Madison Academy Makes it to Birmingham

(JACKSONVILLE) - The defending Class 3A Boys champions are going back to Birmingham.

Madison Academy point guard Kerron Johnson sank the first of a pair of free throws with :24 remaining to catapult the two-time defending state champs to a thrilling one-point win over 2nd-ranked Crossville, 49-48, in the 3rd meeting of the season between the two teams.

Johnson got a steal with :29 left on the clock, then was fouled by Crossville's Mick Hedgepeth to set up the game-winning toss.

The six-foot junior finished with 17 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals and the MVP award.

The Mustangs (24-8) will face Leeds (30-4) in Birmingham at 10:30 am, Tuesday.

Crossville led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter but the Mustangs dominated the second, 15-3, to go up 27-17 at the half.

The 6'9" Hedgepeth won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Mustangs' 7-foot center, Bawa Maniru, scoring 12 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Maniru scored 14, but got just six rebounds and added to three blocks in 29 minutes of action.

Jasen Jonus led Crossville with 17 points, including 11-for-12 shooting from the foul line.