From WAFF-48 Sports
(BIRMINGHAM) - The busiest day for area basketball teams in the state semi-finals is over, with at least one area team involved in each of the eight games played.
- 3A Girls Semi-Finals
Crossville 60, Aliceville 59
Courtney Thacker scored 23 points, brought in 9 rebounds, and scored the game-winning jumper with :03 left in the game to advance the Crossville Lady Lions to the 3A Girls Championship with a 60-59 victory over Aliceville.
Geneva 54, Lauderdale County 52
Kiara Young scored 33 points, including 27 in the 2nd half to rally the Tigers who fell short as the Tigers pulled away by four in the last eight seconds. The Lady Panthers, who won their 19th straight game, were led by Cheree Duncan's 17 points.
- 3A Boys Semi-Finals
Madison Academy 65, Leeds 54
The Madison Academy Mustangs took advantage of Leeds' cold shooting in the 1st half and a 20-5 start in the 1st quarter to upset the Green Wave (30-5). Leeds shot just 26.5% in the 1st half while Kerron Johnson scored 5 of his 24 points and Donte Bowman added 6 to propel the Mustangs to their good start. Leeds put on a 4th quarter charge to narrow Madison Academy's lead to six, but the Mustangs closed out on a 5-0 run to take the game.
Clarke County 63, Winfield 50
Mike Taite had 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs over the Pirates from Marion County. Winfield led by as many as eight points in the 2nd quarter, but lost the lead for good as the half came to a close. The Pirates could not come out from under their heels, and were outscored, 22-15 in the final quarter. Robert Barnes led Winfield with 17 points.
- 4A Girls Semi-Finals
Midfield 71, DAR 33
The defending 4A state girls champs handed Marshall County's Patriots from Grant the biggest rout thus far in the finals. Midfield, top-ranked in 4A, held DAR to 21.7% shooting from the field, outscoring them 40-16 in the 2nd half of the game. Erica Baylor led a team that shot just 32% themselves with 17 points. Autumn Largen led DAR with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Deshler 60, T.R. Miller 42
3rd-ranked Deshler and Midfield will meet in a re-match of the 2007 4A Semi-Finals. The Tigers, who will try to retake the crown from Midfield after winning four straight titles from 2003-2006, scored the first 10 points of the 2nd half to take a 14-point lead, coasting to an 18-point win. Birdie Bowens scored 25 points, hitting 4-of-8 from downtown and 5-of-5 from the line to lead Deshler.
- 4A Boys Semi-Finals
Bullock County 60, Guntersville 58
The Hornets watched a 14-point lead disappear and held their breath as Guntersville's Darius Steger missed a layup at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime as Bullock County goes into their first championship game in any sport. The Hornets, who are now 30-3, lost all three of their games to Class 6A teams. Steger led the Wildcats with 18 points.
Central (Coosa) 54, Deshler 47 (overtime)
Chris Holland missed his last free throw with :05 left in regulation to open the door for the Cougars' Roderick Murray to send the game into overtime with a three-pointer in the last second, paving the way for a second-chance win for Central. The Cougars then outscored the Deshler Tigers, 12-5 in OT to win. Murray and Joe Russell, who had 11 rebounds, each scored 20 points for Central. Holland led a balanced Tiger attack with 13 points.