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AHSAA 2016 State Finals

AHSAA 2016 State Finals
Championship Game Schedule/Results

THURSDAY, MARCH 3
Class 1A Girls
Spring Garden (31-4) 64, Linden (18-7) 38
Class 1A Boys
Sacred Heart Catholic (29-8) 95, Georgiana (30-2) 75

FRIDAY, MARCH 4
Class 2A Girls
Samson (33-2) 58, R.C. Hatch (23-7) 53
Class 2A Boys
Lanett (29-6) 73, St. Luke’s Episcopal (23-12) 48

Class 3A Girls
Lauderdale County (30-7) 55, Montgomery Academy (27-5) 44
Class 3A Boys
Madison Academy (22-12) 77, Midfield (21-13) 59

Class 4A Girls
Deshler (36-1) 60, Sipsey Valley (28-6) 46
Class 4A Boys
Westminster Christian (30-3) 53, Cordova (25-6) 34

SATURDAY, MARCH 5
Class 5A Girls
Wenonah (33-1) 58, Central-Tuscaloosa (28-6) 33
Class 5A Boys
J.O. Johnson (29-5) 71, Faith Academy (27-8) 50

Class 6A Girls
LeFlore (35-0) 80, Homewood (27-7) 65
Class 6A Boys
Homewood (31-5) 54, Muscle Shoals (21-10) 51

Class 7A Girls
Jeff Davis (25-6) 52, McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-4) 38
Class 7A Boys
McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-6) 79, Central-Phenix City (31-2) 75
 





2016 AHSAA State Finals Attendance
Monday – 8,514
Tuesday – 10,079
Wednesday – 13,138
Thursday – 10,562
Friday – 10,490
Saturday – 13,275
Total State Finals Attendance – 66,058


CLASS 7A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP McGill-Toolen 79, Central-Phenix City 75

        McGill-Toolen Catholic High School of Mobile edged Central-Phenix City 79-75 Saturday night in the Class 7A boys’ state championship game to close out the 94th AHSAA State Finals basketball tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
        A total of 13,275 attended Saturday’s final slate of championships for Classes 5A, 6A and 7A, and 66,058 attended for the week, a new State Finals record for the BJCC.
        The final game of the 42-game week-long slate proved to be one of the most exciting as Coach Phillip Murphy’s Yellow Jackets (29-6) captured the first boys’ basketball state title in school history. McGill-Toolen also won the 7A state football championship last December, and the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams were state runners-up in their respective playoffs.
      Senior point guard Rene Scott had 22 points, four assists, four rebounds and made 8 crucial free throws in the hard-fought battle – including two that stretched the lead back to eight with 51 seconds to play.  He was named the 7A state tournament MVP.     While McGill-Toolen led most of the way, Central fought from double-digit deficits in the second half to by only three, 70-67, with 1:35 to play.
     Marlon Williams added 19 points, Paris Chambers and Larry Rembert chipped in 13 each.
      Central (31-2), coached by Bobby Wright, placed four players in double figures. Demarcus Lampley led the way with 23 points. Jermond Williams had 15, Keiondre Jakes and Tre’ Todd had 13 each, and Tionne Williams had 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Class 7A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Rene Scott, McGill-Toolen (MVP);  Larry Rembert, Jr., McGill-Toolen; Marlon Wiliams, McGill-Toolen; Tre’ Todd, Central-Phenix City; Demarcus Lampley, Central-Phenix City; Jamari Blackmon, Hoover; Austin Wiley, Spain Park.

CLASS 7A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP Jeff Davis 52, McGill-Toolen 38

        Jeff Davis High School of Montgomery took the opening lead on a Tia Manora lay-up  in the first minute of the game and never trailed as the Vols beat McGill-Toolen 52-38 to win their second straight Class 7A state girls’ basketball championship at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday.
        The Lady Vols (25-6) remain the only school to own a girls’ state basketball title at the 94th AHSAA State Finals. Jeff Davis also beat McGill-Toolen in last year’s first-ever 7A championship game.
        Coach Lakenya Knight’s Vols relied on a swarming defense and strong inside game to take the win.  Senior Jasmine Walker, a 6-foot-3 center, had 18 points and six rebounds and was named 7A state tourney MVP. Tyesha Wheeler added 12 points, four assists and three steals, and Tia Manora added 11 points and five assists. Ahyiona Vason added six assists, five steals and five points in her role as point guard, and Kayla Jackson had 10 rebounds and six points.
    Ryann Sylvester scored 14 points, canning two 3-pointers, and Shauntai Battle had 11 points for Coach Carla Berry’s Yellow Jackets (31-4). Battle also had five rebounds for McGill-Toolen.
   All championship games were televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.

Class 7A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis (MVP);  Ahyiona Vason, Jeff Davis; Tia Manora, Jeff Davis; Ryann Sylvester, McGill-Toolen; Shauntai Battle, McGill-Toolen; Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; Teresa Ward, Buckhorn.

CLASS 6A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP Homewood 54, Muscle Shoals 51

        Homewood used a fast start and some clutch free-throw shooting in the final minute to claim a 54-51 victory over Muscle Shoals Saturday afternoon at the BJCC Legacy Arena to capture the AHSAA Class 6A boys’ state basketball championship.
       The Patriots (31-5) of Coach Tim Shepler jumped out to quick lead as Austin Patterson sank two 3-pointers and Peyton Brown added another to put Homewood up 13-0 in the first quarter. Muscle Shoals (21-11) battled back, however, and the Patriots duo delivered again with Patterson sinking two free throws with 53 seconds left to give Homewood a 52-49 lead and Brown with a pair with seven seconds left to provide the final 54-51 margin.
      Patterson finished with 15 points, including three treys, and Brown had five points and six rebounds.  Junior guard Luke Touliatos had 13 points, six rebounds and was perfect 3-of-3 at the foul line to earn Class 6A All-Tourney MVP honors. Ronald Claiborne also had eight points and Chris Miller 7. The state title was the first for Homewood in school history and the third trip to the finals in Shepler’s tenure.
      The Trojans, coached by first-year head coach Neal Barker, outscored Homewood 35-24 in the second and third quarters to set up the exciting finish.  Braxton Winston had 16 points, three steals and three treys for Muscle Shoals. Teammates Calvin Bak and Mark Sears had 14 and 12 points, respectively. Bak had three 3-pointers and Sears had two and the Trojans finished 9-of-24 shooting from the 3-point arc.
   The 94th annual State Basketball Finals will conclude with the 7A girls’ and boys’ championships Saturday night.
   All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 6A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Luke Touliatos, Homewood (MVP);  Ronald Claiborne, Homewood; Austin Patterson, Homewood; Braxton Winston, Muscle Shoals; Calvin Bak, Muscle Shoals; Antonio Neal, Carver-Montgomery.

CLASS 6A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP LeFlore 80, Homewood 65

        LeFlore High School of Mobile closed out a perfect 35-0 season Saturday with an 80-65 victory over defending state champion Homewood in the Class 6A girls’ championship game of the 94th AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
       Jaz Hill sank seven 3-point goals en route to a 27-point effort to lead the Lady Rattlers to the school’s first state title since 2009. Coach Darrell Walton’s team jumped out to a fast start and led 43-25 at the half. Hill was 7-of-12 beyond the 3-point arc and also had six rebounds. Japonica James added 23 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots to earn 6A state tournament MVP. Daisha Bradford also had 20 points, six assists, five steals and four blocked shots.
     Homewood (27-7), coached by Javonka Ward, was paced by Hannah Barber’s 22 points. She sank four treys.  Tori Webb added 16 points and 18 rebounds, and Shelby Hardy had 14 points.
    The 94th annual State Basketball Finals will conclude with the 7A championships Saturday night.
      All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 6A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Jasponica James, LeFlore (MVP); Jaz Hill, LeFlore; Daisha Bradford, LeFlore; Hannah Barber, Homewood; Tori Webb, Homewood; Moriah Taylor, Hartselle.

CLASS 5A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP J.O. Johnson 71, Faith Academy 50

        J.O. Johnson High School’s boys’ basketball team topped off its final season with a 71-50 win over Faith Academy to capture the AHSAA Class 5A state basketball championship Saturday.
       The Jaguars (29-5) also won their second straight 5A title and handed head coach Jack Doss the ninth state championship of his hall-of-fame coaching career in the process.  J.O. Johnson is being closed as a high school by the Huntsville City Schools after this school year and students will attend a new school, Mae Jemison High School, next season.
       Senior John Petty finished with 32 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and a 5-of-7 shooting performance from the 3-point arc to earn Class 5A state tournament MVP honors. He was 10-of-16 overall from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line in a near perfect performance for J.O. Johnson.   Justin Hopkins added 11 points and seven rebounds, Brandon Nicholas had nine points and Jarius Grayson had eight points and four assists. Brandon Crosby also handed out five assists.
     Faith Academy (27-8), reaching the State Finals tournament for the fifth straight time, was led by Josh Hill’s 21 points.  Roderick Williams also had 16 points, four assists and three steals.  Coach John Price’s Rams were playing in the school’s first AHSAA state championship game.
    The 94th annual State Basketball Finals will conclude with 6A and 7A championships Saturday afternoon.
      All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 5A State Finals All-Tourney Team
John Petty, J.O. Johnson (MVP); Justin Hopkins, J.O. Johnson; Jarius Grayson, J.O. Johnson; Roderick Williams, Faith Academy; Josh Hill, Faith Academy; Albert Luke, Ramsay.

CLASS 5A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP Wenonah 58, Central-Tuscaloosa 33

        Wenonah High School’s Lady Dragons used a smothering defense to beat Central-Tuscaloosa Saturday morning in the Class 5a girls’ championship game of the 2016 AHSAA State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
          The title was the third in a row for Coach Emanuel Bell’s Dragons (33-1) and the seventh overall for the storied Birmingham school’s program.
         Junior Alexus Dye had 12 points and 10 rebounds to earn Class 5A state tourney MVP.  Senior Kaitlyn Rodgers added 12 points, 14 rebounds, six blocked shots and three assists.  Kourtnie Smith also had eight points and Jayla Morrow seven for Wenonah.
        Pacing Central (28-6), coached by Michael Rivers, was paced by Shaunterius Stephens’ 17 rebounds and five points. Latasha Maddix also had 15 rebounds, and Jada Prewitt had seven points.
        The Dragons have been in the state finals four years in a row – winning in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and losing by a single point to Faith Academy in 2013.
    The AHSAA State Finals championships conclude Saturday with Classes 6A and 7A in the afternoon session.
      All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 5A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Alexus Dye, Wenonah (MVP); Faith Reynolds, Wenonah; Kaitlyn Rodgers, Wenonah; Shaunterius Stephens, Central-Tuscaloosa; Latasha Maddix, Central-Tuscaloosa; India Blakely, Charles Henderson.

CLASS 4A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP Westminster Christian 53, Cordova 34

        Westminster Christian of Huntsville limited Cordova to just 11 points in the second and third quarters Friday night as the Wildcats captured the AHSAA Class 4A state boys’ basketball championship 53-34 in the 2016 State Finals championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
       The state title was the first in school history for the Wildcats (30-3), coached by long-time Coach Ronnie Stapler. Stapler won two previous titles as head coach at Huntsville’s Grissom High School in in 1988 and 1999.
     Senior guard Trey Petty scored 15 points, had five rebounds and was 5-of-6 at the foul line to earn Class 4A state tourney MVP honors for Westminster.  John Kendall had 12 points, six coming on two 3-point goals, and was 4-of-5 on free throws. The Wildcats were 18-of-25 for the game. Tysean Whitehead added 11 points.
    Westminster’s talented defense limited Cordova (25-6) to just 11 field goals and just 29.7 percent shooting from the floor to seal the win. The Blue Devils, coached by Heath Burns, got 15 points and eight rebounds from 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Isaac Chatman.  Older brother Mykelti Chapman, a 6-6 senior, had six points and a game-high nine rebounds. Jayce Willingham scored seven points and Kolbi Fuqua six.
    The AHSAA State Finals championship games resume Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with boys’ and girls’ championship games for Classes 5A, 6A and 7A to close out the 94th AHSAA State Basketball Finals.
      All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 4A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Trey Petty, Westminster Christian (MVP); John Kendall, Westminster Christian; Tysean Whitehead, Westminster Christian; Mykelti Chatman, Cordova; Isaac Chatman, Cordova; Deandre Robinson, Monroe County.

CLASS 4A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP Deshler 60, Sipsey Valley 46

        Defending Class 4A AHSAA state girls’ basketball champion Deshler made it two in a row Friday with a 60-46 victory over Sipsey Valley. The Lady Tigers (36-1) broke open a game tied 30-30 at halftime with a third-quarter rally that led to a 54-37 lead at the BJCC Legacy Arena heading into the final period of the 2016 Class 4A State Finals.
       Coach Jana Killen’s Tigers forced 12 second-half turnovers to seal Deshler’s seventh state title overall and sixth since 2003.   Sophomore center Karleigh Sledge scored 21 points, had 14 rebounds, five steals and five blocked shots to spark the rally and earned MVP honors for the 4A state tourney.  Nicole Shirley added 17 points, four steals and four assists and Aliyah Peters had seven points and eight rebounds.
      Sipsey Valley (28-6), coached by Jerome Elliott, was led by senior guard Charity Brown’s 19 points and three assists. Queen Ford also had 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots for the Bears, making their first appearance in the state finals.
    The AHSAA State Finals championship games resume Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with championship games  Classes 5A, 6A and 7A) to close out the 94th AHSAA State Basketball Finals.
      All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 4A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Karleigh Sledge, Deshler (MVP); Nicole Shirley, Deshler; Aliyah Peters, Deshler; Queen Ford, Sipsey Valley; Charity Brown, Sipsey Valley; Ashley Scott, UMS-Wright.

CLASS 3A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP Madison Academy 77, Midfield 59

        Madison Academy broke open a game tied at intermission Friday with a 24-7 advantage in the third quarter and the Mustangs rolled to a 77-59 win over Midfield at the BJCC Legacy Arena to claim the school’s third Class 3A state basketball championship in the last four years.
      Senior Josh Langford closed the book on his Madison Academy career with 25 points, nine rebounds and four steals to earn MVP honors in the 3A tourney of the 2016 AHSAA State Basketball Finals. The 6-foot-6 guard also had four assists for Coach Andy Blackston’s Mustangs (22-12). Myles Parker, Madison Academy’s 6-7 junior forward, added 23 points on an 8-of-10 shooting performance. He was also 7-of-8 at the foul line and had five rebounds.  Senior guard Will Acuff sank four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and five assists.
     Midfield (21-13), coached by Darrell Barber, got 16 points each from Shy’m Cunningham and Corey Davis and 10 from Keenan Isaac. Davis and Cunningham also had six rebounds each.
      Madison Academy’s 2016 state title is the sixth in school history. Midfield has won three – including the 2014 championship.
   The AHSAA State Finals championship games continue Friday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with championship games for Class 4A. Saturday’s championship slate (5A, 6A and 7A) closes out the 94th AHSAA State Basketball Finals.
      All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 3A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Josh Langford, Madison Academy (MVP); Myles Parker, Madison Academy; Will Acuff, Madison Academy;  Shy’m Cunningham, Midfield; Corey Davis, Midfield; Omar Jolly, New Hope.