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Westminster Christian 50, Bullock County 32

CLASS 3A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS 

    BIRMINGHAM – Westminster Christian used tenacious defense and strong performance by 6-foot-4 senior guard/forward Auston Leslie to beat Bullock County 50-32 in the Class 3A Boys State Basketball Championships semifinals Tuesday as the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continued at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Veteran Coach Ronnie Stapler, 71, saw his Wildcats (27-4) force 21 turnovers and limited the Hornets to a 2-of-19 shooting performance outside the 3-point arc.
     Leslie scored 26 points for Westminster, including 10-of-11 at the foul line, added six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Joshua Childers, the Wildcats’
6-5 post player, added eight points.
     Bullock County (17-12), coached by Douglas Moore, was anchored by guard Cedric Nichols’ 13 points. De’Vonta Davis added seven points and Jalaceon Green scored six.
     Westminster, which won its only state title in  2016 in Class 4A, will meet the winner of the Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. Prattville Christian in the 3A state finals Friday at 2:15 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Tuesday’s victory was the 783rd career win for Stapler, who spent most of his coaching career at Grissom High School before coming out of retirement to take over the Westminster program.
    The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continue Tuesday with the remaining Class 3A girls’ and boys’ semifinals and the Class 4A semis. Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be 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


TUESDAY’S PAIRINGS/RESULTS

CLASS 3A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Montgomery Academy (31-2) 48, Winfield (31-2) 41
Pisgah (32-1) vs. Prattville Christian (24-8), noon
3A Girls Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 12:30 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Westminster Christian (27-4) 50, Bullock County (17-12) 32
Plainview (31-4) vs. Prattville Christian (30-3), 
1:30 p.m.
3A Boys Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 2:15 p.m.


LASS 4A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Rogers (30-3) vs. Childersburg (33-1), 3 p.m.
Anniston (28-4) vs. Greensboro (24-2), 6 p.m.
4A Girls Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 4 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
West Limestone (20-13) vs. B.T. Washington (21-9), 4: 30 p.m.
Talladega (24-8)  vs. Hillcrest-Evergreen (26-2), 7:30 p.m.
4A Boys Finals

Friday, Mar. 1, 5:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
CLASS 6A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Carver-Birmingham (26-8) vs. Opelika (25-6), 9 a.m.
Hazel Green (32-3) vs. Blount (26-4), noon
6A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 12:30 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Muscle Shoals (25-7) vs. Carver-Montgomery (22-10), 10: 30 a.m.
Pinson Valley (22-9) vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (28-7), 1:30 p.m.
6A Boys Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 2:15 p.m.


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27

CLASS 5A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Madison Academy (27-7) vs. Ramsay (27-7), 3 p.m.
Brewer (24-9) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (26-3), 6 p.m.
5A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2,  9 a.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Wenonah (29-5) vs. Ramsay (20-13) 4: 30 p.m.
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.


Montgomery Academy 48, Winfield 41

CLASS 3A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS

    BIRMINGHAM – Montgomery Academy outscored Winfield 14-4 in the final quarter Tuesday morning to grab a 48-41 victory over the Lady Pirates as the second day of the AHSAA 2019 State Basketball Championships got underway at the BJCC Legacy Arena with the Class 3A girls’ semifinals.
    Coach Barry Fancher’s Eagles (31-2 came into the semifinals riding a 22-game winning streak. Winfield (32-2), coached by Joseph Wilson, won 25 in a row at one stretch and had a seven-game win streak coming in.
    Both teams battled with intensity, especially on defense. The Eagles forced 24 Pirates turnovers and Winfield caused 16 for Montgomery Academy.
    Leighton Robertson sparked the Eagles with 26 points and also had seven steals on  defense. Gabriella Ramirez added nine points – all coming on three 3-pointers. Senior forward Margaret Head had a game-high rebounds and five points. None was bigger than her offensive rebound and put-back with 1:39 remaining to extend Montgomery Academy’s two-point lead to 43-39.   The Pirates never recovered.
    C’era Beck had 14 points, 12 coming on a 4-of-11 3-point shooting performance, to lead Winfield.  Emma Kate Tittle added 11 points.
    Montgomery Academy won the rebound battle 38-30. The Eagles were 6 of 15 at the  foul line and Winfield was made one of two.
    Montgomery Academy moves to the Class 3A championship game at Legacy Arena Friday at 12:30 p.m. The Class 3A boys’ finals will follow at 2:15 p.m.
    The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continue Tuesday with the remaining Class 3A girls’ and boys’ semifinals and the Class 4A semis. Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be 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


TUESDAY’S PAIRINGS/RESULTS

CLASS 3A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Montgomery Academy (31-2) 48, Winfield (31-2) 41
Pisgah (32-1) vs. Prattville Christian (24-8), noon
3A Girls Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 12:30 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Westminster Christian (26-4) vs. Bullock County (16-12), 10: 30 a.m.
Plainview (31-4) vs. Prattville Christian (30-3), 1:30 p.m.
3A Boys Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 2:15 p.m.


LASS 4A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Rogers (30-3) vs. Childersburg (33-1), 3 p.m.
Anniston (28-4) vs. Greensboro (24-2), 6 p.m.
4A Girls Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 4 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
West Limestone (20-13) vs. B.T. Washington (20-9), 4: 30 p.m.
Talladega (24-8)  vs. Hillcrest-Evergreen (26-2), 7:30 p.m.
4A Boys Finals

Friday, Mar. 1, 5:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
CLASS 6A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Carver-Birmingham (26-8) vs. Opelika (25-6), 9 a.m.
Hazel Green (32-3) vs. Blount (24-4), noon
6A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 12:30 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Muscle Shoals (25-7) vs. Carver-Montgomery (22-9), 10: 30 a.m.
Pinson Valley (22-9) vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (28-7), 1:30 p.m.
6A Boys Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 2:15 p.m.


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27

CLASS 5A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Madison Academy (27-7) vs. Ramsay (27-7), 3 p.m.
Brewer (24-9) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (26-3), 6 p.m.
5A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2,  9 a.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Wenonah (29-5) vs. Ramsay (20-13) 4: 30 p.m.
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 (28-2), 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.


Sacred Heart Catholic 75, Calhoun 65

CLASS 2A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS 

   BIRMINGHAM – Sacred Heart Catholic outscored Calhoun 27-13 in the second quarter Monday night in the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships Class 2A semifinals and used that cushion to hold off a strong challenge from the Tigers  to win 75-65 at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The victory sends Coach Ralpheal Graves’ Cardinals (23-10) into the state finals for the fifth year in a row. Sacred Heart won the last four Class 1A state titles but moved to Class 2A this season. The Cardinals will face Central Coosa (22-4) in the 2A championship game Friday morning at 10:45 a.m. Sacred Heart could become the first boys’ team to win  five state basketball championships in a row with a triumph on Friday.
     Jayden Stone and Caleb Brown provided the offense for the Cardinals Monday with 23 and 22 points, respectively. Both were 4-for-4 at the foul line. Stone had three 3-pointers and Brown was 9-of-14 from the field and also had six rebounds.  Aaron Stone added eight points and 10 rebounds, and Khalil Watkins had 13 points and four assists.
     Calhoun (27-8),  coached by Ervin Starr, was paced by Dremaricus Hayes’ 18 points and seven rebounds. Jerdarrian Davison contributed 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Jamichael Boone scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
     Day 2 of the AHSAA State Basketball Championships tip off Tuesday morning with the Class 3A girls’ semifinal game between Winfield (32-1) and Montgomery Academy (30-2) at 9 a.m., followed by the first boys’ 3A semifinal game, Westminster Christian (26-4) and Bullock County (17-11), at 10:30.
 All Class 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday. Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be 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.

AHSA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2

MONDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Phillips ((25-10) 66, Westminster-Oak Mountain (21-9) 48
Skyline (29-5) 58, St. Luke’s Episcopal (24-10) 36
1A Girls Finals
Phillips (25-10) vs. Skyline (29-5), Thursday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Decatur Heritage (31-4) 60, Georgiana (27-6) 58 (OT)
St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-9) 51, Spring Garden (25-7) 45
1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (31-4) vs. St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-9), Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 2A
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Cold Springs (27-6) 52,  G.W. Long (26-6) 36
Fyffe (30-5) 41, R.C. Hatch (22-7) 39
2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (27-6) vs, Fyffe (30-5), Friday, Mar. 1, 9 a.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Central Coosa (22-4) 68, Tanner (27-7) 58
Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 75, Calhoun (27-8) 65
2A Boys Finals
Central Coosa (22-4) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10), Friday, March 1, 10:45 a.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 26

CLASS 3A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Winfield (31-1) vs. Montgomery Academy (30-2), 9 a.m.
Pisgah (32-1) vs. Prattville Christian (24-8), noon
3A Girls Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 12:30 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Westminster Christian (26-4) vs. Bullock County (17-11), 10: 30 a.m.
Plainview (31-4) vs. Prattville Christian (30-3), 1:30 p.m.
3A Boys Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 2:15 p.m.



TUESDAY, FEB. 26
CLASS 4A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Rogers (30-3) vs. Childersburg (33-1), 3 p.m.
Anniston (28-4) vs. Greensboro (24-2), 6 p.m.
4A Girls Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 4 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
West Limestone (20-13) vs. B.T. Washington (20-9), 4: 30 p.m.
Talladega (24-8)  vs. Hillcrest-Evergreen (26-2), 7:30 p.m.
4A Boys Finals

Friday, Mar. 1, 5:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
CLASS 6A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Carver-Birmingham (26-8) vs. Opelika (25-6), 9 a.m.
Hazel Green (32-3) vs. Blount (26-4), noon
6A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 12:30 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Muscle Shoals (25-7) vs. Carver-Montgomery (22-10), 10: 30 a.m.
Pinson Valley (22-9) vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (28-7), 1:30 p.m.
6A Boys Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 2:15 p.m.


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27

CLASS 5A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Madison Academy (27-7) vs. Ramsay (27-7), 3 p.m.
Brewer (24-9) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (26-3), 6 p.m.
5A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2,  9 a.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Wenonah (29-5) vs. Ramsay (20-13) 4: 30 p.m.
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.



Fyffe 41, R.C Hatch 39

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS 

   BIRMINGHAM – Fyffe High School held on late to beat R.C. Hatch 41-39 in the final Class 2A girls’ state basketball tournament semifinal game at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday night.
   The victory at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships sends the Red Devils (30-5) of Coach Steve King into the girls’ Class 2A state finals versus Cold Springs (27-6) Friday morning at 9 a.m. The Red Devils will be vying to claim the school’s ninth state girls’ championship overall and the first since 2000.
    Fyffe led by nine, 28-19 with 4:44 left in the third period before the Lady Bobcats (22-7) of Coach Willie Morgan turned up the intensity on defense and began whittling away at the Red Devils lead. Hatch tied the game at 33-33 with 6:21 to play before Fyffe pulled ahead by five at 41-35 with 2:51 left. The Bobcats scored the last four points of the game and had two shots at tying the game in the final seven seconds but missed on both.
      Alexia Barber had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead Fyffe. She also had two steals and one blocked shot.  Maggie Woodall added 10 points, three assists and three steals, and Madison Myers had six points and four steals. The Red Devils were 4-of-14 from the 3-point arc but shot only 5-of-14 at the foul line.
    Alaysia Norfleet led R.C. Hatch with 11 points and seven rebounds before fouling out late. Zakiyah Tubbs added 10 points, Kiaundra Dudley had eight and Brianna Patterson had six points and eight rebounds. She also had four steals.
     The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continued Monday with the remaining the Class 2A boys’ semifinal game between Sacred Heart Catholic and Calhoun. The Class 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals get underway Tuesday.  Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be 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.

AHSA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2

MONDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Phillips ((25-10) 66, Westminster-Oak Mountain (21-9) 48
Skyline (29-5) 58, St. Luke’s Episcopal (24-10) 36
1A Girls Finals
Phillips (25-10) vs. Skyline (29-5), Thursday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Decatur Heritage (31-4) 60, Georgiana (27-6) 58 (OT)
St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-9) 51, Spring Garden (25-7) 45
1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (31-4) vs. St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-9), Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 2A
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Cold Springs (27-6) 52,  G.W. Long (26-6) 36
Fyffe (30-5) 41, R.C. Hatch (22-7) 39
2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (27-6) vs, Fyffe (30-5), Friday, Mar. 1, 9 a.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Central Coosa (22-4) 68, Tanner (27-7) 58
Sacred Heart Catholic (22-10) vs. Calhoun (27-7), 7:30 p.m.
2A Boys Finals
Central Coosa (22-4) vs. Sacred Heart-Calhoun winner, Thursday, Feb. 28, 10:45 a.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 26

CLASS 3A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Winfield (31-1) vs. Montgomery Academy (30-2), 9 a.m.
Pisgah (32-1) vs. Prattville Christian (24-8), noon
3A Girls Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 12:30 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Westminster Christian (26-4) vs. Bullock County (17-11), 10: 30 a.m.
Plainview (31-4) vs. Prattville Christian (30-3), 1:30 p.m.
3A Boys Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 2:15 p.m.



TUESDAY, FEB. 26
CLASS 4A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Rogers (30-3) vs. Childersburg (33-1), 3 p.m.
Anniston (28-4) vs. Greensboro (24-2), 6 p.m.
4A Girls Finals
Friday, Mar. 1, 4 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
West Limestone (20-13) vs. B.T. Washington (20-9), 4: 30 p.m.
Talladega (24-8)  vs. Hillcrest-Evergreen (26-2), 7:30 p.m.
4A Boys Finals

Friday, Mar. 1, 5:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
CLASS 6A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Carver-Birmingham (26-8) vs. Opelika (25-6), 9 a.m.
Hazel Green (32-3) vs. Blount (26-4), noon
6A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 12:30 p.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Muscle Shoals (25-7) vs. Carver-Montgomery (22-10), 10: 30 a.m.
Pinson Valley (22-9) vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (28-7), 1:30 p.m.
6A Boys Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2, 2:15 p.m.


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27

CLASS 5A 
GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Madison Academy (27-7) vs. Ramsay (27-7), 3 p.m.
Brewer (24-9) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (26-3), 6 p.m.
5A Girls Finals
Saturday, Mar. 2,  9 a.m.

BOYS SEMIFINALS
Wenonah (29-5) vs. Ramsay (20-13) 4: 30 p.m.
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.


Central Coosa 68, Tanner 58

CLASS 2A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS

   BIRMINGHAM – Central Coosa High School’s defense forced 26 turnovers Monday afternoon to build a comfortable lead over Tanner in the AHSAA Class 2A State Championships semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena, then relied on some clutch free-throw shooting to post a 68-58 win to advance to Friday’s Class 2A boys’ state finals.
    Coach Jeremy Freeman’s Cougars (22-4)  will be vying for the school’s fifth state title since 1996 – but the first with Freeman as the head coach. Central Coosa won state crowns in 1996, 2000, 2001 and 2004.
     Noel Jones had 20 points, seven rebounds and three steals to lead the Cougars. He was 6-of-7 at the foul line as Central finished 24-of-28 – including 10-of-10 in the fourth quarter and 13-of-13 in the second half.  Jo’von Richardson added 18 points, four steals and was 8-of-9 at the foul line, Joshua McGhee had 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots, and Omar Gaddis had 10 points, five assists and seven steals. He was a perfect 8-of-8 at the charity stripe.
     Nathan Montgomery led Tanner (27-7), coached by Chris Whitt, with 19 points. He nailed 5-of-8 3-point shots attempted. James Atkins had 11 points and 11 rebounds.  The Rattlers, who out-rebounded Central 52-34,  were just 9-of-21 at the foul line.
    Central will play the winner of the Sacred Heart Catholic vs. Calhoun  semifinal game in Friday’s 10:45 a.m. finals at Legacy Arena.  The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues Monday with the remaining the Class 2A boys’ and girls’ semis. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday. Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be 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.


Cold Springs 52, G.W. Long 36

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS 

   BIRMINGHAM – Cold Springs’ 3-point shooting expertise has preceded the team for years – like 1999, 2008 and 2009 when the Eagles won its three Class 2A state girls’ basketball titles.
    Coach Tammy West’s 2019 team, which had 327 this season coming into the semifinals versus G.W. Long, found the treys difficult to come by Monday afternoon at the AHSAA Class 2A Girls State Basketball Championships being held at the spacious BJCC Legacy Arena. The Eagles (27-6) turned to a defense that forced 18 turnovers and some dead-eye free-throw shooting to beat the Rebels 52-36 to advance to Friday’s Class 2A girls’ state championship game of the 97th AHSAA State Tourney.
    Cold Springs’s 2008 state championship team set the AHSAA state single-season record (336). The Eagles managed 5-of-19 Monday with Kinley Campbell and Neely Ellison sinking two each. Senior 3-point shooting leader Camryn Crider, who had 153 coming into Monday’s semifinal contest, was 1-of-7. She finished the game with a team high five steals and was 6-of-8 at the foul line to finish with 11 points.
     Elizabeth Hill finished with 16 points, including 8-of-8 free throws. Cold Springs was 15-of-18 for the game (83.3%) including 13-of-15 in the final quarter.
    Campbell totaled 11 points and Toni West had nine rebounds, three steals and three assists.
    G.W. Long (26-6), coached by Jody Hughes, was 7-of-18 from the 3-point arc with Emmaline Hughes nailing 4-of-8 to finish with a team-high 14 points. Mary Beth Long added 11 points and 14 rebounds and Makenna Long had six points, seven assists and two steals.
    The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues Monday with the remaining the Class 2A boys’ and girls’ semis. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday. Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be 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.


St. Luke’s Episcopal 51, Spring Garden 45

    BIRMINGHAM – St. Luke’s Episcopal sank seven 3-point  goals Monday afternoon in its Class 1A semifinal game versus Spring Garden and used that strong outside shooting effort to post a 51-45 victory to earn a berth in the AHSAA 2019 State Class 1A Boys’ Basketball Championship game  at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Coach Garreth Trawick’s Wildcats (18-9) from Mobile advance to take on Decatur Heritage (31-4) in the Class 1A finals  Thursday at 5:45 p.m. St. Luke’s met Lanett in the 2A finals in 2018.
     Seniors JaCorey Jacobs and Michael Winston nailed three treys each to pace the outside shooting effort. The Wildcats shot 38.9% from the 3-point arc for the game and limited Spring Garden (25-7), normally a hot-shooting team, to just 1 of 14.
     Jacobs finished with 14 points, Winston had 13 and Jermaine Brown led with 17. Brown sank the other 3-point goal for St. Luke’s. Wilson Parker and Caleb McKinney had seven rebounds each and Jacobs had four steals.
    The Panthers, coached by Ricky Austin, got down by 11 but clawed back to keep it close in the final quarter. Senior Isiah Sanchez had 17 points and six rebounds and Winston Kirk added 14 points and seven rebounds for Spring Garden. Austin Cooper had three assists, three steals, four rebounds and five points in a strong all-around effort.
    The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues Monday with the remaining the Class 2A semis. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday. Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be 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.

Skyline 58, St. Luke’s Episcopal 36

CLASS 1A GIRLS SEMIFINALS 
   BIRMINGHAM – Skyline jumped out to a 24-6 after one quarter and cruised to a 58-36 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal in the Class 1A semifinals Monday at the  AHSAA 2019 State Class 1A Girls’ Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday.
    Coach Ronnie McCarver’s Vikings (29-5) advance to face Phillips in the Class 1A girls’ state championship game Thursday at 4 p.m. It will be the first trip to the finals in Skyline girls’ basketball history.
     Junior Bailee Usrey scored 25 points on an 8-of-18 shooting performance, had six steals five rebounds and made three 3-point goals to pace the Vikings. Madison Smith and Gracie Stuckey added eight points each, and Stuckey had a game-high nine rebounds. Smith added four assists and eight steals.
     Skyline’s defense has 28 steals and forced 34 turnovers.
      Leading  St. Luke’ Episcopal (24-10), coached by Bruce Pears, clawed back in the second quarter outscoring Skyline 13-6 to close to 31-19. The tenacious Vikings’ defense kept the pressure on, however, to seal the win.
    Haley Patterson’s 12 points and seven rebounds led the Wildcats. Whitney Novak also had 10 points and five rebounds.
    The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues Monday with the remaining Class 1A boys’ semifinal game and the Class 2A semis. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday. Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be 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.


Decatur Heritage 60, Georgiana 58 (OT)

CLASS 1A BOYS SEMIFINALS 
   BIRMINGHAM – Junior guard Giancarlo Valdez stole a Georgiana pass with four seconds remaining in overtime and sank a short jumper at the other end just before the final buzzer sounded to lift The Eagles (31-4) to a 60-58 win over Georgiana in the semifinals of the AHSAA 2019 State Class 1A Boys’ Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday.
   Valdez canned  key jumper with 20 seconds left in the extra period to tie the game at 58 all for Coach Jason Marshall’s Eagles.  Georgiana (27-6), coached by Kirk Norris, then set up at the other for a shot to win. Valdez’s fourth steal of the game foiled that opportunity.
    Georgiana, trailing by 11 at 34-23 with 1:36 left in the third period, staged a dramatic comeback – thanks in part to two 3-pointers by Jaheim Powell, to cut Decatur Heritage’s lead to three heading into the fourth quarter. It set the stage for the incredible finish.
    Valdez finished with 13 points and four rebounds and 6-fot-8 senior center Noah Boler had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots for the Eagles. Derrick Bishop also had 12 points. Kyle Jackson handed out seven assists.
    Powell led Georgiana with 17 points. Christian Williams added 14, nine coming on three treys, and Christopher Mixon had 11. Martavius Payton had 13 rebounds and six points, and Lecedric Haynes added 12 boards.
    Decatur Heritage moves into to Class 1A boys’ state finals Thursday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. at Legacy Arena.
    The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues Monday with the remaining Class 1A girls’ and boys’ semifinals and the Class 2A semis. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday. Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be 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.


Phillips 66, Westminster-Oak Mountain 48

CLASS 1A GIRLS SEMIFINALS 
BIRMINGHAM – Phillips of Bear Creek shot 80.5% from the foul line Monday morning to seal the Bears’ 66-48 win over Westminster-Oak Mountain as the AHSAA 2019 State Basketball Championships got underway at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
   The Bears (25-10) of coach Scott Veal were 33-of-41 at the charity stripe, including 21-of-28 in the final period as Phillips staved off a strong comeback effort by the Lady Knights.  Guard Misty Dishner finished with 28 points for the Bears, nailing 17-of-23 free throws. Forward Allicyn McCollum added 16 points and 16 rebounds. She was a perfect 10-of-10 at the foul line and blocked four shots.  Gracie Hallman added 10 points.
    Westminster (21-9), coached by Dana Gache, was paced by Morgan White’s 25 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. The Knights were also strong at the foul line hitting 8-of-10. White was 6-of-7 and also nailed three 3-point goals. Megan Gache added seven points and 12 rebounds.
    The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues Monday with the remaining Class 1A girls’ and boys’ semifinals and the Class 2A semis. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday. Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be 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.