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Plainview’s Perfect Free-Throw Shooting Surges Team into AHSAA Spotlight

  MONTGOMERY -- Plainview High School’s boys’ basketball team showed the world last season on the way to a 34-1 season and Class 3A state championship that its team could shoot the basketball as good as any team – especially from the 3-point arc.
   Last week, the Bears of Coach 
Robi Coker showed they are also just as prolific at the foul line going 26-of-26 as a team to beat Etowah 91-86.  Five different players stepped to the line in the game and each was perfect to earn the AHSAA Boys Basketball Spotlight this week.
       The team followed with a perfect 8-of-8 in a win over Sacred Heart Catholic to extend the team streak to 34 and made their first five in Monday’s win over Spring Garden before finally ending the perfect streak at 39 in a row. The 26 in a row versus Etowah is a single-game state record and the 39 in a row is the AHSAA’s state team record as well.
       Plainview’s Tristian Willingham, who made 11 in a row in the stretch, still has his personal streak still alive. He was 8-of-8 versus Etowah. Koby Tinker was 9-for-9 and finished with 26 points. Caden Millican, who had 30 points, made all five free throws he shot and teammates Dane Haymon and Cole Millican were both 2-for-2.
    Plainview (10-1) made 13-of-34 3-pointers in the win over Etowah with Caden Millican netting five and Tinker made 3. The Bears had 12 treys by halftime.  Etowah was 10-of-24 on 3-point goals and 6-of-10 at the foul line.
    Cullman hit 21-of-21 in a Northwest Regional 71-68 overtime win over Athens in the 2015 Northwest Regional tournament. The Bearcats finished 37-of-41 in that tourney to set a Regional Tourney record for free-throw accuracy.
    Coker’s team made a state-record 467-of-1,288 3-point goals last season – including one at the buzzer to lift the Bears to a to a 78-75 overtime win over Hillcrest-Evergreen in the 2018 Class 3A state finals at the BJCC. Plainview finished the season 34-2. The school already holds the state record for most 3-pointers attempted (57) and made (25) in a single game and in a single season.
    Plainview’s free-throw shooting precision edged out a 52-point effort by Pinson Valley’s Kam Woods, who sparked the Indians to a 104-95 win over Ruston (LA) at the Belton/Williams Classic tourney at Monroe (LA). He had eight rebounds, five assists and five steals in the win and also scored 28 in Pinson’s 86-62 loss to Rayville (LA).


IN THE CLUTCH
CORY SANDLIN, CENTRAL COOSA: Sank a key bucket and free throw in the second overtime to lift the Cougars (8-1) past Benjamin Russell 82-75 in double overtime. Jovan Richardson added 27 points with 12 in the fourth quarter.
JESSE KINSEY, HEADLAND: Made two steals in the last 10 seconds, one leading to a K’shun Stokes go-ahead score, to help the Rams earn a 57-55 win over Dale County in the Daleville Christmas Tournament. Stokes finished with 23 points to earn MVP honors while Kinsey had 11. Stokes also had 22 points and nine steals in a 47-38 win over Carroll.
BRAXTON WHITEHEAD, G.W. LONG: Totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds and teammate Caison Long added 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Rebels rallied to beat Samson 50-38. Long trailed 38-34 heading into the final quarter and outscored the Tigers 16-0 in the final period to take the come-from-behind win.
ALEX ODAM, PIEDMONT: The eighth grader had 21 points, including two key free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining, to lift Piedmont to a 46-45 overtime win over White Plains. He finished 4-for-4 at the foul line.
MARTAVAIS BURTON, LAFAYETTE: The junior forward had 16 points and 12 rebounds in a 66-56 win over Valley at the Handley Invitational tourney to help the Bulldogs of Coach Obadiah Threadgill IV improve to 12-0 on the season. Burton also had 15 points and eight rebounds as the Class 2A Bulldogs clawed back from a double-digit deficit to beat Class 6A Opelika 58-55.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
J.P. ROBINSON, DESHLER: The senior guard had 34 points in wins over Rogers and Russellville and 25 in a victory over Central-Florence to average 31 points per game over the three-win stretch.
DAKARAI PELTON, GOSHEN: Scored 33 of the Eagles’ 56 points in a 56-43 win over Brantley. He also had 11 rebounds, eight steals and six assists.
EVAN KELLER, OHATCHEE: Scored 34 points with four treys in a 77-57 win over Ragland. He has scored 71 points with 10 3-pointers in his last three games.
ROBERT GAINES, WEAVER: Tallied 27 points and DeAndre McCain added 25 in the Bearcats’ 81-40 win over Walter Wellborn.  McCain had four 3-pointers.
TREY BONHAM, UMS-WRIGHT: Had 31 points, including 26 in the first half, as UMS-Wight beat Mobile Christian 80-58. He also scored 21 points, all in the first half, in the Bulldogs’ 80-41 win over Alma Bryant.
AVERY THRASHER, MARS HILL BIBLE: Averaged 30.6 points in Panther wins over Waterloo, Wilson and Cherokee. He scored 33 points against Waterloo, 30 versus Cherokee and 29 in the win over Wilson.
KRISTON DAVIS, BAKER: Scored 31 points to help the Hornets, who trailed by 16 in the second quarter, rally to win 61-50 over Mary Montgomery. Davis got half his points on five 3-point goals. Baker made 10 overall.
MARK SEARS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Had 30 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists in a win over Sparkman and averaged 22.8 points per game for the week in three games.
JARED BOLDEN, EAST LAWRENCE: Canned 30 points in a 10-point win over Phil Campbell.
ALEX WRIGHT, ELBA: Had 16 points and 16 rebounds in a 62-41 win over Geneva.
JAY TRAWICK, REHOBETH: Had 32 points in a 75-63 setback to Wicksburg. Devontae White paced the winners with 26 points.
TY HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: The guard had a triple double with 10 assists, 10 steals and 12 points in a win over Hatton.
JOSH BIRDSONG, AUSTIN: Recorded 22 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots in a 15-point win over Athens.
SETH FORD, DONOHO: Sank six of his team’s 13 3-point goals and finished with 24 points and teammate Amari Smedley had 25 points as Donoho fell to Jacksonville Christian 95-85. JCA had four treys – giving both teams 17 combined. Chase Vinson had 23 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocked shots for JCA (9-3).



Cold Springs Girls Shoot Their Way into AHSAA Record Book to Claim Prep Basketball Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY -- Cold Springs High School’s Lady Eagles of Coach Tammy West have long been one of the state’s top shooting teams year-in and year-out. Last week, the Eagles made their point – and points – in the biggest of ways by setting a state record as Cold Springs downed Cleveland 78-54 and claimed the first AHSAA Basketball Girls’ Spotlight of the 2018-19 season.
    Camryn Crider, a 5-foot-3 senior guard, sank 13-of-22 3-point shots she attempted to tie the AHSAA single-game record set by Belgreen’s Erica Smith in a 58-55 loss to Carbon Hill in 2012.  The 19 3-pointers tied the school record for most in a game and also rank second in the AHSAA all-time behind Locust Fork’s 20 in a 95-36 win over J.B. Pennington last season. Cold Springs now shares second place (19) with North Sand Mountain (2011), Clay-Chalkville (2009) and Cold Springs (1999).
     Cold Springs and Cleveland combined for 24 3-pointers to set a new state record for most treys by both teams and eclipsed the previous record (21) set by Brilliant and Vina in an 82-78 Bears’ win in 2015.
    Crider’s teammates Neely Ellison (3), Toni West (2) and Elizabeth Hill (1) sank the other six for Cold Springs in last week’s win.
       Cold Springs’ shooting spree edged out a clutch performance by Northview High School’s Alexis Hudgens. The Cougars’ 5-7 sophomore guard drained a 3-pointer with four seconds left to lift the Cougars over previously unbeaten Pleasant Home 54-51 on Monday at Dothan. She finished with 26 points, including six 3-pointers as Northview (4-5) stormed back from a 15-point halftime deficit to tie the game with 1:05 remaining on her fifth trey of the night.
Pleasant Home (5-1) got a strong performance from 6-foot-5 senior River Baldwin, a Florida State signee who had 32 points, 18 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.
     Lee-Huntsville senior Kobe Brown led the Generals into the AHSAA Boys’ Spotlight with his strong performance in a clash of cage powers at Huntsville. The Texas A&M early signee had 27 points to lead the Generals (7-2) to a 75-59 win over previously unbeaten Buckhorn (11-1). He had 19, half his team’s points, in the first half as Lee built a 38-28 lead. He also had three dunks in the contest and blocked five shots.
   In other top performances reported:

IN THE CLUTCH
BOYS
TRAVION AIKENS, BARBOUR COUNTY:
Had 18 points, including a 3-pointer at the end of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 60-60, and the Jaguars (7-2) took full advantage to beat Charles Henderson in overtime 72-66.
GIRLS
STEPHANIE ANDRZEJEWSKI, ST. JOHIN PAUL II:
Scored 18 points, including two free throws to seal the 51-49 win over Madison County.
LAWREN PREYER, DAVIDSON: Nailed the game-winning shot at the buzzer to lift the Warriors past Faith Academy 40-38. She finished with nine points.
EMILY BOWMAN, HUNTSVILLE: Tallied 23 points and cleared 16 rebounds in a 49-47 overtime win over Columbia.
JANEE CLEMENTS, DALEVILLE: Made two 3-pointers in the second overtime to help Daleville defeat Rehobeth. She finished with 16 points.

Other Top Performances:

GIRLS
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: The 6-5 senior recorded 27 points, 23 rebounds and nine blocked shots in a 51-25 win over Straughn. She also had 16 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks in a 46-26 win over Andalusia a Pleasant Home improved to 5-0.
ELISSA MURRAY, ALMA BRYANT: Poured in 39 of her team’s 43 points in a 58-43 loss to Theodore. She also had 19 in a 66-50 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal.
ELSIE HARRIS, B.C. RAIN: Had 30 points and eight steals in a 49-33 win over Williamson.
ARIEL THOMPSON, THEODORE: Scored 28 points in the Bobcats’ 58-43 win over Alma Bryant. She also had 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 37-33 win over Mary Montgomery.
MORIAH TAYLOR, HARTSELLE: Helped the Tigers improve to 9-0 with 22 points in a 49-32 victory over Bob Jones.
AALIYAH AUSTIN, FAITH ACADEMY: Totaled 16 points and 18 rebounds as the Rams beat Pascagoula (MS) 51-36. She followed with 23 points and 14 rebounds in Faith’s 79-19 win over Satsuma.
KEUNDRIA BOLDEN, R.A. HUBBARD: Had 20 points and 14 rebounds in a 64-44 win over Lindsay Lane.

BOYS
TOMMY MURR, LINDSAY LANE:
The junior, who led the state in scoring last season, scored 35 points in a 68-37 win over Athens Bible.
JAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Led the Class 2A Jackets to a 63-55 overtime win over Class 7A Enterprise scoring 33 points in the process. His twin brother Daquon Kincey added 14.
CORIEN FRAZIER, VIGOR: The senior totaled 30 points in the Wolves’ 69-59 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal.
CALEB HINTON, OPP: Canned eight 3-pointers and finished with 25 points to lead the Bobcats past Kinston 75-53. Teammate Bryan Matthews added 20 points. Kinston also got 22 points from Hunter Davis and 20 from Jacob Wood.
TREY BONHAM, UMS-WRIGHT: Score 29 points, had eight rebounds and five assists as the Bulldogs beat Mary Montgomery 67-50.
CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS, DAPHNE: Totaled 26 points and eight rebounds in the Trojans’ 60-55 victory over B.C. Rain. He was 7-of-8 at the foul line.
CAULLIN LACY, FAITH ACADEMY:  Had an outstanding all-around performance with 26 points, six steals and six rebounds as the Rams downed Davidson 66-49.
DAKARI PELTON, GOSHEN: Led the Eagles to a 51-33 win over Highland Home with 15 points and 10 assists.
ALEX WRIGHT, ELBA: Had 21 points, 18 rebounds and one blocked shot in a 49-46 loss to Luverne.

South Boys Down the North 61-57 to Win 76th North-South All-Star Basketball Game

     MONTGOMERY – Carver-Montgomery’s Jaykwon Walton scored 20 points and cleared nine rebounds Wednesday night to lead the South All-Stars to a 61-57 come-from-behind victory over the North in the 76th game of the AHSAA’s long-running all-star classic. The North now holds a 48-28 edge in the series which began in 1953.
       The North girls also downed the South 66-57 in the 22nd North-South girls’ All-Star basketball game at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University in the early game to improve its lead in the series to 19 wins and just three losses.
     The South trailed for most of the first quarters but began  comeback early in the second half. Auburn guard Justin Brooks drove in for s lay-up with 1:10 left in the third period to give the South the lead 42-41. It was short-lived, however, when Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Jalon Johnson canned a jumped 30 seconds later and the North took that 43-42 lead into the final period.
     The 6-foot-6 Walton, selected the South MVP, added a rebound and put back early in the fourth quarter, was fouled and nailed the free throw to extend the South lead to four, 49-45. He had 16 of his 20 points in the second half as the South outscored the North 36-24. Walton was also 7-of-8 at the foul line in the second half. He also finished with three steals.
     DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore added 12 points and three rebounds and Demond Robinson of Lee had eight points and eight rebounds.
     Pacing the North was Malik Tyson of Sparkman, who had 10 points and seven rebounds to earn North MVP. Josh Birdsong of Auburn chipped in 12 points, Florence’s Charlie Champagne and Calera’s Cornelius Brown added seven points each.
     The South was coached by Bryant Johnson of Lee-Montgomery and Mike Smith of Eufaula. The North coaches were Will Copeland of Sylacauga and Russell Carr of Guntersville coached the South.
North Girls 66, South 57: Annie Hughes of Pisgah ignited a first-half charge with 10 points by intermission – including two 3-point goals. The North, coached by Ramsay High School Coach Ronnie Jackson and R.A. Hubbard Coach Candace Byrd, led 39-29 by intermission with a tenacious pressure on the guards that resulted in 12 first-half turnovers by the South.
      The pressure also frustrated South standout post players 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home and 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, who took only seven shots between them. Baldwin was 4-for-4 at intermission from the field, 2-for-2 at the foul, had 10 points and six rebounds. Davenport was 2-of-3 from the field and just 2-of-5 on free throws six points and claimed only one defensive rebound.
       The South picked up its own pace in the third quarter, thanks in part to Selma guard Ta’Sharri Grimes, who made three buckets. The North lead had dwindled  to seven early in the fourth quarter.
       The North defense made just enough stops in the final minutes to seal the win.
        Hughes finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists to earn North MVP honors. Hoover guard Joiya Maddox added 15 points and four rebounds. Both sank two 3-pointers. Thaniya Marks of Wenonah chipped in 10 points. The South, coached by Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka, was led by Baldwin’s 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. She was 6-of-7 from the field and earned South MVP.  Grimes also had 14 points, making 7-of-8 shots from the field, and Davenport had 12 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. She was 6-of-9 from the foul line and 3-of-5 from the field. The trio combined to shoot 80 percent from the field (16 of 20) but the rest of the South was only 6-of-22. The North finished 24-of-64 from the field but held a 23-12 edge in turnovers forced.
       The 76th North-South boys’ all-star game got underway at 7 p.m. The North held a 48-27 edge in the boys’ series coming into the game. The boys’ inaugural game was held in 1953.
         The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), continues Thursday with the North-South Volleyball All-Star match at 4 p.m.  at AUM gymnasium. The 59th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the football game and the BTW SBP will produce the volleyball game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 22nd Summer Conference also is in full swing today with football and basketball Coaching Schools providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.

     


All-Star Sports Week Results
WEDNESDAY
Cross Country
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41

Basketball
Girls:  North 66, South 57
Boys: South 61, North 57

TUESDAY
Baseball
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Soccer
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Softball
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-28
Girls Basketball – North leads 19-3

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-6

Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1

Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1

 

 

CONTACT RON INGRAM AT RINGRAM@AHSAA.COM


North Girls Win 66-57 at Dunn-Oliver Acadome In 22nd North-South All-Star Basketball Game

     MONTGOMERY – The North down the South 66-57 in the 22nd North-South girls’ All-Star basketball game at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University Wednesday night to improve its lead in the series to 19 wins and just three losses.
     Annie Hughes of Pisgah ignited a first-half charge with 10 points by intermission – including two 3-point goals. The North, coached by Ramsay High School Coach Ronnie Jackson and R.A. Hubbard Coach Candace Byrd, led 39-29 by intermission with a tenacious pressure on the guards that resulted in 12 first-half turnovers by the South.
      The pressure also frustrated South standout post players 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home and 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, who took only seven shots between them. Baldwin was 4-for-4 at intermission from the field, 2-for-2 at the foul, had 10 points and six rebounds. Davenport was 2-of-3 from the field and just 2-of-5 on free throws six points and claimed only one defensive rebound.
       The South picked up its own pace in the third quarter, thanks in part to Selma guard Ta’Sharri Grimes, who made three buckets. The North lead had dwindled  to seven early in the fourth quarter.
       The North defense made just enough stops in the final minutes to seal the win.
        Hughes finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists to earn North MVP honors. Hoover guard Joiya Maddox added 15 points and four rebounds. Both sank two 3-pointers. Thaniya Marks of Wenonah chipped in 10 points. The South, coached by Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka, was led by Baldwin’s 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. She was 6-of-7 from the field and earned South MVP.  Grimes also had 14 points, making 7-of-8 shots from the field, and Davenport had 12 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. She was 6-of-9 from the foul line and 3-of-5 from the field. The trio combined to shoot 80 percent from the field (16 of 20) but the rest of the South was only 6-of-22. The North finished 24-of-64 from the field but held a 23-12 edge in turnovers forced.
       The 76th North-South boys’ all-star game got underway at 7 p.m. The North held a 48-27 edge in the boys’ series coming into the game. The boys’ inaugural game was held in 1953.
         The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), continues Thursday with the North-South Volleyball All-Star match at 4 p.m.  at AUM gymnasium. The 59th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the football game and the BTW SBP will produce the volleyball game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 22nd Summer Conference also is in full swing today with football and basketball Coaching Schools providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.

     


All-Star Sports Week Results
WEDNESDAY
Cross Country
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41

Basketball
Girls:  North 66, South 57

TUESDAY
Baseball
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Soccer
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Softball
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 19-3

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-6

Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1

Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1

 

 

CONTACT RON INGRAM AT RINGRAM@AHSAA.COM


Mills, Burroughs Added to Girls’ All-Star Soccer Rosters; Howell Chooses Basketball

 MONTGOMERY – Forward Claire Mills of Montgomery Catholic High School and goalkeeper Brianna Burroughs of Tanner High School have been selected to participate in the 22nd annual Alabama High School All-Star Week North-South All-Star Games by the Soccer and Basketball Selection committees.  All are 2019 seniors.
      Burroughs is replacing Altamont’s Rachel Wright, withdrew because she will be unable to attend. Mills is replacing Murphy’s Avery Howell, who is one of the AHSAA’s multi-sport student-athletes who was selected to play in both North-South Soccer and Basketball games. She can only play in one and chose to participate in the basketball all-star game.
     Burroughs, an All-Limestone County selection, was added to the North squad. She has been a three-year starter at Tanner — also playing the defender and midfielder positions. Mills, a forward, earned All-Metro honors and was also a 2018 MaxPreps and USCA state player of the week. She was a freshman Jimmy Hitchcock Award nominee and a 2017 and 2018 Caitlyn Marianne Wiggins Memorial Award recipient.
     Howell, who will represent the South in the basketball game, was an All-Mobile County Team selection in soccer and was named to the All-County, All- Area and All-Regional teams in basketball. Info on each all-star team can be found at: www.ahsaa.com/Resources-Publications-Forms/AHSADCA/2018-Summer-Conference

 


Exception to Backcourt Violation Approved in High School Basketball Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Contact: Theresia Wynns

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 14, 2018) — An exception to the backcourt violation and a clarification regarding specifications of the ball comprise the changes approved for the 2018-19 high school basketball season.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee recommended the changes at its April 9-11 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 9-9-1 states that “a player shall not be the first to touch the ball after it has been in team control in the frontcourt, if he/she or a teammate last touched or was touched by the ball in the frontcourt before it went to the backcourt.”

An exception was approved to note that any player who was located in the backcourt may recover a ball that is deflected from the frontcourt by the defense.

Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials, said the committee approved the exception to ensure that a team is not unfairly disadvantaged on a deflected pass.

The other change approved by the Basketball Rules Committee involved more clearly defining the cover of the ball in Rule 1-12-1c, which now states that the ball “shall have a deeply-pebbled granulated surface . . .”

Wynns said the term “granulated surface” should provide manufacturers a better idea of what a deeply-pebbled cover should look like.

In addition to the two rules changes approved by the committee, several points of emphasis were identified for the coming season, including concussion recognition, proper procedures for blood issues and coaches monitoring injury and research trends.  

“The committee wanted to stress continued education in recognizing signs and symptoms of concussions for coaches, athletes, parents and officials,” Wynns said. “In addition, concern of overuse injuries due to sport specialization should be monitored, and recognition of blood on players and uniforms and the proper procedure for removal of blood and return to play are other areas for education.”

 Wynns noted that coaches have primary responsibility for making sure players are wearing legal uniforms and are legally equipped. She said emphasis will be given to rule enforcement in the areas of traveling, legal guarding position and establishing possession during loose-ball situations.  Lastly, the committee believes officials professionalism and use of proper terminology should be emphasized.

 “Overall, the committee believes the rules of the sport are in great shape.  These changes provide more clarification in areas where there has been inconsistency in interpretation and will help manufacturers in producing basketballs that meet NFHS specifications,” said Francine Martin, NFHS Basketball Rules Committee chair and assistant executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. “The committee evaluated input from the NFHS basketball rules questionnaire, which is available for all coaches and officials to complete and provide input for future rules changes during the meeting. The points of emphasis are geared toward sports medicine issues and consistent interpretation of playing rules.” 

A complete listing of all rules changes is available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Basketball.”

Basketball ranks third in popularity for both boys and girls with 550,305 male participants and 430,368 female participants, according to the 2017-18 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey.


Players and Coaches Selected for 2018 North-South Basketball All-Star Teams

     MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games have been selected.
     Sixty outstanding junior basketball players, 15 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition scheduled for Montgomery July 16-20. Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), announced the teams Friday.
     The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus Wednesday night, July 18, at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
     The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball and cross country. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl to close out the all-star competition.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Coaches Ronnie Jackson of Ramsay High School and Candace Byrd of R.A. Hubbard will direct the North girls’ team. Will Copeland of Sylacauga and Russell Carr of Guntersville will coach the North boys’ squad. Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County will serve as administrative assistant for the North boys’ and girls’ teams.
      Coaching the South girls’ team are Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka. South boys’ coaches are Bryant Johnson of Lee-Montgomery and Mike Smith of Eufaula. Nigel Card of Saint James is the administrative assistant for the South boys and girls.
       Among the players selected for the South girls’ team are 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home, the ASWA Class 1A player of the year for 2018; 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, the 2018 Class 5A state tournament MVP for the state champion Lady Trojans and the ASWA Class 5A player of the year. 
       Named to the North All-Star squad are 6-1 forward Jasmine Gracie of 2018 Class 4A state champion Madison Academy, 2018 Class 3A state tourney MVP Annie Hughes of 3A state champion Pisgah, guard Marissa Snodgrass of Class 6A state champion Hazel Green and Ahrielle Parks of 2018 Class 7A state champion Spain Park.
       Among the North boys selected are 6-3 forward Caden Millican, named the MVP of the Class 3A state tournament for Plainview; 6-3 guard Khalil Watkins of 2018 Class 1A state champion Sacred Heart Catholic; 6-6 forward Logan Padgett of Homewood and 6-5 guard Cornelius Brown IV of Calera.  Headlining the South squad are 6-6 guard Jaykwon Walton, the Class 6A state tourney MVP for 2018 state champion Carver-Montgomery; 6-8 forward DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore, 6-8 center Demond Robinson of Lee-Montgomery and 6-6 forward Alex Wright of Elba.
     The North boys won last year’s game played at Auburn-Montgomery Gymnasium 75-64 to improve to 48-27 in the North-South all-star series which was first played in 1953. The North girls also won 76-67 and are now 18-3 in the series which began in 1997.
   The rosters:

2018 North-South Basketball All-Star Rosters

NORTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Josh Birdsong

Austin

F

6'4

175

Cornelius Brown, IV

Calera

G

6'5

180

Charlie Champagne

Florence

F

6'3

165

JaLon Johnson

Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa

G

6'0

170

Eugene Leonard

Oxford

G

6'0

185

Kira Lewis

Hazel Green

PG

6'3

160

Antonio McGinnis, Jr.

James Clemens

G / F

6'4

160

Caden Millican

Plainview

F

6'3

170

Justin Minter

Wenonah

G

6'4

175

Logan Padgett

Homewood

F

6'6

190

JP Robinson

Deshler

G

5'10

175

Malik Tyson

Sparkman

F

6'2

190

Khalil Watkins

Sacred Heart Catholic

G

6'3

180

Justin Webb

Hamilton

G

5'11

160

Connell Yarbrough, Jr.

Tanner

F

6'3

203

NORTH COACHES

Will Copeland

Sylacauga

Russell Carr

Guntersville

Brant Llewellyn

Lauderdale County, Adm.

 


 

 

SOUTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Justin Brooks

Auburn

G

6'0

175

Zydairen Brown

Houston County

G

6'1

180

Jaylin Cumins

Opelika

W

6'4

175

DeAntoni Gordon

Leflore

SF

6'8

195

Derrick Griffin

Southside-Selma

G

6'2

180

Jaquon Kincey

Abbeville

W

6'3

180

Matthew McNeece

McGill-Toolen Catholic

W / F

6'4

190

Cooper Meadows

Prattville Christian

W

6'5

185

Demond Robinson, Jr.

Lee, R. E.

C

6'8

243

Kshun Stokes

Headland

G

6'0

175

Jarrett Taylor

Hillcrest - Evergreen

G

6'1

169

Jalen Taylor

Saraland

G

6'2

175

Jaykwon Walton

Carver-Montgomery

G

6'6

195

Desmond Williams

Brewbaker

G

6'1

170

Alex Wright

Elba

PF

6'6

220

SOUTH COACHES

Bryant Johnson

R. E. Lee

Mike Smith

Eufaula

Nigel Card

Saint James, Adm.

 


 

 

NORTH GIRLS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

A'Nautica Bibbs

R. A. Hubbard

PG

5'6

Abby Davis

Phil Campbell

F

5'11

Kirby DeBoard

Sand Rock

G

5'7

Deyana Dodd

Sparkman

G

5'5

Jasmine Gracie

Madison Academy

F

6'1

Abbi Holley

Deshler

PG

5'5

Annie Hughes

Pisgah

G

5'9

Victoria Hunter

Hoover

P

6'3

Joiya Maddox

Hoover

G

6'0

Thaniya Marks

Wenonah

F

6'1

Sierra McCullough

Sparkman

C

6'2

Ahrielle Parks

Spain Park

G

5'5

Ariana Powe

Grissom

F

6'1

Marisa Snodgrass

Hazel Green

G

5'5

Moriah Taylor

Hartselle

G

5'5

NORTH COACHES

Ronnie Jackson

Ramsay

Candace Byrd

R. A. Hubbard

Brant Llewellyn

Lauderdale County, Adm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOUTH GIRLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

 

Adison Argent

Chilton

PG

5'8

 

River Baldwin

Pleasant Home

C

6'5

 

NyKeria Boykin

Jackson

SG

5'9

 

Maori Davenport

Charles Henderson

C

6'4

 

Ty'Quajah Griffin

Goshen

SG

5'4

 

Ta'Sharri Grimes

Selma

PG

5'7

 

Kaitlin Hill

Loachapoka

SG

5'7

 

Avery Howell

Murphy

SG

5'2

 

Jajuana Lambert

Mattie T. Blount

F

6'0

 

Alaysia Norfleet

R. C. Hatch

PG

5'1

 

Alexandria Pierre

McGill-Toolen Catholic

P

5'10

 

Kaitlyn Reyes

Prattville Christian

SG

5'8

 

Madison Traylor

Elmore County

G

5'7

 

Iveonna Turner

Dothan

SG

5'4

 

Shaquala Walton

Opelika

G

5'8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTH COACHES

Rhonda Wright

Clarke County

Anthony Edwards

Loachapoka

Nigel Card

Saint James, Adm.


Mountain Brook’s Watford, R.E. Lee’s Broughton Named 2018 Mr. & Miss Basketball by ASWA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Mountain Brook High School junior Trendon Watford and Lee-Montgomery senior Zipporah Broughton received the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s top high school basketball awards Tuesday.
    The 6-foot-9 Watford was named Mr. Basketball and 5-9 Broughton was selected Miss Basketball.
    The awards are presented by ALFA Insurance and named by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.  The AHSAA’s Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association also hosts the luncheon.
Watford and Broughton were announced at a luncheon banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center.
     Broughton, a Rutgers signee, led the Generals to the Class 7A semifinals, the best the Generals have ever advanced in the playoffs. She averaged 23.6 points this season and finished with 2,419 career points. She scored 2,045 points in three years at Lee to rank second in school history.
     Watford is a junior and helped Mountain Brook win the Class 7A championship for second year in a row. The Spartans also won their fourth state title in six years. He averaged 23.3 points on 63 percent shooting and averaged 12.3 rebounds.
    Broughton and Watford were also named Class 7A Girls’ and Boys’ Players of the Year by the ASWA. Forty-eight players, three girls and three boys in each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications and the AISA, were recognized as finalists at the luncheon Wednesday.
     ASWA Players of the Year in each class were:

2018 ASWA CLASS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Girls

7A: Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery; 6A: Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; 5A: Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson; 4A: Karleigh Sledge, Deshler; 3A: Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County; 2A: LaTascya Duff, Samson; 1A: River Baldwin, Pleasant Home; AISA: Shaquandria Holton, Glenwood.
Boys

7A: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook; 6A: Kira Lewis, Hazel Green; 5A: Kobe Brown, Lee-Huntsville; 4A: Isaac Chatman, Cordova; 3A: Kam Woods, Midfield; 2A: Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett; 1A: Diante Wood, Sacred Heart Catholic; AISA: Lee Crawford, East Memorial.

 

2018 ASWA SUPER 5

(Top five players regardless of classification, based on points totaled in voting by the ASWA Prep Committee). First-place votes are in parentheses.

BOYS

Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook – 77 (12); Diante Wood, Sacred Heart – 39 (1); Kira Lewis, Hazel Green – 28 (1); Jaykwon Walton, Carver-Montgomery – 16; Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett – 14.
GIRLS

Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery – 59 (8); Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson – 49 (3); Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green – 27; Claire Holt, Spain Park – 19 (1); LaTascya Duff, Samson – 17 (2).
 

ALL-TIME ASWA MISS BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS

2018: Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery

2017: Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech

2016: Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis

2015: Shaquera Wade, Huntsville

2014: Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga

2013: Marqu’es Webb, Hoover

2012: Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones

2011: Hayden Hamby, West Morgan

2010: Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay

2009: Jala Harris, Bob Jones

2008: Courtney Jones, Midfield

2007: Katherine Graham, Ramsay

2006: Shanavia Dowdell, Calera

2005: Whitney Boddie, Florence

2004: Starr Orr, Speake

2003: Sidney Spencer, Hoover

2002: Kate Mastin, Boaz

2001: Donyel Wheeler, Huffman

2000: Natasha Thomas, Lawrence County

1999: Tasheika Morris, Butler

1998: Gwen Jackson, Eufaula

1997: April Nance, Butler

1996: Nicole Carruth, Sulligent

1995: Heather Mayes, Fyffe

1994: Pam Duncan, Carrollton

1993: Leah Monteith, Cherokee County

1992: Yolanda Watkins, Decatur

1991: Tonya Tice, Hamilton

1990: Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible

1989: Leslie Claybrook, Saint James

1988: Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle

 

ALL-TIME ASWA MR. BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS

2018: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook

2017: John Petty, Mae Jemison-Huntsville

2016: John Petty, J.O. Johnson

2015: Dazon Ingram, Theodore

2014: William Lee, Dallas County

2013: De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah

2012: Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery

2011: Trevor Lacey, Butler

2010: Trevor Lacey, Butler

2009: Kerron Johnson, Madison Academy

2008: JaMychal Green, St. Jude Catholic

2007: Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis

2006: Stanley Robinson, Huffman

2005: Richard Hendrix, Athens

2004: Ronald Steele, John Carroll Catholic

2003: Ronald Steele, John Carroll Catholic

2002: Kennedy Winston, Blount

2001: Chris White, Grissom

2000: Gerald Wallace, Childersburg

1999: Marvin Stone, Grissom

1998: Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright

1997: Anthony Williams, Loachapoka

1996: Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis

1995: Brian Williams, Jeff Davis

1994: Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville

1993: Howard Pride, Butler

1992: Darryl Wilson, South Lamar

1991: Victor Newman, Houston Academy

1990: Cedric Moore, Woodlawn

1989: Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope

1988: Terrence Lewis, Ramsay

1987: Bryant Lancaster, Valley

1986: Larry Rembert, Keith

1985: Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport

1984: Jeff Moore, Midfield

1983: Terry Coner, Phillips-Birmingham


Alabama-Mississippi Boys All-Star Game Mississippi 127, Alabama 90

   CLINTON, MS  -- Mississippi’s All-Stars jumped out to an 11-point lead by halftime and Alabama’s All-Stars never recovered as the hosts evened the 28-year series at 14 wins each with a record-setting 127-90 triumph at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.
    The 127 points broke 24-year old record set by Mississippi in 1994 at the same location. The hosts won that year 123-111.
     The bright spot for Alabama, coached by Plainview’s Robi Coker and Cordova’s Heath Burns, was the play guard Jamari Blackmon, who was named Alabama’s MVP. He scored 22 points, 11 in each half, and handed out four assists. His performance couldn’t slow the Mississippi squad, however.
        Alabama was just 5-of-41 on 3-pointers but was 21-of-22 at the foul line. Blackmon was a perfect 10-of-10.  Diante Wood of Sacred Heart Catholic added 11 points, Jared Sherfield of Paul Bryant, Travarus Carroll of Huffman, Anquavious Pollard of Lanett and Jayce Willingham of Cordova had nine points each. Haleyville’s Logan Dye had eight points and seven rebounds.
       The home team led 57-46 at the half and outscored Alabama 70-44 in the second half. Everything seemed to work for Mississippi, coached by Kim Windham of Port Gibson and Darrin Chancellor of Florence.  Their team was 15-of-29 from the 3-point arc with DeAnthony Tipler sinking 5-of-9 on the way to 21 points and Mississippi MVP honors. Mississippi out-rebounded Alabama 57-4e with 6-foot-6 Garrison Wade of St. Andrews clearing 11 and Tyron Brewer of Meridian grabbing nine. Meridian guard Miles Miller was also impressive scoring 19 points, sinking five treys and handing some dazzling assists. A total of seven players cracked double figures for Mississippi.
    The win was the third in a row for Mississippi. 

Alabama-Mississippi Girls All-Star Game Alabama 109, Mississippi 96

   CLINTON, MS  -- Alabama’s All-Stars jumped out early and never trailed en route to a 109-96 win over Mississippi in the 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic girls’ game Friday night at Wood Gymnasium on the Mississippi College campus.
   The boys’ game was underway at 7 p.m.
    Lee-Montgomery guard Zipporah Broughton scored 16 points, had six rebounds, three assists and three steals to earn MVP honors to Alabama. The visitors’ 109 points was the third time for Alabama to go over the 100-point mark in the 28-game series which dates back to 1991 and was the second most points scored overall. The win evened the series to 14-14.  Alabama won in 2004 by a 114-78 score and won 105-84 in 1998. The win also snapped a two-game winning streak by Mississippi in the series.
    Broughton, a Rutgers signee, scored 11 points in the second half.
    Coaches Tim Miller of Hazel Green and Ricky Austin of Spring Garden saw six players score in double figures with Ajah Wayne of Ramsay leading with 17, followed by Broughton’s 16, Hannah Barber of Homewood and Karleigh Sledge of Deshler with 15 each, Eboni Williams of Hoover with 13, and Brooke Hampel with 10.  Barber was 4-of-5 from the 3-point arc, Broughton sank three and Williams was 4-of-4 at the foul line.  Williams also had nine rebounds, Wayne had nine and Jeremcya Harris of Blount had six. Wayne and Barber each had four assists, Williams and Broughton, three apiece.
    Mississippi was led by Chyna Leigh Allen of Harrison Central. She scored as game-high 27  points and sank 5-of-9 3-point goals. Mississippi game MVP was guard Tabreea Gandy of Starkville, who has seven points and five assists. Kealy Wilson of Horn Lake added 11 points and Kayla Simmons of Brandon had 10 points and nine rebounds.