Rough day at the state semifinals for north Alabama

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Birmingham, Ala. (WHNT) High school basketball teams from north Alabama went 0-5 on day one of the state basketball championships in Birmingham. Below are recaps of each game courtesy of the AHSAA.

Lanett 72, Section 59

Lanett scored six points in 16 seconds late in the fourth quarter Monday night to nip Section 72-59 in the Class 2A boys’ semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The victory sends the Panthers (28-6) of Coach Richard Carter into the finals for the first time in his 45-year coaching career.
The Panthers led 64-59 when Anquaevious Pollard put back a rebound for a bucket with 1:05 to play. Tavaris Geiger followed with a quick steal and lay-up eight seconds later, and Clifford Story picked up Lanett’s 22nd  offensive rebound of the night and scored following another Geiger steal with 49 seconds left to stretch the lead to 70-59.
Pollard finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds, Geiger added 16 points and five assists. Emmanuel Littles had 10 points and 16 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards, to lead the Panthers. Lanett out-rebounded Section 44-18 on the night and was 13-of-14 at the foul line for the game.
Coach Jamie Pruett’s Lions (26-6) remained close all night thanks to a big offensive effort by forward Caleb Haynes and a superb 3-point shooting effort by Dylan Davis. Haynes had 24 points on a 9-of-12 shooting effort and Davis sand six 3-point goals on just eight tries and finished with 18 points. The Lions had nine treys on the night. Haynes also had six rebounds.
Lanett will play St. Luke’s Episcopal (23-11) in the 2A boys’ championship game Friday at 10:45 a.m. at the BJCC. Play continues Tuesday with Class 3A tipping off the action at 9 a.m., and Class 4A playing the afternoon session. Classes 6A and 5A play Wednesday and Class 7A semifinals are set for Thursday.
The 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively.  Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.


R.C. Hatch 59, Ider 57

R.C. Hatch senior center Ka’Lasha Patterson’s rebound and put back with five seconds remaining Monday night lifted the Lady Hornets to a 59-57 victory over Ider in the semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
R.C. Hatch (23-6) advances to Friday morning’s Class 2A championship game to face Samson (32-2). The game will tip off at 9 a.m. The 94th annual AHSAA State Finals got underway Monday at the BJCC in Birmingham. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A play Wednesday and Class 7A plays Thursday.  The Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon at 4 and 5:45 p.m., respectively.
Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls’ and boys’ championships Friday beginning with the R.C. Hatch-Samson contest. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the State Finals Saturday with girls’ and boys’ championship games.
Patterson finished with 14 rebounds and 14 points for Coach Willie Morgan’s Hornets from Uniontown.  Miranda Jones added 18 points and Alaysia Norfleet had 13.  Ider (24-9), coached by Mark McMahon, was paced by Dani Townsend’s 23 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Culpepper added 14 points and Morgan Flynn had nine.

St. Luke’s Episcopal 48, Tanner 36

St. Luke’s Episcopal downed Tanner 48-36 Monday afternoon to advance to the Class 2A state finals Friday at 5:45 p.m.
Coach Kantonio Davis’ Wildcats (23-11), making their first appearance in the AHSAA State Basketball Tournament, limited the Rattlers (22-9) to just 29.5 percent shooting for the game. The 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament got underway Monday at the BJCC Legacy in Birmingham.
St. Luke’s led 15-3 after one quarter.  Wildcats’ 6-foot-6 junior center Hunter Preston had 11 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots to pace St. Luke’s. Jermaine Brown also had 15 points.

Samson 68, Tanner 50

Samson High School senior guard scored 28 points and sophomore LaTora Duff added 21 as the Tigers (32-2) beat Tanner 68-50 in the Class 2A girls’ semifinals of the 94th annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday.
Coach Chad McKnight’s South Regional champs led by 10 at the half and opened a 24-point lead in the third period to seal the win.  Green was 5-of-7 from the 3-point arc and also had 12 rebounds to pace Samson. Duff had two treys and was a perfect 5-of-5 at the free-throw line. Identical twin sister LaTaschya Duff added seven points, seven rebounds and was perfect on her two free throws.
Junior Kirstin Brown had 26 points and 14 rebounds despite missing eight minutes due to three quick fouls in the first half. She was 10-of-15 from the field and made 6-of-7 free throws for Coach Larry Greene’s Rattlers (24-8).
Samson moves into the 2A state finals to be played Friday morning at 9 a.m. at Legacy Arena.

Linden 58, Decatur Heritage 44

Linden High School sophomore Amber Richardson scored 28 points and cleared 14 rebounds to lead the Patriots (19-6) to a 58-44 win over Decatur Heritage Monday morning at the BJCC Legacy Arena as the 94thannual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament got underway.
South Regional champion Linden, coached by Teressa Bolden, advanced to the Class 1A girls’ state finals with the victory. The 1A girls’ championship game will be at 4 p.m.
Class 1A opened the tournament Monday. Class 2A teams will play in the second session Monday. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday. All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details are at
Richardson was 12-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 at the foul line en route to her impressive effort. Teammate Imiya Agee, a junior, added 18 points.
Decatur Heritage (23-7), the Northwest Regional champs, sank 8-of-36  3-point goals but managed only 10 other field goals in the contest.  Junior Kaitlyn Cheatham was 6-of-16 from the 3-point arc to finished

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