AHSAA STATE FINALS: Hatch back in finals
BIRMINGHAM - R.C. Hatch had an easy time defeating Sheffield, 52-27, Monday in the Class 2A boys’ state tournament semifinals. The win allowed the Bobcats to advance to Friday’s championship game for the first time since 2009.
The Bobcats won three state titles in a four-year period from 2006-09 – reaching the championship each year. The school has 10 state titles, most of any AHSAA school in state-tournament history beginning with the first in 1978.
Hatch coach Homer Davis said the goal for his team all year has been to “Never quit.”
R.C. Hatch (24-2) built a nine-point lead by halftime and then outscored the Bulldogs (23-11) in the second half 27-12 thanks to a swarming defense that forced 23 turnovers for the game.
Jalen Lockett led the Bobcats with 12 points, Venantris Lipscomb added 11, Tyler Rhone had 10 and Antwan Powell scored eight. Rhone also had eight rebounds, and Freddie ward had four assists.
Malik Smith had seven points for Sheffield. JaVaria Nalls added six, Dontarius Hughes and Emmanuel Ford had five each for Coach Ski Anderson’s Bulldogs. Ford also had eight rebounds.
Lanett one win away from defending title
Defending Class 2A state champion Lanett used a strong third period to break open a close game and moved into the AHSAA state championship game posting a 64-48 win over Barbour County Monday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
Lanett (24-7) faces R.C. Hatch (23-2) in the championship game Friday morning at 10:45 a.m.
The Panthers (24-7) led 27-25 at the half but Barbour County tied the game early in the third period on Quaimaine Oliver’s dunk. The Jaguars took the lead 30-29 at 6:25 of the period on Taurian Scott’s 3-point goal, but things went south for the Jaguars the rest of the quarter as Lanett reeled off the next 16 points to take a 45-30 lead.
Barbour County never recovered.
Anquaevious Pollard, a 6-foot-6 junior, had 15 rebounds and 24 points to pace Lanett. Point guard Jalen Madden added 15 points and three steals, Terrion Truitt and Emanuel Littles added 10 points each. Littles also had 11 rebounds.
Markeith Williams led Barbour County with 18 points and six rebounds. He sank 5-of-14 3-point goals and also had three assists. Taurian Scott added 13 points with four 3-pointers. The Jags finished 10-of-28 from the 3-point line.
Geneva girls need OT to beat Fyffe
Geneva County outscored Fyffe 6-0 in overtime Monday night to beat the Red Devils 41-35 in the Class 2A girls’ basketball tournament semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
First-year head coach Karie Striplin’s Bulldogs (30-2) advanced with the win to the championship game Friday morning at 9 a.m. to face Tanner (28-2).
Eighth grader Karoline Striplin, daughter of the head coach, scored two put-back buckets in the OT period to give Geneva County a four-point lead with 20 seconds remaining, and TaMyya Hilliard had a steal and lay-up just before the buzzer to close out the extra period scoring. Hilliard’s steal with four seconds left in the fourth quarter turned into a lay-up to tie the game at 35-35 to send the game into overtime.
The battle was close from start to finish with only eight lead changes and five tied scores throughout the contest.
Striplin, who played with four fouls much of the second half, finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds – 10 on the offensive board. Hilliard added 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Bulldogs overcame 22 turnovers forced by Coach Steve King’s swarming Fyffe defense. Point guard Alexa Boutwell added six points, six rebounds, five assists and a game-high eight steals for the pressing Bulldogs defense that also forced 31 Red Devils turnovers.
Libby Whitten led Fyffe (23-8) with 15 points. Brooklyn Dutton added five points and a game-high 18 rebounds. She also blocked five shots and had three steals.
The overtime game was the third in a row for the Red Devils. Both games in the Northeast Regional went an extra period.
Georgiana boys eliminated
Two-time defending state champion Sacred Heart Catholic (27-8) will be playing for a third AHSAA Class 1A boys’ state basketball title Thursday after beating Georgiana, 82-55, in the Class 1A semifinals Monday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
Sacred Heart will meet South Lamar in the finals Thursday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. at Legacy Arena.
AHSAA State Tournament
R. A. Hubbard (21-8) 48, Westminster Oak Mountain (21-6) 44
Spring Garden (26-7) 48, J.F. Shields (19-4) 38
South Lamar (25-6) 80, Cornerstone (15-10) 67
Sacred Heart Catholic (27-8) 82, Georgiana (27-3) 55
Tanner (28-2) 60, R.C. Hatch (22-6) 24
Geneva County (30-2) 41, Fyff e (23-8) 35 (OT)
R.C. Hatch (24-2) 51, Sheffi eld (23-11) 27
Lanett (24-7) 64, Barbour County (18-12) 48
9 a.m.: Montgomery Academy (28-4) vs. Locust Fork (33-1)
12 p.m.: Hillcrest-Evergreen (23-0) vs. Pisgah (26-7)
10:30 a.m.: Midfield (25-6) vs. Holly Pond (32-1)
1:30 p.m.: Hillcrest-Evergreen (22-5) vs. Plainview (30-4)
3 p.m.: Greensboro (22-4) vs. Deshler (33-0)
6 p.m.: BTW-Magnet (15-7) vs. Madison Academy (33-1)
4:30 p.m.: Hale County (26-4) vs. Cordova (23-8)
7:30 p.m.: Monroe County (22-4) vs. Madison Academy (24-6)
3 p.m.: Sylacauga (25-5) vs. Wenonah (28-3)
6 p.m.: Charles Henderson (29-5) vs. Arab (21-13)
4:30 p.m.: Sylacauga (26-7) vs. Mae Jemison (32-4)
7:30 p.m.: Faith Academy (21-8) vs. Talladega (26-8)
9 a.m.: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (31-2) vs. Hazel Green (36-1)
12 p.m.: G.W. Carver (11-16) vs. Homewood (32-2)
10:30 a.m.: Paul Bryant (22-11) vs. Austin (29-5)
1:30 p.m.: Spanish Fort (25-8) vs. Parker (27-7)
9 a.m.: Central-Phenix City (26-4) vs. Hoover (27-7)
12 p.m.: McGill-Toolen (27-6) vs. Spain Park (21-11)
10:30 a.m.: Auburn (22-9) vs. Vestavia Hills (19-14)
1:30 p.m.: McGill-Toolen (24-9) vs. Mountain Brook (29-5)
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