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CLASS 6A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Hazel Green 55, Opelika 31

CLASS 6A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Hazel Green 55, Opelika 31
BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green High School’s girls’ basketball program was expected to be in a rebuilding mode after winning the AHSAA Class 6A state championship in 2018. Instead of rebuilding, Coach Tim Miller’s Lady Trojans just reloaded and set their sights on a repeat. That completed that goal Saturday afternoon with a 55-31 win over Opelika in the finals at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Trojans (34-3) jumped on the Bulldogs quickly with senior guard Marisa Snodgrass sinking three 3-pointers in the first period to take a 14-2 lead. Hazel Green had another fast start in the third quarter as the defense-minded Trojans held Coach Devin Booth’s team to just four points.
     Snodgrass finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists to earn Class 6A state tournament MVP. She also sank 5-of-7 free throws.  Jaelyn Johnson added 13 points, canning both 3-point attempts she tried. Farrah Pearson and McKenzie Hill each had nine points.
    Opelika (26-7) was led in the scoring column by Shaquala Walton and Ananda Huguley, with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Walton also had six rebounds and four steals.
     The state championship was the third overall for Hazel Green (1995, 2018), 2019). It was the sixth coached by Miller, who has a 583-95 overall record in 19 seasons as a high school head coach. He won a state title at Jeff Davis (2006), three at Bob Jones (2008, 2009, 2011) and now has  two at Hazel Green. His winning percentage (86%) is among the tops in the nation for high school girls‘ basketball.
    The Class 6A All-Tourney Team included: Marisa Snodgrass, Hazel Green MVP); Jaelyn Johnson, Hazel Green; Shaquala Walton, Hazel Green; Ananda Huguley, Opelika; Farrah Pearson, Opelika; and Kobi Warner, Carver-Birmingham.
     The Class 6A boys’ finals and the Class 7A girls’ and boys’ championship games will conclude the 2019 State Basketball Championships today at the BJCC Legacy Center. All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Central-Tuscaloosa (28-3) 68, Madison Academy (28-8) 65
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (31-5) 51, Center Point (18-15) 34

Class 6A Girls Finals
Hazel Green (34-3) 55, Opelika (26-7) 31
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48



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