Saturday, March 28, 2020






Class 1A Boys’ Championship Pickens County 57, Lanett 55

  BIRMINGHAM – Pickens County, trailed Lanett by nine points heading into the final quarter, struck like a tornado in the first minute of the final period with a press that created three quick baskets. The two teams battled toe-to-toe the rest of the way as Pickens County climaxed its comeback with a 57-55 win to claim the AHSAA Class 1A Boys state basketball championship.
   Coach Marcuss Barnes’ Tornadoes (26-3) captured the school’s fourth state title overall in the process. Pickens County outscored the Panthers 23-12 in the final period thanks in big part by the play of 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior center Jah-Marien Latham and 6-1 sophomore guard Javion Bell. Latham had 12 points and 12 rebounds – including eight offensive boards – and Bell finished with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers to earn MVP honors.
    Darian Doss, who had 10 points and seven rebounds, put the Tornadoes ahead with 2:22 with a layup and got a crucial free throw with 14 seconds left to for the final point of the game. He  finished 4-for-5 at the foul line. Jawan Petty also had nine points.
    Lanett (21-12), coached by Alabama High School Hall of Fame Coach Richard Carter, was led by Kintavious Dozier’s 12 points and 10 by Cameron Boozer. Kristian Story added nine points and Zameron Boozer, Cameron’s 6-9 twin, had seven points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.
     Carter, who has coached high school basketball for 50 years, announced the championship game was his last one. He closed out his career with a 715-239 record and three state titles in the last five seasons (2016, 2017, 2018). Pickens County’s championship was its first since winning three in a row from 2010, 2011, 2012. Barnes, in his fourth season, has compiled a 72-39 record at Pickens County. He was assistant during the previous championship years.
    Friday’s championship schedule gets underway at 9 a.m., with the 2A girls’ finals at 9 a.m., and the 2A boys’ finals at 10:45 a.m. Class 3A’s championship games are set for 12:30 p.m. for the girls and 2:15 p.m. for the boys. Friday’s championship day schedule concludes with 4A girls’ title game at 4 p.m., and the boys’ championship at 5:45. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A conclude the 2020 state tournament with girls’ and boys’ championships Saturday.  
     All championship games in the 2020 AHSAA State Tourney are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform and are also being shown over the AHSAA TV Network’s group of cable affiliates in Alabama. WOTM TV is producing all games and the AHSAA Radio Network is handling announcing duties for radio and TV during the semifinals.
    All cable systems in Alabama have a chance to take the broadcast feed for all the games free of charge. If your local cable company is not televising the games, please contact them and ask them to join the AHSAA TV Network.
Class 1A All-State Tournament Team
Javion Bell, Pickens County (MVP); Jah-Marian Latham, Pickens County; Jawan Petty, Pickens County; Zameron Boozer, Lanett; Kintavious Boozer, Lanett; Cameron Boozer, Lanett.

Thursday’s Results

Class 1A Girls’ Championship
Spring Garden (35-2) 53, St. Luke’s Episcopal (22-5) 45
Class 1A Boys Championship
Pickens County (26-3) 57, Lanett (21-12)  55

Class 7A Girls Semifinals
Hoover (31-2) 58, Central-Phenix City (21-8) 42
Spain Park (31-4) 48, McGill-Toolen Catholic (26-7) 36
Class 7A Girls Championship
Hoover (31-2) vs. Spain Park (31-4), Saturday, 4 p.m.

Class 7A Boys Semifinals

Lee-Montgomery  (32-1) 65, Oak Mountain (22-9) 57
Class 7A Boys Championship
Lee-Montgomery (32-1) vs. Mountain Brook (32-2), Saturday, 5:45 p.m.

Class 2A Girls Finals
Collinsville (28-3) vs. Cold Springs (31-4), Friday, 9 a.m.
Class 2A Boys Finals
Barbour County (25-11) vs. Calhoun (20-12), Friday, 10:45 a.m.
Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (30-3) vs. T.R. Miller (28-1), Friday, 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A Boys Finals

Pike County (23-6) vs. Lauderdale County (26-7), Friday, 2:15 p.m.
Class 4A Girls Finals
Anniston (28-3) vs. Deshler (24-10), Friday, 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals

Talladega (26-6) vs. Williamson (27-5), Friday, 5:45 p.m.

Class 5A Girls Finals

Charles Henderson (28-0) vs. Madison Academy (31-4), Sat., 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals

Center Point (16-14) vs. Fairfield (29-5), Sat., 10:45 a.m.
Class 6A Girls Finals
Hazel Green (34-2) vs. McAdory (28-7), Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Huffman (31-3) vs. Bessemer City (19-14), Saturday, 2:15 p.m.
Class 7A Girls Finals
Hoover (31-2) vs. Spain Park (31-4), Saturday, 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals

Lee-Montgomery (32-1) vs. Mountain Brook (32-2), Saturday, 5:45 p.m.

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