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CLASS 1A BOYS SEMIFINALS Georgiana 86, Marion County 58

CLASS 1A BOYS SEMIFINALS
Georgiana 86, Marion County 58
   
Georgiana (30-1) advanced to the Class 1A boys’ state basketball finals Monday with an 86-58 win over Marion County (17-11) in the semifinals of the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Panthers of Coach Kirk Norris out-rebounded the Red Raiders 44-26 and 6-foot senior point guard Jacquez Patton scored 30 points to pace the win. Patton was 12-of-15 from the field and 8-of-8 at the foul line.  Ja’Michael Stallworth added 20 points, Richard Boggan had 19 and Nizaiah Smith chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds.
    Marion County, coached by Brad Frazier, also placed four players in double figures. Jacob Sanders led with 16 points, Aaron Madero had 12, Braden Pyron 11 and Colton Dennis 10.  Jack Gunter handed out six assists.
    The 1A boys’ championship game will be at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday.
    Class 1A opened the tournament Monday. Class 2A teams will play in the second session Monday. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday. All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.

AHSAA State Basketball Championships

CLASS 1A GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Linden 58, Decatur Heritage 44
   
Linden High School sophomore Amber Richardson scored 28 points and cleared 14 rebounds to lead the Patriots (19-6) to a 58-44 win over Decatur Heritage Monday morning at the BJCC Legacy Arena as the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament got underway.
    South Regional champion Linden, coached by Teressa Bolden, advanced to the Class 1A girls’ state finals with the victory. The 1A girls’ championship game will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
    Class 1A opened the tournament Monday. Class 2A teams will play in the second session Monday. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday. All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.
    Richardson was 12-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 at the foul line en route to her impressive effort. Teammate Imiya Agee, a junior, added 18 points.
    Decatur Heritage (23-7), the Northwest Regional champs, sank 8-of-36  3-point goals but managed only 10 other field goals in the contest.  Junior Kaitlyn Cheatham was 6-of-16 from the 3-point arc to finished with 18 points to lead the Eagles of Coach Paula Armstrong.  Chandler Sparkman added 12 points and nine rebounds.

AHSAA Postpones Central Basketball Regional Girls and Boys Class 1A & 7A Finals

   The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Regional Basketball Tournament Class 7A and Class 1A girls’ and boys’ championship games scheduled for today have been postponed, AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Tuesday.
     The Class 1A games, cancelled earlier today, have been re-scheduled for Thursday afternoon’s final session with the girls tipping off at 4 p.m., and the boys at 5:45. Alabama State University notified the AHSAA at 2 p.m. Tuesday that the campus was being shut down at 3 p.m., today and would not be able to provide support for the 7A finals scheduled for 3 and 4:45 p.m. The 7A girls’ finals have been re-scheduled for Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. The 7A boys’ finals will be played Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., following the 1A boys’ finals.
      All other games remain as scheduled, and other regional sites are continuing as scheduled.   
    The AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions. Any changes in the schedules will be posted at www.ahsaa.com and should updates become necessary, that information will also be posted.

   


AHSAA Moves Central Basketball Regional Girls and Boys 1A Finals to Thursday Afternoon

   The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Regional Basketball Tournament Class 1A girls’ and boys’ championship games scheduled for tonight at 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. have been postponed until Thursday, AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Tuesday.
     He said the decision was made to make the adjustment due to the weather conditions expected through Central Alabama later tonight. All other Tuesday games, including the final two Class 4A semifinal games, the 7A girls’ finals and 7A boys’ finals, are set to be completed as scheduled.
      The Class 1A championship games at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome have been rescheduled for 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., respectively and will conclude the 2016 tournament’s final session. The Central Regional’s Wednesday games and Thursday games will remain as scheduled.
      All other regional sites are continuing as scheduled.   
   “We made this decision based on the EMA’s current weather conditions,” Savarese said. “We had hoped this would not be necessary, but at this time, this is in the best interest of our teams, schools and communities.”
    The AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions. Any changes in the schedules will be posted at www.ahsaa.com and should updates become necessary, that information will also be posted.

Wadley High School Forfeits 7 Boys’ Basketball Games

   MONTGOMERY –Wadley High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year, and ordered to forfeit seven varsity boys basketball games for violating the AHSAA transfer rule. The school self-reported the violation.|
   Wadley played an ineligible student in violation of the “Transfer Rule” specifically “Bona-Fide Move Rule”.  The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated.  Forfeits include Class 1A, Area 8 one win each over Talladega County Central and Alabama School for the Deaf and one win over Victory Christian. Wadley also must forfeit four non-area wins: one each to Beulah and Woodland and two to Horseshoe Bend.
   The Class 1A, Area 8 tournament bracket will reflect the forfeits. Wadley moves to fifth seed and will play fourth seed Victory Christian Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the site of Area 8 champion Winterboro. Third seed Alabama School for the Deaf will now play second seed Talladega County Central Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. and top seed Winterboro will play the winner of Saturday’s Wadley-Victory Christian game at 5:30 p.m. The area tournament finals remain set for Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.
   The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.


North-South Basketball (Boys) South 72, North 65

   The South All-Stars snapped a 12-year losing streak Wednesday night beating the North 72-65 at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome to claim its first North-South boys all-star basketball victory since 2002.
    The North leads 46-26 in the Alabama High  School Athletic Association series hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. The first game was played in 1953 at Tuscaloosa. 
     South 6-foot-8 center Kevin Morris, the South MVP, scored 13 points and cleared seven rebounds – both team highs – to snap the North domination.  He was 5-of-6 from the field and also had two blocked shots and two assists. The South, coached by Dallas County’s Willie Moore and Faith Academy’s John Price, took control in the second quarter outscoring the North team 18-11 to take a 37-29 lead in at the half.
    The North, coached by Chris Love of Oak Mountain and Brian Pounders of Deshler, outscored the South 36-35 in the final two quarters but could never retake the lead.
    Jack Kline of Mountain Brook had eight points and a game-high eight rebounds to be named the North MVP.  Triston Chambers of Cold Springs had 12 points, including two 3-point goals, and Micah Fuller of Bessemer City added 10. Javien Williams of Woodlawn also had nine points with two treys.
    John Pettway of Keith chipped in 10 points for the South. Joshua Hill of Faith Academy added six points and seven rebounds. Carroll-Ozark’s Deric Patton, a 5-11 guard, electrified the crowd with two monster windmill dunks and finished with five points.
    The South’s last win prior to Wednesday’s victory was an 85-76 triumph in 2002.

NORTH-SOUTH ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY (1953-2015)
(Overall Series: North leads 46-26)

2015—
South 72, North 65

2014—North 82, South 64

2013—North 96, South 70

2012—North 65, South 57

2011—North 76, South 72

2010—North 86, South 81

2009—North 75, South 72

2008—North 55, South 46

2007—North 96, South 71

2006—North 95, South 88

2005—North 103, South 82

2004—North 86, South 66
2003—North 98, South 85

2002—South 85, North 76
2001—South 85, North 83
2000—North 117, South 88

1999—South 83, North 70

1998—North 100, South 81

1997—North 85, South 78

 

1984—North 72, South 64 (1A-2A)

             South 70, North 52 (3A-4A)

1983—South 93, North 72 (1A-2A)

             North 92, South 75 (3A-4A)

1982—South 66, North 56 (1A-2A)

             South 76, North 64 (3A-4A)

1981—North 103, South 84 (1A-2A)

             North 88, South 72 (3A-4A)

1980—South 69, North 64 (1A-2A)

             North 70, South 63 (3A-4A)

1979—North 74, South 57 (1A-2A)

             North 66, South 63 (3A-4A)

1978—South 103, North 84 (1A-2A)

             South 87, North 85 (3A-4A)

1977—North 79, South 75 (1A-2A)

             North 77, South 68 (3A-4A)

1976—North 80, South 74 (1A-2A)

             North 88, South 67 (3A-4A)

1975—North 80, South 71 (1A-2A)

             North 94, South 93 (3A-4A)

1974—North 61, South 60 (1A-2A)

             South 77, North 71 (3A-4A)

1973—North 96, South 65 (1A-2A)

             North 66, South 59 (3A-4A)

1972—South 73, North 69 (1A-2A)

             South 59, North 57 (3A-4A)

1971—South 94, North 68 (1A-2A)

             North 81, South 71 (3A-4A)

1970—North 79, South 64 (1A-2A)

             South 91, North 74 (3A-4A)

1969—North 61, South 59 (1A-2A)

             South 79, North 74 (3A-4A)

1968—South 76, North 69 (1A-2A)

             South 66, North 54 (3A-4A)

1967—North 76, South 70 (1A-2A)

             North 81, South 74 (3A-4A)

1966—South 85, North 78 (1A-2A)

             South 58, North 57 (3A-4A)

1965—South 57, North 52 (1A-2A)

             North 65, South 64 (3A-4A)

1964—North 83, South 80 (1A-2A)

             South 80, North 60 (3A-4A)

1963—North 72, South 67

1962—North 64, South 55

1961—North 47, South 41

1960—South 43, North 38

1959—North 60, South 59

1958—South 67, North 54

1957—North 62, South 49

1956—North 58, South 54

1955—North 57, South 49

1954—South 72, North 67

1953—North 52, South 46


2015 North-South Basketball All-Star Teams Announced

     All-star squads for the 2015 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games have been selected.
     Sixty outstanding junior basketball players, 15 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 19th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 20-25, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus July 22 at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.
     The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in soccer, baseball, volleyball and softball. The 55th North-South All-Star football game will be played the previous week and is set for Friday, July 17, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2014-15 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2014-15 Making A Difference Award Recipients ,Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 24.
      Concluding the week will be the 19th annual Officials Awards Banquet set for July 25 at noon. The featured speaker for 2015 will be Joe Dean, Jr., Birmingham-Southern athletic director and college basketball TV sports commentator.
      Chris Love of Oak Mountain and Brian Pounders of Deshler will coach the North boys’ all-stars with Llewellyn serving as administrative coach. Dallas County’s Willie Moore, who led the Hornets to the 2015 Class 5A state tournament after winning the 4A title in 2014, will be coaching the South with John Price of Faith Academy. Price’s team has reached the 5A state tournament the last two years.  Card is the South administrative coach.
       The North Boys’ all-star basketball squad features 6-foot-6 junior Josh Langford of Madison Academy, the ASWA Class 3A player of the year after leading the Mustangs to the 3A state title, and 6-4 Justin Hopkins, who helped J.O. Johnson claim the Class 5A state crown. The South squad features 6-9 Cameron Diggs Crawford of Blount, the tallest player in the game, and Carver-Montgomery’s Antonio Nelson, a key player in the Wolverines’ Class 6A state championship run in 2015.
    Guards Emma Wallen and Ivy Wallen of Lauderdale County headline the North girls’ team. Sisters in the famed Lady Tigers “triplets”, Emma was named the Class 3A player of the year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and Ivy was selected MVP of the Class 3A state tournament as Lauderdale County closed out a 39-0 season.  Also on the North squad is Class 5A state tournament MVP and ASWA 5A player of the year Kaitlyn Rodgers, a power forward from Wenonah. Headlining the South squad are Ahyiona Vason and Jasmine Walker of 2015 Class 7A state champion Jeff Davis and Harriett Winchester, MVP of the Class 1A state tournament for state champion Keith. Walker was the 7A state tournament MVP. Also on the South squad are Cierra Johnson of Blount and Lacy Stafford of Geneva County, the ASWA Class 6A and 2A players of the year, respectively, for the 2014-2015 season.
     The North swept both games last year. The North Boys are 46-25 in the series dating back to 1953 and currently own a 12-game winning streak heading into 2015. The North Girls are 16-2 in the series that began in 1997 and have won the last seven games.
     The rosters are below.

2015  South Girls All-Star Team
Player                                     School                  Pos.     Ht.
Dana Echols                            Auburn                  G          5-4
Janesha Green                        Samson                 G          5-6
Jasmine Griffin                        Abbeville               G          5-2
Jas Hill                                     LeFlore                F          5-8
Cierra Johnson                        Blount                    G          5-8
Ivery Moore                            Demopolis               G          5-8
Margaret Robinson                 Davidson                  G          5-11
Ashley Scott                             UMS-Wright           C          6-2
Jaylen Snipes                           Opelika                  G          5-3
Lacy Stafford                           Geneva County        G          5-8
Ryann Sylvester                       McGill-Toolen           G          5-8
Ahyiona Vason                        Jeff Davis                 F          5-5
Jasmine Walker                      Jeff Davis                  F          6-3
Tykeria Williams                     Lee-Montgomery        G          5-6
Harriett Winchester                Keith                        G          5-10
Coaches
Chad McKnight                         Samson
Jennifer Norris                         Lanett
Nigel Card                               St. James (Administrative)                                                     

2015  North Girls All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Katie Allen                               Albertville                   G          5-11
Charity Brown                         Sipsey Valley               G          5-7
Rachael Childress                   Lawrence County        G/F      5-10
Kenyha Coulson                       Lee-Huntsville             G          5-10
Tyra Johnson                           Austin                          G          5-7
Presley Johnson                       Pisgah                          F/C       5-11
Kendra Langham                     Hoover                        F          5-10
Jailyn Maddox                         Hoover                        G          5-10
Kaitlyn Rodgers                       Wenonah                     F          6-1      
Tykeah Rogers                         Spring Garden             G/F      5-9
Katie Speegle                          Austin                          C          6-0      
Katelyn Thomas                      Shades Valley              C          5-11
Emma Wallen                         Lauderdale County      G          5-8
Ivy Wallen                               Lauderdale County      G          5-8
Bailey West                             Cold Springs                G          5-5
Coaches
Sheroderick Smith                   Winterboro
Carey Ellison                           Pisgah
Brant Llewellyn                       Lauderdale Co. (administrative)

2015  South Boys All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Cameron Diggs Crawford       Blount                          C          6-9
Joshua Hill                               Faith Academy            F          6-4
Stephon Jackson                      Smiths Station             G          6-0
Chardian Johnson                    T.R. Miller                   G          6-0
Ryan Littel                               Enterprise                   F          6-8
Roderick Melton                     Northview                   G          6-0
Kevin Morris                           Dothan            C          6-7
Antonio Nelson                        Carver-Montgomery   G          6-1
Deric Patton                            Carroll, Ozark             G          5-11
John Pettway                           Keith                            G          6-2
Charles Price                           Southside-Selma         F          6-6
Austin Rogers                          Brewbaker Tech          F          6-3
Clifford Thomas                      Jeff Davis                     F          6-7
Roderic Scott                           Lee-Montgomery        G          6-0
Tionne Williams                      Central-Phenix City     C          6-8
Coaches
Willie Moore                           Dallas County
John Price                              Faith Academy
Nigel Card                             St. James (administrative)           

2015  North Boys All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Jack Bonner                             Phillips                         G          6-1
Ryan Brown                             Albertville                   F          6-6
Tracey Burnett                        Lee-Huntsville             F          6-4
Triston Chambers                   Cold Springs                G          6-2
Mykelti Chatman                    Cordova                       F          6-6
Quinterious Croft                    Anniston                      G          5-11
Micah Fuller                            Bessemer City             G          6-0
Justin Hopkins                         J.O. Johnson                F          6-4
Travian James                         James Clemens           G          5-11
Jack Kline                                Mountain Brook          F          6-5
Jason Landman                       James Clemens           F          6-7
Josh Langford                          Madison Academy      G          6-6
Albert Luke                              Ramsay                       F          6-5
Joel Wester                             Cherokee County        G          6-2
Javien Williams                       Woodlawn                   G          6-4
Coaches
Chris Love                               Oak Mountain
Brian Pounders                        Deshler
Brant Llewellyn                        Lauderdale Co. (administrative)


ASWA names Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball

Photos can be found here:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0e7xji99m5bqeqd/AAAd1sIRIP9dGUROvD0QHR2-a?dl=0

MONTGOMERY – Huntsville's Shaquera Wade and Theodore's Dazon Ingram won the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Miss and Mr. Basketball awards Thursday. The awards were presented by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association.

Mr. and Miss Basketball, which signify the state's top boys and girls players, were named at a luncheon in downtown Montgomery at the Alabama Activity Center. Also named were the Super 5 boys and girls teams along with each classification's player of the year

Wade, a 5-11 senior forward/guard, averaged 18.4 points and 10.8 rebounds in leading the Panthers to the Class 7A semifinals for the second time in three years. Wade is a University of Alabama signee.

Named to the girls Super 5 along with Class 7A Player of the Year Wade were Class 6A Player of the Year Cierra Johnson of Blount, Class 7A Jeff Davis’ Jasmine Walker, Class 6A Austin’s Tyra Johnson and Class 5A Player of the Year Kaitlyn Rodgers of Wenonah.

Ingram, a 6-5 senior guard, scored 20.6 points, grabbed 10.5 rebounds and shot 55 percent for the Class 7A Bobcats, who reached the state semifinals for the first time in school history.

Class 7A Player of the Year Ingram heads the boys Super 5 along with three-time Class 3A Player of the Year Joshua Langford of Madison Academy, Class 5A Player of the Year John Petty of J.O. Johnson, Class 6A Player of the Year Lawson Schaffer of Cullman and Class 7A Spain Park’s Austin Wiley.

Wade is the 28th Miss Basketball while Ingram is the 31st Mr. Basketball. The Alabama Sports Writers Association first selected Mr. Basketball in 1985 and Miss Basketball in 1988.

Wade becomes the first player from Huntsville High School to earn Miss Basketball and the third from Madison County in seven years, joining Jasmine Jones (Bob Jones, 2012) and Jala Harris (Bob Jones, 2009).

Ingram is the first Theodore player selected Mr. Basketball and fourth from the Mobile area to win the award, joining Kennedy Winston (Blount, 2002), Sam Haginas (UMS-Wright, 1998) and Queintonia Higgins (Fairhope, 1989).

2015 CLASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
GIRLS
CLASS 7A: Shaquera Wade, Huntsville
CLASS 6A: Cierra Johnson, Blount
CLASS 5A: Kaitlyn Rodgers, Wenonah
CLASS 4A: Lauren Cantrell, Deshler
CLASS 3A: Emma Wallen, Lauderdale County
CLASS 2A: Lacy Stafford, Geneva County
CLASS 1A: Amahni Upshaw, Brantley
AISA: Kasey Grant, Lakeside

BOYS

CLASS 7A: Dazon Ingram, Theodore
CLASS 6A: Lawson Schaffer, Cullman
CLASS 5A: John Petty, J.O. Johnson
CLASS 4A: Jaylen McCoy, St. James
CLASS 3A: Joshua Langford, Madison Academy
CLASS 2A: Donta' Hall, Luverne
CLASS 1A: Walter Jones Jr., Sunshine
AISA: Malik Pettus, East Memorial

SUPER 5
GIRLS

Shaquera Wade, Huntsville, 75 points (10 firsts)
Cierra Johnson, Blount, 49 (3)
Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis, 24
Tyra Johnson, Austin, 15
Kaitlyn Rodgers, Wenonah, 15

BOYS
Dazon Ingram, Theodore, 65 (6)
Joshua Langford, Madison Academy, 60 (5)
John Petty, J.O. Johnson, 34 (1)
Lawson Schaffer, Cullman, 24
Austin Wiley, Spain Park, 17 (1)

ALL-TIME MISS BASKETBALL
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

ALL-TIME MR. BASKETBALL
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

Alabama Boys 101, Mississippi Boys 88

    Alabama’s All-Stars won its fourth straight Alabama-Mississippi  Classic boys’ basketball game Friday night with a 101-88 win over Mississsippi to improve to 14-11 in the 25-year series of the annual border-states rivalry.
    The boys’ win gave Alabama a sweep in the all-star games hosted by the AHSAA and the AHSADCA and played at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
    Theodore senior Dazon Ingram scored 12 points on a 5-of-8 shooting performance, had six key rebounds and four assists to earn MVP honors for Alabama. Donta Hall, a 6-foot-10 Alabama-bound center from Luverne, and Carver-Montgomery’s Brandon Austin paced Alabama’s balanced attack with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Hall had a game-high 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. He was 7-of-8 from the field with one 3-point goal. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Hoover’s Dylan Smith with 12.
    Cullman guard Lawson Schaffer had just five points but finished with four steals and four assists and played well in setting up his teammates all night.
    Mississippi guard Leroy Buchanan of Madison-Central led all scorers with 20 points to earn MVP honors for his team.  He had a 9-of-14 shooting effort from the field.  Quinndary Weatherspoon of Velma Jackson added 12 points, Bruce Stevens of Bay Springs, Jerekius Davis of Provine and Moses Greenwood of Velma Jackson scored 10 points each. Terence Davis of Southaven led Mississippi’s rebounding effort with nine boards.
   Hoover’s Charles Burkett and LaFayette’s Obadiah Threadgill IV coached the Alabama squad. Mississippi’s coaches were East Marion’s Calvin Brown and McComb’s Hilton Harrell.
   Alabama, which lost in 2011, has now won all three games at Alabama State and last year’s game at Jackson State. 

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

     Alabama and Mississippi High School All-Star Teams completed two more practices Thursday in preparation for Friday’s 25th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
     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 video live-streamed by the NFHS Network.  Links are available at www.ahsaa.com. Tickets will be available at the Acadome.
   All four teams will conclude drills Friday afternoon with a 30-minute shoot-around prior to the doubleheader.   Alabama won the boys’ game last year 90-83 with Mississippi winning the girls’ game 95-89. The Alabama boys now hold a 13-11 edge in the series while the girls’ series is even at 12-12.
   Alabama’s boys feature seven players that competed in the 2015 State Basketball Tourney. Class 6A MVP Brandon Austin, a 6-5 Carver-Montgomery guard/forward, led the Wolverines to the state title. Hoover’s Dylan Smith was an all-tournament selection for the Class 7A state champion Bucs. Lee-Montgomery’s 6-9 twin towers Tommy Burton and Trenton Clayton led the Generals to the 7A semifinals and 6-5 Dazon Ingram carried Theodore to the 7A semis. Gerron Scissum, Lee-Huntsville’s 6-6 forward, and 6-foot guard Malik Cook-Stroupe of Homewood both played in the 6A state tourney. Alabama signee Donta’ Hall, a 6-10 center from Luverne, led the Tigers to the Class 2A state finals in 2014.
     Three players on Coach Red Bay Donnie Roberts’ Alabama girls’ all-star roster played in the 2015 state tournament, Huntsville’s Ta’Naisha Hill and Shaquera Wade in Class 7A and Amahni Upshaw of Brantley in Class 1A.
         Some of Mississippi’s standout players had little time to rest after playing in state championship games Saturday and Sunday in Jackson after inclement weather pushed the state tournament back a week. East Marion Coach Calvin Brown, the Mississippi boys’ head coach, has four players who played in finals including 6-foot-4 Quinndary Weatherspoon and 6-5 Moses Greenwood. Weatherspooon, a Mississippi State commitment, scored 28 points and Greenwood had 19 in Velma Jackson High School’s 76-38 win over Aberdeen in the Class 3A finals. Velma Jackson finished 33-2.
    Emanuel Thompson,a 6-4 forward, scored 13 points as McComb (31-1) beat Quitman in the 4A finals and Leroy Buchanan scored 21 points in the Class 6A finals for Madison Central (20-10), which was beaten 43-40 in overtime by Starkville.
    Horn Lake (20-4) won the the Mississippi Class 6A title beating Olive Branch 52-42 as 6-3 center Alexyse Thomas scored 17 points and cleared nine rebounds. Teammate Alondrea Bush, a guard on the Mississippi all-star squad coached by Patricia Wilson, added five points.  Octavia Barnes, a 5-11 forward headed to Michigan State, had 15 points and 13 rebounds in a 50-35 win by Raymond (30-4) over Bay in the 4A girls’ finals.