AHSAA Northwest Regional championship games Wednesday
At Tom Drake Coliseum - Hanceville
7A G: Sparkman 55, Hoover 54
7A: Sparkman 70, Hoover 63
6A G: Hazel Green 60, Minor 11
6A: Hazel Green 44, Austin 41
1A G: Phillips 57, Holy Spirit 48
1A: RA Hubbard 69, South Lamar 65 (OT)
FLASH NOTES: A pattern took place when Sparkman had to like the Lady Senators earlier in the day, coming from behind to end Hoover's season at Wallace State.
Behind 11-10 in the first, Sparkman went to work with a strong second period, outscoring Hoover 20-9 and went ahead 30-20.
Sparkman without numerous Hoover challenges in the second half with the No. 4 Senators moving on to the Final Four in Birmingham, taking a 30-4 record with them.
Darron Howard led the Senators with 20 points.
No. 2 Hoover got a 35-point outing by Jamari Blackmon.
Malik Tyson of Sparkman was named the regional MVP.
No contest in the 6A girls game as No. 1 Hazel Green ran Minor back to Birmingham right off the start.
It was 29-4 after the first and 41-7 by halftime. Hazel Green improved to 32-2 on the season. Senior Caitlin Hose earned MVP honors for the Lady Trojans.
Hartselle junior point guard Moriah Taylor earned a spot on the All-Tournament game in her performance vs. Hazel Green during the semifinal last Friday.
The Hazel Green-Austin game moved very quickly, finishing before 3:30. Kira Lewis tossed in 23 to lead the Trojans. It was two free throws in the closing seconds from Jordan Beck that sealed the 22nd win of the season for Hazel Green.
Lewis was named the regional MVP. Beck earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
Senior Fabian Bell had 13 for Austin, who tried to repeat as regional champion. The Black Bears close out the season at 17-11. Bell and Josh Birdsong were selected to the all-tournament team.
No. 2 Phillips and No. 10 Holy Spirit battled through a hard fought 1A final with the game tied at 41-41 heading to the fourth quarter.
Phillips controlled the fourth stanza by a 16-7 run that carried them to the championship.
Allie McCollum of Phillips scored 16 in the finals and was named the regional MVP. She was joined on the A-T team by teammates Julianna Taylor (11 points in final) and Gracie Hallman (19 points). Phillips is now 28-3 on the season.
Holy Spirit got 18 by Imani Thompson who was all-tournament, along with Aryn Head. Head scored seven in the title game. The Lady Saints end the season at 23-3.
To conclude Tuesday's play was a dynamic 1A showdown between No. 6 RA Hubbard and defending regional champion South Lamar.
South Lamar overcame a fourth period deficit as the game went into overtime. The Stallions got the lead, early then were hurt by a series of turnovers, plus the accurate shooting at the line from Hubbard guard Tyson Garth.
Garth was perfect in eight tries during the extra 4:00 to get his team into the lead and stay there. Garth finished with 28 points, hitting six threes, a field goal and his eight of eight shooting from the line.
Garth was the obvious choice for the regional MVP from the winning side.
A superior performance came in the loss from South Lamar sophomore guard Malachi Oglen. Oglen drove his way to the goal, scoring 29 points on nine made shots and 10 of 12 from the stripe.
Oglen was joined on the all-tournament team by center Malik Cox and guard Alex Carter.
Also on the A-T team for RA Hubbard was Bymum and Reily Evans Jr.
Hubbard goes to Birmingham with 28 wins in 35 games. South Lamar finishes with 20 wins in 27 games.
Photo of Minor High Band performing prior to 6A girls final vs. Hazel Green.
Photo of 1st quarter action in 1A girls between Holy Spirit (white) vs. Phillips.
Sportspages photo by Johnny Thornton.