Lauderdale County packed a punch Friday at the AHSAA basketball finals.
With a 55-44 win over Montgomery Academy, they are state champs for the fifth straight time - a record.
Emma Wallen was named the 3A Girls' tournament's Most Valuable Player. Wallen sank six 3-point goals and finished with 22 points to pace the Tigers’ effort.
Emma is part of a triple threat - she and sisters Ella and Ivy joined the varsity team in 8th grade. Ivy had 14 points, 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.
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).
Your all-tourney team in the 3A girls' bracket: Emma Wallen, Lauderdale County (MVP); Ivy Wallen, Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County; Jade Brooks, Montgomery Academy; Kayla White, Montgomery Academy; Courtney Yarbrough, Brindlee Mountain.
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