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State basketball finals set to start Monday




Contributed
(February 29, 2016)

Fifty-six high school basketball teams converge on Birmingham this week as the 94th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament tips off Monday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Legacy Arena.

Classes 1A and 2A are scheduled to play Monday with Linden (17-6) and Decatur Heritage (25-6) squaring off first in the Class 1A girls’ semifinals at 9 a.m.

The State Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 29-March 5 at the BJCC with Classes 1A and 2A playing semifinals on Monday, Classes 3A and 4A on Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday and Class 7A on Thursday. Girls’ and Boys’ finals for Class 1A will be Thursday afternoon. Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will play championship games on Friday while Classes 5A, 6A and 7A concluding the tournament Saturday.

All semifinal games will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and all finals will be televised by Raycom Media. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all finals over its network. More information can be found at www.ahsaa.com, www. http://statefinalsal.com and www.nfhsnetwork.com.

Class 6A LeFlore’s Lady Rattlers come into the state tourney as the only undefeated team at 33-0. The Rattlers play Wednesday at 9 a.m. versus Hartselle (24-11).

Coach Jack Doss has his J.O. Johnson squad back in Class 5A after nipping Anniston in the Northeast Regional boys’ Class 5A finals 45-42 before a crowd estimated at 6,000 at Jacksonville State University. The Jaguars (27-5) won the Class 5A state title last year, the second in school history and eighth championship for a Doss-coached team. He had two titles at Hayes in Birmingham and five at Huntsville-Butler.

Other 2015 boys’ state champions back to defend titles are Class 7A Hoover (16-18), Class 6A G.W. Carver (27-3), Class 3A Madison Academy (22-12) and Class 1A Sacred Heart Catholic (27-8).

Defending girls’ state champions in the 2016 state tourney are Class 1A Keith (31-2), Class 3A Lauderdale County (28-7), Class 4A Deshler (32-1), Class 5A Wenonah (31-1), Class 6A Homewood (26-6) and Class 7A Jeff Davis (22-6).

Lauderdale County is going for its fifth straight Class 3A championship. Coach Brant Llewellyn’s Lady Tigers finished 39-0 last season and extended the state’s longest winning streak to 84 games with the 70-39 win over Pisgah in the 2015 finals. That streak was finally ended early this season after 86 wins in a row.

Homewood girls’ coach JoVanka Ward has her team back in the 6A competition — and her husband Steve Ward has his Huffman boys’ squad in the Class 6A boys’ tournament as well.
Class 1A Keith, Class 2A Tanner, Class 6A Huffman and Homewood and Class 7A McGill-Toolen advanced their boys’ and girls’ teams to the 94th State Championships.
The complete schedule is listed below.

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
At Legacy Arena, BJCC

Monday’s Schedule
CLASS 1A
GIRLS

Decatur Heritage (25-6) vs. Linden (17-6), 9 a.m.
Spring Garden (29-4) vs. Keith (31-2), noon
BOYS
Marion County (17-10) vs. Georgiana (29-1), 10:30 a.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic (27-8) vs. Keith (26-6), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 2A
GIRLS

Tanner (24-7) vs. Samson (31-2), 3 p.m.
Ider (24-8) vs. R.C. Hatch (22-6), 6 p.m.
BOYS
Tanner (22-8) vs. St. Luke’s Episcopal (22-11), 4:30 p.m.
Section (26-5) vs. Lanett (27-6), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Schedule
CLASS 3A
GIRLS

Lauderdale County (28-7) vs. Barbour County (19-6), 9 a.m.
Brindlee Mountain (26-7) vs. Montgomery Academy (24-4), noon
BOYS
Madison Academy (22-12) vs. Pike County (19-10), 10:30 a.m.
New Hope (26-4) vs. Midfield (21-12), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 4A
GIRLS

Deshler (34-1) vs. UMS-Wright (27-6), 3 p.m.
Locust Fork (32-1) vs. Sipsey Valley (27-5), 6 p.m.
BOYS
Cordova (24-5) vs. Monroe County (26-5), 4:30 p.m.
Westminster Christian (28-3) vs. Childersburg (28-5), 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s Schedule
CLASS 6A
GIRLS

Hartselle (24-11) vs. LeFlore (33-0), 9 a.m.
Huffman (26-7) vs. Homewood (26-6), noon
BOYS
Muscle Shoals (20-10) vs. G.W. Carver (27-3), 10:30 a.m.
Huffman (26-5) vs. Homewood (28-5), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 5A
GIRLS

Wenonah (31-1) vs. Charles Henderson (33-2), 3 p.m.
Anniston (20-6) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-5), 6 p.m.
BOYS
Ramsay (23-11) vs. Faith Academy (26-7), 4:30 p.m.
J.O. Johnson (27-5) vs. Sumter Central (31-2), 7:30 p.m.

Thursday’s Schedule
CLASS 7A
GIRLS

Hazel Green (32-3) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-3), 9 a.m.
Buckhorn (26-8) vs. Jeff Davis (21-6), noon
BOYS
Hoover (16-18) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-6), 10:30 a.m.
Spain Park (23-9) vs. Central-Phenix City (31-1), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 1A
Girls’ finals, 4 p.m.
Boys’ finals, 5:30 p.m.

Friday’s Schedule
CLASS 2A
Girls’ finals, 9 a.m.
Boys’ finals, 10:45 p.m.
CLASS 3A
Girls’ finals, 12:30 p.m.
Boys’ finals, 2:15 p.m.
CLASS 4A
Girls’ finals, 4 p.m.
Boys’ finals, 5:45 p.m.

Saturday’s Schedule
CLASS 5A
Girls’ finals, 9 a.m.
Boys’ finals, 10:45 p.m.
CLASS 6A
Girls’ finals, 12:30 p.m.
Boys’ finals, 2:15 p.m.
CLASS 7A
Girls’ finals, 4 p.m.
Boys’ finals, 5:45 p.m.


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