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AISA TOURNEY: Macon East boys stay perfect, advance





By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 2, 2017)

Tavis Billups scored 30 points to help the Macon East Academy boys remain unbeaten in an 83-38 win over South Choctaw Academy in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AA state basketball tournament at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex on Wednesday.

Macon East (31-0) will face Pickens Academy in the semifinals on Friday at 1:30 p.m. The winner advances to the state championship game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Billups was one of four players in double figures for the Knights. Slate Garmany added 14 points, followed by Christian Lewis with 13 and Kyle Edwards with 12 as Macon East jumped out to a 23-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 54-16 lead at the half.

Mason Silas led South Choctaw with 18 points, followed by Jonah Bakane with 12.

Pickens Academy 51, Restoration Academy 50
Nye Gann had 21 points to lead Pickens Academy to a one-point victory over Restoration in the closest game of the three-day quarterfinal matchups. Will Jones had 11, followed by Lee Acker with 10 for the Pirates, who face unbeaten Macon East in the semifinals on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Stuart Phipps led Restoration with 25 points, followed by Matthew Chesney with 12.

Russell Christian 75, Lowndes Academy 45
Zay Heidelberg had 29 points to lead the Mississippi school to a 75-45 rout over Lowndes in the AA quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Heidelberg was one of five players in double figures for Russell Christian. Jeremiah Hall had 13, followed by Billy Clark with 12, Tavis Brown with 11 and Taylor Wood with 10.

Russell Christian will face Autauga in the semifinals on Friday at 10:30 a.m. The winner advances to the AA state championship game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Daniel Callaway led Lowndes with 10 points.

Autauga Academy 72, Escambia Academy 61
Jordon Parks and Chance Dicus each had 20 points and Tanner Payton added 16, all in the first half, as the Generals (22-4) jumped out to a quick lead, fought off a third-quarter challenge and coasted to victory in the AA quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Gary Campbell led Escambia with 16 points. Fred Flavors added 14.

Macon East Academy 55, Escambia Academy 49
Madisyn Kennedy scored 17 points to lead the Macon East Academy girls back to the semifinals of the AISA Class AA state basketball tournament for the second consecutive year with a 55-49 win over Escambia on Wednesday morning.

Macon East took a hard-fought 17-11 lead into the locker room at the half, but then came out and went on a 21-6 run over the next eight minutes to take a 21-point lead into the final period.
Bailey Williams added 16, followed by Sommer Sears with 10 for the Lady Knights. Macon East (15-9) will face Pickens in the semifinals on Friday at noon. The winner advances to the AA state championship game on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Alia Snow led Escambia with 18 points, followed by Bailey Lancaster with 11.

Pickens Academy 56, Autauga Academy 41
Kacy Noland led three players in double figures with 17 points as Pickens Academy advanced to the semifinals with a 56-41 win over Autauga. The Lady Pirates will face Macon East on Friday at noon in the semifinals, with the winner advancing to the state championship game on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Taylor Hickman added 15 points for Pickens, followed by Olivia Lewis with 12.

Caroline White had 10 points to lead Autauga.

Wilcox Academy 65, Coosa Valley Academy 30
Sydney Sessions scored 14 points, Nancy Jordan had 13 and Beth Anne Burford added 12 as Wilcox Academy advanced to the state semifinals with a 65-30 win over Coosa Valley.

Wilcox will face South Choctaw in the semifinals on Friday at 9 a.m. The winner advances to the AA state championship game on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Sarah Warren had eight points for Coosa Valley.

South Choctaw Academy 53, Lowndes Academy 28
Faith Copeland had 17 points and Emily Phillips added 10 as South Choctaw advanced to Friday’s semifinal round against Wilcox with a 53-28 rout of Lowndes.

Laiken Hussey led Lowndes with six points.

 


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