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Piedmont Coach Tommy Lewis Steps Down After 602 Victories – and Many More Memories

                     By JOE MEDLEY
                                       The Anniston Star
                                      (Published Thursday, March 15)

    ANNISTON – Tommy Lewis has a real simple philosophy about philosophy about winning in high school basketball. Area championships matter.
     “I always told people, you’ve got to learn how to win close to your house first,” Lewis said.
     Lewis — who has won 602 games and 22 area titles over 31 seasons at Gaylesville, Spring Garden, Cherokee County and Piedmont — has resigned at Piedmont. The Piedmont Board of Education approved his resignation Wednesday.
     The 57-year-old Lewis stopped short of calling it retirement, saying his possible return to coaching is “50-50.” He said he’s starting to repeat his stories at Piedmont, and he hopes that his stepping aside creates opportunities for long-time assistants Jonathan Odam (17 years) and Matt Glover (12 years).
    “It’s been a great experience, and plus, Coach Odam’s son (Alex) is coming on,” Lewis said. “Coach Odam has been helping me for so long, and it’s time he got a chance.
    “JoJo works there, and his wife works there, and he’s got two sons in the system. Matt works there, and he’s got a wife. For them to find a job, it’s going to take a whole lot of picking up and moving. For me, it’s not.”
    Lewis’ resume speaks volumes.
   His career record stands at 602-342. Records from the mid-1900s can be sketchy, but he’s believed to be one of only 25 coaches in the history of Alabama high school boys basketball to reach the 600-win mark. He recorded his 600th on Feb. 9, against Glencoe.
    Lewis’ teams have won at least one area title at each of the four schools where he coached. He’s taken 15 teams to regionals tournament with five advancing to the state tournament — Spring Garden in 1989, Cherokee County in 2006 and Piedmont in 2010, 2011, and 2015.
    Lewis coached 12 seasons at Piedmont, winning nine area titles and reaching the Northeast Regional nine times. The 2015 team finished as Class 3A runner-up.
    His 226 wins at Piedmont mark the most in the school’s near-100-year history.
    “When you come into our gym, we try to have banners that reflect the success of all of our athletic teams, male and female,” said Steve Smith, Piedmont’s football coach and athletics director, who lured Lewis to the school. “You look at our boys basketball banner, and it’s just littered with a ton of success over the last 12 years.”
     Piedmont hired Smith in 2006, and Lewis was among his first hiring targets. At the time, Lewis was coaching Cherokee County’s Final Four team.
     “There weren’t a lot of people that even wanted to talk to me about the job,” said Smith, who came to Piedmont from Cedar Bluff, also in Cherokee County. “He was somebody that I kind of zeroed in. I was just thinking maybe a shot in the dark, because he’d done so well there.”
     Smith lauded Lewis as “a team player,” always understanding of the school’s frequent deep playoff runs in football and the late starts several multisport players get in basketball.
     Lewis saved one of his best coaching jobs at Piedmont for last. His final Piedmont team had five new starters and six new players among the top seven yet finished 21-12, reaching the Northeast Regional final before losing to eventual state champion Plainview.
    “Having some sort of either loss or altered version of your top seven players in your rotation from last year and getting to the ‘Elite Eight’ again, it speaks wonders to his ability to be able to adapt, to play with the hand that he’s dealt and get the most out of the guys,” Smith said.
     Part of the reason Lewis came back for this past season was because he didn’t want to leave his potential replacement with a young team.
     “When we were looking at the schedule, Coach Glover and I, and we were having a tough time finding eight or 10 wins,” Lewis said. “That was if we caught some breaks.
      “As far as expectations, this may be the team that exceeded what we thought they’d do, farther than any team we’ve had.”
    

Tommy Lewis Collected Many Memories thru the Years

                      (Published in The Anniston Star, Friday, March 16)

      ANNISTON – It’s not every day that a 600-win coach steps down, but Tommy Lewis is not every 600-win coach.
      He put Piedmont boys’ basketball on the map in his 12 years there — winning nine area titles and taking the Bulldogs to three Final Fours — but stands out for perspective.
      As Piedmont football coach and athletics director Steve Smith quickly points out, Lewis never complained about the Bulldogs’ regular deep playoff runs in football. It meant late and slow starts for Lewis’ basketball teams, which rostered several football players, but there was a bigger picture.
      Lewis always had athletes and kids who got winning.
     The 57-year-old Lewis, a 31-year head coach, is a loyal guy who talks fondly about people one “collects” over a long coaching career. That includes 17-year assistant Jonathan Odam, whom Lewis collected at Cherokee County, and 12-year assistant Matt Glover.
     That doesn’t begin to cover how Lewis feels about former players he collected, but then he showed that in an all-too-Tommy moment at the 2010 Final Four. The Bulldogs were down eight points to Greene County inside the final minute, likely too far down to come back but not beyond a miracle, yet he gave reserves Chase Childers, Coltin Allison, Jalen Johnson, Derrick Jackson and Jamie Major floor time on the big stage.
     According to box score on AHSAA.com, they played “0+” minutes.
     Final score: Greene County 46, Piedmont 41 and a memory for kids who didn’t play much, even if one trip up and down the floor.
     Lewis believes in that. From the time he coached Spring Garden in the first boys Northeast Regional game in 1994, he believes in it.
     A coach who will do that, yet wins 600 games at four schools, is special.

Alabama Boys Add Cordova Senior Jayce Willingham to All-Star Roster

CLINTON (MS) – Alabama All-Star’s All-Star boys’ team added Cordova High School senior Jayce Willingham Wednesday to replace Ashford’s  LaDarius Knight, who withdrew from the team for personal reasons.
       Willingham participated in all three Alabama all-star practices Wednesday, said Alabama All-Star Coach Robi Coker. The 6-foot-5 Willingham helped Cordova win the Class 4A state championship this season, averaging 22.8 points per game, 10.7 rebounds and shooting 79.2 percent at the foul line. He joins teammate Isaac Chatman and Cordova head coach Heath Burns, who is also coaching the Alabama All-Stars.  Willingham, who earned a spot on the Class 4A State Tourney team, had a career high 56 points in a 102-93 overtime win over South Lamar in the regular season. He sank 17-of-18 free throws in that game.
       The Alabama All-Stars had two workouts Thursday and a 7 p.m., shoot-around with one walk through practice scheduled for Friday morning. The 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi All Star Basketball Games, which are co-sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) and the AHSAA’s Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA),   will tip off on Friday at the A. E. Wood Coliseum, Mike Jones Court, on the campus of Mississippi College here at 5 p.m., with the girls’  game. The boys’ game will follow at 7 p.m.
      “We have a great bunch of guys who are enjoyable to be around,” Coker said. “You can tell they like each other. They have been a very cohesive group.”
       Alabama holds a 14-13 edge in the boys’ series and Mississippi holds a 14-13 edge in the girls’ series. Mississippi is riding a two-game winning streak in both camps.
       Coker, who coached Plainview to a Class 3A state title this past season while setting the AHSAA single-season marks for 3-point shots attempted and made, said the coaches like the leadership they have seen – especially at the guard position. He said Huffman’s Travarus Carroll, Mountain Brook’s Sean Elmore and Hoover’s Jamari Blackmon have all stood out along with his own point guard from Plainview, Jeffery Armstrong.
      “We are trying to find the right combinations, and it looks like we probably use a lot of combinations,” Coker said. Big men inside, 6-9 Xavier Williams of Parker, 6-9 Dylan Robertson of Paul Bryant and 6-9 Logan Dye of Haleyville, have a nice touch around the goal but may be out-beefed by Mississippi’s inside players, Coker said.  “That’s why we will be depending on our guards to set the tempo.”
      Mississippi’s top big man appears to be 6-9 Javarian Fleming of Canton, who is heading to Alabama.
      Austin said the Alabama girls are also close-knit.  “They really have bonded quickly,” said Austin, who is coaching the team along with Tim Miller of Hazel Green. Austin guided Spring Garden to the 1A state title this past season and Miller directed the Trojans to the 6A crown.
      “It is amazing just how close these girls have gotten,” said Austin. “They sing together in the bus wherever we go. And they sing pretty good I might say, even though they are singing songs I don’t really know.”
      Alabama’s girls are anchored by SEC signees guards Hannah Barber of Homewood (Alabama), Caitlin Hose of Hazel Green (Georgia) and forward Allie Craig Cruce of Lauderdale County (Alabama).
    Mississippi won both games in Montgomery in Montgomery last year with the girls taking a 93-86 decision and the boys, winning 96-91.
     The games will be produced and televised via live-streaming on the FNUTL network (fnutl.com) and the MAC Network.  The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast the contests over their network of radio stations and internet outlets. Go to www.ahsaa.com for links.


MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA BASKETBALL CLASSIC

2018 ROSTERS

 

MISSISSIPPI BOYS TEAM

 

 

NO.      NAME                                       POS     HGT     SCHOOL                      COLLEGE

                       

  2         DeANTHONY TIPLER               PG       5-11      ASHLAND                     undecided

  3         DaQUAN SMITH                       G          6-2        HOLLY SPRINGS         MURRAY STATE

  4         DEWAYNE STEWART              F          6-6        RIVERSIDE                  MISS. STATE

10         GABE WATSON                       G          6-3        ST. JOSEPH (Madison)   SOUTHERN MISS

11         GARRISON WADE                   F          6-6        ST. ANDREW’S            undecided

12         MILES MILLER                         G          6-3        MERIDIAN                    undecided

15         TYRON BREWER                     F          6-6        MERIDIAN                    undecided

22         LADARIUS MARSHALL            F          6-7        FOREST HILL              undecided

23         TYLER STEVENSON                F          6-7        NEW HOPE                  undecided

25         ROBERT WOODARD               F          6-6        COLUMBUS                  MISS. STATE

30         JAVIAN FLEMING                    C          6-9        CANTON                       ALABAMA

33         KAMARIAN WILLIAMS             C          6-8        CLEVELAND CENTRAL   MURRAY STATE

 

HEAD COACH:                        KIM WINDOM, PORT GIBSON

ASSISTANT COACH:                DARRIN CHANCELLOR, FLORENCE

ADMINISTRATIVE COACH:      ERNIE WATSON, HATTIESBURG

ATHLETIC TRAINER:               FRED ROBINSON, MS SPORTS MEDICINE

 

 

 

ALABAMA BOYS TEAM

 

 

NO.      NAME                                        POS    HGT     SCHOOL                      COLLEGE

                                   

3          TRAVARUS CARROLL             G          6-2        HUFFMAN                    ITAWAMBA CC

4          JAMARI BLACKMON                G          6-0        HOOVER                      undecided

10         DIANTE WOOD                         G          6-5        SACRED HEART          ALABAMA

11         JARED SHERFIELD                 G          6-5        PAUL W. BRYANT        TENNESSEE TECH

12         ANQUAEVIOUS POLLARD       F          6-7        LANETT                       INDEPENDENCE CC

15         JAYCE WILLINGHAM               G          6-5        CORDOVA                    undecided

20         JEFFERY ARMSTRONG           PG       5-11      PLAINVIEW                  undecided

21         DYLAN ROBERTSON               C          6-9        PAUL W. BRYANT        WINGATE

23         LOGAN DYE                            G          6-9        HALEYVILLE                SAMFORD

24         ISAAC CHATMAN                     F          6-6        CORDOVA                    undecided

25         SEAN ELMORE                        G          6-1        MOUNTAIN BROOK     NORTH ALABAMA

34         XAVIER WILLIAMS                   C          6-9        A. H. PARKER              undecided

 

HEAD COACH:                         ROBI COKER, PLAINVIEW

ASSISTANT COACH:                HEATH BURNS, CORDOVA

ADMINISTRATIVE COACH:      LUTHER TIGGS, BOB JONES

ADMINISTRATIVE COACH:      DAVID GOOD, MOUNTAIN BROOK

ATHLETIC TRAINER:               MEG IKEDA, ENCORE

 


MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA BASKETBALL CLASSIC

2018 ROSTERS

 

MISSISSIPPI GIRLS TEAM

 

 

NO.      NAME                                       POS     HGT     SCHOOL                      COLLEGE

 

00         JARIYAH COVINGTON             PG       5-3        STARKVILLE                undecided

2          KYANNAH GRANT                   G          5-7        CHOCTAW CENTRAL   undecided

3          TABREEA GANDY                    PG       5-3        STARKVILLE                ITAWAMBA CC

4          KYARRAH GRANT                   G          5-7        CHOCTAW CENTRAL   undecided

10         CHYNA LEIGH ALLEN             G          5-6        HARRISON CENTRAL  JONES JC       

11         MAHOGANY VAUGHT              G          5-7        OLIVE BRANCH            SOUTH ALABAMA

12         KEALY WILSON                       G          5-9        HORN LAKE                 undecided

20         JATYJIA JONES                      G          5-9        INGOMAR                     undecided

23         DESTINY SMITH                       G          6-0        McCOMB                      SOUTHERN MISS

25         AMBER GASTON                     F          6-3        WARREN CENTRAL     FLORIDA ATLANTIC

33         DAPHANE WHITE                    C          6-5        ST. MARTIN                 MISS. STATE

34         KAYLA SIMMONS                    F          6-0        BRANDON                    undecided

INJ       KAVACI-A JOHNSON               PG       5-4        BYHALIA                      CENTRAL ARKANSAS

 

 

HEAD COACH:                         JANNA THOMPSON, HORN LAKE

ASSISTANT COACH:                SHAYNE LINZY, LAFAYETTE

ADMINISTRATIVE COACH:      DONNY FULLER, GULFPORT

ATHLETIC TRAINER:               STEVEN BUSH, MS SPORTS MEDICINE

                       

 

 

ALABAMA GIRLS TEAM

 

 

NO.      NAME                                       POS     HGT     SCHOOL                      COLLEGE                   

 

3          HANNAH BARBER                   PG       5-6        HOMEWOOD                ALABAMA

4          EBONI WILLIAMS                    F          6-0        HOOVER                      UT CHATTANOOGA

10         CAITLIN HOSE                         G          5-10      HAZEL GREEN             GEORGIA

11         CLAIRE HOLT                          PG       5-8        SPAIN PARK                RICHMOND

12         ALLIE CRUCE                          G/F       6-1        LAUDERDALE CTY      ALABAMA

15         AJAH WAYNE                          G/F       5-10      RAMSAY                      OLD DOMINION

20         DAISHA BRADFORD                PG       5-8        LEFLORE                     undecided

21         KARLEIGH SLEDGE                F          6-0        DESHLER                     JACKSONVILLE ST.

24         JERMECYA HARRIS                F          6-0        MATTIE T. BLOUNT      LOUISIANA TECH

25         ZIPPORAH BROUGHTON         PG       5-9        R. E. LEE                     RUTGERS

34         BROOKE HAMPEL                   G/F       5-10      HAZEL GREEN             MISSOURI (K.C.)

40         MAYA BUCKHANON                 C          6-2        TALLADEGA                MEMPHIS

 

 

HEAD COACH:                         TIM MILLER, HAZEL GREEN

ASSISTANT COACH:                RICKY AUSTIN, SPRING GARDEN

ADMINISTRATIVE COACH:      TAMMY WEST, COLD SPRINGS

ATHLETIC TRAINER:               DeSHENA THOMAS, ENCORE





All-Stars Selected for 28th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games

    MONTGOMERY – Twenty-four seniors have been selected to represent Alabama in the 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games to be played at Mississippi College in Clinton (MS) on Friday, March 16. 
       The Alabama teams, comprised of 12 senior boys and 12 senior girls, were announced Wednesday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow at 7.  
        The games were played at Alabama State University last year with Mississippi winning two close contests. Mississippi’s girls took a 14-13 edge in the series with a 93-86 win over Alabama, and the Mississippi boys won 85-83. Alabama’s boys hold the same slim 14-13 edge in that series. Mississippi’s teams currently own two-game winning streaks in the series which dates back to 1991.
       Coaches for Alabama’s boys are Plainview Coach Robi Coker and Cordova Coach Heath Burns. Bob Jones’ Luther Tiggs and Mountain Brook’s David Good will serve as administrative assistants. Coker, who owns a 136-54 coaching record after six seasons, guided Plainview to a 34-2 record and the Class 3A state championship in 2018. It was the first state basketball title since the school opened in 1958. Burns, 260-76 in 11 seasons, guided Cordova (27-8) to the 2018 Class 4A state crown, also the school’s first.
    Tim Miller of Hazel Green and Ricky Austin of Spring Garden have been selected as the girls’ coaches. Cold Springs’ Tammy West is the administrative coach. Miller (542-92), became the first girls’ basketball coach in AHSAA history to guide three different schools to state title. He led Jeff Davis to the 6A title in 2006, led Bob Jones 6A titles in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and Hazel Green won the 6A championship this season.  Austin (562-151) guided Spring Garden (32-3) to its sixth Class 1A state title in 2018. The Panthers have won two in the last three years and Austin has coached five of the overall state championships since 2004.
    Headlining the boys’ squad are eight players who competed in the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Tournament last week. Among them are 6-foot-5 forward Diante Wood of Sacred Heart, who was named the MVP of the Class 1A state tournament in 2018. He plans to attend the University of Alabama next season. Isaac Chatman, a 6-6 forward at Cordova, was the Class 4A state tourney MVP. The others include all-tourney players: point guard Jeffery Armstrong of Class 3A state champion Plainview; guard Sean Elmore of Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook; 6-7 forward Anquaevious Pollard of Class 2A state champion Lanett; 6-9 center Dylan Robertson and 6-5 guard Jared Sherfield of Class 6A runner-up Paul Bryant; and 6-9 center Xavier Williams of semifinalist Parker. Elmore, a 6-1 guard, has signed with North Alabama, and Sherfield, who earned MVP honors leading Paul Bryant to the 2017 state title, will attend Tennessee Tech. Robertson is heading to Wingate University.
        Rounding out the boys’ squad are Jamari Blackmon of Hoover, Travarus Carroll of Huffman, 6-9 forward Logan Dye of Haleyville and LaDarius Knight of Ashford. Dye is heading to Samford and Knight to Campbell University.
     The Alabama girls’ roster also lists eight players who participated in last week’s state tourney. Two of the eight, Allie Craig Cruce of Lauderdale County and Caitlin Hose of Hazel Green, havd signed with SEC schools. Cruce is heading to Alabama and Hose signed with Georgia. The other six include Ajah Wayne of Ramsay, Karleigh Sledge of Deshler, Claire Holt of Class 7A state champ Spain Park, Brooke Hampel of Hazel Green, Zipporah Broughton of Lee-Montgomery and Daisha Bradford of LeFlore. Hampel, a Missouri-Kansas City signee, was selected MVP of the 6A state tourney, and Wayne, who is heading to Old Dominion, was MVP of the 6A tourney as a junior while playing at Homewood. Broughton signed with Rutgers.
    Rounding out the girls’ squad are point guard and Alabama signee Hannah Barber of Homewood, 6-2 center Maya Buckhannon of Talladega, a Memphis signee, Jermecya Harris of Blount (Louisiana Tech) and Eboni Williams of Hoover (Tennessee-Chattanooga).
    The teams report next Wednesday.
    Complete rosters and series history are below:



 

2018 Alabama Boys All-Star Roster

All-Star

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Coach

College

Jeffery Armstrong

Plainview

PG

5'11

160

Robi Coker

Undecided

Jamari Blackmon

Hoover

G

6'0

180

Charles Burkett

Undecided

Travarus Carroll

Huffman

G

6'2

153

Steve Ward

Itawamba CC

Isaac Chatman

Cordova

F

6'6

205

Heath Burns

Undecided

Logan Dye

Haleyville

F

6'9

235

Dustin Ball

Samford University

Sean Elmore

Mountain Brook

G

6'1

200

Bucky McMillan

North Alabama

LaDarius Knight

Ashford

G

6'5

195

Chase Lewis

Campbell University

Anquaevious Pollard

Lanett

F

6'7

185

Richard Carter

Independence CC

Dylan Robertson

Paul W Bryant

C

6'9

210

Shon Peck-Love

Wingate University

Jared Sherfield

Paul W Bryant

G

6'5

185

Shon Peck-Love

Tennessee Tech

Xavier Williams

A. H. Parker

C

6'9

190

Reginald Gary

Undecided

Diante Wood

Sacred Heart

G

6'5

185

Ralpheal Graves

Alabama

Coaches
Robi Coker

Plainview

 

Heath Burns

Cordova

 

Luther Tiggs, Adm

Bob Jones

 

David Good, Adm

Mountain Brook

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Alabama Girls All-Star Roster

 

Student

School

Pos.

Ht.

Coach

College

Hannah Barber

Homewood

PG

5'6

Jazmine Powers

Alabama

Daisha Bradford

Leflore

PG

5'8

Darrell Walton

Undecided

Zipporah Broughton

R. E. Lee

PG

5'9

Freeah Smith

Rutgers

Maya Buckhanon

Talladega

C

6'2

Jannie Keith

Memphis

Allie Craig Cruce

Lauderdale Co.

G-F

6'1

Brant Llewellyn

Alabama

Brooke Hampel

Hazel Green

G-F

5'10

Tim Miller

Missouri (Kansas City)

Jermecya Harris

Mattie T. Blount

F

6'0

Kimyatta Perry

Louisiana Tech

Claire Holt

Spain Park

PG

5'8

Mike Chase

Richmond

Caitlin Hose

Hazel Green

G

5'10

Tim Miller

Georgia

Karleigh Sledge

Deshler

F

6'0

Jana Killen

Jacksonville State

Ajah Wayne

Ramsay

G-F

5'10

Ronnie Jackson

Old Dominion

Eboni Williams

Hoover

F

6'0

Krystle Johnson

Tenn.-Chattanooga

Coaches

Tim Miller

Hazel Green

Ricky Austin

Spring Garden

Tammy West, Adm.

Cold Springs




Alabama-Mississippi Basketball All-Star Game History, 1991-2017

BOYS

Year

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Site

2017

Mississippi

96

Alabama

91

Alabama State U.

2016

Mississippi

85

Alabama

85

Miss. College, Clinton

2015

Alabama

101

Mississippi

88

Alabama State U.

2014

Alabama

90

Mississippi

83

Jackson State U.

2013

Alabama

87

Mississippi

76

Alabama State U.

2012

Alabama

109

Mississippi

104

Alabama State U.

2011

Mississippi

85

Alabama

74

Pelham CC

2010

Mississippi

112

Alabama

88

Pelham CC

2009

Alabama

78

Mississippi

74

Pelham CC

2008

Alabama

101

Mississippi

99

Pelham CC

2007

Mississippi

118

Alabama

113

Pelham CC

2006

Mississippi

94

Alabama

87

Pelham CC

2005

Alabama

84

Mississippi

79

Pelham CC

2004

Alabama

87

Mississippi

86

Pelham CC

2003

Mississippi

82

Alabama

80

Pelham CC

2002

Mississippi

98

Alabama

67

Miss. College, Clinton

2001

Mississippi

87

Alabama

83

North Alabama, Florence

2000

Alabama

90

Mississippi

82

Holmes JC, Goodman MS

1999

Alabama

95

Mississippi

68

North Alabama, Florence

1998

Alabama

111

Mississippi

76

Miss. College, Clinton

1997

Alabama

110

Mississippi

91

North Alabama, Florence

1996

Mississippi

105

Alabama

97

Miss. College, Clinton

1995

Alabama

85

Mississippi

69

North Alabama, Florence

1994

Mississippi

123

Alabama

111

Miss. College, Clinton

1993

Mississippi

82

Alabama

75

North Alabama, Florence

1992

Mississippi

73

Alabama

71

Miss. College, Clinton

1991

Alabama

103

Mississippi

62

North Alabama, Florence

Series record: Alabama 14 wins; Mississippi 13 wins

 

GIRLS

Year

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Site

2017

Mississippi

93

Alabama

86

Alabama State U.

2016

Mississippi

78

Alabama

77

Miss. College, Clinton

2015

Alabama

93

Mississippi

87

Alabama State U.

2014

Mississippi

95

Alabama

89

Jackson State U.

2013

Alabama

64

Mississippi

54

Alabama State U.

2012

Mississippi

94

Alabama

91

Alabama State U.

2011

Mississippi

73

Alabama

60

Pelham CC

2010

Mississippi

78

Alabama

56

Pelham CC

2009

Alabama

81

Mississippi

73

Pelham CC

2008

Alabama

89

Mississippi

86 OT

Pelham CC

2007

Alabama

90

Mississippi

65

Pelham CC

2006

Mississippi

89

Alabama

80

Pelham CC

2005

Mississippi

101

Alabama

83

Pelham CC

2004

Alabama

114

Mississippi

78

Pelham CC

2003

Mississippi

95

Alabama

82

Pelham CC

2002

Alabama

76

Mississippi

71

Miss. College, Clinton

2001

Alabama

87

Mississippi

76

North Alabama, Florence

2000

Mississippi

87

Alabama

82

Holmes JC, Goodman, MS

1999

Alabama

95

Mississippi

85

North Alabama, Florence

1998

Alabama

105

Mississippi

84

Miss. College, Clinton

1997

Alabama

60

Mississippi

54

North Alabama, Florence

1996

Mississippi

88

Alabama

72

Miss. College, Clinton

1995

Alabama

80

Mississippi

77

North Alabama, Florence

1994

Mississippi

92

Alabama

84

Miss. College, Clinton

1993

Alabama

73

Mississippi

66

North Alabama, Florence

1992

Mississippi

74

Alabama

61

Miss. College, Clinton

1991

Mississippi

82

Alabama

66

North Alabama, Florence

Series record: Mississippi 14 wins Alabama 13 wins


CLASS 7A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Mountain Brook 73, McGill-Toolen Catholic 49

BIRMINGHAM –  Mountain Brook scored the first two points of the AHSAA Class 7A State Basketball Championships finals Saturday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena and never relinquished the lead as the Spartans downed McGill-Toolen Catholic 73-49 to win the school’s second state championship in a row and the fourth overall since 2013.
    The triumph closed 96th AHSAA state tournament and the 25th since moving the extravaganza to the BJCC in 1994. The attendance for Saturday’s six finals was 12,980 and 61,772 for the week, according to figures released after the 7A finals. Friday’s total was 10,804, Thursday (10,045), Wednesday (11,571), Tuesday (8,349) and Monday (7,923).
    Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans (33-4) built a 29-point near the end of the third quarter. Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook’s 6-foot-9 junior forward, scored 26 points, cleared 12 rebounds, had five blocked shots, three assists and one steal in a complete performance to earn 7A state tourney MVP honors. Senior Sean Elmore made 6-of-10 3-pointers attempted and finished with 20 points. He also had eight rebounds. Lior Berman and Britton Johnson had six points each. Johnson also took three charges on defense.
    Matthew Russ scored 14 points for McGill-Toolen (25-7). Manny Patrick added nine points, three assists and four steals and Matthew McNeece cleared a team-high seven rebounds.  Eric Toth also had six points and five boards. Coach Phillip Murphy’s Jackets were making their third straight state tourney appearance. McGill-Toolen won the title in 2016.
    Mountain Brook won state titles in 2013 and 2014 and again in 2017 and finished as runner-up in 2015.

CLASS 7A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (MVP); Sean Elmore, Mountain Brook; Lior Berman, Mountain Brook; Manny Patrick, McGill-Toolen; Eric Toth, McGill-Toolen; Malik Tyson, Sparkman.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Spain Park (31-6) 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-9) 26
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (34-4)  73, McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-7) 49



CLASS 7A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Spain Park 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic 26

BIRMINGHAM –  Spain Park’s stifling defensive effort limited McGill-Toolen Catholic to just nine made field goals as the Jaguars downed the Yellow Jackets 56-26 to claim the 2018 Class 7A state girls’ basketball championship Saturday night. It was the first in the school’s history.
    The victory closed out the girls’ finals at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Mountain Brook met McGill-Toolen Catholic in the 7A boys’ finals in the final game of the night.
    Coach Mike Chase’s Jaguars (31-6) forced 20 McGill turnovers and limited the Yellow Jackets to 21.4 percent from the field on the night. Spain Park’s offense, anchored by senior guard Claire Holt’s 20 points, caught fire in the second quarter and moved a 7-7 first quarter deadlock to a 30-10 lead by halftime.
      Holt sank three 3-pointers, was 5-of-5 at the foul line, and had five rebounds and four steals to earn Class 7A state tournament MVP honors. Sophomore Sarah Ashlee Barker added 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and on blocked shot. Barrett Herring also had eight rebounds and Ahrielle Parks dished out three assists.
      McGill-Toolen (24-9), coached by Carla Berry, was led by Alex Pierre’s 10 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Nya Valentine added seven points and two steals.
      The Jaguars reached the state finals last season falling to Hoover in overtime.

CLASS 7A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Claire Holt, Spain Park (MVP); Sarah Ashlee Barker, Spain Park; Nya Valentine, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Alex Pierre, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Zipporah  Broughton,  Lee-Montgomery; Derienne Black, Sparkman.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Spain Park (31-6) 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-9) 26
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 6A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Carver-Montgomery 74, Paul Bryant 59

BIRMINGHAM – Junior Jaykwon Walton scored 20 points to spark Carver-Montgomery to a 74-59 victory over defending state champion Paul Bryant in the Class 6A boys’ finals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Walton, the Class 6A state tourney MVP, scored 12 in the first half to stake Coach James ‘‘J.J.’’ Jackson’s Wolverines (30-7) to a four-point 28-23 lead. Senior backcourt mate Jalen Gaston provided a knock-out punch of sorts late in the third period sinking two 3-point shots in a row to stretch a three-point Carver lead to nine, 44-35. The Stampede (30-5) never found a way to close the gap.
    Gaston finished with four 3-point goals and 17 total points, and Derrell Bailey had 18 – with eight points coming at the foul line.  Antonio Young added nine points and nine rebounds. Bailey also had four assists and Young had three steals.
     Paul Bryant, coached by Shon Peck-Love, got 16 points from Daviyon Dennis and 15 from 2017 state tourney MVP Jared Sherfield. Kailex Stephens also had 14. Sherfield and Dennis each handed out three assists and M.J. Bates cleared seven rebounds.

      The championship was the fifth overall for Carver. The Wolverines won back-to-back titles for Coach Dan Lewis in 1983 and 1984 and Jackson coached titles in 2012 and 2015.
     Raycom Sports is broadcasting all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. Raycom station WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery aired the Class 6A boys’ finals over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 6A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Jaykwon Walton, Carver-Montgomery (MVP); Jalen Gaston, Carver-Montgomery; Derrell Bailey, Carver-Montgomery; Jared Sherfield, Paul Bryant; Kailex Stephens, Paul Bryant; Kira Lewis, Hazel Green; Xavier Williams, Parker.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 6A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Hazel Green 56, Ramsay 54 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green senior guard Imari Martin received a vote of confidence from her head coach Tim Miller during a Class 6A girls’ state championship game timeout just prior to going to the foul line with three seconds left and the game tied at 54-54 in overtime Saturday.
    “Coach told me I was going to make them,” she said. And she did.
    Martin’s sank both with ease and then turned on her defense by making a steal on the inbounds play to seal Hazel Green’s 56-54 victory at the BJCC Legacy Arena. It was the second state title for the Madison County school’s history. The first was won in 1995.
    The OT championship was the second of the day Saturday at the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Finals state tournament. Class 6A boys’ and Class 7A girls’ and boys’ finals were to follow the 6A girls’ championship game. The tourney is in its 25th year with the current girls’ and boys’ format and the 25th at the BJCC.
      Martin finished with eight points, two assists and two steals for Miller’s Trojans (35-2). Tourney MVP Brooke Hampel had 15 points, five rebounds and two steals, Caitlin Hose added 16 points and six rebounds and Farrah Pearson had 11 points.
      Ramsay (24-5), coached by Ronnie Jackson, battled fiercely to the final buzzer. Ramsay trailed 24-20 at the half but led by one after three quarters, 40-39.  The score was tied six times and the lead changed seen times.
     Junior Jaylyn Sherrod scored 18 points, made four 3-point goals and had two assists for the Rams. Senior Ajah Wayne, who earned MVP honors after leading Homewood to the Class 6A state title last season, added 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls i much of the second half. She transferred to Ramsay last summer. Dakiyah Sanders had three assists, two steals and five points in a strong defensive effort. Ramsay was making its first state championship game appearance since winning its fourth state crown in 2007.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is aired the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 6A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Brooke Hampel, Hazel Green (MVP); Imari Martin, Hazel Green; Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; Jaylyn Sherrod, Ramsay; Ajah Wayne, Ramsay;

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 5A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Sylacauga 79, Eufaula 78 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Sylacauga’s Aggies battled back from an 11-point third-quarter deficit to nip Eufaula 79-78 in overtime to claim the Class 5A boys’ state basketball title at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday morning.
       The final was the second of a six-championship game slate on the final day of the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Finals state tournament. It is also the 25th year for the tournament at the BJCC.
    Senior Malik Crawford had 20 points, 10 rebounds and sank 6-of-8 free rows to pace the Aggies (31-5) of Coach Will Copeland. The Class 5A state tourney MVP sank two free throws with 47 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter put Sylacauga ahead by four, 66-62.
    Eufaula (29-10), coached by Michael Smith, battled back on a jumper by Terrell Jones with 40 seconds left in the period and a rebound and put-back by Marquise Jones with five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
    The intensity displayed in the first four quarters continued in the extra period. Sylacauga scored the first six points led 77-70 with 1:21 remaining when the Tigers battled back once again thanks in part to Anthony Haigler’s offensive rebounding that led to three quick baskets. Aggies senior Darian Garrett sank two free throws with 55 seconds left in OT to make it 79-75.     Laquaveous Nelson, who led Eufaula with 21 points, came up with a steal, made a layup and was fouled. His made free throw cut the lead to 79-78. The Tigers got one last chance with four seconds left but closely guarded shot was off its mark.
    Jones finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for Sylacauga. Garrett had 14 and was 7-of-10 at the foul line. Malik Powell scored 13 points and Keaton Wilson had five points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Aggies.
     Terrell Jones chipped in 20 points and seven steals for Eufaula before fouling out late. Tyler Mayo added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Smith’s Tigers had three starters foul out and at eight players played at least 13 minutes in the contest.
      The championship was the second in school history for Sylacauga. The first one came 30 years ago in 1988. Eufaula  has four state championships to its credit (1953, 1978, 1986, 1999).
     The Class 6A and 7A girls’ and boys’ state championship games close out the competition at Legacy Arena Saturday.
      Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is aired the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 5A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Malik Crawford, Sylacauga (MVP); Malik Powell, Sylacauga; Desmon Jones, Sylacauga; Tyler Mayo, Eufaula; Laquaveous Nelson, Eufaula; Terrell Jones, Eufaula; Cameron Tucker, Wenonah.

2018 AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (34-2) vs. Ramsay (24-4), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 5A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Charles Henderson 55, Central-Tuscaloosa 37

BIRMINGHAM – Charles Henderson High School’s third trip in a row to the AHSAA State Basketball Championships was fruitful Saturday morning as the Trojans from Troy downed Central-Tuscaloosa 55-37 in the Class 5A girls’ state basketball finals to claim the school’s first state basketball crown.
   The girls’ championship game opened of the final day of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Coach Dyneshia Jones’ Trojans (32-4) lost in the finals to Wenonah in 2017. Her girls started slowly, but took over in the second quarter to take a 20-15 lead in at halftime. Charles Henderson outscored Central 38-22 in the second half. Junior center Maori Davenport led the way with 17 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Tatyana Siler added 14 points and eight rebounds and point guard Niaira Jones had 11 points, nine rebounds, three steals and five assists. Jones also was 4-of-4 at the foul line.
    Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) was led by Quintasia Leatherwood’s 17 points. Leatherwood, a 5-foot-3 sophomore point guard for Coach Michael Rivers’ Falcons, is a cousin of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame member and former Olympic track Gold medalist Lillie Leatherwood.
     Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is airing the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 5A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson (MVP); Niaira Jones, Charles Henderson; Tatyana Siler, Charles Henderson; Sakyia White, Central-Tuscaloosa; Quintasia Leatherwood, Central-Tuscaloosa; Keara Sexton, Scottsboro; Faith Reynolds, Wenonah.




CLASS 4A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Cordova 56, Madison Academy 54

BIRMINGHAM –  Cordova High School senior Isaac Chatman sank two  free throws with four seconds left, then stole Madison Academy’s final shot at a victory from mid-air to seal the Blue Devils’ 56-54  win in the Class 4A boys’ championship game Friday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The championship was the first in school and Walker County history and closed out Friday’s day of championships at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships.  The state tournament concludes Saturday with girls’ and boys’ finals in Class 5A, 6A and 7A. The first game tips off at 9 a.m. with Charles Henderson of Troy facing Central-Tuscaloosa in the 5A girls’ championship game.
     Chatman’s finish was the final touch on a superb game, season and career at Cordova for Coach Heath Burns’ team. The 6-foot-6 forward sat much of the first half after picking up to fouls. He played just five minutes in the first two quarters and Coach Andy Blackston’s Mustangs (24-12) were able to build a 33-25 lead at intermission.
     He returned in the second half and picked up just one foul in the final 16 minutes. He scored 13 of his 17 points in the final two quarters. None were bigger than his free throws at the, however. Madison Academy had the ball with score tied at 54-54, and Chatman stepped in front of a Mustangs pass, made the steal and streaked to his goal where he was fouled attempting to make a lay-up. He finished 7-of-8 at the foul line on the night and also had seven rebounds to earn Class 4A state tournament MVP. He had three steals.
    Senior teammates Demetrius Kirk and Jayce Willingham added 17 and 15 points, respectively. Willingham’s free throws following an offensive rebound with 14 seconds left pulled Cordova with two at 54-52.  Willingham finished with eight rebounds, five on the offensive boards, and Kirk had five rebounds. More importantly, Kirk ran the team at guard, limiting Cordova’s turnovers to just three.
    Luke Tomlinson had 15 points, Calvin Bacon 14 and Calvin Walker 11 for Madison Academy. Tomlinson also had seven rebounds and Bacon had four assists.
     Raycom Sports is broadcasting all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 4A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Isaac Chatman, Cordova (MVP); Jayce Willingham, Cordova; Demetrius Kirk, Cordova; Luke Tomlinson, Madison Academy; Calvin Walker, Madison Academy; Calvin Bacon, Madison Academy.

 

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (31-4) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-7), 9 a.m.
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Eufaula (29-9) vs. Sylacauga (30-5), 10:45 a.m.

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (34-2) vs. Ramsay (24-4), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.