BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WAFF) - Congrats to the Girls of Hazel Green High Basketball!
Hazel Green High School’s Lady Trojan basketball legacy reached another milestone Wednesday winning its fourth consecutive state championship with a hard-fought 49-41 victory over Carver-Montgomery at Bartow Arena.
The Trojans (36-1) of Coach Tim Miller became the first school in the AHSAAs highest classes (6A or 7A) to win four state titles in a row. The state championship was first in the AHSAA’s 99-year history of the state basketball championships to be crowned at UAB’s legendary Bartow Arena.
Class 6A state tournament MVP Samiya Steele scored 18 points to led Hazel Green.
We were out for two weeks and it was hard coming back for us,” Steel said after the game. “Our practices are difficult, but we knew that coach (Tim) Miller would push us to where we needed. We always have faith in him and what to do with us. All of our team works hard enough and never gave up and we knew we would get here.”
The junior was 5-of-9 from the field with three 3-pointers and was 5-of-5 at the foul line to help the Trojans hold off a strong Wolverines comeback down the stretch. Leah Brooks added nine points, Grace Watson had eight and a gamer-high 11 rebounds.
“It was hard at first because we couldn’t come to practice, we couldn’t come to the gym and at one point we had to get quarantined,” Watson said. “So we missed practices before our games. It was hard.”
Her biggest play may have been taking a charge that resulted in the fourth fall for Carver’s scoring leader Breanna Rhodes.
“I would say that we built a good culture down there in our program at Hazel Green,” Head Coach Tim Miller said. “We’ve got kids that have a certain type of role and play a certain type of way. We’ve got good parents. Our parents understand that you’re not going to be a superstar when you come to Hazel Green, you’ve got to fit into a role, you’ve got to fit into what we have to do. And when your girls do that, you have the chance to win a bunch of basketball games.”