BIRMINGHAM – Sacred Heart Catholic captured its third Class 1A state boys’ championship in a row Thursday night beating South Lamar 82-59 at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
South Lamar (25-8), coached by Chris Tucker, battled the Cardinals (29-8) toe-to-toe for the first two quarters and trailed by four 32-28 at intermission. The intense Sacred Heart pressure finally started to takes it toll in the second half as Coach Ralpheal Graves’ team outscored the Stallions 50-31.
Dionte Wood, a 6-foot-4 junior, had 27 points, four assists, five steals, four blocked shots and six rebounds to earn MVP honors for the Cardinals. Dontavis Heath scored 17 points and Murdock Simmons had 16. Simmons also had five steals and Heath had four. Kevion Nolan also scored nine points and had six assists.
Leading South Lamar was junior guard Chase Gore. He scored 21 points with three 3point goals, three assists and four rebounds. Carson Lindsey chipped in 14 points and Malik Cox had nine. Cox also had 10 rebounds and Lindsey had eight.
Championship games for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will be played Friday at Legacy Arena. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will play championship games on Saturday. All finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.
Class 1A Boys’ All-Tourney Team
Diante Wood, Sacred Heart (MVP); Dontavius Heath, Sacred Heart; Kevion Nolan, Sacred Heart; Chase Gore, South Lamar; Malik Cox, South Lamar; Nizaiah Smith, Georgiana.
AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
Hoover (28-7) 59, Central-Phenix City (26-5) 46
Spain Park (22-11) 49, McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7) 49 (OT)
Auburn (23-9) 44, Vestavia Hills (19-15) 37
Mountain Brook (30-5) 52, McGill-Toolen (24-10) 41
CLASS 1A GIRLS
R.A. Hubbard (23-8) 44, Spring Garden (27-8) 43
CLASS 1A BOYS
South Lamar (21-8) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (27-8), Thursday, 5:45 p.m.
CLASS 2A GIRLS
Tanner (28-2) vs. Geneva County (30-2), Friday, 9 a.m.
CLASS 2A BOYS
R.C. Hatch (24-2) vs. Lanett (24-7), Friday, 10:45 a.m.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Locust Fork (34-1) vs. Pisgah (27-7), Friday, 12:30 p.m.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Midfield (26-6) vs. Plainview (31-4), Friday, 2:15 p.m.
CLASS 4A GIRLS
Deshler (34-0) vs. Madison Academy (34-1), Friday, 4 p.m.
CLASS 4A BOYS
Hale County (27-4) vs. Monroe County (23-4), Friday, 5:45 p.m.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
Wenonah (29-3) vs. Charles Henderson (30-5), Saturday, 9 a.m.
CLASS 5A BOYS
Mae Jemison (33-4) vs. Faith Academy (22-8), Saturday, 10:45 a.m.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Hazel Green (37-1) vs. Homewood (33-2), Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
CLASS 6A BOYS.
Paul Bryant (23-11) vs. Parker (28-7), Saturday, 2:15 p.m.
CLASS 7A GIRLS
Hoover (28-7) vs. Spain Park (22-11), Saturday, 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A BOYS
Auburn (24-9) vs. Mountain Brook (30-5), Saturday, 5:45 p.m.
Hoover High School jumped out to a 19-7 lead after one quarter in its AHSAA Class 7A girls’ semifinal game with Central-Phenix City Thursday morning and that cushion held up as the Lady Bucs (28-7) won 59-46 to move into Saturday afternoon’s championship game. The game opened up Thursday’s final round of semifinal action.
Coach Krystle Johnson’s team out-rebounded Central 37-29 and limited the Lady Red Devils (26-5) to just 31 percent shooting from the floor. With the victory, Johnson is now representing Hoover in the state finals after playing in the state finals herself on Hoover’s 2001 state championship team.
Four players were in double figures for the Bucs. Jennifer Andrew led with 14 points and seven rebounds. Miya Kimber added 11 points, Eboni Williams and Joiya Maddox had 10 each. Williams also had a game-high 11 rebounds, Kimber handed out four assists and Maddox sank two 3-pointers. Kimber was also 8-of-11 at the foul line.
Teyah Johnson led Coach Carolyn Wright’s Lady Devils with 17 points and her twin sister Tiyah Johnson had eight points, four steals and three blocked shots. Kayla Vance also had nine points and LaShunte Faniel had a team-high nine rebounds.
The Class 1A girls’ championship game between defending champ Spring Garden and R.A. Hubbard will be at 4 p.m., tonight, and the Class 1A boys’ title game will close out the day at 5:45 p.m. with two-time defending champion Sacred Heart Catholic taking on South Lamar.
Championships for boys and girls in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A are scheduled for Friday with Class 5A, 6A and 7A finals set for Saturday’s final day.
All semifinals in the 95th AHSAA State Championships are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live and live-streamed by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.