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CLASS 7A BOYS SEMIFINALS Central-Phenix City 63, Spain Park 61 (OT)

    Central-Phenix City nipped Spain Park 63-61 in overtime in the Class 7A boys’ semifinal game Thursday to advance to the championship game of 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday.
    Coach Bobby Knight’s Red Devils (31-1) will face McGill-Toolen (28-6) Saturday afternoon at 5:45 p.m.   
    Central 6-foot-8 senior center Tionne Williams blocked two Spain Park shots underneath the basket in the final seconds of the overtime period to seal the win.  The two teams battled to a 54-54 tie after four quarters to send the semifinal game into overtime. McGill-Toolen won its semifinal game over Hoover earlier in the day going two extra periods.
    Williams had five blocked shots for the game, nine points and nine rebounds. Keondre’ Jakes made a lay-up and free throw in the final minute to give Central its final lead.  He finished with 11 points, Tre’ Todd and Demarcus Lampley had 14 points each and Jermond Williams scored 10 for the Red Devils.
     Austin Wiley, Coach Donnie Quinn’s 6-11 junior center, had 19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots despite turning his ankle in the final quarter. Junior guard Jamal Johnson had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Jaguars and Justin Brown had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals are tonight at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.



CLASS 7A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Jeff Davis 55, Buckhorn 45

    Defending Class 7A state champion Jeff Davis downed Buckhorn 55-45 Thursday in the semifinal game of the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena to set up a rematch in Saturday’s championship with McGill-Toolen.
    Coach LaKenya Knight’s Vols (24-6) beat McGill-Toolen by one point in the 2015 state finals. The two will square off Saturday at 4 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Senior Jasmine Walker had 21 of Jeff Davis’ 30 first-half points and finished with 27. She also had 14 rebounds. Ahyiona Vason added 11 points and six assists and Tia Manora had eight points and four assists.
    Coach Steve Clemons’ Lady Bucks (27-9) pulled ahead by one point early in the fourth quarter but Walker sank two free throws with 5:52 remaining to give the Vols a 44-43 lead. Buckhorn managed just two points against Jeff Davis’ tenacious defense the rest of the way. Teresa Ward had 14 points and Kaitlyn Hardy 12 for Buckhorn. Sarah Suttle added eight points and three assists.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals are tonight at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.



CLASS 7A BOYS SEMIFINALS McGill-Toolen 77, Hazel Green 74 (2 OT)

    McGill-Toolen nipped defending Class 7A state champion Hoover 77-74 in two overtimes Thursday to advance to the championship game of 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Coach Phillip Murphy’s Yellow Jackets (28-6) and McGill’s Lady Jackets have earned berths in the 7A finals Saturday.
        Hoover (16-19), coached by Charles Burkett, and McGill-Toolen were tied at the end of regulation 60-60 and at 67 all after one OT.
     Rene Scott’s two free throws with six seconds left in the second overtime sealed the win.
Scott finished with 21 points and six assists. He was 8-of-10 at the foul line and McGill was 22-of-30 for the game.  T.J. Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out and Paris Chambers scored 12 points.
    Leading Hoover was Jamari Blackmon, who scored 29 points and was perfect on all seven free throws attempted.  Johnathan Postell also had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Marion Humphrey had eight points and two steals.
    McGill-Toolen will play in the Class 7A boys’ championship game Saturday at 5:45 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The girls will play at 4 p.m.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be tonight at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com
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CLASS 7A GIRLS SEMIFINALS McGill-Toolen 54, Hazel Green 53

    McGill-Toolen overcame a nine-point first-half deficit Thursday morning to beat Hazel Green 54-53 in the Class 7A girls’ semifinal game at the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The victory sends Coach Carla Berry’s Yellow Jackets (31-3) into the 7A state championship game for the second year in a row.
   McGill-Toolen, trailing 30-21 at halftime, took its first lead 38-36 on a rebound and put-back by junior Shauntai Battle just before the buzzer as the third quarter ended. Ryann Sylvester’s 3-point goal with 2:28 remaining staked the Jackets to a 50-46 lead. Shelby Hall’s free throw with 17 seconds remaining stretched the lead to 54-49 and set up a dramatic Hazel Green rally at the finish.
    Katelyn Howard came up with a key steal for Coach Tim Miller’s Trojans (33-4) and sank a lay-up with six seconds left to cut the margin to three. Caitlin Hose got another steal with three seconds left and Hazel Green drew a foul on a 3-point shot attempt with 0.5 seconds remaining.  The Trojans made the first two free throws but the second rolled off the rim.
     Hall led McGill-Toolen with 18 points and three blocked shots. She was 4-of-5 at the foul line. Battle added 12 points and eight rebounds.  Hose led Hazel Green with 12 points and Brooke Hampel had 10 plus five rebounds before fouling out late. Hose had two 3-pointers and teammate Lara Tanner nailed three.
    McGill-Toolen will play in the Class 7A championship game Saturday at 4 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be tonight at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.

CLASS 5A BOYS SEMIFINALS J.O. Johnson 87, Sumter Central 43

     Defending Class 5A state champion J.O. Johnson raced past Sumter Central in the boys’ final semifinal game of Wednesday’s AHSAA State Finals slate at the BJCC Legacy Arena and advanced to the state championship game to take on Faith Academy Saturday.
     Coach Jack Doss, who coached the eighth state championship of his long career last season, saw his Jaguars (28-5) clicking on all cylinders to beat Sumter Central (31-3). This is the final season for J.O. Johnson as a school. The Huntsville City School System plans to close J.O. Johnson as a high school – opening a new school, Mae Jemison High School, next season to serve the students in that zone.
     Jarius Grayson scored 20 points and had five steals to lead J.O. Johnson, which out-rebounded Sumter Central 39 to 15 on the night and shot 76.9 percent from the field (31-of-48) for the game. John Petty and Justin Hopkins added 19 points each and Brandon Crosby added 10. Hopkins and Petty had nine rebounds each, and Petty had six assists.
     Sumter Central, coached by Jazmin Mitchell, was led by Desmond Ward’s 11 points. David Law added eight.
    J.O. Johnson and Faith Academy will play Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m. in the 5A championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Play resumes in the 94th annual state tourney Thursday with Class 7A semifinal games for girls and boys beginning at 9 a.m.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.



CLASS 5A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Central-Tuscaloosa 39, Anniston 37

    Central-Tuscaloosa edged Anniston 39-37 Wednesday night in the Class 5A girls’ semifinal game of  the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena and advanced to the state championship game in to face defending state champion Wenonah (32-1).
    Coach Michael Rivers’ Falcons (28-5) and Coach Eddie Bullock’s Bulldogs (20-7) battled in the second half with Central taking the lead 36-34 with 2:03 remaining when Traniya Pitts scored on a lay-up, was fouled and sank the free throw to erase a one-point deficit. Shaunterius Stephens sank two free throws with 38 seconds left and Pitts added another free throw with 16 seconds remaining to build a 39-35 lead.
     Anniston’s Miajah Bullock canned two free throws with seven seconds remaining to cut the lead to two, and the Bulldogs got s turnover one second later to set up one final play. On the in-bounds pass, however, Pitts, who finished with a game-high 15 points, stole the ball to seal the win.  Stephens had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Central.
     Cooley led the Bulldogs, who forced 28 Falcons turnovers, with 14 points and three steals. Bullock added 10 points and J’Kyra Clemons cleared 10 rebounds.
    Central and Wenonah will play Saturday at 9 a.m. in the 5A championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.


CLASS 5A BOYS SEMIFINALS Faith Academy 52, Ramsay 50

    Faith Academy out-scored Ramsay 17-10 in the fourth quarter to post a 52-50 win in the Class 5A boys’ semifinal game in the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday afternoon.
    Coach John Price’s Rams from Mobile advanced to the AHSAA State Finals as the South Regional champion for the fifth straight year – but Wednesday’s win was the first in the state tourney for Faith (27-7) in that span. Down 28-18 at the half, Faith rallied to cut Ramsay’s lead to five by the end of the third period and took the lead for the first time with 6:33 remaining when Josh Hill sank a jumper set up by R.J. Mhoon’s assist. Faith would not trail again.
    Roderick Williams led Faith Academy with 27 points. He was 10-of-14 at the foul line.  Mhoon added 14 points and Hill had five and a team-high eight rebounds.
    Coach Kelly Cheatham’s Rams from Birmingham out-rebounded Faith 34-22 with Albert Luke, who scored 17 points, pulling down a game-leading nine boards. He and Brandon Wright sank a 3-point goal each in the final 41 seconds to pull Ramsay (23-12) to within two at the end.  Wright totaled four treys and 16 points for the game. Kobe McClain also had six points and blocked five shots for Ramsay, which was making its third appearance in a row.
    Faith Academy will play Saturday at 10:45 a.m. in the 5A championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.
 

CLASS 5A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Wenonah 63, Charles Henderson 51

    Wenonah, two-time defending Class 5A girls’ state basketball champions, earned a chance to go for a third state title in a row Wednesday afternoon with a 63-51 triumph over Charles in the Class 5A semifinal game in the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday.
     The two teams battled to a 43-43 deadlock after three quarters. The Lady Trojans (33-3) took a 45-44 lead 44 seconds into the final quarter, but the next four minutes belonged to the Dragons (32-1). Coach Emanuel Bell’s team outscored Charles Henderson 17-5 the rest of the way to secure a third straight trip to the 5A state finals. Wednesday’s win was the 497th of Bell’s career. He is now 497-180 over 22 seasons.
    Wenonah has won six state titles (1986, 1990, 1993, 2004, 2014 and 2015). The Dragons will play Saturday at 9 a.m. in the 5A championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Junior Alexus Dye scored 30 points to lead Wenonah. She was 12-of-18 from the field and 6-of-8 on free throws and had a game-high 13 rebounds.   Faith Reynolds added 13 points and three assists, Kaitlyn Rodgers had seven points and seven rebounds and Jayla Morrow handed out four assists.
    India Blakely’s 23 points led Coach Dynesha Jones’ Trojans. Maori Davenport added 12 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out late, and Niaira Jones had 11 points and six rebounds.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com. 

CLASS 6A BOYS SEMIFINALS Homewood 64, Huffman 51

    Homewood scored the final 13 points of its Class 6A semifinal game Wednesday afternoon to beat Huffman 64-51 in the Class 6A boys’ semifinal game in the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday.
     With the score tied at 51 all with 2:34 to play, Homewood junior guard Luke Touliatos reeled off 11 in that stretch to finish with 31 points. He was perfect on seven straight free throws in the final minutes and 12-of-15 for the game. Touliatos also sank three treys for Coach Tim Shepler’s Patriots (30-5).
     Ronald Claiborne added 14 points, Trey Jemison had six points and 11 rebounds, and Austin Patterson had five assists and four steals while scoring four points.    
      Huffman (26-6), coached by Stephen Ward, had four players in double figures. Lataurus Carroll had 14 points and eight rebounds, Myreon Jones had 13 points, Decorian Ayers had 11 points and eight rebounds, and Travarus Carroll scored 11 points, had six assists, blocked two shots and had five steals.
    Homewood will face Muscle Shoals (21-10) in the Class 6A championship game Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The Homewood girls also advanced to the finals with 69-41 win over Huffman in the 6A girls’ semifinals and will play LeFlore in the 6A girls’ championship at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com. 

CLASS 6A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Homewood 69, Huffman 41

    Homewood, the defending Class 6A state girls’ champions,used strong offensive rebounding and its usual tenacious defense to capture a 69-41 semifinal game win over Huffman in the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday.
   Coach JoVanka Ward’s Lady Patriots (27-6) forced 19 Vikings turnovers and cleared 16 offensive rebounds to dominate from start to finish.  Sophomore Ajah Wayne had 19 points and six steals to pace Homewood. Hannah Barber sank four 3-pointers and totaled 18 points. She also had five assists. Tori Webb, who had a team-high nine rebounds, finished with 15 points and Kassidy Crawford had eight.
   Huffman (26-8), coached by Lin Slater, placed three players in double figures, Shafori Kines with 13, 12 from Jayla Crawford and 10 by Catherine Hawkins. Jasmine Fowler had eight rebounds.
    Homewood will face unbeaten LeFlore (34-0) in the Class 6A championship game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.