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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.


Murr & Baldwin Reach Scoring Milestones to Grab AHSAA Prep Basketball Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY – Lindsay Lane Academy junior guard Tommy Murr and Pleasant Home High School senior River Baldwin each reached major milestones in their AHSAA basketball careers last week to share the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight as the regular season came to an end.
    Murr scored 41 points and eight assists to lead the Lions to an 81-61 victory over Phillips to push him over the 4,000-point mark for his career. Brandon Green, who is averaging 26 ppg this season, had 24 points for the Bears.
     Murr, a 6-foot-1 guard, has scored 1,236 points this season in 28 games and is leading the nation with 44.3 points per game.  He has scored 40 or more points 20 of those games, including eight over 50 and one over 60. Murr is shooting 86.7 percent from the foul line (319-of-368) and has sank 101 3-pointers on the year heading into this week’s Class 1A, Area 15 tournament.
     The son of head coach Steve Murr has 4,004 points for his career in 143 varsity games to become the fourth boys’ player in AHSAA history to go over the 4,000-point career mark. The AHSAA’s all-time scoring leader is Jeremy Monceaux, who amassed 4,555 points in 124 games over his final four seasons at Parkway Christian in Birmingham from 1998-2002. Currently the head boys’ basketball coach at Clay-Chalkville, Monceaux finished his prep career with 6,354 points in 198 games – including 1,799 points in 74 games playing on the high school varsity while still in middle school in Louisiana. His dad Dave Monceaux was also his head coach.
    Frankie Sullivan of R.C. Hatch High School in Uniontown totaled 4,224 points in a career that spanned 2005-2008 (139 games) for the Bobcats. And John Drew of J.F. Shields High School in Beatrice, totaled 4,018 points from 1969-1972 for the Panthers. He went on to score 15,291 points in 739 games in an NBA pro career that spanned 11 seasons from 1974-1985.
    Murr needs 98 points this season to break the single-season scoring record (1,333) set by Monceaux in the 1999-2000 season and 1,253 in the 1998-99 season. Drew had 1,320 to average 44.0 ppg in 1970-71 for J.F. Shields and Daryl Wilson of South Lamar totaled 1,243 points for the Stallions in 1991-92.
    Robert Whisenant of Ryan High School in Morgan County set the AHSAA single-season scoring record averaging 46.3 ppg in 1969-70. He had 1,112 points in 24 games.
     Pleasant Home’s 6-foot-5 senior center Baldwin went had 32 points and 14 rebounds in a 49-21 win over Kinston and followed with 30 points and 14 boards in a 58-34 victory over Straughn to close out the regular season. The Lady Eagles are hosting the Class 1A, Area 2 tournament this week. Baldwin, who earned MVP honors as Pleasant Home captured its first Class 1A state volleyball championship last October, was recently chosen to participate in the 2018 McDonald’s All-America Game.
     She has scored 534 points and cleared 288 rebounds this season in 21 games and is averaging 25.9 points ppg and 13.2 rpg. For her career, she has 3,034 points scored in 131 games and 1,469 rebounds – an average of 11.2 for her career that has spanned five seasons (2014-2019).   Candace Byrd of Tanner is the all-time career rebounding leader in the AHSAA with 2,065 boards in a career that ended in 2000. Byrd is currently the head girls’ coach at R.A. Hubbard.
    The Florida State signee, who was 23-of-30 shooting (76.7%) in the last two games also had 671 blocked shots, 5.1 per game. Her blocked shots currently rank second all-time in the AHSAA behind Danisha Malone of Clements, who finished her career in 2013 with 721 for the Colts.
     Baldwin is the 20th girls’ player, according to the AHSAA Record Book, to score 3,000 points and the first since Geneva County guard Lacy Stafford, who closed out her career with 3,045 in 2016. Courtney Strain of Woodland set the AHSAA record with 5,283 points in six seasons for the Bobcats from 2004-05 to 2009-10. She is now the head girls’ coach at Handley High School.
    Other top performances reported from the last week of the regular season include:

BOYS
BRAXTON WILLIAMS, THOMASVILLE:
Had 41 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to lead Thomasville to a 68-66 win over Monroe County.
HAROLD KING, OPP: Sank a 3 –point goal with three seconds remaining to lift the Bobcats past Andalusia 53-50. It was his only points on the night and the first Opp win over Andalusia in the last three seasons.
TREY LEWIS, MILLRY: Nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime as Millry beat Sweet Water 71-69. Lewis finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.
KRISTON DAVIS, BAKER: Led the Hornets past Blount 77-72 in overtime with 30 points.
DEANTONI GORDON, LEFLORE: Scored 30 points, including 22 in the second half, as LeFlore defeated Faith Academy 61-38.
TAE WHETSTONE, SHELBY COUNTY: Keyed the Wildcats’ 49-42 win over Jackson-Olin with 25 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
B.J, COMER, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Had 27 points in a 67-49 win over Class 7A Prattville and a career-high 34 points in PCA’s 76-58 victory over Calera. He also had nine rebounds for the Panthers (26-3) in that game.
DEMOND ROBINSON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Grabbed 11 rebounds and eight points in a 56-55 win over Carver-Montgomery to reach the 1,000-rebound milestone in his career for the Generals. 
JOHN COLE NORRIS, HUNTSVILLE: Scored 24 points in a 61-55 win over Decatur.
REGINALD BROWN, MARBURY: Scored 27 points as the Bulldogs downed Autaugaville 73-69.
KENDRICK CALHOUN, B.T. WASHINGTON: Led the Tuskegee school to a 55-47 win over Elmore County with 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.

GIRLS
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY:
Scored 41 points and cleared 21 rebounds as the Bulldogs beat Houston County 89-43 in the first round of the Class 2A, Area 3 tourney at Hartford Monday night.
KELSEY THOMPSON, DAVIDSON: Sank two key free throws in the final seconds to finish with 14 seconds as the Warriors beat Biloxi (MS) 41-38.
THANIYA MARKS, WENONAH: Had 28 points and 14 rebounds as Dragons beat Parker 72-15 last Wednesday. She also had four blocked shots.
TIARRA BOGGS, WILLILAMSON: Scored all 19 points in the second half to rally the Lions from a 22-point deficit to a 49-45 come-from-behind win over UMS-Wright.
KURAN GARNER, BUCKHORN:
Had 30 points in the Lady Bucks’ 59-47 win over NYA VALENTINE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Turned in a career-high 32 points as the Jackets beat Faith Academy 60-48.
ELSIE HARRIS, B.C. RAIN: Scored 32 points in a 57-40 win over Baker.
Sparkman.
TENASIA GORDON, GEORGIANA:
Totaled 17 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 63-57 home win over Hillcrest-Evergreen
KATHLEEN WHEELER, PRICEVILLE: Recorded 24 points, five assists and four steals in a 59-40 win over Lawrence County.
BRE’ANNA RHODES, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 27 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's 68-48 win at Lee-Montgomery.
GAIL WHITING, PARK CROSSING: Had 20 points, 11 rebounds and six steals in a 56-42 win over Sidney Lanier for her seventh double-double of the season.
NIYA BOYKIN, BALDWIN COUNTY: Led the Tigers past Foley 63-62 with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
MAKAYLA FOSTER, VIGOR: Totaled 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Wolves downed Escambia County 63-28.


AHSAA Saddened by the Death of Wenonah Coach Emanuel Bell

    The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the passing of Wenonah High School girls’ basketball coach Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV. He died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 31, after a long battle with cancer.
     “Our AHSAA family of member schools has lost a special person in Coach Emanuel Bell,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “His love for teaching and coaching was only surpassed for his love of his players. He had an impact on all who knew him. We are all very fortunate that he chose to teach and coach at Wenonah High School.”
      Coach Bell’s team beat Parker 70-15 Wednesday night to improve to 19-8 with one regular-season game remaining. He compiled a 529-194 overall record in 25 years as the Lady Dragons’ head coach. One of the nation’s biggest ambassadors of girls’ high school educational-based basketball, his teams won five state championships: including his first in 2004 and four in a row from 2014-2017. His team lost in the semifinals last year. Bell received numerous coach-of-the-year honors and was also the recipient of the Frank House Award presented to him by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

     “His legacy will live on in the hearts and soul of those he helped mold into outstanding adults. Our hearts and prayers go out to Coach Bell’s family, his team, his school and all who loved him,” Savarese added. “He fought a valiant fight and now I can only imagine that he is organizing a team and coaching in heaven tonight. Yes, I am sure with his contagious smile that he is working the crowd and hugging everyone in sight. Heaven has a new angel and we have lasting memories of Coach Bell.
   “His life of service is one we should all emulate. He will be missed by us all.”
    Funeral arrangements were not available at this time.


Mountain Brook’s Trendon Watford Becomes AHSAA Career Rebound Leader in Hewitt Win

MONTGOMERY -- Mountain Brook High School 6-foot-9 senior Trendon Watford had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the defending Class 7A state champion Spartans (24-3) beat Hewitt-Trussville 63-39. In the process, his last rebound of the night made him the AHSAA’s all-time leading rebounder – and the outstanding forward grabbed this week’s AHSAA Basketball Spotlight.
   Watford had 1,821 rebounds following that win, which moved him past the state’s all-time career leader Richard Hendrix of Athens, who finished his career with 1,820 rebounds from 2001-05 for the Golden Eagles.  Watford added 12 in a 51-47 win over Memphis East on Saturday night to give him 1,833 on the season. He also has more than 3,400 points in a career that spanned one season (2014-15) at Shades Valley High School and four seasons at Mountain Brook (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and this season). Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans, ranked 8th nationally by U.S. Today, have won back-to-back Class 7A boys’ state basketball titles with Watford in the line-up.  He also was one of two AHSAA seniors named to rosters for the McDonald’s All-America All-Star Game last week. Pleasant Home senior center River Baldwin was selected for the McDonald‘s girls’ contest.
    Josh Langford of Madison Academy (2016) and Shakayla Thomas of Sylacauga (2014) are the most recent AHSAA players to play in the annual all-star game. Jack Doss served as a head coach and his J.O. Johnson assistants Troy Ragland and Preston Barber also coached in the game in 2016.
    The win over Memphis East extended Mountain Brook’s current winning streak to 10 games.
    Watford’s rebounding record edged out another outstanding rebounding performance by Coosa Christian’s India Brown for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight. She had 25 points and 28 rebounds in a 67-58 win over Jacksonville Christian. Brown had 11 offensive rebounds and 17 defensive boards to turn in the 13th best single-game rebounding effort in AHSAA girls’ basketball history.  Maida Harris of B.B. Comer had 38 in a game for Childersburg against B.B. Comer in 2000 to set the record. Brown had 31 in a win over Cleveland last season, which ties for third most overall. Her 28 versus Jacksonville Christian is the most reported since then and gives her the two highest rebounding totals reported in AHSAA girls’ play since 2014.
   In other top efforts reported this week:

BUZZER BEATERS
HALEY BENFORD, TANNER:
Nailed the game-winning shot in the closing seconds of Tanner’s 38-36 win over West Limestone on Thursday in the Limestone County Tournament. Benford finished the game with 11 points. Caroline Bachus had 20 points for West Limestone.
MAXWELL RONE, COLUMBIA: Had 15 points, including two clutch baskets in overtime, as the Eagles downed Muscle Shoals 51-49 to claim the Class 6A, Area 15 top seed. Teammate Gervaughn Abram also sank three important free throws in the OT period to help seal the win. He finished with 11 points.
JAKE KOKOSZKA, ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC: Scored the game-winning shot with 1.5 seconds left to give the Cardinals a 36-35 win over Bayside Academy. It was the first area win in the school’s AHSAA history.
CHANCE SPEARS, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 16 points to lead the Leopards from a 15-point deficit in the 70-68 overtime win over Flomaton.

GIRLS
LEIGHTON ROBERTSON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY:
Scored 30 points in the Eagles’ 74-48 win over Pike Road. The win was the 20th for Montgomery Academy this season – the Eagles’ sixth straight year with 20 or more wins and 11th in the last 14 seasons.
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: The senior center, who was recently named to participate in the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game, had 23 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots in a 157-20 win over McKenzie. One night earlier, she had 24 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in the Eagles’ 54-25 win over Georgiana.
KEANDRIA CHILDRESS, WENONAH: Had 29 points and 10 steals in a 76-43 win over Fairfield.
SARAH ASHLEE BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Tallied 27 points as the Jaguars beat Hewitt-Trussville 75-65, had 20 in a 67-50 win over Vestavia Hills and 15 in a hard-fought 48-45 loss to Hazel Green.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY: Had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in a 43-28 win over Geneva County rival Samson.
RANDREA WRIGHT, CARVER-BIRMINGHHAM: Scored 28 points as the Rams (20-8) captured the Class 6A, Area 11 regular-season title. She also had 19 points and six re bounds in a 44-27 win over Gardendale.
KATIE JONES, DECATUR HERITAGE: Scored 29 points in Decatur Heritage’s 56-48 win over Westminster Christian.
ALLISON EVANS, STANHOPE ELMORE: Led the Mustangs to a 55-29 win over Prattville with 20 points and 17 rebounds.
KATHLEEN WHEELER, PRICEVILLE: Totaled
30 points in roughly two quarters as Priceville defeated Falkville 62-35 in the semifinals of the Morgan County Tournament on Friday. She scored 25 points in the first half.
ELSIE HARRIS, B.C. RAIN: Had 23 points in a 38-34 win over Baldwin County.
TIARRA BOGGS, WILLIAMSON: Scored 20 points and had five steals in a 52-47 win over W.S. Neal.

BOYS
TOMMY MURR, LINDSEY LANE ACADEMY:
Scored 55 points in an 85-72 loss to Sheffield.
J.D. DAVIDSON, CALHOUN: Scored 32 points, handed out seven assists and cleared seven rebounds as the Tigers beat arch-rival Central-Hayneville 100-73.
CAMERON TUCKER, WENONAH: Had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 66-57 win over Pinson Valley, 14 points and five assists in a 57-48 win over Fairfield and added 18 points as the Dragons beat Lausanne Collegiate (TN) 55-52 in the Hotbed Classic at New Albany (MS).
DE’MARQUIESE MILES, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had 16 points and eight assists in a 66-34 win over Ellwood Christian and had 14 points in a 57-50 win over Carver-Montgomery at the Wolverines’ gym – just the sixth loss in the arena’s nine-year history. Carver is 105-6 overall at home during that span with three losses coming at the hands of their arch-rival Generals.
KENDRICK CALHOUN, B.T. WASHINGTON: Had 14 rebounds and nine blocked shots as the Golden Eagles beat Holtville. His teammate Joseph Graham led the scoring with 16 points and also cleared 10 rebounds.
MARKEL BEE, SPANISH FORT: sank six 3-pointers en route to 22 points as the Toros downed Daphne 69-40 in a standing-room-only packed gym as the two rivals played in the Shooting 3 Change Classic to raise awareness for autism research. Daphne won the first meeting 67-64.
DREW DUNN, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had 21 points, including 6-of-8 at the foul line, as the Eagles downed Thompson 59-47 to clinch second seed in Class 7A, Area 5.
MICAH BOONE, LAMP: Totaled 19 points in the Golden Tigers’ 57-48 win over Montgomery Catholic to help expend LAMP’s current win streak to 13 games.
MARTAVIUS PAYTON, GEORGIANA: Had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Panthers (22-4) won their 11th game in a row beating Pleasant Home 72-32. He also had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 63-53 loss to Greenville the next night as the win streak came to an end versus the 5A Tigers.
NOAH BOLER, DECATUR HERITAGE: Had a pair of double-doubles with 21 points and 14 rebounds in a 59-53 win over Westminster Christian and 13 points and 13 re bounds in a 69-57 loss to Huntsville.