 5-7 CHARLES HENDERSON MERCER

21 KATIE ALLEN G 5-10 ALBERTVILLE SAMFORD

31 KAITLYN RODGERS F 6-2 WENONAH OLE MISS

32 RACHAEL CHILDRESS G 5-10 LAWRENCE COUNTY UAB

33 JAILYN MADDOX G 5-10 HOOVER VCU

34 JASMINE WALKER C 6-4 JEFF DAVIS FLORIDA St.

 

HEAD COACH: BRANT LLEWELLYN, LAUDERDALE COUNTY

ASSISTANT COACH: EMANUEL BELL, WENONAH

ADMINISTRATIVE COACH: TAMMY WEST, COLD SPRINGS

ATHLETIC TRAINER: DESHENA THOMAS, ENCORE

 


Roderic Scott Named Honorary Member of Alabama All-Stars

    Robert E. Lee High School senior guard Roderick “Rod” Scott of Montgomery has been selected as an honorary member of the 2016 AHSAA boys all-star basketball team, Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association Director Alvin Briggs announced Wednesday.
    Scott, 17, a senior guard for the Generals, died March 4 from injuries sustained in an auto accident while he and some classmates were en route to Birmingham to watch Jeff Davis High School’s girls play in the AHSAA 2016 State Finals state tournament at the BJCC.
    Scott, who planned to attend Jacksonville State University after high school, played in three straight state tournaments – two with Class 1A state champion St. Jude (2013 and 2014) and last year in the 7A competition with Lee.  His team was beaten in overtime by Central-Phenix City in the Central Regional finals this season. Scott was selected as a member of the Central Regional all-tourney team. He also played for the South in last summer’s North-South All-Star game at Alabama State University.  Generals head coach Bryant Johnson nominated Scott for the 2016 Alabama All-Star Team.
    “Rod Scott was an outstanding basketball player and even more outstanding young man,” Briggs said. “The committee was certain he would have been selected and wanted to show their expression of love for Rod and his family by making him an honorary member of the squad. A real floor leader for Lee, he set a tremendous example for his teammates on and off the court. His memory will go with us when we go to Mississippi next week to play the game.”
    The 12-member team was announced Tuesday.
     Coaches for the Alabama boys’ squad are Andy Blackston of Madison Academy and Ronnie Stapler of Westminster Christian.    

All-Stars Selected for 26th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games

       MONTGOMERY – Twenty-four seniors have been selected to represent Alabama in the 26th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games at Mississippi College at Clinton, MS, March 18.       
       The Alabama teams, comprised of 12 senior boys and 12 senior girls, were announced Tuesday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). The teams were chosen from school nominations by the AHSACA All-Star Selection Committee.
       The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow at 7 on Friday, March 18. 
        The games were played in Mississippi for the first time since 2002 in 2014,
but returned to Alabama last year. The games rotated between the two states from 1991-2002 but moved to Pelham Convention Center in 2003 where they remained through 2011. Alabama State hosted the games at Dunn-Oliver Acadome in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
        Alabama
won the boys’ game last year 101-88. The Alabama girls won 93-87. The Alabama boys now hold a 14-11 edge in the series while Alabama leads the girls’ series 13-12.
       Coaches for the Alabama girls’ squad are Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County and Emanuel Bell of Wenonah. Cold Springs’ Tammy West is the administrative assistant. Llewellyn’s Tigers (30-7) had a state-record 86-game winning streak snapped early this past season but rebounded to win their fifth Class 3A state championship in a row.  Bell’s Lady Dragons (33-1) won their third consecutive 5A title last weekend.
      Coaches for Alabama’s boys are Huntsville coaches Andy Blackston of Madison Academy and Ronnie Stapler of Westminster Christian.  Jamie Lee of Decatur and David Good of Mountain Brook are administrative coaches.  Blackston’s Mustangs (22-12) won the 3A boys’ title for the second year in a row, and Stapler’s Wildcats (30-3) won the school’s first 4A state basketball crown.
       Highlighting the
Alabama boys’ team 6-foot-7 center ShaMarkus Kennedy of Northridge, 6-8 forward Kevin Morris of Dothan, 6-6  forward Reginald Todd of Blount and 6-4 guard Javien Williams of Woodlawn. Trey Petty, a 6-3 forward for Stapler at Westminster Christian, was named the Class 4A State Finals MVP. Lanett guard 6-0 guard Tavaris Geiger earned MVP honors for Class 2A state champion Lanett, and 6-4 forward Justin Hopkins was named to the Class 5A State Finals all-tourney team for 5A state champion J.O. Johnson.
    Class 7A State Finals MVP Jasmine Walker of Jeff Davis, a 6-4 center, headlines the girls’ squad. The Florida State signee will be joined by sister Emma and Ivy Wallen of Lauderdale County, Kaitlyn Rodgers of Wenonah and Japonica James of LeFlore. Each helped leaded their respective teams to state titles in 2016.
     Rodgers, a 6-2 Ole Miss signee, was named to the 5A State Finals All-Tourney team for the third year in a row.  James, 5-11, was named 6A MVP after leading LeFlore to 35-0 record in 2016, and the Wallen sisters earned 3A State Finals all-tourney honors for Lauderdale County. Emma was selected MVP.
Complete team rosters include:

 

2016 ALABAMA BOYS’ ALL-STAR TEAM
Player                                   School                                  Pos.          Ht.
Triston Chambers               Cold Springs                                G             6-3
Micah Fuller                        Bessemer City                              G             6-1
Tavaris Geiger                    Lanett                                          G             6-0
Justin Hopkins                   J.O. Johnson                                 F              6-4         
ShaMarkus Kennedy           Northridge                                   C               6-7
Jack Kline                          Mountain Brook                             F              6-5
Albert Luke                       Ramsay                                        F              6-6
Kevin Morris                      Dothan                                       F/G            6-8
John Pettway                    Keith                                            G              6-2
Trey Petty                        Westminster Christian                     F              6-3
Reginald Todd                   Blount                                          F              6-6
Javien Williams                  Woodlawn                                     G             6-4

Coaches
Andy Blackston                 Madison Academy
Ronnie Stapler                  Westminster Christian
Jamie Lee                          Decatur (administrative)
David Good                       Mountain Brook (administrative)

2016 ALABAMA GIRLS’ ALL-STAR TEAM
Player                                   School                                  Pos.           Ht.
Katie Allen                          Albertville                                    G             5-10
India Blakely                       Charles Henderson                       G             5-7
Rachel Childress                  Lawrence County                         G             5-10
Japonica James                    LeFlore                                       C             5-11
Cierra Johnson                    Blount                                        G             5-10
Tyra Johnson                      Austin                                         G             5-7
Jailyn Maddox                     Hoover                                        G             5-10
Kaitlyn Rodgers                  Wenonah                                     F              6-2
Katelynn Thomas                Shades Valley                               C             6-0
Jasmine Walker                   Jeff Davis                                     C             6-4
Emma Wallen                      Lauderdale County                        G             5-7
Ivy Wallen                           Lauderdale County                       G             5-7
               
Coaches
Brant Llewellyn                   Lauderdale County
Emanuel Bell                      Wenonah
Tammy West                      Cold Springs (administrative)


AHSAA 2016 State Finals

AHSAA 2016 State Finals
Championship Game Schedule/Results

THURSDAY, MARCH 3
Class 1A Girls
Spring Garden (31-4) 64, Linden (18-7) 38
Class 1A Boys
Sacred Heart Catholic (29-8) 95, Georgiana (30-2) 75

FRIDAY, MARCH 4
Class 2A Girls
Samson (33-2) 58, R.C. Hatch (23-7) 53
Class 2A Boys
Lanett (29-6) 73, St. Luke’s Episcopal (23-12) 48

Class 3A Girls
Lauderdale County (30-7) 55, Montgomery Academy (27-5) 44
Class 3A Boys
Madison Academy (22-12) 77, Midfield (21-13) 59

Class 4A Girls
Deshler (36-1) 60, Sipsey Valley (28-6) 46
Class 4A Boys
Westminster Christian (30-3) 53, Cordova (25-6) 34

SATURDAY, MARCH 5
Class 5A Girls
Wenonah (33-1) 58, Central-Tuscaloosa (28-6) 33
Class 5A Boys
J.O. Johnson (29-5) 71, Faith Academy (27-8) 50

Class 6A Girls
LeFlore (35-0) 80, Homewood (27-7) 65
Class 6A Boys
Homewood (31-5) 54, Muscle Shoals (21-10) 51

Class 7A Girls
Jeff Davis (25-6) 52, McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-4) 38
Class 7A Boys
McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-6) 79, Central-Phenix City (31-2) 75
 





2016 AHSAA State Finals Attendance
Monday – 8,514
Tuesday – 10,079
Wednesday – 13,138
Thursday – 10,562
Friday – 10,490
Saturday – 13,275
Total State Finals Attendance – 66,058


CLASS 7A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP McGill-Toolen 79, Central-Phenix City 75

        McGill-Toolen Catholic High School of Mobile edged Central-Phenix City 79-75 Saturday night in the Class 7A boys’ state championship game to close out the 94th AHSAA State Finals basketball tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
        A total of 13,275 attended Saturday’s final slate of championships for Classes 5A, 6A and 7A, and 66,058 attended for the week, a new State Finals record for the BJCC.
        The final game of the 42-game week-long slate proved to be one of the most exciting as Coach Phillip Murphy’s Yellow Jackets (29-6) captured the first boys’ basketball state title in school history. McGill-Toolen also won the 7A state football championship last December, and the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams were state runners-up in their respective playoffs.
      Senior point guard Rene Scott had 22 points, four assists, four rebounds and made 8 crucial free throws in the hard-fought battle – including two that stretched the lead back to eight with 51 seconds to play.  He was named the 7A state tournament MVP.     While McGill-Toolen led most of the way, Central fought from double-digit deficits in the second half to by only three, 70-67, with 1:35 to play.
     Marlon Williams added 19 points, Paris Chambers and Larry Rembert chipped in 13 each.
      Central (31-2), coached by Bobby Wright, placed four players in double figures. Demarcus Lampley led the way with 23 points. Jermond Williams had 15, Keiondre Jakes and Tre’ Todd had 13 each, and Tionne Williams had 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Class 7A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Rene Scott, McGill-Toolen (MVP);  Larry Rembert, Jr., McGill-Toolen; Marlon Wiliams, McGill-Toolen; Tre’ Todd, Central-Phenix City; Demarcus Lampley, Central-Phenix City; Jamari Blackmon, Hoover; Austin Wiley, Spain Park.

CLASS 7A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP Jeff Davis 52, McGill-Toolen 38

        Jeff Davis High School of Montgomery took the opening lead on a Tia Manora lay-up  in the first minute of the game and never trailed as the Vols beat McGill-Toolen 52-38 to win their second straight Class 7A state girls’ basketball championship at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday.
        The Lady Vols (25-6) remain the only school to own a girls’ state basketball title at the 94th AHSAA State Finals. Jeff Davis also beat McGill-Toolen in last year’s first-ever 7A championship game.
        Coach Lakenya Knight’s Vols relied on a swarming defense and strong inside game to take the win.  Senior Jasmine Walker, a 6-foot-3 center, had 18 points and six rebounds and was named 7A state tourney MVP. Tyesha Wheeler added 12 points, four assists and three steals, and Tia Manora added 11 points and five assists. Ahyiona Vason added six assists, five steals and five points in her role as point guard, and Kayla Jackson had 10 rebounds and six points.
    Ryann Sylvester scored 14 points, canning two 3-pointers, and Shauntai Battle had 11 points for Coach Carla Berry’s Yellow Jackets (31-4). Battle also had five rebounds for McGill-Toolen.
   All championship games were televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.

Class 7A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis (MVP);  Ahyiona Vason, Jeff Davis; Tia Manora, Jeff Davis; Ryann Sylvester, McGill-Toolen; Shauntai Battle, McGill-Toolen; Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; Teresa Ward, Buckhorn.

CLASS 6A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP Homewood 54, Muscle Shoals 51

        Homewood used a fast start and some clutch free-throw shooting in the final minute to claim a 54-51 victory over Muscle Shoals Saturday afternoon at the BJCC Legacy Arena to capture the AHSAA Class 6A boys’ state basketball championship.
       The Patriots (31-5) of Coach Tim Shepler jumped out to quick lead as Austin Patterson sank two 3-pointers and Peyton Brown added another to put Homewood up 13-0 in the first quarter. Muscle Shoals (21-11) battled back, however, and the Patriots duo delivered again with Patterson sinking two free throws with 53 seconds left to give Homewood a 52-49 lead and Brown with a pair with seven seconds left to provide the final 54-51 margin.
      Patterson finished with 15 points, including three treys, and Brown had five points and six rebounds.  Junior guard Luke Touliatos had 13 points, six rebounds and was perfect 3-of-3 at the foul line to earn Class 6A All-Tourney MVP honors. Ronald Claiborne also had eight points and Chris Miller 7. The state title was the first for Homewood in school history and the third trip to the finals in Shepler’s tenure.
      The Trojans, coached by first-year head coach Neal Barker, outscored Homewood 35-24 in the second and third quarters to set up the exciting finish.  Braxton Winston had 16 points, three steals and three treys for Muscle Shoals. Teammates Calvin Bak and Mark Sears had 14 and 12 points, respectively. Bak had three 3-pointers and Sears had two and the Trojans finished 9-of-24 shooting from the 3-point arc.
   The 94th annual State Basketball Finals will conclude with the 7A girls’ and boys’ championships Saturday night.
   All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 6A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Luke Touliatos, Homewood (MVP);  Ronald Claiborne, Homewood; Austin Patterson, Homewood; Braxton Winston, Muscle Shoals; Calvin Bak, Muscle Shoals; Antonio Neal, Carver-Montgomery.

CLASS 6A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP LeFlore 80, Homewood 65

        LeFlore High School of Mobile closed out a perfect 35-0 season Saturday with an 80-65 victory over defending state champion Homewood in the Class 6A girls’ championship game of the 94th AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
       Jaz Hill sank seven 3-point goals en route to a 27-point effort to lead the Lady Rattlers to the school’s first state title since 2009. Coach Darrell Walton’s team jumped out to a fast start and led 43-25 at the half. Hill was 7-of-12 beyond the 3-point arc and also had six rebounds. Japonica James added 23 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots to earn 6A state tournament MVP. Daisha Bradford also had 20 points, six assists, five steals and four blocked shots.
     Homewood (27-7), coached by Javonka Ward, was paced by Hannah Barber’s 22 points. She sank four treys.  Tori Webb added 16 points and 18 rebounds, and Shelby Hardy had 14 points.
    The 94th annual State Basketball Finals will conclude with the 7A championships Saturday night.
      All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 6A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Jasponica James, LeFlore (MVP); Jaz Hill, LeFlore; Daisha Bradford, LeFlore; Hannah Barber, Homewood; Tori Webb, Homewood; Moriah Taylor, Hartselle.