Sunday, January 26, 2020






Class 3A Girls Semifinals Pisgah 59, Barbour County 49

   Presley Johnson scored 33 points to lead the Lady Eagles (28-6) to a 59-49 victory over Barbour County in the AHSAA Class 3A girls state tournament semifinals Tuesday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
   Johnson was 13-of-20 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 at the foul line. She also had 14 rebounds and five blocked shots.
   Pisgah, coached by Carey Ellison, trailed 30-28 at the half but took the lead for good in the third quarter. Lily Womack added 14 points.
   Barbour County (19-9), coached by Robert Palmer, was led by Jasonie Guice’s 20 points. Chanda Patterson also contributed 13.
    Pisgah takes on three-time state champion Lauderdale County (38-0) in the 3A finals Friday at 1 p.m. at BJCC Legacy Arena.

Class 3A Boys Semifinals Madison Academy 66, Montgomery Academy 55

   Madison Academy beat Montgomery Academy 66-55 in the Class 3A boys semifinals Tuesday to advance to the championship game of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Friday.
   The Mustangs (18-12), coached by Andy Blackston, led 54-53 with 1:48 to play when Myles Parker sank a lay-up. An intentional foul on the play sent him to the free-throw line for two more points and Josh Langford nailed a short jumper on the inbounds pass to turn the one-point game into a seven-point lead.
    Langford led Madison Academy with 16 points and seven rebounds. Keke Matthews added 15 points and Will Acuff 13.
    Josh Thomas led Coach Anthony McCall’s Eagles (21-9) with 21 points. Thomas, who was 11-of-13 at the foul line, closed his career as the leading career scorer in Montgomery prep history.  Landon Crane also had 16 points and eight rebounds.
   The 3A finals is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at BJCC Legacy Arena.

Class 3A Girls Semifinals Lauderdale County 62, Montgomery Academy 34

   Lauderdale County (38-0) rolled into the AHSAA Class 3A girls state basketball finals for the fourth straight year with a 62-34 win over Montgomery Academy at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday morning.
   Coach Brant Llewellyn’s Lady Tigers extended their state-record basketball winning streak to 83 as Allison Cruce scored 22 points and cleared 12 rebounds. Ivy Wallen added 15 points, Ella Wallen had nine and Makayla Liles eight points and nine rebounds.
   Montgomery Academy (26-7), coached by Barry Fencher had nine points and eight rebounds from Kayla White. Caroline Trulove had eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
   The 38 wins tied the state single-season record for wins by a girls’ team -- a record set last year by Lauderdale County with a third straight 3A title win.
   The championship game in the AHSAA is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m.

Class 2A Boys Semifinals Elba 48, Vincent 45

    Defending Class 2A state champion Elba overcame some spotty free-throw shooting late to edge Vincent 48-45 in the final boys semifinal at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday night.
    The Tigers (21-6), coached by Karl Bledsoe, led 26-13 half but managed just 4-of-14 free throws late as the Yellow Jackets (23-10) clawed back to within two. Elba was 9-of-23 at the foul line for the game but shot 51.4 percent from the field.
    Brosnan Cooks sank two free throws in the final minute to seal the win. He finished with 17 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers.  Grant Akridge added 10 points and Rheem Newson had eight.
     Vincent, coached by John Hadder, was led by Jacorey Roper’s 14 points and seven rebounds. Vec Hamilton chipped in nine points and Jace Greene had eight.
      Elba is scheduled to meet LaFayette in the Class 2A finals Friday at 11 a.m.
      Play continues Tuesday with Class 3A boys and girls semifinals in the first session and Class 4A boys and girls tipping off in the afternoon session.

Class 2A Girls Semifinals Geneva County 51, Section 46

    Geneva County (24-8) jumped out to a 10-point lead by halftime and held off a strong Section rally in the fourth quarter to win the AHSAA Class 2A girls semifinal basketball battle at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena 51-46.
     The Lions (22-7), coached by Joey Swinford, closed to four in the final quarter outscoring Coach Chris Ward’s Bulldogs 18-8.
     Lacy Stafford scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Geneva County to its first state championship appearance versus Red Bay Friday morning at 9 a.m.  Stafford also hit a couple of key free throws down the stretch.  Tamya Hillard added 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Alexa Boutwell chipped in10 points.
     Keneta Morris had 15 points with three 3-pointers for Section. Autumn Hicks also had three treys and finished with 13 points. Morris also had eight rebounds.

Class 2A Boys Semifinals LaFayette 87, Tanner 56

     The Bulldogs (24-5) used balanced scoring to advance to the Class 2A boys’ state basketball finals Monday with an 87-56 win over Tanner (13-14) at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Jatarvious Whitlow led the scoring with 20 points. Quenten Ray added 17 points and 12 rebounds,  Kaminski Bledsoe had 14 points and Trevond Barnes scored 13. Bledsoe sank 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc as LaFayette, coached by Coach Obadiah Threadgill IV, totaled 9-of-16   for the night.
     Johnathan Fletcher had 15 points and Markel Mull 12 for Tanner.
     LaFayette, last in the state tournament in 2013, are scheduled to play in the finals at 11 a.m. Friday.

Class 2A Girls Semifinals Red Bay 49, Holy Spirit 33

    Red Bay’s defense limited Holy Spirit to only three field goals in the second half Monday to break open a close game in the Class 2A girls’ semifinals en route to a 49-33 win.
    The Lady Tigers (24-9) outscored the Lady Titans (24-3) 27-24 at intermission.
    Darby Madden had 18 points and Allie Kennedy 15 to pace Coach Donnie Roberts’ Red Bay team. The win was No. 834 for Roberts, the AHSAA’s all-time girls’ basketball coaching leader at 834-347 in 42 seasons.
    Morgan Pierce also had 11 rebounds, four points and four assists.
    Pacing Holy Spirit (24-3) were Caroline Sisson and Victoria Lavender with nine points each. Coach Char-Lette Jones-Pruitt is in her second year as head coach.
     Red Bay, which won state championships in 1979, 1980, 1987, 1993 and 2001, lost in the 2A state finals to Woodland last year. The 2A girls’ finals is scheduled Friday morning at 9 a.m.

Class 1A Boys Semifinals Sacred Heart Catholic 74, A.L. Johnson 40

   Three Sacred Heart starters had double doubles as the Cardinals (25-8) rolled into the finals with a 74-40 win over A.L. Johnson in the second game of the AHSAA Class 1A boys state basketball tournament at the BJCC Monday.
   Freshman Diante Wood had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomores D.J. Heath and Kevion Nolan had 14 and 17 points, respectively. Nolan also had 13 rebounds and Heath 10. Kavarri Ross also had 10 points for Sacred Heart, coached by Ralpheal Graves.
    A.L. Johnson (14-5) was led by Gregory Baker’s nine points and seven rebounds. Tywon Scott also had nine rebounds.
    Sacred Heart faces Sunshine in the 1A finals Thursday night at 6 p.m. 

Class 1A Girls Semifinals Spring Garden 36, Brantley 26

    Spring Garden’s tenacious defense limited defending Class 1A girls state champion Brantley to 23.4 percent shooting from the field and posted a 36-26 win in the semifinals at the BJCC Monday.
    The Panthers (33-2) extended their current winning streak to 25 in a row with Darian Gaines scoring nine points, Madison Sides and Tykeah Rogers notching eight each. Rogers also had a game-high 11 rebounds, and Payton McGinnis had eight boards.
    Brantley (27-3), the 1A state champion in 2013 and 2014, had its 18-game winning streak snapped in the loss.  Payton Burnett scored 10 points and Saquaya Lane had eight for the Bulldogs of Coach Andrew Kilcrease.
     Spring Garden, coached by Ricky Austin, plays Keith in the finals Thursday at 4 p.m.

Class 1A Boys Semifinals Sunshine 61, Phillips 46

    Senior Walter Jones, Jr. scored 26 points and Herbert Jones added 16 as Sunshine (28-4) beat Phillips (26-6) in the Class 1A boys state tournament semifinals Monday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Coach Walter Jones’ Tigers advance to Thursday night’s 6 p.m. finals.
     Keonta Edwards dominated the boards with 16 rebounds and also chipped in 12 points for Sunshine.
     Phillips trailed 31-29 at the half. Jake Bonner, one of the Bears’ top players, had 10 points in the first half but only played a minute in the second half and left the game following an injury.  Jacob Feltman had 14 points, and Tyler Crumpton 10 for Coach Scott Veal’s Bears.
     Sunshine, in the state tournament last year, will close at the end of this school year with students transferring to nearby Greensboro High School, according to the plan submitted by the Hale County Board of Education.