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.