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CLASS 2A BOYS SEMIFINALS Lanett 72, Section 59

    Lanett scored six points in 16 seconds late in the fourth quarter Monday night to nip Section 72-59 in the Class 2A boys’ semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The victory sends the Panthers (28-6) of Coach Richard Carter into the finals for the first time in his 45-year coaching career.
    The Panthers led 64-59 when Anquaevious Pollard put back a rebound for a bucket with 1:05 to play. Tavaris Geiger followed with a quick steal and lay-up eight seconds later, and Clifford Story picked up Lanett’s 22nd  offensive rebound of the night and scored following another Geiger steal with 49 seconds left to stretch the lead to 70-59.
     Pollard finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds, Geiger added 16 points and five assists. Emmanuel Littles had 10 points and 16 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards, to lead the Panthers. Lanett out-rebounded Section 44-18 on the night and was 13-of-14 at the foul line for the game.
   Coach Jamie Pruett’s Lions (26-6) remained close all night thanks to a big offensive effort by forward Caleb Haynes and a superb 3-point shooting effort by Dylan Davis. Haynes had 24 points on a 9-of-12 shooting effort and Davis sand six 3-point goals on just eight tries and finished with 18 points. The Lions had nine treys on the night. Haynes also had six rebounds.
   Lanett will play St. Luke’s Episcopal (23-11) in the 2A boys’ championship game Friday at 10:45 a.m. at the BJCC. Play continues Tuesday with Class 3A tipping off the action at 9 a.m., and Class 4A playing the afternoon session. Classes 6A and 5A play Wednesday and Class 7A semifinals are set for Thursday.
    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 2A GIRLS SEMIFINALS R.C. Hatch 59, Ider 57

    R.C. Hatch senior center Ka’Lasha Patterson’s rebound and put back with five seconds remaining Monday night lifted the Lady Bobcats  to a 59-57 victory over Ider in the semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    R.C. Hatch (23-6) advances to Friday morning’s Class 2A championship game to face Samson (32-2). The game will tip off at 9 a.m. The 94th annual AHSAA State Finals got underway Monday at the BJCC Legacy in Birmingham. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A play Wednesday and Class 7A plays Thursday.  The Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon at 4 and 5:45 p.m., respectively.
     Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday beginning with the R.C. Hatch-Samson contest. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the State Finals Saturday with girls’ and boys’ championship games.
     Patterson finished with 14 rebounds and 14 points for Coach Willie Morgan’s Bobcats from Uniontown.  Miranda Jones added 18 points and Alaysia Norfleet had 13.  Ider (24-9), coached by Mark McMahon, was paced by Dani Townsend’s 23 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Culpepper added 14 points and Morgan Flynn had nine.
    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 2A BOYS SEMIFINALS St. Luke’s Episcopal 48, Tanner 36

    St. Luke’s Episcopal downed Tanner 48-36 Monday afternoon to advance to the Class 2A state finals Friday at 5:45 p.m.
    Coach Kantonio Davis’ Wildcats (23-11), making their first appearance in the AHSAA State Basketball Tournament, limited the Rattlers (22-9) to just 29.5 percent shooting for the game. The 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament got underway Monday at the BJCC Legacy in Birmingham.
    St. Luke’s led 15-3 after one quarter.  Wildcats’ 6-foot-6 junior center Hunter Preston had 11 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots to pace St. Luke’s. Jermaine Brown also had 15 points.
    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 2A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Samson 68, Tanner 50

    Samson High School senior guard scored 28 points and sophomore LaTora Duff added 21 as the Tigers (32-2) beat Tanner 68-50 in the Class 2A girls’ semifinals of the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday.
     Coach Chad McKnight’s South Regional champs led by 10 at the half and opened a 24-point lead in the third period to seal the win.  Green was 5-of-7 from the 3-point arc and also had 12 rebounds to pace Samson. Duff had two treys and was a perfect 5-of-5 at the free-throw line. Identical twin sister LaTaschya Duff added seven points, seven rebounds and was perfect on her two free throws.
    Junior Kirstin Brown had 26 points and 14 rebounds despite missing eight minutes due to three quick fouls in the first half. She was 10-of-15 from the field and made 6-of-7 free throws for Coach Larry Greene’s Rattlers (24-8).
    Samson moves into the 2A state finals to be played Friday morning at 9 a.m. at Legacy Arena.
    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 1A BOYS SEMIFINALS Sacred Heart Catholic 75, Keith 67

    Defending Class 1A state champion Sacred Heart Catholic out-scored Keith 11-3 over the final 3:16 of the game Monday to squeak out a 75-67 victory in the semifinals of the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Area Monday.
      The victory for Coach Ralpheal Graves’ Cardinals (28-8) sets up the Class 1A championship game Thursday night at 5:45 p.m. against Georgiana (30-1).
      Juniors D.J. Heath and Keion Nolen had 24 and 20 points, respectively, to lead Sacred Heart. Diante Wood also had 17 points and 12 rebounds. He was 9-for-9 and Nolan 9-for-11 on free throws for the Cardinals.
     Senior John Pettway led Keith (26-7) with 34 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five assists and was 9-of-11 at the foul line. Coach Tommy Tisdale’s Bears also got 12 points from Jimmy Powell and eight rebounds from Dalven Johnson.
    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 1A GIRLS SEMIFINALS Spring Garden 50, Keith 34

    Spring Garden jumped out to a quick 14-point lead in the first half and eased past defending Class 1A state champion Keith 50-34 in the semifinals of the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday.
     Coach Ricky Austin’s Panthers (30-4) used a stingy defense to seal the win. Keith (31-3) shot only 35 percent for the game and had 15 turnovers.
     Senior Tykeah Rogers has 23 points and 15 rebounds for Spring Garden. Madison Sides added 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals, and A.J. Broome handed out six assists. Savannah Dempsey added eight points.
      Senior guard Harriett Winchester led Coach Cecil Williams’ Bears with 17 points. Shatavia Moore chipped in five points and six rebounds.
      Spring Garden advances to face Linden in the Class 1A finals Thursday at 4 p.m.
      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 1A BOYS SEMIFINALS Georgiana 86, Marion County 58

CLASS 1A BOYS SEMIFINALS
Georgiana 86, Marion County 58
   
Georgiana (30-1) advanced to the Class 1A boys’ state basketball finals Monday with an 86-58 win over Marion County (17-11) in the semifinals of the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Panthers of Coach Kirk Norris out-rebounded the Red Raiders 44-26 and 6-foot senior point guard Jacquez Patton scored 30 points to pace the win. Patton was 12-of-15 from the field and 8-of-8 at the foul line.  Ja’Michael Stallworth added 20 points, Richard Boggan had 19 and Nizaiah Smith chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds.
    Marion County, coached by Brad Frazier, also placed four players in double figures. Jacob Sanders led with 16 points, Aaron Madero had 12, Braden Pyron 11 and Colton Dennis 10.  Jack Gunter handed out six assists.
    The 1A boys’ championship game will be at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday.
    Class 1A opened the tournament Monday. Class 2A teams will play in the second session Monday. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday. All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.

AHSAA State Basketball Championships

CLASS 1A GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Linden 58, Decatur Heritage 44
   
Linden High School sophomore Amber Richardson scored 28 points and cleared 14 rebounds to lead the Patriots (19-6) to a 58-44 win over Decatur Heritage Monday morning at the BJCC Legacy Arena as the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament got underway.
    South Regional champion Linden, coached by Teressa Bolden, advanced to the Class 1A girls’ state finals with the victory. The 1A girls’ championship game will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
    Class 1A opened the tournament Monday. Class 2A teams will play in the second session Monday. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday. All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.
    Richardson was 12-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 at the foul line en route to her impressive effort. Teammate Imiya Agee, a junior, added 18 points.
    Decatur Heritage (23-7), the Northwest Regional champs, sank 8-of-36  3-point goals but managed only 10 other field goals in the contest.  Junior Kaitlyn Cheatham was 6-of-16 from the 3-point arc to finished with 18 points to lead the Eagles of Coach Paula Armstrong.  Chandler Sparkman added 12 points and nine rebounds.

AHSAA 94th State Basketball Tourney Starts Monday at BJCC

   BIRMINGHAM -- Fifty-six high school basketball teams converge on Birmingham this week as the 94th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament tips off Monday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Legacy Arena.
   Classes 1A and 2A are scheduled to play Monday with Linden (17-6) and Decatur Heritage (25-6) squaring off first in the Class 1A girls’ semifinals at 9 a.m. 
    The State Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 29-March 5 at the BJCC with Classes 1A and 2A playing semifinals on Monday, Classes 3A and 4A on Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday and Class 7A on Thursday. Girls’ and Boys’ finals for Class 1A will be Thursday afternoon. Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will play championship games on Friday while Classes 5A, 6A and 7A concluding the tournament Saturday.
     All semifinal games will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and all finals will be televised by Raycom Media. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all finals over its network. More information can be found at www.ahsaa.com, www.
http://statefinalsal.com/ and  www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Class 6A LeFlore’s Lady Rattlers come into the state tourney as the only undefeated team at 33-0. The Rattlers play Wednesday at 9 a.m. versus Hartselle (24-11).
      Coach Jack Doss has his J.O. Johnson squad back in Class 5A after nipping Anniston in the Northeast Regional boys’ Class 5A finals 45-42 before a crowd estimated at 6,000 at Jacksonville State University.  The Jaguars (27-5) won the Class 5A state title last year, the second in school history and eighth championship for a Doss-coached team. He had two titles at Hayes in Birmingham and five at Huntsville-Butler.
     Other 2015 boys’ state champions back to defend titles are Class 7A Hoover (16-18), Class 6A Carver-Montgomery (27-3), Class 3A Madison Academy (22-12) and Class 1A Sacred Heart Catholic (27-8). Defending girls’ state champions in the 2016 state tourney are Class 1A Keith (31-2), Class 3A Lauderdale County (28-7), Class 4A Deshler (32-1), Class 5A Wenonah (31-1), Class 6A Homewood (26-6) and Class 7A Jeff Davis (22-6).
     Lauderdale County is going for its fifth straight Class 3A championship. Coach Brant Llewellyn’s Lady Tigers finished 39-0 last season and extended the state’s longest winning streak to 84 games with the 70-39 win over Pisgah in the 2015 finals. That streak was finally ended early this season after 86 wins in a row.
     Homewood girls’ coach JoVanka Ward has her team back in the 6A competition -- and her husband Steve Ward has his Huffman boys’ squad in the Class 6A boys’ tournament as well.
     Class 1A Keith, Class 2A Tanner, Class 6A Huffman and Homewood and Class 7A McGill-Toolen advanced their boys’ and girls’ teams to the 94th State Championships.
   The complete schedule is listed below.

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
At Legacy Arena, BJCC

Monday’s Schedule
CLASS 1A
GIRLS
Decatur Heritage (25-6) vs. Linden (17-6), 9 a.m.
Spring Garden (29-4) vs. Keith (31-2), noon
BOYS

Marion County (17-10) vs. Georgiana (29-1), 10:30 a.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic (27-8) vs. Keith (26-6), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 2A
GIRLS
Tanner (24-7) vs. Samson (31-2), 3 p.m.
Ider (24-8) vs. R.C. Hatch (22-6), 6 p.m.
BOYS

Tanner (22-8) vs. St. Luke’s Episcopal (22-11), 4:30 p.m.
Section (26-5) vs. Lanett (27-6), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Schedule
CLASS 3A
GIRLS
Lauderdale County (28-7) vs. Barbour County (19-6), 9 a.m.
Brindlee Mountain (26-7) vs. Montgomery Academy (24-4), noon
BOYS

Madison Academy (22-12) vs. Pike County (19-10), 10:30 a.m.
New Hope (26-4) vs. Midfield (21-12), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 4A
GIRLS
Deshler (34-1) vs. UMS-Wright (27-6), 3 p.m.
Locust Fork (32-1) vs. Sipsey Valley (27-5), 6 p.m.
BOYS

Cordova (24-5) vs. Monroe County (26-5), 4:30 p.m.
Westminster Christian (28-3) vs. Childersburg (28-5), 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s Schedule
CLASS 6A
GIRLS
Hartselle (24-11) vs. LeFlore (33-0), 9 a.m.
Huffman (26-7) vs. Homewood (26-6), noon
BOYS

Muscle Shoals (20-10) vs. Carver-Montgomery (27-3), 10:30 a.m.
Huffman (26-5) vs. Homewood (28-5), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 5A
GIRLS
Wenonah (31-1) vs. Charles Henderson (33-2), 3 p.m.
Anniston (20-6) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-5), 6 p.m.
BOYS

Ramsay (23-11) vs. Faith Academy (26-7), 4:30 p.m.
J.O. Johnson (27-5) vs. Sumter Central (31-2), 7:30 p.m.

Thursday’s Schedule
CLASS 7A
GIRLS
Hazel Green (32-3) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-3), 9 a.m.
Buckhorn (26-8) vs. Jeff Davis (21-6), noon
BOYS

Hoover (16-18) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-6), 10:30 a.m.
Spain Park (23-9) vs. Central-Phenix City (31-1), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 1A
Girls’ finals, 4 p.m.
Boys’ finals, 5:30 p.m.

Friday’s Schedule
CLASS 2A
Girls’ finals, 9 a.m.
Boys’ finals, 10:45 p.m.
CLASS 3A
Girls’ finals, 12:30 p.m.
Boys’ finals, 2:15 p.m.
CLASS 4A
Girls’ finals, 4 p.m.
Boys’ finals, 5:45 p.m.

Saturday’s Schedule
CLASS 5A
Girls’ finals, 9 a.m.
Boys’ finals, 10:45 p.m.
CLASS 6A
Girls’ finals, 12:30 p.m.
Boys’ finals, 2:15 p.m.
CLASS 7A
Girls’ finals, 4 p.m.
Boys’ finals, 5:45 p.m.


AHSAA Postpones Central Basketball Regional Girls and Boys Class 1A & 7A Finals

   The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Regional Basketball Tournament Class 7A and Class 1A girls’ and boys’ championship games scheduled for today have been postponed, AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Tuesday.
     The Class 1A games, cancelled earlier today, have been re-scheduled for Thursday afternoon’s final session with the girls tipping off at 4 p.m., and the boys at 5:45. Alabama State University notified the AHSAA at 2 p.m. Tuesday that the campus was being shut down at 3 p.m., today and would not be able to provide support for the 7A finals scheduled for 3 and 4:45 p.m. The 7A girls’ finals have been re-scheduled for Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. The 7A boys’ finals will be played Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., following the 1A boys’ finals.
      All other games remain as scheduled, and other regional sites are continuing as scheduled.   
    The AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions. Any changes in the schedules will be posted at www.ahsaa.com and should updates become necessary, that information will also be posted.