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.