Birmingham, Ala. (WHNT) Four north Alabama high school basketball teams won the State Championship Friday in Birmingham. The Lauderdale County girls took home a 5th consecutive title which is a state record for girls hoops. Click the link above for highlights and reaction from Legacy Arena in Birmingham.
CLASS 4A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP
Westminster Christian 53, Cordova 34
Westminster Christian of Huntsville limited Cordova to just 11 points in the second and third quarters Friday night as the Wildcats captured the AHSAA Class 4A state boys’ basketball championship 53-34 in the 2016 State Finals championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
The state title was the first in school history for the Wildcats (30-3), coached by long-time Coach Ronnie Stapler. Stapler won two previous titles as head coach at Huntsville’s Grissom High School in in 1988 and 1999.
Senior guard Trey Petty scored 15 points, had five rebounds and was 5-of-6 at the foul line to earn Class 4A state tourney MVP honors for Westminster. John Kendall had 12 points, six coming on two 3-point goals, and was 4-of-5 on free throws. The Wildcats were 18-of-25 for the game. Tysean Whitehead added 11 points.
Westminster’s talented defense limited Cordova (25-6) to just 11 field goals and just 29.7 percent shooting from the floor to seal the win. The Blue Devils, coached by Heath Burns, got 15 points and eight rebounds from 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Isaac Chatman. Older brother Mykelti Chapman, a 6-6 senior, had six points and a game-high nine rebounds. Jayce Willingham scored seven points and Kolbi Fuqua six.
LASS 4A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
Deshler 60, Sipsey Valley 46
Defending Class 4A AHSAA state girls’ basketball champion Deshler made it two in a row Friday with a 60-46 victory over Sipsey Valley. The Lady Tigers (36-1) broke open a game tied 30-30 at halftime with a third-quarter rally that led to a 54-37 lead at the BJCC Legacy Arena heading into the final period of the 2016 Class 4A State Finals.
Coach Jana Killen’s Tigers forced 12 second-half turnovers to seal Deshler’s seventh state title overall and sixth since 2003. Sophomore center Karleigh Sledge scored 21 points, had 14 rebounds, five steals and five blocked shots to spark the rally and earned MVP honors for the 4A state tourney. Nicole Shirley added 17 points, four steals and four assists and Aliyah Peters had seven points and eight rebounds.
Sipsey Valley (28-6), coached by Jerome Elliott, was led by senior guard Charity Brown’s 19 points and three assists. Queen Ford also had 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots for the Bears, making their first appearance in the state finals.
CLASS 3A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP
Madison Academy 77, Midfield 59
Madison Academy broke open a game tied at intermission Friday with a 24-7 advantage in the third quarter and the Mustangs rolled to a 77-59 win over Midfield at the BJCC Legacy Arena to claim the school’s third Class 3A state basketball championship in the last four years.
Senior Josh Langford closed the book on his Madison Academy career with 25 points, nine rebounds and four steals to earn MVP honors in the 3A tourney of the 2016 AHSAA State Basketball Finals. The 6-foot-6 guard also had four assists for Coach Andy Blackston’s Mustangs (22-12). Myles Parker, Madison Academy’s 6-7 junior forward, added 23 points on an 8-of-10 shooting performance. He was also 7-of-8 at the foul line and had five rebounds. Senior guard Will Acuff sank four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and five assists.
Midfield (21-13), coached by Darrell Barber, got 16 points each from Shy’m Cunningham and Corey Davis and 10 from Keenan Isaac. Davis and Cunningham also had six rebounds each.
Madison Academy’s 2016 state title is the sixth in school history. Midfield has won three – including the 2014 championship.
CLASS 3A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
Lauderdale County 55, Montgomery Academy 44
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).