Deshler’s win streak snapped at 49 games
From staff, AP reports
Courtney Jones had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Midfield held off a fourth-quarter rally for a 58-54 win over four-time defending state champion Deshler Wednesday in the Class 4A girls semifinals.
Midfield (25-6) advances to meet Ashford for the title Friday at 6 p.m.
Deshler (34-1) failed in its bid for a record fifth consecutive state title and had its 49-game winning streak snapped. The Tigers outscored Midfield 17-9 in the fourth quarter but never got closer than four points.
Meredith Mitchell added 14 points for Midfield.
Hope Davidson led Deshler with 14 points, while Cortnei Bowens added 13, Meagan Mullen 11 and Ashleigh Jackson 10.
Ashford 55, DAR 46: Christina Rogers led Ashford (28-3) with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bethany Hornsby added 13 points and three assists for the Yellow Jackets.
Jessica Cooper led DAR (29-6) with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Class 4A boys
Madison Co. 51, Central-Tuscaloosa 47: Terrance Nance and Robert Thomas each scored 13 points in Madison County’s victory.
Coached by former Austin High coach Stuart Allen, Madison County (25-5) advances to face Douglas Friday at 8 p.m. Nance hit two decisive free throws with 7 seconds to play. Ryan Cross added 12 points and Blake Thompson 10 for Madison County.
Justin Knox led Central-Tuscaloosa (22-10) with 14 points. Terry Rice and Marsellus Wilder scored 12 apiece.
Douglas 44, T.R. Miller 34: Kyle Chamblee led Douglas (30-6) with 16 points and seven rebounds in its first Final Four appearance since 1971.
David Kilgo scored 14 points for the Eagles.
Brandon Andrews led T.R. Miller (19-7) with 17 points and six rebounds.
Class 3A boys
Lauderdale County 57, Greensboro 55 (OT): Zach Palmer hit the game-winning shot with two seconds left in overtime to lead Lauderdale County.
Lauderdale County (30-4) plays Madison Academy in the state final Saturday at 11
Robin Horton led the Tigers with 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range. Ethan Wallen, Justin Harper and Palmer added 11 points apiece.
Greensboro (23-9) was led by Calvin Skipper, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ivory White had 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Dontae Reeves and DeMarquelle Tabb each chipped in with 11 points.
It was the first ever Final Four appearance for Lauderdale County, which came in on an eight-game winning streak.
Madison Academy 54, Clarke County 45: With a game-high 19 points Kerron Johnson led Madison Academy (30-6) and Elliot Johnson added 10.
Clarke County was led two double-digit scorers, Benjamin Burroughs and Mike Taite, with 15 and 14 points respectively. This was the first state tournament appearance for the Bulldogs since 1990.
The Mustangs shot 45 percent and outrebounded the Bulldogs just 33-32.
Class 3A girls
Sheffield 63, Montgomery Academy 48: With 28 points, Jasmine Horne led Sheffield to a win over Montgomery Academy.
Sheffield (24-11) will play Pisgah in the state final Saturday at 9 a.m.
Destiny Robinson added 14 points for the Bulldogs, and Mondricka Whitson had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Montgomery Academy’s Amelia McCall carried her team with 27 points, more than half of the 48 points the Eagles had in the game.
McCall, a four-year starter and volleyball standout who will attend Emory University, also had nine rebounds.
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