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River Region teams earn berth in state finals

(February 27, 2015)

Jeff Davis scored the last five points of the game to stage a dramatic 42-41 come-from-behind win over Hazel Green Thursday to advance to the Class 7A girls’ state basketball championship game Saturday night at the BJCC.

Hazel Green (29-6), coached by former Jeff Davis coach Tim Miller, led 26-18 at the half and 34-29 after three quarters.

Ahyiona Vason sank a 3-point goal with 37 seconds left to bring the Lady Vols to within one at 41-40, then dished a pass from underneath the goal to teammate Larvasha Thigpen with 21 seconds left and Thigpen delivered the game-winning bucket to seal the win.

Coach LaKenya Knight’s Lady Vols (30-4) outscored Hazel Green 24-15 in the second half. Kayla Jackson and Jasmine Walker each scored 10 points for Jeff Davis. Tia Horne added nine points, Vason finished with seven and Thigpen had scored two.

Hazel Green was led by Rayven Pearson with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Choloe Long’s 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The historic first-ever Class 7A girls’ finals will be Saturday at 5 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.

Carver boys 54, Woodlawn 42

G.W. Carver (28-4) outscored Woodlawn by nine in the fourth quarter en route to a 54-42 victory in the AHSAA Class 6A boys’ state basketball tournament semifinals Thursday.

Brandon Austin had 18 points and Joseph Strugg had 12 rebounds to pace the Wolverines of Coach James Jackson. Antonio Nelson also had 12 points and guard Darian Adams had eight points and five assists.

Woodlawn (25-8), coached by Demetrius Turner, was paced by DeCarlos Wright’s 16 points. Javien Williams had 14 and Jaylon Dubose 11.

Carver will meet Lee-Huntsville in the 6A finals of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tourney at the BJCC on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Brewbaker Tech girls 42, Anniston 40

Coach Randy Varner’s Rams (23-7) posted a close 42-40 win over Anniston (27-9) at Bill Harris Arena Thursday night to clinch a spot in the Class 5A girls state tournament finals Saturday against Wenonah.

Michaia Fluellen had 12 points and nine rebounds, Charlisa Wellington added 10 points and 13 rebounds and Bianca Jackson chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds for Brewbaker. Wellington ansd Jackson also had four assists each.

Miajah Bullock had 15 points and Kiyana Bullock had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Coach Eddie Bullock’s Lady Bulldogs.

Hoover boys 65, R.E. Lee 56 (2 OT)

Hoover outscored Robert E. Lee 11-2 in the second overtime Thursday night to claw its way to a 65-56 win over the Generals.

The win catapults the Bucs into the Class 7A boys state basketball tournament championship game at BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday night.

Dylan Smith scored nine of the final 11 points for Coach Charles Burkett’s Bucs (26-9 and assisted on the other bucket to finish with 27 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists on the night. He a perfect 9-of-9 from the foul line including hitting all six attempts in the final 37 seconds of the marathon contest.

Maurice Brown added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Shaquille Bracey added 10 points and six rebounds before fouling out late. Hoover finished 15-of-18 from the foul line but just 6-of-31 from the 3-point zone.

Lee (29-4), coached by Bryant Johnson, struggled at the charity stripe sinking only 14-of-34. Kendarius Hartwell had 12 points, Roderick Scott had 11 and Trenton Clayton 10 for the Generals. Tommy Burton scored nine points, cleared a game-high 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.

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