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CLASS 5A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Sylacauga 59, Talladega 55

BIRMINGHAM – Sylacauga High School senior Malik Crawford scored 27 points and cleared seven rebounds Wednesday night to spark the Aggies (30-5) to a 59-55 win over arch-rival Talladega  in the Class 5A boys’ semifinals Wednesday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Coach Will Copeland’s team now moves into the Class 5A boys’ finals Saturday at 10:45 a.m. to play Eufaula (29-9) at 9 a.m. The championship game will be one of six on the final day of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships.
    Crawford was 12-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 at the foul line. He canned two free throws with six seconds remaining to seal the win. Erron Bryant scored 12 points and also had seven rebounds, and Darian Garrett scored 11.
    Talladega (21-11), coached by Chucky Miller, was led by Kobe Simmons’ 16 points and five rebounds. D’juante Dickerson, Chaztin Tanner and Ashton Duncan added eight points apiece. All three had two 3-point goals each.
     The two schools, located just 20 miles apart in Talladega County, had played three times previously this season and the Tigers winning all three.
      The Class 7A semifinals will tip off Thursday morning. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 5A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Central-Tuscaloosa 56, Scottsboro 49

     BIRMINGHAM – Central-Tuscaloosa sophomore center Sakyia White scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Falcons past Scottsboro 56-49 in the Class 5A girls’ semifinals Wednesday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     The win sends Central (27-7) into Saturday morning’s 9 a.m. championship game of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships to face Charles Henderson (31-4).
    White’s inside presence was especially big on the offensive boards. She had seven offensive rebounds and finished the game 11-of-17 shooting. Mackenzie Mahone also had eight rebounds and was also strong inside for Coach Michael Rivers’ Falcons. She had 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
     Mahone and Jones added 10 points each and point guard Quintasia Leatherwood had nine points, five assists and five steals. She was 7-of-10 at the foul line.
     Scottsboro (29-4), making its first appearance in the state tournament since the AHSAA’s inaugural girls’ tourney in 1978, stayed close with strong board work too. Coach Derek Wynn’s Wildcats had 36 rebounds – same as Central – with Abby Jones  clearing 10, Keara Sexton nine and Jasmine Branford nine.  Sexton also had a team-high 13 points and three assists. Branford scored 11 points and Emily Garner had 10.
     Central’s last trip to the finals was 2016. The Falcons’ girls’ basketball tradition goes back to that first girls’ state tourney in ’78 as well. Known then as Tuscaloosa, the school lost to Jeff Davis in the 4A finals.  The Falcons have three state titles to their credit (1982, 1984 and 1996) and three runner-up finishes (1978, 1981 and 2016).
    The Class 7A semifinals will tip off Thursday morning. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com
. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.


CLASS 5A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Eufaula 79, Wenonah 73

     BIRMINGHAM – Eufaula High School edged Wenonah 79-73 Wednesday in the 96th annual AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Center. The Class 5A semifinal victory clinched the Tigers’ first berth in a state championship game since 1999.
     Eufaula (29-9) trailed the Dragons (29-7) by one 73-72 with 1:55 remaining. Coach Michael Smith’s Tigers outscored Wenonah 7-0 the rest of the way – going to the foul line eight times and making seven. Laquaveous Nelson, Tyler Mayo and Jadarious Blackshire each made two each. Eufaula finished the quarter 11-of-14 and was 16-of-25 for the game. Wenonah took the lead in the fourth period with some solid free-throw shooting as well and finished the game 15-of-21.
    Nelson scored 22 points to lead the Tigers. He also had nine rebounds, three steals and sank two 3-pointers. Mayo had 19 points with four treys, Eiszeric Thomas had 12 points and Blackshire finished with 10 points and three assists.
    Wenonah, coached by Audwin Howard, got big efforts from Cameron Tucker and Justin Minter. Tucker totaled 27 points nailing 4-of-7 3-point attempts and sinking 11-of-11 free throws. Minter had 24 points and was 3-for-3 at the foul line.
     Eufaula will play in the championship game Saturday at 10:45 a.m.
    The Class 7A semifinals will tip off Thursday morning. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 5A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Charles Henderson 57, Wenonah 53

     BIRMINGHAM – Charles Henderson downed Wenonah 57-53 Wednesday to move into the Class 5A girls’ state championship game for the second year in a row. The victory also ended the Dragons’ streak of state titles at four.
     Coach Dyneshia Jones Trojans (31-4) advances to the Class 5A finals of the 96th annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships at 12:30 p.m., Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Wenonah (25-8), coached by Emanuel Bell, beat the Trojans (31-4) last season in a come-from-behind finish. This time, it was Charles Henderson that came from behind late to win.
        Charles Henderson led by as 12 points in the second half but saw that lead evaporate late when Wenonah scored eight straight points to take a 53-52 advantage with 1:01 remaining. Niaira Jones, the daughter of the Trojans’ head coach, intercepted a pass with 24 seconds left and was fouled. She sank both free throws to put Charles Henderson ahead 54-53. Maori Davenport, who finished with 25 points and 19 rebounds, pulled down a missed Wenonah shot and was fouled with 11 seconds left. She made them both and went to the line again in the final seconds and made another to seal the win.
     Davenport, a 6-foot-4 junior, also had three blocked shots and was 7-of-8 on the night at the foul line.  Jones finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. Tatyana Siler added 12 points and six rebounds for the Trojans.
    Faith Reynolds had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Wenonah. Markesha Body had 15 points and Ke’Andra Childress had 14. Bell’s Dragons also saw their streak of five straight championship game appearances end. Wenonah won state titles in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 and was runner-up in 2013. The victory over the Dragons was Charles Henderson’s first.
     The Class 7A semifinals will tip off Thursday morning. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 6A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Paul Bryant 40, Parker 38

     BIRMINGHAM – Jared Sherfield’s lay-up with 56 seconds remaining and Kailex Stephens’ steal in front of the Parker bench with nine seconds left sealed defending state champion Paul Bryant’s 40-38 victory over Parker Wednesday in the Class 6A boys’ semifinals of the 96th annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The tournament is also the 25th since the tournament found its home at the BJCC in 1994.
     Sherfield finished with 12 points to pace the Stampede (30-4), coached by Shon Peck-Love, Stephens, who made one of two free throws following his steal, totaled nine points with all coming on a 9-of-10 free-throw shooting performance.
     Parker (24-9), coached by Reginald McGary, got 11 points and 13 rebounds from Xavier Williams and 10 points from Jason King.  The Thundering Herd played Paul Bryant in the 6A finals in 2017 with the Stampede prevailing 49-41. The 6A championship game will tip off Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
       The Class 7A semifinals will tip off Thursday morning. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 6A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Ramsay 60, Opelika 39

     BIRMINGHAM – Ramsay High School outscored Opelika 24-9 in the third quarter to break open a close game Wednesday.
      The win by Coach Ronnie Jackson’s Rams (24-4) closed out the semifinals for Wednesday’s 6A girls’ session at the 96th annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships 6A finals being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The tournament is also the 25th since the moving to the BJCC in 1994.
     Ramsay senior Ajah Wayne scored 16 points, had three assists and six rebounds. Teri Crawford had 13 points and eight rebounds and Jaylyn Sherrod had 13 points, four assists and three steals.
     Opelika (22-10), coached by Devin Booth, was led by Alexis Browning’s 13 points. Abrea Green had 10 points and six rebounds and Claire Worth had seven points and six rebounds.
      Ramsay will face Hazel Green in the finals Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
      The Class 7A semifinals will tip off Thursday morning. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 6A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Carver-Montgomery 98, Hazel Green 68

     BIRMINGHAM – Carver-Montgomery shot 62.5 percent from the field Wednesday morning and defeated Hazel Green 98-68 in the Class 6A boys’ state tournament semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The win sends the Wolverines (29-7) of Coach James Jackson into the 96th annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships 6A finals Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
     Jaykwon Walton scored 26 points and Jalen Gaston had 21 to pace Carver’s high-scoring offense. Walton was 10-of-13 from the field and 5-of-6 at the foul line. He also had eight rebounds and five assists. Gaston was 5-of-6 from the 3-point arc and also had eight rebounds.  Derrell Bailey added 16 points and four assists and Antonio Young scored 13.
     Carver shot 50 percent (7 of 14) on three’s and out-rebounded Hazel Green 37-20. The Wolverines also had eight different players record an assist and totaled 19, most in the 2018 state tourney for any classification thus far this week.
     Hazel Green (22-10), coached by Danny Anderson, got a 35-point performance from senior Kira Lewis. He was 14-of-28 from the field and made four treys. Jordan Beck chipped in 15 points and had four assists. All his points came on 5 3-pointers.
     The Class 6A boys’ and girls’ semifinals continued Wednesday with Class 7A  semifinals sety for Thursday morning. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com
. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals.


CLASS 6A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Hazel Green 65, LeFlore 35

     BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green (34-2)  used a smothering defense Wednesday morning to post a 65-35 victory over LeFlore (33-3) in the semifinals of the AHSAA Class 6A Girls’ State Basketball tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The win sends the Trojans into Saturday’s 6A girls’ championship game.
     Hazel Green, coached by Tim Miller, outscored the Rattlers 28-7 in the second quarter to build a 37-15 lead by halftime. The Rattlers, coached by Darrell Walton, could never recover.
    Brooke Hampel led the Trojans with 21 points, five rebounds and two steals. She was 9-of-10 at the foul line.  Imari Martin chipped in 14 points and Caitlin Hose had 11.
     Daisha Bradford led LeFlore with 13 points and Sidney Stephens scored 10. Bradford and Deja Woodward also had eight rebounds each. Woodward also had four blocked shots.     The Class 6A boys’ and girls’ semifinals continued Wednesday with Classes 3A and 4A scheduled to play semifinals Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals.

CLASS 4A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Madison Academy 49, Greensboro 46

     BIRMINGHAM:  Madison Academy made six free throws in the final 38 seconds Tuesday night to edge Greensboro 49-46 in the Class 4A boys’ semifinals of the 96th AHSAA Class 4A State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
      The victory puts the Mustangs sends to the championship game Friday at 5:45 p.m., to face Cordova (25-9). Coach Andy Blackston’s team won the state title in 2015 and 2016 but lost in the semifinals last season.
     Calvin Bacon broke a 43-43 tie with two free throws at the 38-second mark of the final period. Calvin Walker sank a pair of free throws 18 seconds later and returned to the foul line with nine seconds left and sealed the win with two more. Greensboro (23-12), coached by Barry Williams, made a shot at the buzzer when Samuel Nevels fired a 3-pointer from mid-court line to close out the scoring.
      Madison Academy’s free-throw shooting proved to be the difference. The Mustangs were 12-of-16 on the night and the Raiders were just 2-of-10.
     Bacon had 18 points and Walker finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead MA.  Walker also had five assists and seven blocked shots.
    Greensboro’s Nevels finished with eight points. Damigual Edwards had nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds, John Moore had nine points and Rodney Davis had eight points and six boards before fouling out late.
     Madison Academy’s girls also clinched a spot in the 4A finals and will meet Deshler at 4 p.m., Friday.
     The AHSAA state tourney, now in its 25th year at the BJCC, resumes Wednesday with Class 6A and Class 5A girls’ and boys’ semifinals. The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and Saturday.
    All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals.

 

2018 AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham (Feb. 26-Mar. 3)

Monday's Results
CLASS 1A Girls
Phillips (29-3) 75, Linden (20-4) 46
Spring Garden (31-3) 40, Loachapoka (22-5) 28

CLASS 1A Boys
Georgiana (30-3) 80, R.A. Hubbard (27-7) 58
Sacred Heart Catholic (22-10) 76. Cornerstone (24-9) 60
CLASS 2A Girls
Samson (30-3) 64, Phil Campbell (27-6) 43
Sand Rock (24-10) 62, Keith (19-9) 45
CLASS 2A Boys
St. Luke's Episcopal (22-8) 72, Tanner (20-12) 65
Lanett (25-5) 75, Aliceville (20-3) 64

Tuesday's Results
Lauderdale County (35-2) 59, T.R. Miller (30-1) 45
Pisgah (30-1) 76, Midfield (27-10) 74

CLASS 3A Boys
Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-3) 74, Lauderdale County (23-10) 48
Plainview (33-2) 73, American Christian (26-9) 55

CLASS 4A Girls
Deshler (33-2) 70, Saint James (25-7) 34
Madison Academy (28-7) 72, Greensboro (22-7) 51
CLASS 4A Boys
Cordova (26-8) 46, Andalusia (25-6) 39
Madison Academy (25-8) 49, Greensboro (22-12) 46


Wednesday, Feb. 28
CLASS 6A Girls
Hazel Green (33-2) vs. LeFlore (33-2), 9 a.m.
Ramsay (22-4) vs. Opelika (22-9), noon
CLASS 6A Boys
Hazel Green (22-9) vs. Carver-Montgomery (28-7), 10:30 a.m.
Parker (24-8) vs. Paul Bryant (29-4), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 5A Girls
Wenonah (25-7) vs. Charles Henderson (30-4), 3 p.m.
Scottsboro (29-3) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (26-7), 6 p.m.
CLASS 5A Boys
Wenonah (27-6) vs. Eufaula (28-9), 4:30 p.m.
Talladega (21-10) vs. Sylacauga (29-5), 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 1
CLASS 7A Girls
Sparkman (29-5) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (23-8), 9 a.m.
Spain Park (29-6) vs. Lee-Montgomery (23-9), noon
CLASS 7A Boys
Sparkman (30-4) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-6), 10:30 a.m.
Mountain Brook (32-4) vs. Central-Phenix City (21-4), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Philllips (29-3) vs. Spring Garden (31-3), 4 p.m.
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Georgiana (30-3) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (22-10), 5:45 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 2
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (30-3) vs. Sand Rock (24-10), 9 a.m.
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
St. Luke's Episcopal (22-8) vs. Lanett (25-5), 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Lauderdale County (35-2) vs. Pisgah (30-1), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-3) vs. Plainview (33-2), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Deshler (33-2) vs. Madison Academy (28-7), 4 p.m.
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (25-9) vs.Madison Academy
(25-8)5:45 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 3
CLASS 5A Finals
Girls Finals, 9 a.m.
Boys Finals, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 6A Finals
Girls Finals, 12:30 p.m.
Boys Finals, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Finals
Girls Finals, 4 p.m.
Boys Finals, 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 4A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Madison Academy 72, Greensboro 51

     BIRMINGHAM –   Defending Class 4A state champion Madison Academy overcame a sluggish start with a strong second-half start to down Greensboro 72-51 in semifinals of the  96th AHSAA Class 4A State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday night.
      The victory sets up a rematch against Deshler in Class 4A finals Friday at 4 p.m. The Mustangs (28-7) won last year’s championship 50-47.
      Jaden Langford sparked a 20-3 run to open the third quarter as Madison Academy stretched a 29-27 lead to 49-31. The Raiders (24-7) of Coach Frances Dunn outscored Coach Alissa Hargett’s Mustangs 5-2 to end the quarter but the damage was already done.
     Langford finished with 19 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals in a complete performance for the Mustangs. She was 7-of-11 at the foul line and nailed two 3-pointers. Damahyia Calvert had 15 points, five assists and six rebounds and Jasmine Gracie added 13 points and six boards.
    Greensboro’s KaTyreah Williams led the Raiders with 19 points. Kamekia Edwards had nine points and six rebounds, and Trinity Hambright had seven points and eight rebounds.
         The 96th annual AHSAA state tourney, now in its 25th year at the BJCC, resumes Wednesday with Class 6A and Class 5A girls’ and boys’ semifinals. The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and Saturday.
    All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals.