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CLASS 7A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Mountain Brook 73, McGill-Toolen Catholic 49

BIRMINGHAM –  Mountain Brook scored the first two points of the AHSAA Class 7A State Basketball Championships finals Saturday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena and never relinquished the lead as the Spartans downed McGill-Toolen Catholic 73-49 to win the school’s second state championship in a row and the fourth overall since 2013.
    The triumph closed 96th AHSAA state tournament and the 25th since moving the extravaganza to the BJCC in 1994. The attendance for Saturday’s six finals was 12,980 and 61,772 for the week, according to figures released after the 7A finals. Friday’s total was 10,804, Thursday (10,045), Wednesday (11,571), Tuesday (8,349) and Monday (7,923).
    Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans (33-4) built a 29-point near the end of the third quarter. Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook’s 6-foot-9 junior forward, scored 26 points, cleared 12 rebounds, had five blocked shots, three assists and one steal in a complete performance to earn 7A state tourney MVP honors. Senior Sean Elmore made 6-of-10 3-pointers attempted and finished with 20 points. He also had eight rebounds. Lior Berman and Britton Johnson had six points each. Johnson also took three charges on defense.
    Matthew Russ scored 14 points for McGill-Toolen (25-7). Manny Patrick added nine points, three assists and four steals and Matthew McNeece cleared a team-high seven rebounds.  Eric Toth also had six points and five boards. Coach Phillip Murphy’s Jackets were making their third straight state tourney appearance. McGill-Toolen won the title in 2016.
    Mountain Brook won state titles in 2013 and 2014 and again in 2017 and finished as runner-up in 2015.

CLASS 7A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (MVP); Sean Elmore, Mountain Brook; Lior Berman, Mountain Brook; Manny Patrick, McGill-Toolen; Eric Toth, McGill-Toolen; Malik Tyson, Sparkman.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Spain Park (31-6) 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-9) 26
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (34-4)  73, McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-7) 49



CLASS 7A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Spain Park 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic 26

BIRMINGHAM –  Spain Park’s stifling defensive effort limited McGill-Toolen Catholic to just nine made field goals as the Jaguars downed the Yellow Jackets 56-26 to claim the 2018 Class 7A state girls’ basketball championship Saturday night. It was the first in the school’s history.
    The victory closed out the girls’ finals at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Mountain Brook met McGill-Toolen Catholic in the 7A boys’ finals in the final game of the night.
    Coach Mike Chase’s Jaguars (31-6) forced 20 McGill turnovers and limited the Yellow Jackets to 21.4 percent from the field on the night. Spain Park’s offense, anchored by senior guard Claire Holt’s 20 points, caught fire in the second quarter and moved a 7-7 first quarter deadlock to a 30-10 lead by halftime.
      Holt sank three 3-pointers, was 5-of-5 at the foul line, and had five rebounds and four steals to earn Class 7A state tournament MVP honors. Sophomore Sarah Ashlee Barker added 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and on blocked shot. Barrett Herring also had eight rebounds and Ahrielle Parks dished out three assists.
      McGill-Toolen (24-9), coached by Carla Berry, was led by Alex Pierre’s 10 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Nya Valentine added seven points and two steals.
      The Jaguars reached the state finals last season falling to Hoover in overtime.

CLASS 7A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Claire Holt, Spain Park (MVP); Sarah Ashlee Barker, Spain Park; Nya Valentine, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Alex Pierre, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Zipporah  Broughton,  Lee-Montgomery; Derienne Black, Sparkman.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Spain Park (31-6) 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-9) 26
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 6A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Carver-Montgomery 74, Paul Bryant 59

BIRMINGHAM – Junior Jaykwon Walton scored 20 points to spark Carver-Montgomery to a 74-59 victory over defending state champion Paul Bryant in the Class 6A boys’ finals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Walton, the Class 6A state tourney MVP, scored 12 in the first half to stake Coach James ‘‘J.J.’’ Jackson’s Wolverines (30-7) to a four-point 28-23 lead. Senior backcourt mate Jalen Gaston provided a knock-out punch of sorts late in the third period sinking two 3-point shots in a row to stretch a three-point Carver lead to nine, 44-35. The Stampede (30-5) never found a way to close the gap.
    Gaston finished with four 3-point goals and 17 total points, and Derrell Bailey had 18 – with eight points coming at the foul line.  Antonio Young added nine points and nine rebounds. Bailey also had four assists and Young had three steals.
     Paul Bryant, coached by Shon Peck-Love, got 16 points from Daviyon Dennis and 15 from 2017 state tourney MVP Jared Sherfield. Kailex Stephens also had 14. Sherfield and Dennis each handed out three assists and M.J. Bates cleared seven rebounds.

      The championship was the fifth overall for Carver. The Wolverines won back-to-back titles for Coach Dan Lewis in 1983 and 1984 and Jackson coached titles in 2012 and 2015.
     Raycom Sports is broadcasting all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. Raycom station WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery aired the Class 6A boys’ finals over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 6A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Jaykwon Walton, Carver-Montgomery (MVP); Jalen Gaston, Carver-Montgomery; Derrell Bailey, Carver-Montgomery; Jared Sherfield, Paul Bryant; Kailex Stephens, Paul Bryant; Kira Lewis, Hazel Green; Xavier Williams, Parker.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 6A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Hazel Green 56, Ramsay 54 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green senior guard Imari Martin received a vote of confidence from her head coach Tim Miller during a Class 6A girls’ state championship game timeout just prior to going to the foul line with three seconds left and the game tied at 54-54 in overtime Saturday.
    “Coach told me I was going to make them,” she said. And she did.
    Martin’s sank both with ease and then turned on her defense by making a steal on the inbounds play to seal Hazel Green’s 56-54 victory at the BJCC Legacy Arena. It was the second state title for the Madison County school’s history. The first was won in 1995.
    The OT championship was the second of the day Saturday at the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Finals state tournament. Class 6A boys’ and Class 7A girls’ and boys’ finals were to follow the 6A girls’ championship game. The tourney is in its 25th year with the current girls’ and boys’ format and the 25th at the BJCC.
      Martin finished with eight points, two assists and two steals for Miller’s Trojans (35-2). Tourney MVP Brooke Hampel had 15 points, five rebounds and two steals, Caitlin Hose added 16 points and six rebounds and Farrah Pearson had 11 points.
      Ramsay (24-5), coached by Ronnie Jackson, battled fiercely to the final buzzer. Ramsay trailed 24-20 at the half but led by one after three quarters, 40-39.  The score was tied six times and the lead changed seen times.
     Junior Jaylyn Sherrod scored 18 points, made four 3-point goals and had two assists for the Rams. Senior Ajah Wayne, who earned MVP honors after leading Homewood to the Class 6A state title last season, added 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls i much of the second half. She transferred to Ramsay last summer. Dakiyah Sanders had three assists, two steals and five points in a strong defensive effort. Ramsay was making its first state championship game appearance since winning its fourth state crown in 2007.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is aired the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 6A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Brooke Hampel, Hazel Green (MVP); Imari Martin, Hazel Green; Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; Jaylyn Sherrod, Ramsay; Ajah Wayne, Ramsay;

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 5A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Sylacauga 79, Eufaula 78 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Sylacauga’s Aggies battled back from an 11-point third-quarter deficit to nip Eufaula 79-78 in overtime to claim the Class 5A boys’ state basketball title at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday morning.
       The final was the second of a six-championship game slate on the final day of the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Finals state tournament. It is also the 25th year for the tournament at the BJCC.
    Senior Malik Crawford had 20 points, 10 rebounds and sank 6-of-8 free rows to pace the Aggies (31-5) of Coach Will Copeland. The Class 5A state tourney MVP sank two free throws with 47 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter put Sylacauga ahead by four, 66-62.
    Eufaula (29-10), coached by Michael Smith, battled back on a jumper by Terrell Jones with 40 seconds left in the period and a rebound and put-back by Marquise Jones with five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
    The intensity displayed in the first four quarters continued in the extra period. Sylacauga scored the first six points led 77-70 with 1:21 remaining when the Tigers battled back once again thanks in part to Anthony Haigler’s offensive rebounding that led to three quick baskets. Aggies senior Darian Garrett sank two free throws with 55 seconds left in OT to make it 79-75.     Laquaveous Nelson, who led Eufaula with 21 points, came up with a steal, made a layup and was fouled. His made free throw cut the lead to 79-78. The Tigers got one last chance with four seconds left but closely guarded shot was off its mark.
    Jones finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for Sylacauga. Garrett had 14 and was 7-of-10 at the foul line. Malik Powell scored 13 points and Keaton Wilson had five points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Aggies.
     Terrell Jones chipped in 20 points and seven steals for Eufaula before fouling out late. Tyler Mayo added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Smith’s Tigers had three starters foul out and at eight players played at least 13 minutes in the contest.
      The championship was the second in school history for Sylacauga. The first one came 30 years ago in 1988. Eufaula  has four state championships to its credit (1953, 1978, 1986, 1999).
     The Class 6A and 7A girls’ and boys’ state championship games close out the competition at Legacy Arena Saturday.
      Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is aired the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 5A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Malik Crawford, Sylacauga (MVP); Malik Powell, Sylacauga; Desmon Jones, Sylacauga; Tyler Mayo, Eufaula; Laquaveous Nelson, Eufaula; Terrell Jones, Eufaula; Cameron Tucker, Wenonah.

2018 AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (34-2) vs. Ramsay (24-4), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 5A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Charles Henderson 55, Central-Tuscaloosa 37

BIRMINGHAM – Charles Henderson High School’s third trip in a row to the AHSAA State Basketball Championships was fruitful Saturday morning as the Trojans from Troy downed Central-Tuscaloosa 55-37 in the Class 5A girls’ state basketball finals to claim the school’s first state basketball crown.
   The girls’ championship game opened of the final day of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Coach Dyneshia Jones’ Trojans (32-4) lost in the finals to Wenonah in 2017. Her girls started slowly, but took over in the second quarter to take a 20-15 lead in at halftime. Charles Henderson outscored Central 38-22 in the second half. Junior center Maori Davenport led the way with 17 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Tatyana Siler added 14 points and eight rebounds and point guard Niaira Jones had 11 points, nine rebounds, three steals and five assists. Jones also was 4-of-4 at the foul line.
    Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) was led by Quintasia Leatherwood’s 17 points. Leatherwood, a 5-foot-3 sophomore point guard for Coach Michael Rivers’ Falcons, is a cousin of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame member and former Olympic track Gold medalist Lillie Leatherwood.
     Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is airing the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 5A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson (MVP); Niaira Jones, Charles Henderson; Tatyana Siler, Charles Henderson; Sakyia White, Central-Tuscaloosa; Quintasia Leatherwood, Central-Tuscaloosa; Keara Sexton, Scottsboro; Faith Reynolds, Wenonah.




CLASS 4A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Cordova 56, Madison Academy 54

BIRMINGHAM –  Cordova High School senior Isaac Chatman sank two  free throws with four seconds left, then stole Madison Academy’s final shot at a victory from mid-air to seal the Blue Devils’ 56-54  win in the Class 4A boys’ championship game Friday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The championship was the first in school and Walker County history and closed out Friday’s day of championships at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships.  The state tournament concludes Saturday with girls’ and boys’ finals in Class 5A, 6A and 7A. The first game tips off at 9 a.m. with Charles Henderson of Troy facing Central-Tuscaloosa in the 5A girls’ championship game.
     Chatman’s finish was the final touch on a superb game, season and career at Cordova for Coach Heath Burns’ team. The 6-foot-6 forward sat much of the first half after picking up to fouls. He played just five minutes in the first two quarters and Coach Andy Blackston’s Mustangs (24-12) were able to build a 33-25 lead at intermission.
     He returned in the second half and picked up just one foul in the final 16 minutes. He scored 13 of his 17 points in the final two quarters. None were bigger than his free throws at the, however. Madison Academy had the ball with score tied at 54-54, and Chatman stepped in front of a Mustangs pass, made the steal and streaked to his goal where he was fouled attempting to make a lay-up. He finished 7-of-8 at the foul line on the night and also had seven rebounds to earn Class 4A state tournament MVP. He had three steals.
    Senior teammates Demetrius Kirk and Jayce Willingham added 17 and 15 points, respectively. Willingham’s free throws following an offensive rebound with 14 seconds left pulled Cordova with two at 54-52.  Willingham finished with eight rebounds, five on the offensive boards, and Kirk had five rebounds. More importantly, Kirk ran the team at guard, limiting Cordova’s turnovers to just three.
    Luke Tomlinson had 15 points, Calvin Bacon 14 and Calvin Walker 11 for Madison Academy. Tomlinson also had seven rebounds and Bacon had four assists.
     Raycom Sports is broadcasting all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 4A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Isaac Chatman, Cordova (MVP); Jayce Willingham, Cordova; Demetrius Kirk, Cordova; Luke Tomlinson, Madison Academy; Calvin Walker, Madison Academy; Calvin Bacon, Madison Academy.

 

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (31-4) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-7), 9 a.m.
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Eufaula (29-9) vs. Sylacauga (30-5), 10:45 a.m.

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (34-2) vs. Ramsay (24-4), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 4A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Madison Academy 56, Deshler 43

BIRMINGHAM – Madison Academy sophomore point guard Jaden Langford scored 22 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out three assists to lead the Mustangs to a 56-43 triumph over Deshler in the Class 4A girls’ state finals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     The state title was the second in a row and third overall for Madison Academy (29-7). Coach Alissa Hargett is in her first year as head coach at her alma mater.
    Langford scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half. Teammates Damayia Calvert and Jasmine Gracie added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Calvert also had three assists and three steals and Gracie blocked two shots and recorded two steals.
    Deshler (33-3), coached by Jana Killen, got 12 points from Taylor Aikerson and 10 points from Karleigh Sledge. Sledge also had 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. The Tigers had a difficult night shooting the 3-pointer. Deshler made only 1 of 25 from beyond the arc.
    The Tigers have seven state championships to their credit winning back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016 en route to a 68-game winning streak that ended last season.
     Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 4A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Jaden Langford, Madison Academy (MVP); Damayia Calvert, Madison Academy; Jasmine Gracie, Madison Academy; Taylor Aikerson, Deshler; Kayleigh Sledge, Deshler; Katyreah Willliams, Greensboro.

CLASS 3A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Plainview 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen 75 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Plainview High School’s boys’ basketball team shattered the AHSAA record for 3-point shots attempted and made this season. It seemed only fitting that the Bears would sink a trey to win its first-ever state basketball championship Friday.
    Junior Caden Millican, who earned MVP honors for the Bears (34-2), took a feed from point guard Jeffery Armstrong in overtime and fired a 3-pointer as the final buzzer sounded to give Plainview a 78-85 overtime win over Hillcrest-Evergreen (23-4) in the Class 3A boys’ state championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday. The game will go down as one of the greatest games in the 96-year tournament history of the AHSAA State Basketball Championships.
     Hillcrest-Evergreen senior guard Kobe Bradley’s 3-point goal with 37 seconds remaining in the extra period tied the game at 75-75. Bradley, who finished with 44 points, helped the Jaguars of Coach Chenson Griffin tie the game at the end of regulation when he was fouled taking a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left and his team was trailing 66-62. Bradley sank his first two free throws, then missed his third and teammate Ryan Nettles rebounded and banked the game-tying bucket to send the game into overtime tied 66-66.
    Millican finished with 37 points, sinking 6-of-10 3-pointers and going 9-of-10 at the foul line. He made two free throws in overtime to give Coach Robi Coker’s Bears a 75-72 lead just prior to Bradley’s trey. Armstrong added 18 points, five assists, five steals and eight rebounds for Plainview. 
    Bradley was 12-of-21 shooting for Hillcrest, sank 5-of-9 3-point shots and was 15-of-19 at the foul line. He also had seven steals.  Nettles had nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Jarrett Taylor chipped in 10 points.
     Plainview was 12-of-33 on 3-pointers. The Bears finished the season with 467 made treys on 1,279 attempts. Both are single-season state records.  Hillcrest won the Class 3A football title in December with a perfect 15-0 record.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 3A BOYS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Cade Millican, Plainview (MVP); Jeffery Armstrong, Plainview; Koby Tinker, Plainview; Kobe Bradley, Hillcrest-Evergreen; Ryan Nettles, Hillcrest-Evergreen; Luke Skinner, American Christian.

CLASS 3A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Pisgah 62, Lauderdale County 59

BIRMINGHAM – Pisgah High School Junior Annie Hughes sank two free throws with  18 seconds left to lift the Eagles to a 62-59 victory over the Tigers in the Class 3A girls’ state basketball finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday.  The win in the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena gave Pisgah the school’s first state title since 2005. The state tourney is in its 25th year at the BJCC.
    Hughes scored 28 points, but none were more important than the last two. She was just 7-of-18 at the foul line prior to her final two. Hughes also had 15 rebounds, eight on the offensive boards, and four blocked shots to earn MVP honors for the 3A state tourney. It was her blocked shot underneath the Lauderdale County basket moments earlier that led to her final free throws.
    Coach Carey Ellison’s Eagles (31-1) also got a big game inside from Kaylee Vaught. She had 15 points, nine rebounds and blocked three shots.
     Lauderdale County (35-3) was paced by senior Allie Craig-Cruce’s 26 points and 11 rebounds. She was also 9-of-11 before fouling Hughes for her fifth foul.  Hannah Tate also had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Jaide Ellick added 10 points. Tamia Watkins contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.
    The championship was the sixth overall for Pisgah, which won titles in 1981, 1982, 1997, 2003 and 2005. The Eagles lost in the finals last season to Locust Fork. Lauderdale County has 13 state championships, a girls’ AHSAA state record, and won five in a row from 2012-2016.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 3A GIRLS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Annie Hughes, Pisgah (MVP); Kaylee Vaught, Pisgah; Tamia Watkins, Lauderdale County; Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County; Jemeriah Moore, Midfield; Valerie Samuel, T.R. Miller.