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J.F. Shields defeats St. Jude for 1A crown

The Associated Press

Michael Williams had 25 points and Willie Nettles scored 24 to help J.F. Shields beat Saint Jude 93-76 and capture the Class 1A boys state title Thursday night.

Nettles was named MVP of the Class 1A tournament.

Jeffery Austin had 16 points for the Panthers (31-3) and Damarcus Bonham had 15. The Panthers ended the game on a 22-7 run.

J.F. Shields head coach Jerome Sanders played for the 1972 J.F. Shields' team that won the school's first state title.

Junior center JaMychal Green led St. Jude (25-11) with 27 points.

Kyle Watkins added 23 and Charles Knight chipped in with 14.

Class 2A boys finals

R.C. Hatch 78, Barbour County 71: With 33 points, 22 in the second half, Frankie Sullivan led R.C. Hatch (25-4) to the Class 2A championship title.

With nine state championships in school history, R.C. Hatch has the record for most boys basketball championships in Alabama.

Two other Bobcats scored in the double digits. Calvin Pope had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Antwain Starks added 10 points.

Barbour County (31-6) was led by Terrance Blakely with 24 points. Rasheem Richardson added 17 points and seven rebounds, and Rashad White chipped in with 10.

Class 6A boys

LeFlore 66, Spain Park 44: LeFlore defeated Spain Park and will play Jeff Davis on Saturday at 3 p.m. for the Class 6A crown. Joshua Wesley and Derrick Young had 17 points apiece for LeFlore (31-3). Wesley also had six assists and made three 3-pointers. Young made 7 of 9 shots.

LeFlore shot 56 percent from the floor.

Jake Drum led Spain Park (28-8) with 10 points.

Class 2A girls finals

Samson 73, Reeltown 59: Katie King's 31 points and eight rebounds led Samson to a victory over Reeltown in the Class 2A girls championship game, the Tigers' second consecutive state title.

King made 10-of-13 free throws and also had four assists.

Samson (32-1) has lost only two games in the past two seasons.

Kala Bess had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who led 40-26 at halftime. Kaylee Clark scored 10 points.

Desiree Heard starred for Reeltown (25-7), collecting 21 points and 14 rebounds. Shaina O'Neal scored 19 points.

Class 6A girls semifinals

Sparkman 49, Jeff Davis 33: Adrienne Webb had 17 points and nine rebounds in Sparkman's victory over defending state champion Jeff Davis.

Sparkman (27-3) will face Gadsden City for the championship Saturday at 1 p.m. Webb was perfect in 10 free throw attempts for Sparkman, which dominated the fourth quarter 23-10 and allowed only three points in the first quarter.

Chatia Kelsey added 12 points and Stephanie Stanley 10 for Sparkman.

LaTonda Bruce led Jeff Davis (32-4) with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Courtney Ward had 11 points.

Sparkman shot 47 percent while holding Jeff Davis to 24 percent.

Gadsden City 57, Dothan 50: Kentucky signee Catina
Bett had 25 points and 11 rebounds while making 11 of 14 shots.

Jae'da Jackson scored 16 points and hit all four free throw attempts in the final 25 seconds to keep the game out of reach.

Brittney Rutledge led Dothan (28-3) with 19 points and Tequila Martin had 17.

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