Class 2A Boys Finals LaFayette 69, Elba 39

   Six-foot-nine senior center Trevond Barnes scored 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead LaFayette (25-5) to a 59-39 win over defending champion Elba in the Class 2A boys finals of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday.
    Barnes, named MVP of 2A state tourney, was 8-of-10 from the foul line and 9-of-14 from the field with  two treys in his effort.
   The Bulldogs, coached by Obadiah Threadgill IV, out-rebounded Elba (21-7) 53-35. Jatarvious Whitlow added 21 points for LaFayette.
   The Tigers, coached by Karl Bledsoe, were led by Raheem Newson’s 12 points and Denzell Thomas’ 10. Brosnan Cooks also had nine points and seven rebounds.
   Threadgill and his father Obadiah Threadgilll III are one of the few father-son tandems in AHSAA basketball history each win a state championship.  Dad won the 1A boys state championship in 1992 as head coach at Notasulga.
Class 2A Boys All-Tournament Team
Trevond Barnes, LaFayette (MVP); Jatarvious Whitlow, LaFayette; Quenten Ray, LaFayette; Brosnan Cooks, Elba; Raheem Newson, Elba; Jacorey Roper, Vincent.

Class 2A Girls Finals Red Bay 34, Geneva County 29

    Red Bay High School won its state championship Friday with a hard-fought 34-29 victory over Geneva County in the AHSAA Class 2A girls state tournament finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Coach Donnie Roberts’ Tigers (25-9) turned up the defense in the first half to hold the Bulldogs (24-9) of Coach Chris Ward to only two second-quarter points on the way to an 18-11 halftime lead.  Geneva County turned up its defense as well limiting Red Bay to four points in the third quarter to take a 24-22 lead into the fourth period.
    The lead stretched to four in the fourth quarter when forward Morgan Pierce sank a 3-point goal that cut the Bulldogs’ lead to one and shifted the momentum to Red Bay. Before Geneva County could recover, Red Bay had built a 31-26 lead and never trailed again.
    Pierce finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers. Hope Cook added 10 points and Class 2A state tournament MVP Darby Madden had seven points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals.
    Lacy Stafford had 20 points and eight rebounds for Geneva County.  She also had three steals.
    The win was the 834th of Red Bay Coach Roberts’ career. He is now 834-347 in 42 seasons.
 Class 2A Girls All-Tournament Team
Darby Madden, Red Bay (MVP); Allie Kennedy, Red Bay; Morgan Pierce, Red Bay; Lacy Stafford, Geneva County; TaMyya Hilllard, Geneva County; Kenetta Morris, Section.

Class 1A Boys Finals Sacred Heart 70, Sunshine 65 (OT)

    Sacred Heart sophomore guard Kavarri Ross sank two key free throws with three seconds remaining in regulation to tie the Class 1A championship game at 54-54 and the Cardinals outscored Sunshine 16-11 in overtime to win the state title 70-65 Friday.
    Ross, who finished with 28 points to earn MVP honors, scored nine of his team’s points in overtime as Coach Ralpheal Graves’ Anniston squad eeked out the victory.  Kiante Wood added 15 points -- all in the second half -- and Kevion Nolan had 10 for Sacret Heart (26-8). Wood had 15 rebounds and Ross had 11 plus four steals for the Anniston parochial school.
    Coach Walter Jones’ Tigers (28-5), playing in its last basketball game as a high school, also turned in a tremendous effort with Herbert Jones scoring 21, Lucky Travis 14, Keonta Edwards 14 and Walter Jones, Jr., 13. Walter Jones also had 11 rebounds and four steals. Herbert Jones also had four assists.
    The Hale County School System announced earlier this year plans to close Sunshine and Akron high schools and merge the students with Greensboro and Hale County high schools.
 Class 1A Boys All-Tournament Team
    Kavarri Ross, Sacred Heart (mvp); Diante Wood, Sacred Heart; Kevion Nolan, Sacred Heart; Herbert Jones, Sunshine; Walter Jones, Jr., Sunshine; Keonta Edwards, Sunshine.

Class 1A Girls Semifinals Keith 38, Spring Garden 25

   Keith High School of Orrville limited Spring Garden to just four points in the first and cruised to the 2015 Class 1A Girls State Tournament championship at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday morning.
    The Lady Bears (27-5) turned in a spirited and very emotional performance as Coach Cecil Williams captured registered the first state championship of his coaching career.
    Keith came into the finals still stunned from the death of Williams’ high school coach, Eugene Mason of R.C. Hatch. The AHSAA Hall of Famer and the state’s all-time wins leader with 919 coaching victories, had been helping Williams’ team prepare for the championship game earlier this week when he collapsed on the court.
    He was transferred to a Selma hospital where he was pronounced dead.
    “It was really am emotional time for us,” Williams said. “The girls dedicated themselves to his memory. It is still hard for me and my girls to deal with.”
     Harriet Winchester earned 1A state-tournament MVP honors scoring 18 points. She also had four assists and eight rebounds. Zykia Pettway chipped in 12 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds for Keith.
     Spring Garden’s Tykea Rogers had 16 points and seven rebounds to pace Coach Ricky Austin’s Lady Panthers (33-3).
    Keith last won a state girls’ championship in 1990.
Class 1A Girls All-Tournament Team
    Harriet Winchester, Keith (MVP); Zykia Pettway, Keith; Tykeah Rogers, Spring Garden; Darian Gaines, Spring Garden; Bekah Voss, Decatur Heritage; Payton Burnett, Brantley.

Class 1A Girls Semifinals Spring Garden 36, Brantley 26

    Spring Garden’s tenacious defense limited defending Class 1A girls state champion Brantley to 23.4 percent shooting from the field and posted a 36-26 win in the semifinals at the BJCC Monday.
    The Panthers (33-2) extended their current winning streak to 25 in a row with Darian Gaines scoring nine points, Madison Sides and Tykeah Rogers notching eight each. Rogers also had a game-high 11 rebounds, and Payton McGinnis had eight boards.
    Brantley (27-3), the 1A state champion in 2013 and 2014, had its 18-game winning streak snapped in the loss.  Payton Burnett scored 10 points and Saquaya Lane had eight for the Bulldogs of Coach Andrew Kilcrease.
     Spring Garden, coached by Ricky Austin, plays Keith in the finals Thursday at 4 p.m.

Class 1A Boys Semifinals Sunshine 61, Phillips 46

    Senior Walter Jones, Jr. scored 26 points and Herbert Jones added 16 as Sunshine (28-4) beat Phillips (26-6) in the Class 1A boys state tournament semifinals Monday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Coach Walter Jones’ Tigers advance to Thursday night’s 6 p.m. finals.
     Keonta Edwards dominated the boards with 16 rebounds and also chipped in 12 points for Sunshine.
     Phillips trailed 31-29 at the half. Jake Bonner, one of the Bears’ top players, had 10 points in the first half but only played a minute in the second half and left the game following an injury.  Jacob Feltman had 14 points, and Tyler Crumpton 10 for Coach Scott Veal’s Bears.
     Sunshine, in the state tournament last year, will close at the end of this school year with students transferring to nearby Greensboro High School, according to the plan submitted by the Hale County Board of Education.

Class 1A Girls Semifinals Keith 52, Decatur Heritage 34

   The Lady Bears (26-5) advanced to the AHSAA Class 1A girls’ state basketball finals with a defensive effort. Coach Cecil Williams’ girls limited Decatur Heritage to 14 points in the first half and out-scored the Eagles 20-10 in the fourth quarter to move into the championship game for the second year in a row.
    Harriet Winchester scored 20 points and passed out five assists to pace Keith.  Zykia Pettway also had 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.   Ambreya Snow and Shatavia Moore added eight points.
    Decatur Heritage (23-6) was paced by Bekah Voss and Maddie Vinton had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Chandler Sparkman also had eight rebounds for Coach Paula Armstrong’s Eagles.
  The game was the first of 42 games scheduled for the week at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena in Birmingham. Class 1A and Class 2A play today, Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A tip off on Wednesday and Class 7A closes the semifinals on Thursday. Two finals will be Thursday night (1A boys and girls). Finals for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will Friday with the Classes 5A, 6A and 7A closing out the week on Saturday.