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MA girls fall short in 3A finals




Contributed
(March 5, 2016)

BIRMINGHAM - Lauderdale County closed out the most successful chapter in girls’ basketball history Friday afternoon as the Lady Tigers downed Montgomery Academy, 55-44, to capture the school’s fifth straight Class 3A state basketball championship. It was also a state-record championship No. 13 for the school.

The seniors for the Lady Tigers (30-7) of Coach Brant Llewellyn won state crowns every year since the eighth grade – a new AHSAA state record. The win Friday at the AHSAA State Basketball Finals capped the prep careers of Alabama’s most recognizable basketball-playing triplets, Emma, Ella and Ivy Wallen.

Emma Wallen sank six 3-point goals and finished with 22 points to pace the Tigers’ effort. Ivy had 14, five steals and seven assists and Ella had three points and four rebounds. Sophomore Allie Craig Cruce had 12 points, two blocked shots and three steals.

Montgomery Academy (27-5) pushed Lauderdale County to the limit. Coach Barry Fencher’s Eagles trailed 37-23 at intermission but turned up a defense that shut out the Tigers over a nine-minute (9:04) stretch in the second half to cut the lead to nine, 45-36 with 3:06 to play. Ivy Wallen got the next three points and Lauderdale County was able to seal the win.

Jade Brooks scored 25 points for MA to lead all scorers. Elizabeth Robertson added 10 points, and Kayla White had eight rebounds.

Lauderdale County finished the 2015 season 39-0 riding an 84-game winning streak. That streak finally ended earlier this season at 86 games. Five other schools have won four consecutive girls’ state titles: Mars Hill Bible (1988-91), Fyffe (1994-97), Deshler (2003-06), Ramsay (2004-07) and Midfield (2007-10).

AHSAA State Championship action continues Friday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with championship games for Class 4A later Friday afternoon. Saturday’s championship slate (5A, 6A and 7A) closes out the 94th AHSAA State Basketball Finals.

All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 3A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Emma Wallen, Lauderdale County (MVP); Ivy Wallen, Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County; Jade Brooks, Montgomery Academy; Kayla White, Montgomery Academy; Courtney Yarbrough, Brindlee Mountain.

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
At Legacy Arena, BJCC

Monday’s results
CLASS 1A
GIRLS

Linden 58, Decatur Heritage 44
Spring Garden 50, Keith 34

BOYS
Georgiana 86, Marion County 58
Sacred Heart Catholic 75, Keith 67

CLASS 2A
GIRLS

Samson 68, Tanner 50,
R.C. Hatch 59, Ider 57

BOYS
St. Luke’s Episcopal 48, Tanner 36
Lanett 72, Section 59

Tuesday’s results
CLASS 3A

GIRLS
Lauderdale County 83, Barbour County 38
Montgomery Academy 39, Brindlee Mountain 32

BOYS
Madison Academy 61, Pike County 38
Midfield 73, New Hope 57

CLASS 4A
GIRLS

Deshler 56, UMS-Wright 41
Sipsey Valley 52, Locust Fork 51

BOYS
Cordova 69, Monroe County 63
Westminster Christian 49, Childersburg 29

Wednesday’s results
CLASS 6A
GIRLS

LeFlore 58, Hartselle 50
Homewood 69, Huffman 41
BOYS
Muscle Shoals 46, G.W. Carver 45
Homewood 64, Huffman 51

CLASS 5A
GIRLS

Wenonah 63, Charles Henderson 51
Central-Tuscaloosa 39, Anniston 37
BOYS
Faith Academy 52, Ramsay 52
J.O. Johnson 87, Sumter Central 43

Thursday’s results
CLASS 7A
GIRLS

McGill-Toolen Catholic 54, Hazel Green 53
Jeff Davis 55, Buckhorn 45
BOYS
McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-6) 77, Hoover 74 (2OT)
Central-Phenix City 63, Spain Park 61 (OT)

CLASS 1A
Girls Championship
Spring Garden (31-4) 64, Linden (18-7) 38

Boys Championship
Sacred Heart Catholic (29-8) 95, Georgiana (30-2) 75

Friday’s results
CLASS 2A
Girls Championship (9 a.m.)
R.C. Hatch (23-6) vs. Samson (32-2)

Boys Championship (10:45 a.m.)
St. Luke’s Episcopal (23-11) vs. Lanett (28-6)

CLASS 3A
Girls Championship (12:30 p.m.)
Lauderdale Co. (30-7) 55, Montgomery Academy (25-5) 44

Boys Championship
Madison Academy (23-12) 77, Midfield (22-13)59

CLASS 4A
Girls Championship
Deshler (35-1) 60, Sipsey Valley (27-6) 46

Boys Championship
Westminster Christian (30-3) 53, Cordova (25-6) 34

Saturday’s Schedule/results
CLASS 5A
Girls Championship
Wenonah (33-1) 58, Central-Tuscaloosa (28-6) 33

Boys Championship
(10:45 a.m.)
Faith Academy (27-7) vs. J.O. Johnson (28-5)

CLASS 6A
Girls Championship (12:30 p.m.)
LeFlore (34-0) vs. Homewood (27-6)

Boys Championship (2:15 p.m.)
Homewood (29-5) vs Muscle Shoals (21-10)

CLASS 7A
Girls Championship (4 p.m.)
Jeff Davis (22-6) vs McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-3)

Boys Championship
(5:45 p.m.)
Central-Phenix City (32-1) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (28-6)


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