BIRMINGHAM, AL (WTVY) Samson’s 58-53 victory over R.C. Hatch in the AHSAA State Basketball Finals Class 2A girls’ championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena was a tale of two halves Friday morning
Coach Chad McKnight’s Lady Tigers (32-2) outscored the Lady Bobcats (23-6) 24-6 in the second quarter to build a 31-10 lead. Things changed, however in the second half as Coach Willie Morgan’s team fought back to pull within four points with a 21-point run to cut the margin to 51-47.R.C. Hatch cut it to two, 53-51, with 1:50 to play, but senior point guard Janesha Green made three free throws and Isis McGhee nailed a short jumper to held the Tigers turn back the tremendous comeback effort. Hatch outscored Samson 41-28 in the second half.
Green, the Class 2A state tournament MVP, finished with eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals for Samson. LaTascya Duff had 14 points and eight rebounds, LaTora Duff had 13 points and Summer Stacy added 12 points for the Tigers. The Duff sisters joined Green on the all-tourney team.
Ka’Lasha Patterson led R.C. Hatch with 21 points and 14 rebounds. She had 15 points in the second half. Miranda Jones chipped in 12 points.
Samson, which won the state title in 2006 and 2007, forced 29 turnovers, but only nine in the last two quarters.
Championship action continues Friday at the BJCC Legacy Arena with championship games for Class 3A and 4A. Saturday’s championship slate (5A, 6A and 7A) closes out the 2016 championships.
All championship games are being televised live by Raycom Media’s network of stations over their digital 2 stations and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
Class 2A State Finals All-Tourney Team
Janesha Green, Samson (MVP); Latascya Duff, Samson; LaTora Duff, Samson; Ka’Lasha Patterson, R.C. Hatch; Clea Young, R.C. Hatch; Dani Townsend, Ider; Kirstin Brown, Tanner.
AHSAA 2016 State Finals
Championship Game Schedule/Results
THURSDAY, MARCH 3
Class 1A Girls
Spring Garden (31-4) 64, Linden (18-7) 38
Class 1A Boys
Sacred Heart Catholic (29-8) 95, Georgiana (30-2) 75
FRIDAY, MARCH 4
Class 2A Girls
Samson (33-2) 58, R.C. Hatch (23-7) 53
Class 2A Boys
St. Luke’s Episcopal (23-11) vs. Lanett (28-6), 10:45 a.m.
Class 3A Girls
Lauderdale County (29-7) vs. Montgomery Academy (27-4), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A Boys
Madison Academy (21-12) vs. Midfield (21-12), 2:15 p.m.
Class 4A Girls
Deshler (35-1) vs. Sipsey Valley (28-5), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys
Cordova (25-5) vs. Westminster Christian (29-3), 5:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
Class 5A Girls
Wenonah (32-1) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (28-5), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys
Faith Academy (27-7) vs. J.O. Johnson (28-5), 10:45 a.m.
Class 6A Girls
LeFlore (34-0) vs. Homewood (27-6), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys
Muscle Shoals (21-10) vs. Homewood (30-5), 2:15 p.m.
Class 7A Girls
McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-3) vs. Jeff Davis (24-6), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys
McGill-Toolen Catholic (28-6) vs. Central-Phenix City (31-1), 5:45 p.m.