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Butler does it with 2nd straight title
In 6A, Auburn knocks out LeFlore

The Associated Press

Jeff Smith scored 20 points to lead Butler to a 72-57 victory over Shaw on Saturday night in the Class 5A boys championship game.

The victory marked the second straight championship win for Butler (18-10). Their coach, Jack Doss, has won four state championships in his career, including 1981 and '82 at Hayes of Birmingham.

Roderick Smith added 15 points for the Rebels and Erwin Staten had 14. Ralph Sampson posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Rebels shot 0-of-6 from 3-point range.

Cornelius Hester led Shaw (31-3) with a game-high 22 points and shot 3-of-9 from 3-point range. Frontrell Forrest added 13 points for the Eagles.

  • Ramsay girls 44, Johnson 34: Jamelia Kennedy and Sammekia Thrash each scored 11 points to lead Ramsay in the 5A girls championship game.

    The win marked the second straight championship victory for Ramsay (36-2).

    The game was close throughout and Johnson (30-3) trailed by only one point at 35-34 with 2:49 left on the clock. But the Rams finished the game with a 9-0 run to seal the victory at 44-34.

    Sherell Hobbs led Johnson with a game-high 16 points.

    Class 6A

  • Auburn boys 59, LeFlore 35: Tyler Cannon scored a game-high 16 points to lead Auburn to its first state title with a victory over LeFlore in the 6A boys championship game.

    Tony Easley posted a double-double for the Tigers (30-7) with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Harold Edwards led LeFlore (35-1) with 14 points.

    Auburn shot 60 percent from the field and LeFlore shot 24.1 percent.

  • Sidney Lanier girls 69, Davidson 59: Kayla Melson scored a game-high 25 points to lead Sidney Lanier to its first state title with a win in the 6A girls finals.

    The Poets (25-9) led by as much as 10 points in a game that saw 15 lead changes and five ties.

    Melson also had a game-high 13 rebounds for the Poets. Alexia Robinson led Davidson (31-7) with 21 points.

    Class 3A

  • Sumter County boys 76, Central-Hayneville 60: Larry Foster scored 24 points to lead Sumter County to the state title with a victory over Central-Hayneville in the 3A boys championship game.

    The win marked the sixth championship victory for Sumter County (26-5). The Wildcats won the title last year as well.

    LaKendrick Terrell posted a double-double for the Wildcats with 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

    Tremayne Moorer led Central-Hayneville (23-7) with a game-high 26 points.

  • Pisgah girls 69, Midfield 65: Paige Darwin scored 24 points to lead Pisgah to a victory over Midfield in the 3A girls championship game.

    The win marked the fifth championship victory for Pisgah (33-3).

    The Eagles led by as much as 10 points but Midfield (27-8) narrowed the lead to three at 68-65 on a field goal by Tyla Adams with 16 seconds left. The Eagles held the Patriots scoreless for the rest of the game and added a free throw by Whitni Tucker to seal the victory at 69-65.

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