Class 4A Boys Finals West Limestone 53, Westminster Christian 42

   West Limestone won its first boys state championship since 1956 Friday night with a 53-42 win over Westminster Christian in the Class 4A finals of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Wildcats (33-3) of Coach Justin Taylor sank 19-of-26 free throws -- 17 in the second half -- to hold off a tenacious comeback effort by the Wildcats (21-12).
    Senior Zane Griffin had 17 points including 7-of-8 from the foul line and sophomore point guard Matt  Bozeman added 1, also sinking 7-of-8 free throws.  Class 4A state tournament MVP Hunter Morgan had 12 points and five rebounds.
    West Limestone limited Coach Ronnie Stapler’s Westminster team to just nine points in the first half but led only 19-9. The game got tense in the fourth period.  Westminster closed to within seven at 46-39 with 2:04 to play.  With four starters fouled out for West Limestone, reserve Evan Hill sank two free throws with 27 seconds left and Zane Griffin’s two free throws seven seconds later sealed the win.
     Trey Petty’s 11 points and six rebounds paced Westminster.
Class 4A Boys All-Tournament Team
Hunter Morgan, West Limestone (MVP); Matt Bozeman, West Limestone; Zane Griffin, West Limestone; Jarrett Murphy, Westminster Christiahn; Trey Petty, Westminster Christian; Brice Scott, Straughn; Maleake Kersh, Bibb County.

Class 4A Girls Finals Deshler 70, Jacksonville 57

   Deshler raced to a 43-18 halftime lead, then weathered two strong Jacksonville rallies in the second  half to capture the Class 4A girls state basketball championship with a 70-57 win Friday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Lauren Cantrell scored 20 points, had five rebounds and five steals to lead the Tigers (34-2). It was clutch free-throw shooting, 12-of-13 for the game, that helped Coach Jana Killen’s team survive the Golden Eagles.
    Jacksonville (29-5), coached by Ryan Chambless, cut the Deshler lead to 10 in the third quarter outscoring the Tigers 16-3 in the first five minutes after intermission. Deshler stretched back to a 15-ppoint lead and to 16 by the end of the period. The Eagles clawed back 12 with 3:02 remaining but four straight free throws, two by Cantrell and two by Nicole Shirley, opened the game again.
    Shirley scored 17 for the Tigers hitting 7-of-12 free throws, and Karleigh Sledge had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Deshler was 28-of-39 at the foul line for the game.
    Jacksonville’s comeback effort was sparked by Virginia Poe. The senior guard had a game-high 26 points sinking five treys. Angel Kidd added 10 points with one 3-pointer and 7-of-8 free throws. Dasia Kirksey also had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
    The state championship was the sixth for Killen’s Tigers but the first since Deshler won three in a row in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Killen (628-126) also recorded the 600th win over her coaching career earlier in the 2014-15 season.
Class 4A Girls All-Tournament Team
Lauren Cantrell, Deshler (MVP); Karleigh Sledge, Deshler; Nicole Shirley, Deshler; Virginia Poe, Jacksonville; Angel Kidd, Jacksonville; Queen Ford, Sipsey Valley; McKenzie Courtney, UMS-Wright. 

Class 3A Boys Finals Madison Academy 75, Piedmont 51

   Madison Academy (19-12) placed four players in double figures as the Mustangs captured the AHSAA Class 3A boys state basketball championship with a 75-51 win over Piedmont in at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday night.
   Junior Josh Langford, a 6-foot-6 forward, had 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to earn Class 3A state tournament MVP honors for Coach Andy Blackston’s team.  He was 6-of-7 from the foul line and also blocked two shots. Teammate Myles Parker added 12 points, Will Acuff and Cole Tomlinson chipped in 11 points each.
   Piedmont (22-12), coached by Tommy Lewis, was led by Darnell Jackson’s 17 points. Taylor Hayes had 12.
     The state titles was Madison Academy’s fifth since 2006 and the fourth with Blackston as head coach. The Mustangs won titles in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013.
Class 3A Boys All-Tournament Team
Josh Langford, Madison Academy (MVP); Will Acuff, Madison Academy; Darnell Jackson, Piedmont; Taylor Hayes, Piedmont; Josh Thomas, Montgomery Academy; Christian Gross, Excel.

Class 3A Girls Finals Lauderdale County 70, Pisgah 39

  Lauderdale County High School girls’ basketball team continued to re-write the AHSAA record book Friday with the Lady Tigers’ 70-39 victory over Pisgah in the Class 3A state finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Tournament MVP Ivy Wallen scored 22 points and had nine assists to pace the Tigers’ fourth straight Class 3A state title since 2012. The victory extended Coach Brant Llewellyn’s team winning streak to 84 in a row, also a state record, and the 39-0 season slate topped last year’s state record of 38 set by the same Lauderdale County team.
    Allison Cruce added 16 points and 12 rebounds, Ashley Comer and Emma Wallen had seven points each.
     Pisgah’s Presley Johnson had 15 points and nine rebounds for Coach Carey Ellison’s Eagles (28-7).
Class 3A Girls All-Tournament Team
Ivy Wallen, Lauderdale County (MVP); Emma Wallen, Lauderdale County; Allison Cruce, Lauderdale County; Presley Johnson, Pisgah; Lily Womack, Pisgah; Jasonie Guice, Barbour County.

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 7A Boys Semifinals Mountain Brook 72, Theodore 69 (2 OT)

    Mountain Brook High School senior Terrell Guy’s 3-point goal with five seconds remaining in the second overtime lifted the Spartans (27-7) into the Class 7A finals with a 72-69 win over Theodore.
    The Spartans, winners of the Class 6A state crown in 2013 and 2014, extended their playoff winning streak to 19 wins dating back to 2013.
    Guy finished with three 3-point goals and 19 points. Jack Kline, who had 23 points and seven rebounds, helped Mountain Brook rally from a 45-34 deficit in the second half to tie the game at 53-53 at the end of regulation and 61-61 after one overtime.  Hunter Lucas also had nine points and Will Hartley had eight. Jared Henderson led the Spartans with 10 rebounds.
    Theodore (28-5) was led by Kyante’ Pines’ 23 points. Senior standout Dazon Ingram had 12 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out in overtime for Coach Philip Roebling’s Bobcats.  Alonzo Moore also had 12 points and Rodney Gill 11.
   Mountain Brook and Hoover will square off in the Class 7A finals Saturday night at 7 p.m. at BJCC Legacy Center.
   Play starts Friday at 8:45 a.m. with Keith and Spring Garden opening the day with the 1A girls finals. Class 1A boys follow. Class 2A, 3A and 4A round out the eight-championship slate Friday.
   Classes 5A, 6A and 7A play championships Saturday with a 9 a.m. start.

State Basketball Finals Schedule

AHSAA State Finals Adjusted Schedule With Revised Times


Friday Schedule – BJCC Legacy Arena

8:45 a.m.        Keith (27-5) 38, Spring Garden (33-3) 25 (1A Girls Finals)

10:30 a.m.      Sacred Heart (26-8) 70, Sunshine (28-5) 65 OT (1A Boys Finals)

12:15 p.m.      Red Bay (25-9) 34, Geneva County (24-9) 29 (2A Girls Finals)

2:00 p.m.        LaFayette (25-5) 69, Elba (21-7) 39 (2A Boys Finals)

3:45 p.m.        Lauderdale County (39-0) 70, Pisgah (28-7) 39 (3A Girls Finals)

5:30 p.m.        Madison Academy (19-12) 75, Piedmont (22-12) 51 (3A Boys Finals)

7:15 p.m.        Deshler (34-2) 70, Jacksonville (29-5) 57 (4A Girls Finals)

9:00 p.m.        West Limestone (33-3) 53, Westminster Christian (21-12) 42 (4A Boys Finals)


Saturday Schedule – BJCC Legacy Arena (No changes to original schedule)

9:00 a.m.        Wenonah vs. Brewbaker Tech (5A Girls Finals)

11:00 a.m.      Ramsay vs. J.O. Johnson (5A Boys Finals)

1:00 p.m.        Homewood vs. Blount (6A Girls Finals)

3:00 p.m.        Lee-Huntsville vs. Carver-Montgomery (6A Boys Finals)

5:00 p.m.        Jeff Davis vs. McGill-Toolen (7A Girls Finals)

7:00 p.m.        Hoover vs. Mountain Brook (7A Boys Finals)