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CLASS 3A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Pisgah 46, Montgomery Academy 41

CLASS 3A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Pisgah 46, Montgomery Academy 41
    BIRMINGHAM – Senior Annie Hughes sank two free throws with six seconds remaining to seal Pisgah’s 46-41 AHSAA Class 3A state championship game victory over Montgomery Academy at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Hughes, who played much of the second half with four fouls, had 24 points, three assists, two steals and eight rebounds to earn Class 3A State Tourney MVP.  The state title was the second in a row for Coach Carey Ellison’s Eagles (34-1) and the seventh overall in the school’s storied girls’ basketball history.  Other state titles came in 1981, 1982, 1997, 2203, 2205 and 2018.
     Hughes struggled at the free-throw line all night but made the ones that counted most.  Her team built a 27-20 lead but halftime and spent much of the second half protecting the lead with their senior leader Hughes on the bench.
    Bailey Law, who made a key steal that led to a much-needed Hughes free throw with 22 seconds left, added eight points. She finished with a team-leading five steals. Chloe Womack also had five points, three steals and eight rebounds.
     Montgomery Academy (31-3), coached by Barry Fancher, played much of the second half without its key playmaker Leighton Robertson, who also had four fouls. The junior guard managed 14 points and f our steals before fouling out late. Senior Margaret Head  had four points and 11 key rebounds. She also had two steals and two blocked shots.  Mildred Stevenson had 11 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists.
       Montgomery Academy has won one state title (1999).

    The Class 3A All-Tourney Team included: Annie Hughes, Pisgah (MVP); Chloe Womack, Pisgah; Margaret Head, Montgomery Academy; Leighton Robertson, Montgomery Academy; C’era Beck, Winfield; Kaitlyn Reyes, Prattville Christian.
    The Class 4A girls’ and boys’ championship games are also being played Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will close out the state finals on Saturday.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2


FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Westminster Christian (27-4) vs. Plainview (32-4), 2:15 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (31-3) vs. Anniston (29-4), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

CLASS 2A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Central Coosa 54, Sacred Heart Catholic 52

CLASS 2A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Central Coosa 54, Sacred Heart Catholic 52
    BIRMINGHAM – Quintstavious Brookes’ rebound and put back with three seconds remaining in overtime lifted Central Coosa to a 54-52 win over Sacred Heart Catholic in the Class 2A boys’ state championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday. Championship games for Class 3A and 4A were also set for Friday as the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships moved into its fifth day of the 2019 state tourney.
    The state title was the fifth in school history for the Central program – and the first since 2004. It was also the first for Coach Jeremy Freeman as the Cougars’ head coach. Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame member Joe Belyeu won the first four before retiring after the 2013-14 season.
    The victory by Central Coosa (23-4) also thwarted Sacred Heart Catholic’s bid to become the first boys’ basketball program to win five state championships in a row. Coach Ralpheal Graves’ Cardinals (22-11) won the Class 1A state crown in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 before moving up to 2A this season.
    Brookes, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, finished the championship game with six points and nine rebounds.  “I never thought I would be making the shot that wins a state championship,” Brookes told the media gathered for the post-game press conference at the Legacy Arena.

    Senior point guard Jo’Von Richardson had 21 points, including and three important free throws with one second left in the first half to cut a nine-point Sacred Heart lead to six at 28-22. It also shifted the momentum to the Cougars. He followed up with several key buckets in  the third quarter to give Central a 42-39 lead heading into the final period.
    Richardson, named the Class 2A state tourney MVP, was 7-of-7 at the foul line, had two 3-pointers, three assists and three steals. More importantly, his ball control limited Central’s to just five and his quickness on defense helped force 20 Sacred Heart turnovers.
    Omar Gaddis added 12 points, Joshua McGhee had nine points, four rebounds and a game-high five steals for Freeman’s team.
    Jayden Stone led Sacred Heart with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Caleb Brown added 12 points and Khalil Watkins finished with nine points and six rebounds. Aaron Moore grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds and scored six points for the Cardinals.
    The Class 2A All-Tourney Team included: Jo’Von Richardson, Central Coosa (MVP); Omar Gaddis, Central Coosa; Joshua McGhee, Central Coosa; Jayden Stone, Sacred Heard; Caleb Brown, Sacred Heart; Aaron Moore, Sacred Heart.
    Class 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ championship games are also being played Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will close out the state finals on Saturday.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Montgomery Academy (31-2) vs. Pisgah (33-1), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A Boys Finals
Westminster Christian (27-4) vs. Plainview (32-4), 2:15 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (31-3) vs. Anniston (29-4), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Cold Springs 57, Fyffe 53 (OT)

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Cold Springs 57, Fyffe 53 (OT)
    BIRMINGHAM – Cold Springs High School reached the Class 2A Girls State Basketball finals with the reputation of being the best 3-point shooting girls’ prep team in the state, maybe even the nation.
     The Lady Eagles of Coach Tammy West sank 8-of-26 in the finals – using the treys to jump out to a quick 15-point lead and then relying on the biggest of the season in  overtime to nip Fyffe 57-53 at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday morning.
     Junior guard Neely Ellison took her only 3-point shot attempt following Cold Springs’ control of the jump ball to start the four-minute overtime period to give Cold Springs a 47-44 lead. More importantly, it gave the Eagles (28-6) the momentum they had lost from Fyffe’s valiant comeback in the third and fourth quarters to send the game into overtime. Ellison followed with a steal and layup to stretch the lead to five. Junior Elizabeth Hill and senior Camryn Crider took over from there sinking 8-of-9 free throws to seal Cold Springs’ fourth state championship.
     Hill finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, four blocked shots, five assists and four 3-pointers to earn Class 2A State Tournament MVP honors. She was 10-of-12 at the foul line.   Cryder, who finished her season with 157 treys – a new AHSAA single-season state record, added 16 points.  She hit two 3-pointers early to help the Eagles build a quick 23-8 lead. Aubrey Negron added 12 rebounds and point guard Toni West had an outstanding defensive effort and was key for Cold Springs’ effort in  breaking the Red Devils’ intense press.
     Fyffe (30-6) was led by Marie Woodall’s 17 points and two steals. She was 4-of-7 on 3-pointers. Alexia Barber contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds and two key 3-pointers as the Red Devils of Coach Steve King roared back to outscore Cold Springs 28-19 in the third and fourth quarters.  Madison Myers also had nine points and three assists.
    Cold Springs ended the season with 340 3-pointers made – a new single season state record. The old record (336) was set by the Lady Eagles’ state championship team in  2008. Cold Springs’ other state titles came in 1999 and 2009.  Fyffe has seven state championships to its credit – winning the 2A title in 1986, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2000.

    The Class 2A All-Tourney Team included: Elizabeth Hill, Cold Springs (MVP); Camryn Crider, Cold Springs; Marie Woodall, Fyffe; Alexia Barber, Fyffe; Mary Beth Long, G.W. Long; Alaysia Norfleet, R.C. Hatch.
Classes 2A, 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ championship games are being played Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will close out the state finals on Saturday.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (22-4) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10), 10:45 a.m.

Class 3A Girls Finals
Montgomery Academy (31-2) vs. Pisgah (33-1), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A Boys Finals
Westminster Christian (27-4) vs. Plainview (32-4), 2:15 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (31-3) vs. Anniston (29-4), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42



Decatur Heritage 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal 42

CLASS 1A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 

     BIRMINGHAM – Trailing 26-25 at the half, Decatur Heritage roared to a 45-32 lead in the third quarter and cruised to its first AHSAA Class 1A state boys’ basketball championship Thursday with a 63-42 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal. The game closed out the fourth day of the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Play resumes at 9 a.m. Friday with the Class 2A girls’ state championship game between Cold Springs (27-6) and Fyffe (29-5). Finals in Class 2A and 3A are also set for Friday while Classes 5A, 6A and 7A close out the 2019 State Basketball Championships Saturday.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals will also be produced by the NFHS Network and AHSAA Radio Network with the live video also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
     Decatur Heritage (32-4), coached by Jason Marshall, struggled early but had a dominating second half. The Eagles’ 6-foot-8 senior center Noah Boler in the third quarter scoring nine of the first 11 Decatur Heritage points in the quarter.  He finished with 19 points, nine rebounds, two blocked shots, three steals and two assists to earn Class 1A State Tournament MVP honors.  Junior guard GianCarlo Valdez had 23 points, Derrick Bishop chipped in 14 points and Kyle Jackson handed out a team-high four assists.
    St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10), coached by Garreth Trawick, were led by JaCorey Jacobs’ 13 points and two steals.  Jermaine Brown had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.  Michael Winston added nine points and Charles Yates scored eight.
    The Class 1A All-Tourney Team included: Noah Boler, Decatur Heritage (MVP); GianCarlo Valdez, Decatur Heritage; Jermaine Brown, St. Luke’s Episcopal; JaCorey Jacobs, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Jaheim Powell, Georgiana; and Weston Kirk, Spring Garden.

 

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



THURSDAY’S PAIRINGS/RESULTS
CLASS 7A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) 48, Auburn (24-5) 45
Hoover (33-1) 57, McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-3) 49
BOYS SEMIFINALS
Mountain Brook (30-3) 59, Lee-Montgomery (29-4) 48
Baker (21-13) 59, Hoover (24-9) 55

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (27-6) vs. Fyffe (30-5,9 a.m.
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (22-4) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10), 10:45 a.m.

Class 3A Girls Finals
Montgomery Academy (31-2) vs. Pisgah (33-1), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A Boys Finals
Westminster Christian (27-4) vs. Plainview (32-4), 2:15 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (31-3) vs. Anniston (29-4), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.


Phillips 71, Skyline 63

CLASS 1A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 

    BIRMINGHAM – Phillips High School rallied to score the last 11 points of the game Thursday night to post a dramatic come-from-behind 71-63 victory over Skyline in the Class 1A girls’ finals of the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships.
     The state crown was the third in school history for the Bears but the first since 1986.
     With her team trailing 63-60 with 2;48 to play, senior guard Misty Dishner had two straight layups to give Phillips (26-10) a 64-63 lead. She added four free throws and another bucket in the final 33 seconds to finish with 32 points. She also had seven steals, three assists, three 3-pointers and was 9-of-11 at the foul line to earn 1A state tourney MVP honors.  Teammate Alicyn McCollum added 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots for Coach Scott Veal’s Bears. Gracie Hallman contributed 18 points and four assists.
      Skyline (29-6), coached by Ronnie McCarver, was led by Caitlin Ledwell’s 19 points. She was 5-of-12 from 3-point distance, had six rebounds, four assists and three steals.  Bailee Usrey contributed 18 points while teammates Gracie Stucky and Madison Smith had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
    The Class 1A All Tourney Team included: Misty Dishner, Phillips (MVP); Alicyn McCollum, Phillips; Gracie Hallman, Phillips; Caitlin Ledwell, Skyline; Bailee Usrey, Skyline; Morgan White, Westminster-Oak Mountain.
     The Class 1A boys’ state championship game featuring St. Luke’s Episcopal faces Decatur Heritage closes out Thursday’s games. Classes 2A, 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ championship games will be Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will close out the state finals on Saturday.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals will also be produced by the NFHS Network and AHSAA Radio Network with the live video also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



THURSDAY’S PAIRINGS/RESULTS
CLASS 7A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) 48, Auburn (24-5) 45
Hoover (33-1) 57, McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-3) 49
BOYS SEMIFINALS
Mountain Brook (30-3) 59, Lee-Montgomery (29-4) 48
Baker (21-13) 59, Hoover (24-9) 55

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (31-4) vs. St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-9), 5:45 p.m.

FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (27-6) vs. Fyffe (30-5,9 a.m.
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (22-4) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10), 10:45 a.m.

Class 3A Girls Finals
Montgomery Academy (31-2) vs. Pisgah (33-1), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A Boys Finals
Westminster Christian (27-4) vs. Plainview (32-4), 2:15 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (31-3) vs. Anniston (29-4), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.


Baker 59, Hoover 55

CLASS 7A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS 

      BIRMINGHAM – Baker High School sophomore Christian Bedgood nailed two clutch free throws with 49 seconds remaining to give the Hornets the lead 56-55 Thursday in the Class 7A boys’ semifinal game. Teammates Patrick Robinson and Jalen Lilly added three more free throws in the final 24 seconds as Baker downed Hoover 59-55 in the Class 7A boys semifinals of  the AHSAA State Basketball Championships being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
      Coach David Armstrong’s Hornets (21-13) captured a berth in the Class 7A state finals Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Baker will face two-time defending state champion Mountain Brook (30-3).
    Bedgood finished with 20 points, five rebounds and two 3-pointers. His 6-of-6 shooting at the foul line helped Baker finish 13-of-16 for the game. The Hornets, 9-10 at the New Year’s break, has now won 12 of its last 14 games heading into the finals. 
    Kriston Davis had 15 points and Lilly had 11. Both had eight rebounds – helping Baker out-rebound Hoover 40-31 for the game.
     Pacing Hoover (24-9), coached by Charles Burkett, was Ahman Ellington. He had 25 points, five rebounds and three assists. He was 4-of-7 from the 3-point arc and 7-10 at the foul line. C.J.  Melton added 12 points and nine rebounds and D.J. Fairley had eight points.

     The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continue Thursday with the remaining Class 7A girls’ and boys’ semifinals.  The Class 1A girls’ state championship game featuring Phillips and Skyline, will be at 4 p.m., today – kicking off the first of 14 championship games today, Friday and Saturday. St. Luke’s Episcopal faces Decatur Heritage in the Class 1A boys’ championship game tonight at 5:45 p.m.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform and shown live on TV by the Alabama Cable Network. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its network of radio affiliates and the internet. The link can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

   

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



THURSDAY’S PAIRINGS/RESULTS
CLASS 7A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) 48, Auburn (24-5) 45
Hoover (33-1) 57, McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-3) 49
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A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), Saturday, Mar. 2, 4 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Mountain Brook (30-3) 59, Lee-Montgomery (29-4) 48
Baker (21-13) 59, Hoover (24-9) 55
7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), Saturday, Mar. 25:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (25-10) vs. Skyline (29-5), 4 p.m.
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (31-4) vs. St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-9), 5:45 p.m.

FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (27-6) vs. Fyffe (30-5,9 a.m.
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (22-4) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10), 10:45 a.m.

Class 3A Girls Finals
Montgomery Academy (31-2) vs. Pisgah (33-1), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A Boys Finals
Westminster Christian (27-4) vs. Plainview (32-4), 2:15 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (31-3) vs. Anniston (29-4), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.


Mountain Brook 59, Lee-Montgomery 48

     BIRMINGHAM – Mountain Brook senior Alex Washington sank all five 3-point goals he attempted Thursday morning and finished with 19 points to lead Mountain Brook to a 59-48 win over Lee-Montgomery in the Class 7A semifinals of  the AHSAA State Basketball Championships being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
      He had three in a row for the Spartans (30-3) in the fourth quarter to five Coach Bucky McMillan’s defending state champs the final boost it needed. His trey at 5:05 of the final period gave Mountain Brook a 46-45 lead. His next two stretched that lead to 54-45 with 1:53 left to play.  The Generals (29-4) never recovered.
    The victory sends the Spartans into Saturday’s Class 7A finals at 5:45 p.m.
    For McMillan, the win gives his team a chance at winning their third state crown in a row and fifth since 2013. Wednesday’s victory was the Spartans’ 16th win in a row and also the 300th career coaching win for McMillan. The 35-year old coach and former Mountain Brook player has compiled a 300-71 record in his high school head-coaching career.
    Seniors Lior Berman and Trendon Watford added 17 and 14 points, respectively. Watford, the AHSAA’s all-time career rebounding leader, had a game-high 13 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots. Berman also had four steals, four assist and was 5-of-5 at the foul line. Watford was 8-of-12 and the Spartans were 13-of-17 as a team.
   Lee, coached by Bryant Johnson, was led by 6-8 center Demond Robinson’s 14 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.  Nicholas Barnes added 12 points and De’Marquiese Miles had seven points, four assists and two steals. Johnson has a 303-136 career record.
     The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continue Thursday with the remaining Class 7A girls’ and boys’ semifinals.  The Class 1A girls’ state championship game featuring Phillips and Skyline, will be at 4 p.m., today – kicking off the first of 14 championship games today, Friday and Saturday. St. Luke’s Episcopal faces Decatur Heritage in the Class 1A boys’ championship game tonight at 5:45 p.m.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals will also be produced by the NFHS Network and AHSAA Radio Network with the live video also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



THURSDAY’S PAIRINGS/RESULTS
CLASS 7A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) 48, Auburn (24-5) 45
Hoover (32-1) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-2), noon
7A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 4 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Mountain Brook (30-3) 59, Lee-Montgomery (29-4) 48
Hoover (24-8) vs. Baker (20-13), 1:30 p.m.
6A Boys Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (25-10) vs. Skyline (29-5), 4 p.m.
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (31-4) vs. St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-9), 5:45 p.m.

FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (27-6) vs. Fyffe (30-5,9 a.m.
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (22-4) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10), 10:45 a.m.

Class 3A Girls Finals
Montgomery Academy (31-2) vs. Pisgah (33-1), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A Boys Finals
Westminster Christian (27-4) vs. Plainview (32-4), 2:15 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (31-3) vs. Anniston (29-4), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals, Saturday, Mar. 2, 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals, Saturday, Mar. 2, 5:45 p.m.


Hewitt-Trussville 48, Auburn 45

BIRMINGHAM – Hewitt-Trussville senior guard Morgan Kirk sank crucial four free throws in the final 31 seconds to lead the Huskies to a 48-45 win over Auburn Thursday morning as the AHSAA State Basketball Championships moved into the Class 7A semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Her final two came with four seconds remaining and the Huskies hold onto a one-point lead.  The victory sends Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) into Saturday’s 7A girls’ state finals at 4 p.m. The Huskies will face the winner of the Hoover-McGill-Toolen Catholic semifinal set for later today. For Hewitt, it will be the girls’ first appearance in the state finals.
     Kirk finished with eight points, going 6-of-7 at the foul line for the game. She also had four steals and three assists.  Amiya Payne had 16 points and five rebounds and was 5-of-6 at the foul line. Erica Jones added 11 points and eight rebounds and D’yona Jones had six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
     Auburn (24-5), coached by Courtney Pritchett, got an outstanding game from guard Olivia Porter. She had 14 points, four assists, three steals and nine rebounds.  Jada Askew added 11 points, Casey core and Sara Strohmeyer each had eight.
       The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continue Thursday with the remaining Class 7A girls’ and boys’ semifinals.  The Class 1A girls’ state championship game featuring Phillips and Skyline, will be at 4 p.m., today – kicking off the first of 14 championship games today, Friday and Saturday. St. Luke’s Episcopal faces Decatur Heritage in the Class 1A boys’ championship game tonight at 5:45 p.m.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals will also be produced by the NFHS Network and AHSAA Radio Network with the live video also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



THURSDAY’S PAIRINGS/RESULTS
CLASS 7A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) 48, Auburn (24-5) 45
Hoover (32-1) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-2), noon
7A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 4 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Mountain Brook (29-3) vs. Lee-Montgomery (29-3), 10: 30 a.m.
Hoover (24-8) vs. Baker (20-13), 1:30 p.m.
6A Boys Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 5:45 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 1A Girls Finals, Thursday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m.
Class 1A Boys Finals, Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:45 p.m.

Class 2A Girls Finals, Friday, Mar. 1, 9 a.m.
Class 2A Boys Finals, Friday, Mar. 1, 10:45 a.m.

Class 3A Girls Finals, Friday,  Mar. 1, 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A Boys Finals, Friday, Mar. 1, 2:15 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Finals, Friday, Mar. 1, 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals, Friday, Mar. 1, 5:45 p.m.

Class 5A Girls State Finals, Saturday, Mar. 2, 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys State Finals, Saturday, Mar. 2, 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls State Finals, Saturday, Mar. 2, 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys State Finals, Saturday, Mar. 2, 2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls State Finals, Saturday, Mar. 2, 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys State Finals, Saturday, Mar. 2, 5:45 p.m.


Center Point 54, Bibb County 47

CLASS 5A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS

    BIRMINGHAM – Center Point overcame 18 turnovers and 12-of-33 shooting at the free-throw line to nip Bibb County 54-47 Wednesday night in the Class 5A semifinals of the AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The victory sends Coach Rodney Chatman’s Eagles (18-14) into to the Class 5A state championship game Saturday at 10:45 a.m. to face Wenonah (30-5).
     Roderick Orr was a big reason Center Point survived a contest where 56 fouls were called and both teams combined to shoot 66 free throws. He had 22 points and made 5-of-13 at the foul line – and kept the Eagles just one step ahead of Coach Russ Wallace’s Choctaws (14-16) down the stretch.  Center Point shot 29 free throws in the fourth quarter.
     Antonio Robinson came up big on the boards with 16 rebounds and had six points before fouling out late. Jordan Chatman added nine points and six rebounds but also fouled out in the fourth period.  The Eagles had five players foul out in the contest, and Bibb County had four.
     De’Yonte’ Cutts led the Choctaws with 14 points and Zarien Avery had 12. Both fouled out. Dexter Marsh had nine rebounds and five points. Bibb County was 10-of-20 at the foul line in the fourth quarter and finished 15-of-33 for the game.
    The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continue Thursday morning  with the Class 7A semifinals tipping off at 9 a.m., with Hewitt-Trussville (20-10) and Auburn (24-4) in the first girls’ semifinals, followed by Mountain Brook (29-3) versus Lee-Montgomery (29-3) in the opening boys’ semifinal at 10:30.  Hoover (32-1) takes on McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-2) in the other 7A girls’ semifinal at noon, and Hoover (24-8) meets Baker (20-13) in the second boys’ semifinal at 1:30 p.m.
    The championships get underway at 4 p.m., with Phillips (25-10) facing Skyline (29-5) in the Class 1A girls’ finals. The Class 1A boys’ championship game will follow at 5:45 p.m. with Decatur Heritage (31-4) taking on St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-9)>

                    Finals for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will be Friday, and Saturday’s championships will be in Class 5A, 6A and 7A.
       All semifinal games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals will also be produced by the NFHS Network and AHSAA Radio Network with the live video also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

          97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



            WEDNESDAY’S PAIRINGS/RESULTS
CLASS 6A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Opelika (26-6) 61, Carver-Birmingham (26-9) 44
Hazel Green (33-3) 55, Blount (26-5) 39
6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), Saturday, Mar. 2, 12:30 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) 62, Muscle Shoals (25-8) 47
Pinson Valley (23-9) 54, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (28-8) 51
6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9), Saturday, Mar. 2, 2:15 p.m.


CLASS 5A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Madison Academy (28-7) 54, Ramsay (27-8) 48
Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3) 45, Brewer (24-10) 41
5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), Saturday, Mar. 2 9 a.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Wenonah (30-5) 72, Ramsay (20-14) 61
Center Point (18-14) 54, Bibb County (14-16) 47
5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), Saturday, Mar. 2,  10:45 a.m.

           THURSDAY, FEB. 28
CLASS 7A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Hewitt-Trussville (20-10) vs. Auburn (24-4), 9 a.m.
Hoover (32-1) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-2), noon
7A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 4 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Mountain Brook (29-3) vs. Lee-Montgomery (29-3), 10: 30 a.m.
Hoover (24-8) vs. Baker (20-13), 1:30 p.m.
6A Boys Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 5:45 p.m.


Central-Tuscaloosa 45, Brewer 41

CLASS 5A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS    

    BIRMINGHAM – Central-Tuscaloosa High School junior point guard Quintasia Leatherwood had ice water in her veins when she went to the foul line with six seconds left and her team leading by two points in the Class 5A girls’ state semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday night.
    Leatherwood calmly sank the free throws and sealed a 45-41 win over Brewer to clinch a berth opposite  Madison Academy in Saturday’s AHSAA State Basketball Championships girls’ finals. Tip off will be 9 a.m.
     She finished the game was 21 points, including 6-of-7 at the free-throw line and 3-of 6 from the 3-point arc. The cat-quick guard also had five steals and four assists. She didn’t think it was ice water in her veins that helped her lead the Falcons to the state finals. “It is Gold running though my veins,” she said, referring to her family history and the aunt  she looks up to.
     She may be right. Leatherwood is the niece of 1984 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Lillie Leatherwood, a Tuscaloosa sprinter who ran the first leg on the 4x400-meter relay team that finished first at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 and won the Silver at Seoul, Korea in 1988.
      Coach Michael Rivers credited his point guard’s leadership and talent as a big reason the Falcons (27-3) are now headed to the finals for the second straight year. Teammate Sakiyia White was on the receiving end of most of Leatherwood’s assists, scoring 18 points inside on an 8-of-10 shooting performance and grabbing 15 rebounds. 
      Brewer (24-10), coached by Jeff Andrews, saw his usually strong outside shooting team sink 5-of 25 3-point goals, thanks in part to Central’s defensive plan.  Jacie Andrews and McCarley Northway had two each. Evaiah Burrows was the Patriots’ top scorer with 14 points. Northway had 10 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Andrews and Leisha Steger added eight points each.
    The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continue Wednesday with the remaining Class 5A girls’ and boys’ semifinals.  The Class 7A semifinals will begin Thursday morning. The remaining schedule will be the state finals.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals will also be produced by the NFHS Network and AHSAA Radio Network with the live video also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



WEDNESDAY’S PAIRINGS/RESULTS
CLASS 6A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Opelika (26-6) 61, Carver-Birmingham (26-9) 44
Hazel Green (33-3) 55, Blount (26-5) 39
6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), Saturday, Mar. 2, 12:30 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) 62, Muscle Shoals (25-8) 47
Pinson Valley (23-9) 54, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (28-8) 51
6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9), Saturday, Mar. 2, 2:15 p.m.


CLASS 5A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Madison Academy (28-7) 54, Ramsay (27-8) 48
Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3) 45, Brewer (24-10) 41
5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), Saturday, Mar. 2 9 a.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Wenonah (30-5) 72, Ramsay (20-14) 61
Center Point (17-14) vs. Bibb County (14-15), 7:30 p.m.
5A Boys Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2,  10:45 a.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 28
CLASS 7A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Hewitt-Trussville (20-10) vs. Auburn (24-4), 9 a.m.
Hoover (32-1) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-2), noon
7A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 4 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Mountain Brook (29-3) vs. Lee-Montgomery (29-3), 10: 30 a.m.
Hoover (24-8) vs. Baker (20-13), 1:30 p.m.
6A Boys Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 5:45 p.m.