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CLASS 5A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Wenonah 51, Center Point 34

CLASS 5A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Wenonah 51, Center Point 34
    BIRMINGHAM –Wenonah High School limited Center Point to just two points in the second quarter en route to a 52-34 triumph as the Dragons claimed the school’s sixth state championship in the Class 5A boys’ state basketball finals Saturday morning at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Dragons’ previous state titles came in 1990, 1993, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Saturday’s championship was the first under Coach Audwin Howard’s direction. Wenonah (31-5) finished the season with only one loss to an AHSAA school.
    Senior guard Cameron Tucker scored 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals to earn Class 5A state tourney MVP honors.  Jarvise Minter added 11 points and his twin brother Justin Minter had eight points and nine rebounds.  The Dragons out-rebounded Center Point (18-15), coached by Rodney Chatman, 36-21 and limited the Eagles to only 16 made field goals.  Wenonah was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line and shot 44% from the field.
     Jordan Chatman led Center Point with 11 points and five rebounds. He was 5-of-6 from the field.  Roderick Orr added seven points.
    The Class 5A All-Tourney Team included: Cameron Tucker, Wenonah (MVP); Jarvise Minter, Wenonah; Justin Minter, Wenonah; Jordan Chatman, Center Point; Roderick Orr, Center Point; Roderick Harrington, Ramsay.
     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



SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Central-Tuscaloosa (28-3) 68, Madison Academy (28-8) 65
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (31-5) 51, Center Point (18-15) 34

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

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
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48

CLASS 5A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Central-Tuscaloosa 68, Madison Academy 65

CLASS 5A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Central-Tuscaloosa 68, Madison Academy 65
    BIRMINGHAM – Central-Tuscaloosa used a quick defense to build 18-point lead by halftime and then had relay on some clutch free-throw shooting in the final minute to claim a 68-65 victory over Madison  Academy in the Class 5A girls state basketball finals Saturday morning at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Junior point guard Quintasia Leatherwood of Central (28-3) sparked the fast start with her precision passing, outside shooting and floor leadership. However, Central Coach Michael Rivers said he warned his players at the half that great teams claw back.  He was right.
     Madison Academy (28-8), the Class 4A state champs in 2017 and 2018 before moving up to Class 5A this season, finally found its range outside with Libby Privett and Mary Katherine Sanders nailing threes, Destinee McGhee and Jasmine Gracie scoring inside as Coach Allissa Flowers’ Mustangs closed the gap to four with 1:56 to play. 
     Central’s Sakyia White sank two free throws and Conajah Jones sank four to stretch the lead back to six with 22 seconds remaining.  That margin would be needed at the end.  With three seconds left, Madison Academy’s Privett sank a shot from just in front of the Central bench some 55 feet away and nailed her final trey at the buzzer to cut the lead to three.
    Leatherwood had 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two treys and was 4-of-5 at the foul line to earn Class 5A state tourney MVP honors.  White finished with 21 points before fouling out in the final period. She had eight rebounds, two blocked shots and made 7-of-8 free throws attempted. Jones had 19 points and was 5-of-6 at the foul line and Mackenzie Mahone scored 10 points with 4-of-5 at the foul line. The Falcons finished 20-of-28  and made 11 in the fourth quarter. Madison Academy outscored Central 31-17 in the final period.
    Privett led the Mustangs with 17 points, including five treys. Jaden Langford and Gracie had 12 points each, and McGhee had nine points. Gracie had 13 rebounds and McGhee had eight. Langford dished out five assists.
    The state championship was the first for Central since 1996 and the fourth overall. It was the first state crown coached by Rivers. Madison Academy has won three state titles.
    The Class 5A All-Tourney Team included: Quintasia Leatherwood, Central-Tuscaloosa (MVP); Conajah Jones, Central-Tuscaloosa; Sakyia White, Central-Tuscaloosa; Destinee McGhee, Madison Academy; Jasmine Gracie, Madison Academy; and Jaden Langford, Madison Academy.
    The final day of championship action at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues today at the Legacy Arena with the 5A boys’ finals, followed by girls’ and boys’ championship games in Class 6A and 7A.   
     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



SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Central-Tuscaloosa (28-3) 68, Madison Academy (28-8) 65
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

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
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48

CLASS 4A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Talladega 60, West Limestone 48

CLASS 4A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Talladega 60, West Limestone 48
    BIRMINGHAM – Talladega High School outscored West Limestone 35-20 in the second half Thursday night on the way to a 60-48 victory in the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships Class 4A boys’ finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     And in the process, the Tigers handed veteran Coach Chucky Miller the school’s first state boys title.  Miller, who has a compiled a 759-340 record in his very successful career, is part of the winningest father-son coaching tandem in the AHSAA. His dad Chuck Miller, a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, won 704 games in his outstanding career – mostly at Talladega. Chuck Miller passed away last Year. The two combined to coached 1,463 victories.
    Class 4A state tourney MVP D’Corian Wilson had 19 points in the finals with four assists, six rebounds and two 3-pointers. Arron Greene added 12 points and 11 rebounds, Kobe Simmons had eight points and nine rebounds and Rontavious Barclay had eight points and two steals.
    West Limestone (21-14), coached by Justin Taylor, led 28-25 at the half, but the intense Talladega defensive pressure limited the Wildcats to just four made baskets in the second half. Braden Tuten had 11 points, including three treys, and handed out three assists for West Limestone. Marshall Carter had 10 points, two assists and two steals, and Camryn Williams totaled 10 points and eight rebounds. River Helms also had six points and a game-high five assists.

    The Class 4A All-Tourney Team included: D’Corian Wilson, Talladega (MVP); Kobe Simmons, Talladega; Arron Greene, Talladega; River Helms, West Limestone; Braden Tuten, West Limestone; and Martez Jones, B.T. Washington.
    The final day of championship action at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships gets underway Saturday at the Legacy Arena girls’ and boys’ finals in Class 5A, 6A and 7A. Madison Academy (28-7) and Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3) open the at 9 a.m. in the Class 5A girls’ finals.  Two-time defending Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook (31-3) faces Baker (21-13) in the 7A boys’ finals at 5:45 p.m., in the final game of the 2019 state tourney.
    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
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48

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 4A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Rogers 46, Anniston 38

CLASS 4A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Rogers 46, Anniston 38
    BIRMINGHAM – Rogers High School fell behind early to Anniston 5-0 Friday afternoon in the Class 4A girls’ state championship game before rallying to take an 11-point lead after one quarter. The Pirates then turned to a tenacious defense to seal the school’s first-ever state girls’ basketball championship with a 46-38 win at the BJCC Legacy Center.
   Rogers (32-3), coached by Blake Prestage, closed the season with its 20th win in a row thanks to a defense that limited Anniston (29-5) to just 16 of 60 from the field (26.7%) and only 3 of 22 in  the fourth quarter (13.6%). It was the school’s first state tourney appearance and last week’s Northwest Regional championship was the Pirates’ first regional tourney appearance, said Prestage.
    Freshman Madie Krieger led the way with 23 points, including 10-of-11 at the foul line, and had two assists and two steals to earn Class 4A state tourney MVP honors.  Erin Brown chipped in nine points and Gabby Davis had four points and 10 big rebounds.
    Anniston, coached by Eddie Bullock, kept close with some tenacious defense of its own. Led by guards Allasha Dudley and Anna-Meketra Garrett. Dudley had two steals and one blocked shot while handing out three assists and scoring four points. Garrett also had seven points, three assists and a steal. Center Tonia Foster was a force inside with 13 points and seven rebounds, and Jordyn Johnson had five points and 10 rebounds.
    Despite the stringent defense by both teams, Rogers had no turnovers in the first half, finished with five and Anniston only had 11 total.

    The Class 4A All-Tourney Team included: Madie Krieger, Rogers (MVP); Erin Brown, Rogers; Allasha Dudley, Anniston; Toniah Foster, Anniston; Trinity Hambright, Greensboro; Jailatt Swain, Childersburg.
    The Class 4A boys’ championship game is the final contest of Friday’s championship action at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships. 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
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
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 3A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Plainview 54, Westminster Christian 52

CLASS 3A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Plainview 54, Westminster Christian 52
    BIRMINGHAM – For the second year in  row, Plainview High School guard Caden Millican found himself with the ball in the final seconds Friday with his team needing a bucket to win AHSAA Class 3A state championship at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    And just like last year, Millican delivered – grabbing a pass from guard Tristan Willingham in the lane with 3 seconds left and sinking the game-winning shot to give the Bears a 54-52 victory over Westminster Christian to notch Plainview’s second consecutive state crown. 
     Millican’s 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime in 2018 was the game winner in the Bears’ championship victory over Hillcrest-Evergreen. Friday’s shot was inside – a play called “leopard” Coach Robi Coker picked up from watching Belmont University beat UCLA.  “We put that play in Sunday and we have practiced it all week,” said Coker. “I told our kids that when we run the play it will work.”
    Westminster Christian (27-5), coached by Ronnie Stapler, trailed 50-39 heading into the fourth quarter, but with 29 seconds left, senior Auston Leslie cashed in two free throws to tie the game at 52 all. Stapler called his final timeout and in Coker instructed his team to run the play. He said it worked just they had practiced it.
    Millican finished with 15 points. Koby Tinker had 25, including five 3-pointers – all coming in a wild third quarter after the 3-point shooting Bears had gone 0-for-8 behind the arc in the first half.  All 18 points in the third period came on treys with Haden White hitting the other one. Tinker’s last 3-pointer of the quarter came at the buzzer.   He also had three rebounds and was 4-of-6 at the foul line to earn Class 3A state tourney MVP honors.  Taylor Haymon and White had seven points each and Willingham finished with two assists and just one turnover at point guard.

    Leslie had 24 points to lead Westminster. He also had six rebounds and four blocked shots.  Jayden Landrom and Joshua Childers added 13 points each. Childers had a game-high seven rebounds and Menterra Curley had two assists, four steals and a blocked shot. The Wildcats won the Class 4A state title in 2016 for their school’s first state championship.
    The Class 3A All-Tourney Team included: Koby Tinker, Plainview (MVP); Caden Millican, Plainview; Taylor Hamon, Plainview; Auston Leslie, Westminster Christian; Jayden Landrom, Westminster Christian; Windell Comer, Prattville Christian.
    The Class 4A girls’ and boys’ championship games close out Friday’s championship action at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships. 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
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

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 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.