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CLASS 5A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP J.O. Johnson 71, Faith Academy 50

        J.O. Johnson High School’s boys’ basketball team topped off its final season with a 71-50 win over Faith Academy to capture the AHSAA Class 5A state basketball championship Saturday.
       The Jaguars (29-5) also won their second straight 5A title and handed head coach Jack Doss the ninth state championship of his hall-of-fame coaching career in the process.  J.O. Johnson is being closed as a high school by the Huntsville City Schools after this school year and students will attend a new school, Mae Jemison High School, next season.
       Senior John Petty finished with 32 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and a 5-of-7 shooting performance from the 3-point arc to earn Class 5A state tournament MVP honors. He was 10-of-16 overall from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line in a near perfect performance for J.O. Johnson.   Justin Hopkins added 11 points and seven rebounds, Brandon Nicholas had nine points and Jarius Grayson had eight points and four assists. Brandon Crosby also handed out five assists.
     Faith Academy (27-8), reaching the State Finals tournament for the fifth straight time, was led by Josh Hill’s 21 points.  Roderick Williams also had 16 points, four assists and three steals.  Coach John Price’s Rams were playing in the school’s first AHSAA state championship game.
    The 94th annual State Basketball Finals will conclude with 6A and 7A championships Saturday afternoon.
      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 5A State Finals All-Tourney Team
John Petty, J.O. Johnson (MVP); Justin Hopkins, J.O. Johnson; Jarius Grayson, J.O. Johnson; Roderick Williams, Faith Academy; Josh Hill, Faith Academy; Albert Luke, Ramsay.

CLASS 5A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP Wenonah 58, Central-Tuscaloosa 33

        Wenonah High School’s Lady Dragons used a smothering defense to beat Central-Tuscaloosa Saturday morning in the Class 5a girls’ championship game of the 2016 AHSAA State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
          The title was the third in a row for Coach Emanuel Bell’s Dragons (33-1) and the seventh overall for the storied Birmingham school’s program.
         Junior Alexus Dye had 12 points and 10 rebounds to earn Class 5A state tourney MVP.  Senior Kaitlyn Rodgers added 12 points, 14 rebounds, six blocked shots and three assists.  Kourtnie Smith also had eight points and Jayla Morrow seven for Wenonah.
        Pacing Central (28-6), coached by Michael Rivers, was paced by Shaunterius Stephens’ 17 rebounds and five points. Latasha Maddix also had 15 rebounds, and Jada Prewitt had seven points.
        The Dragons have been in the state finals four years in a row – winning in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and losing by a single point to Faith Academy in 2013.
    The AHSAA State Finals championships conclude Saturday with Classes 6A and 7A in the afternoon session.
      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 5A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Alexus Dye, Wenonah (MVP); Faith Reynolds, Wenonah; Kaitlyn Rodgers, Wenonah; Shaunterius Stephens, Central-Tuscaloosa; Latasha Maddix, Central-Tuscaloosa; India Blakely, Charles Henderson.

CLASS 4A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP Westminster Christian 53, Cordova 34

        Westminster Christian of Huntsville limited Cordova to just 11 points in the second and third quarters Friday night as the Wildcats captured the AHSAA Class 4A state boys’ basketball championship 53-34 in the 2016 State Finals championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
       The state title was the first in school history for the Wildcats (30-3), coached by long-time Coach Ronnie Stapler. Stapler won two previous titles as head coach at Huntsville’s Grissom High School in in 1988 and 1999.
     Senior guard Trey Petty scored 15 points, had five rebounds and was 5-of-6 at the foul line to earn Class 4A state tourney MVP honors for Westminster.  John Kendall had 12 points, six coming on two 3-point goals, and was 4-of-5 on free throws. The Wildcats were 18-of-25 for the game. Tysean Whitehead added 11 points.
    Westminster’s talented defense limited Cordova (25-6) to just 11 field goals and just 29.7 percent shooting from the floor to seal the win. The Blue Devils, coached by Heath Burns, got 15 points and eight rebounds from 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Isaac Chatman.  Older brother Mykelti Chapman, a 6-6 senior, had six points and a game-high nine rebounds. Jayce Willingham scored seven points and Kolbi Fuqua six.
    The AHSAA State Finals championship games resume Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with boys’ and girls’ championship games for Classes 5A, 6A and 7A to close out the 94th AHSAA State Basketball Finals.
      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 4A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Trey Petty, Westminster Christian (MVP); John Kendall, Westminster Christian; Tysean Whitehead, Westminster Christian; Mykelti Chatman, Cordova; Isaac Chatman, Cordova; Deandre Robinson, Monroe County.

CLASS 4A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP Deshler 60, Sipsey Valley 46

        Defending Class 4A AHSAA state girls’ basketball champion Deshler made it two in a row Friday with a 60-46 victory over Sipsey Valley. The Lady Tigers (36-1) broke open a game tied 30-30 at halftime with a third-quarter rally that led to a 54-37 lead at the BJCC Legacy Arena heading into the final period of the 2016 Class 4A State Finals.
       Coach Jana Killen’s Tigers forced 12 second-half turnovers to seal Deshler’s seventh state title overall and sixth since 2003.   Sophomore center Karleigh Sledge scored 21 points, had 14 rebounds, five steals and five blocked shots to spark the rally and earned MVP honors for the 4A state tourney.  Nicole Shirley added 17 points, four steals and four assists and Aliyah Peters had seven points and eight rebounds.
      Sipsey Valley (28-6), coached by Jerome Elliott, was led by senior guard Charity Brown’s 19 points and three assists. Queen Ford also had 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots for the Bears, making their first appearance in the state finals.
    The AHSAA State Finals championship games resume Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with championship games  Classes 5A, 6A and 7A) to close out the 94th AHSAA State Basketball Finals.
      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 4A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Karleigh Sledge, Deshler (MVP); Nicole Shirley, Deshler; Aliyah Peters, Deshler; Queen Ford, Sipsey Valley; Charity Brown, Sipsey Valley; Ashley Scott, UMS-Wright.

CLASS 3A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP Madison Academy 77, Midfield 59

        Madison Academy broke open a game tied at intermission Friday with a 24-7 advantage in the third quarter and the Mustangs rolled to a 77-59 win over Midfield at the BJCC Legacy Arena to claim the school’s third Class 3A state basketball championship in the last four years.
      Senior Josh Langford closed the book on his Madison Academy career with 25 points, nine rebounds and four steals to earn MVP honors in the 3A tourney of the 2016 AHSAA State Basketball Finals. The 6-foot-6 guard also had four assists for Coach Andy Blackston’s Mustangs (22-12). Myles Parker, Madison Academy’s 6-7 junior forward, added 23 points on an 8-of-10 shooting performance. He was also 7-of-8 at the foul line and had five rebounds.  Senior guard Will Acuff sank four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and five assists.
     Midfield (21-13), coached by Darrell Barber, got 16 points each from Shy’m Cunningham and Corey Davis and 10 from Keenan Isaac. Davis and Cunningham also had six rebounds each.
      Madison Academy’s 2016 state title is the sixth in school history. Midfield has won three – including the 2014 championship.
   The AHSAA State Finals championship games continue Friday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with championship games for Class 4A. Saturday’s championship slate (5A, 6A and 7A) closes out the 94th AHSAA State Basketball Finals.
      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 3A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Josh Langford, Madison Academy (MVP); Myles Parker, Madison Academy; Will Acuff, Madison Academy;  Shy’m Cunningham, Midfield; Corey Davis, Midfield; Omar Jolly, New Hope.

CLASS 3A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP Lauderdale County 55, Montgomery Academy 44

        Lauderdale County closed out the most successful chapter in girls’ basketball history Friday afternoon as the Lady Tigers downed Montgomery Academy 55-44 to capture the school’s fifth straight Class 3A state basketball championship.
      The seniors for the Lady Tigers (30-7) of Coach Brant Llewellyn won state crowns every year since the eighth grade – a new AHSAA state record. The win Friday at the AHSAA State Basketball Finals capped the prep careers of Alabama’s  most recognizable basketball-playing triplets, Emma, Ella and Ivy Wallen.
      Emma Wallen sank six 3-point goals and finished with 22 points to pace the Tigers’ effort. Ivy had 14, five steals and seven assists and Ella had three points and four rebounds. Sophomore Allie Craig Cruce had 12 points, two blocked shots and three steals.
     Montgomery Academy (27-5) pushed Lauderdale County to the limit. Coach Barry Fencher’s Eagles trailed 37-23 at intermission but turned up a defense that shut out the Tigers over a nine-minute (9:04)  stretch in the second half to cut the lead to nine, 45-36 with 3:06 to play.  Ivy Wallen got the next three points and Lauderdale County was able to seal the win.
       Jade Brooks scored 25 points for MA to lead all scorers. Elizabeth Robertson added 10 points, and Kayla White had eight rebounds.
      Lauderdale County finished the 2015 season 39-0 riding an 84-game winning streak. That streak finally ended earlier this season at 86 games. Five other schools have won four consecutive girls’ state titles: Mars Hill Bible (1988-91), Fyffe (1994-97), Deshler (2003-06), Ramsay (2004-07) and Midfield (2007-10).
   AHSAA State Championship action continues Friday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with championship games for Class 4A later Friday afternoon. Saturday’s championship slate (5A, 6A and 7A) closes out the 94th AHSAA State Basketball Finals.
      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 3A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Emma Wallen, Lauderdale County (MVP); Ivy Wallen, Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County;  Jade Brooks, Montgomery Academy; Kayla White, Montgomery Academy; Courtney Yarbrough, Brindlee Mountain.

CLASS 2A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP Lanett 73, St. Luke’s Episcopal 48

        Lanett High School outscored St. Luke’s Episcopal 25-3 in the third period and eased to a 73-48 triumph in the AHSAA State Basketball Finals Class 2A boys’ championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday.
       The state title was the first for Lanett and the first for Coach Richard Carter in his 45-year coaching career.
       Senior Tavaris Geiger tallied 22 points, had five assists and six steals to pace the Panthers (29-6). Freshman Terrion Truitt added 21 points and Anquaevious Pollard had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Emanuel Littles also had 12 rebounds and eight points and Jalen Madden had six assists for Lanett.
       St. Luke’s (23-12), coached by Kantonio Davis, was led by Mark Wilcox’s 25 points and 12 rebounds.  Mike Winston added eight points and Hunter Preston cleared 12 rebounds. The AHSAA championship game was the first in school history for St. Luke’s basketball program.
      Championship action continues Friday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with championship games for Class 3A and 4A. Saturday’s championship slate (5A, 6A and 7A) closes out the 2016 championships.
      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 2A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Tavaris Geiger, Lanett (MVP); Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett; Terrion Truitt, Lanett; Preston Hunter, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Mark Wilcox, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Caleb Haynes, Section.

CLASS 2A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP Samson 58, R.C. Hatch 53

        Samson’s 58-53 victory over R.C. Hatch in the AHSAA State Basketball Finals Class 2A girls’ championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena was a tale of two halves Friday morning
       Coach Chad McKnight’s Lady Tigers (32-2) outscored the Lady Bobcats (23-6) 24-6 in the second quarter to build a 31-10 lead.  Things changed, however in the second half as Coach Willie Morgan’s team fought back to pull within four points with a 21-point run to cut the margin to 51-47.R.C. Hatch cut it to two, 53-51, with 1:50 to play, but senior point guard Janesha Green made three free throws and Isis McGhee nailed a short  jumper to held the Tigers turn back the tremendous comeback effort. Hatch outscored Samson 41-28 in the second half.
      Green, the Class 2A state tournament MVP, finished with eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals for Samson.  LaTascya Duff had 14 points and eight rebounds, LaTora Duff had 13 points and Summer Stacy added 12 points for the Tigers. The Duff sisters joined Green on the all-tourney team.
      Ka’Lasha Patterson led R.C. Hatch with 21 points and 14 rebounds. She had 15 points in the second half.  Miranda Jones chipped in 12 points.
     Samson, which won the state title in 2006 and 2007, forced 29 turnovers, but only nine in the last two quarters.
      Championship action continues Friday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with championship games for Class 3A and 4A. Saturday’s championship slate (5A, 6A and 7A) closes out the 2016 championships.
      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 2A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Janesha Green, Samson (MVP); Latascya Duff, Samson; LaTora Duff, Samson; Ka’Lasha Patterson, R.C. Hatch; Clea Young, R.C. Hatch; Dani Townsend, Ider; Kirstin Brown, Tanner.

CLASS 1A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP Sacred Heart Catholic 95, Georgiana 75

        Sacred Heart Catholic got 59 points combined from junior D.J. Heath and sophomore Diante Wood as the Cardinals downed Georgiana 95-75 to claim the Anniston school’s second straight Class 1A state boys’ basketball championship.
       Wood had 30 points and Heath 29 for the Cardinals (29-8) as the Class 1A title game closed Thursday’s action at the 94th AHSAA State Basketball Finals. Heath was 15-of-22 at the free-throw line and Wood 8-of-9 as Sacred Heart finished 25-of-33 at the charity stripe.
       Championship action continues Friday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with championship games for girls and boys in Class 2A, 3A and 4A. Saturday’s championship slate (5A, 6A and 7A) closes out the 2016 championships. Both championship days begin at 9 a.m.
      Wood, who also had 13 rebounds and five blocked shots, earned MVP honors for Coach Ralpheal Graves’ Cardinals. Heath and Nolan joined him on the Class 1A State Finals All-Tourney team.
      Georgiana (30-2), coached by Kirk Norris, was led by Richard Boggan’s 25 points, 15 rebounds and four steals. Ja’Michael Stallworth added 18 points and three 3-pointers, and Jaquez Patton had 16 points. The Panthers’ 30-win season was the most in school history.
     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 1A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Diante Wood, Sacred Heart (MVP); Kevion Nolan, Sacred Heart; D.J. Heath, Sacred Heart; Jacquez Patton, Georgiana; Richard Boggan, Georgiana; John Pettway, Keith.

CLASS 1A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP Spring Garden 64, Linden 38

        Spring Garden High School beat Linden 64-38 Thursday afternoon to claim the Class 1A girls’ state championship at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The championship was the first of 14 to be played in the 94th annual AHSAA State Finals.
      Coach Ricky Austin’s Panthers (31-4) dominated from start to finish to claim the school’s fifth girls’ state basketball title overall. It was the fourth in Austin’s tenure.
     Class 1A state tournament MVP Tykeah Rogers scored 25 points and cleared 14 rebounds to lead Spring Garden. She also had three blocked shots and two steals.  Savannah Dempsey, who also made the all-tourney team, had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Madison Sides, the third member of the all-tourney team from the Panthers, added nine points. Dempsey also had four 3-pointers.
   Linden (18-7), coached by Teressa Bolden, were led by all-tourney selection Amber Richardson’s 15 points and nine rebounds. She also had a game-high six steals.
    Spring Garden’s other state titles came in 1987, 2004, 2007 and 2008. Austin’s team finished as runner-up last season.
     The Class 2A, 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ state championship games will be played Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will crown their champions on Saturday. All championship games are being played at Birmingham’s BJCC Legacy Arena and are being televised live by Raycom Media and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.
Class 1A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Tykeah Rogers, Spring Garden (MVP); Savannah Dempsey, Spring Garden; Madison Sides, Spring Garden; Amber Richardson, Linden; Harriett Winchester, Keith; Kaitlyn Cheatham, Decatur Heritage.