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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)

Class 7A Girls Semifinals McGill-Toolen 53, Huntsville 35

    McGill-Toolen used balanced scoring to beat Huntsville 53-35 in the Class 7A girls’ state tournament semifinals Thursday night at BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The victory sends Coach Carla Berry’s Yellow Jackets (31-4) into the first-ever Class 7A state championship game versus Jeff Davis Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. at the BJCC.
    The Jackets shot 50 percent from the field, made 13-of-19 free throws and had just 11 turnovers in posting the win.  Ryann Sylvester had 15 points. Shelby Hall scored 12 and Shauntai Battle 13 to lead McGill-Toolen. Lauren McKee also had seven points, four assists and five rebounds.
    Huntsville (32-4) was led by Ta’Naisha Hill’s 10 points and two assists.   Shaquera Wade added nine points and 14 rebounds.
    The Lady Panthers of Coach Krystle Johnson were making their second state tournament appearance in the last three years.

Class 5A Boys Semifinals J.O. Johnson 57, Faith Academy 40

    J.O.  Johnson rallied from a one-point deficit at the half to post a 57-40 win over Faith Academy in the Class 5A boys state tournament semifinals Thursday at Bill Harris Arena.
    The Jaguars (31-4) of Coach Jack Doss outscored the Rams 32-14 in the final two quarters to snap Faith Academy’s 33-game winning streak -- longest current boys streak in the state heading into the 2015 AHSAA State Tournament.
    John Petty’s 21 points and nine rebounds sparked J.O. Johnson. The victory was the 748th career win for Doss (748-340). The veteran coach was selected to be inducted into the 25th AHSAA Hall of Fame Class on March 23.
    Terrion Bone added 14 points and Justin Hopkins had 10.
   Coach John Price’s Rams (34-2), who lost in the second game of the regular season before reeling off 33 straight wins to capture the South Regional, were paced by Josh Hill’s 23 points and eight rebounds.
   J.O. Johnson will play Ramsay in the Class 5A state finals at BJCC Legacy Center Saturday night. Ramsay finished as Class 5A runner-up in 2014 and Johnson was runner-up in Class 4A. The Jags moved to 5A this school year when the AHSAA established seven classifications.

Class 7A Boys Semifinals Hoover 65, Lee-Montgomery 56 (2 OT)

     Hoover outscored Lee-Montgomery 11-2 in the second overtime Thursday night to claw its way to a 65-56 win over Lee-Montgomery. The win catapults the Bucs into the Class 7A boys state basketball tournament championship game at BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday night.
    Dylan Smith scored nine of the final 11 points for Coach Charles Burkett’s Bucs (26-9 and assisted on the other bucket to finish with 27 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists on the night. He a perfect 9-of-9 from the foul line including hitting all six attempts in the final 37 seconds of the marathon contest.
    Maurice Brown added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Shaquille Bracey added 10 points and six rebounds before fouling out late. Hoover finished 15-of-18 from the foul line but just 6-of-31 from the 3-point zone.
    Lee (29-4), coached by Bryant Johnson, struggled out the charity stripe sinking only 14-of-34.  Kendarius Hartwell had 12 points, Roderick Scott had 11 and Trenton Clayton 10 for the Generals. Tommy Burton scored nine points, cleared a game-high 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.
    The 7A finals will close out the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships Saturday at 7 p.m. All finals Friday and Saturday will be televised by Raycom Media. Check www.ahsaa.com for channels in each area that will be carrying the games.
   The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all 14 championships starting Friday morning. The links can be found at www.ahsaa.com as well.

Class 5A Girls Semifinals Brewbaker Tech 42, Anniston 40

   Coach Randy Varner’s Rams (23-7) posted a close 42-40 win over Anniston (27-9) at Bill Harris Arena Thursday night to clinch a spot in the Class 5A girls state tournament finals Saturday against Wenonah.
   Michaia Fluellen had 12 points and nine rebounds, Charlisa Wellington added 10 points and 13 rebounds and Bianca Jackson chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds for Brewbaker.  Wellington ansd Jackson also had four assists each.
    Miajah Bullock had 15 points and Kiyana Bullock had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Coach Eddie Bullock’s Lady Bulldogs.
    The 5A girls’ finals will tip off at 9 a.m. Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.

Class 5A Boys Semifinals Ramsay 58, Dallas County 44

   Ramsay advanced to the Class 5A state championship for the second year in a row Thursday night beating Dallas County 58-44 in the AHSAA boys state tournament semifinals at Bill Harris Arena.
    Jordan Millsap scored 18 points, Albert Luke had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Justin Wiley had 1 points for Coach Kelly Cheatham’s Rams (25-5).
    Dallas County (29-4), coached by Willie Moore, was led by Jerrod Moorer’s 26 points, seven rebounds and 9-of-11 free-throw shooting effort. Keyona Phillips added nine points.  The Hornets won the 4A state title in 2014.
    Ramsay will play in the finals Saturday at 11 a.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.

Class 7A Girls Semifinals Jeff Davis 42, Hazel Green 41

    Jeff Davis scored the last five points of the game to stage a dramatic 42-41 come-from-behind win over Hazel Green Thursday to advance to the Class 7A girls’ state basketball championship game Saturday night at the BJCC.
    Hazel Green (29-6), coached by former Jeff Davis coach Tim Miller, led 26-18 at the half and 34-29 after three quarters.  Ahyiona Vason sank a 3-point goal with 37 seconds left to bring the Lady Vols to within one at 41-40, then dished a pass from underneath the goal to teammate Larvasha Thigpen with 21 seconds left and Thigpen delivered the game-winning bucket to seal the win.
    Coach LaKenya Knight’s Lady Vols (30-4) outscored Hazel Green 24-15 in the second half.  Kayla Jackson and Jasmine Walker each scored 10 points for Jeff Davis. Tia Horne added nine points, Vason finished with seven and Thigpen had scored two.
    Hazel Green was led by Rayven Pearson with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Choloe Long’s 14 points and 12 rebounds.
    The historic first-ever Class 7A girls’ finals will be Saturday at 5 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.