LaFayette track team sharp at Beauregard meets

LaFayette High’s track and field team competed in two meets last week. Both took place at Beauregard High School. The first was on Thursday and the second was on Saturday. Saturday’s meet was a make-up event from earlier this year.

LaFayette had some success on Thursday, though they competed with a shortened roster. The Bulldogs fared much better on Saturday, picking up a total of five event wins.

On Thursday, the girls team faired better that the LHS boys did, as they finished third out of the eight teams competing. The Bulldog girls earned a total of 58 points, and totaled four top-three’s, nine top-five’s and 17 top-10 finishes.

The LaFayette boys got the lone event win for the school, but finished in sixth place with 43 points. They totaled three top-three’s, six top-five’s and 11 top-10’s.

In the girls’ events, three of LaFayette’s top-five finishes came in relays. The 4x100m relay team of Shantavia Foster, Keaundra Woody, Daylan Wright and Tyanna Askew placed third. The 4x400m relay team of Kayla Watts, Kendra James, Wright and Skylar Hardnett placed fourth and the 4x800m relay team of Daijahnna Walton, Chencia Bell, Jasmine Pitts and Ebony Fields placed fifth.

The highest individual finish for the girls came from Tanyka Huguley with second place in the discus throw. Huguley also placed third in the shot put.

Hardnett earned a podium finish in the 100m hurdles, as she placed third. James finished fifth in the same event. D’Essence Boyd placed fourth in the javelin throw and Jaliscia Bledsoe was sixth in the event. Woody earned a solid finish in the 200m dash, placing fifth.

Other points earning individual performance for the LHS girls came from Askew and Foster, with sixth and seventh, respectively, in the long jump, and Walton with eighth in the 800m run.

In the boys events, LaFayette’s lone win came from Brendan Tucker in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.61 seconds.

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March 25, 2015 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

Banquet held for LaFayette High basketball team

A banquet was held on Thursday to honor the 2015 Class 2A state champion LaFayette High School boys basketball team. Hosted by Tammie Williams and Joe Broome, the event included a keynote speech by longtime legendary coach John T. Woody. Woody led the Bulldogs to two state titles during his tenure at LHS. This year’s team captured the fourth basketball championship in school history when they defeated Elba High School. Woody told the team and guests at the banquet, “no one was as excited as I was when you won the title, you played like Bulldogs.” Woody noted that LHS has had only three basketball coaches in the last 40 years and each has now won a state title; though he jokingly added that he has won the most. Woody also talked about life away from the hardwood for the young men, emphasizing respect, academics, pride in community and family, and faith in God. Other speakers that applauded the team at the banquet were Superintendent Kelli Hodge, Dr. Randy Kelley, Athletic Director James Lucas and Principal Don Turner. The team and guests were also treated to a delicious meal courtesy of Jerome Bailey and given t-shirts detailing their accomplishments during the landmark 2014-15 basketball season. Final Four MVP Trevond Barnes spoke on behalf of the team, thanking all those that helped make the night and season possible. “We won this for you all,” Barnes told the crowd. Above, Coach Woody speaks to the team and guests at the banquet.

A banquet was held on Thursday to honor the 2015 Class 2A state champion LaFayette High School boys basketball team. Hosted by Tammie Williams and Joe Broome, the event included a keynote speech by longtime legendary coach John T. Woody. Woody led the Bulldogs to two state titles during his tenure at LHS. This year’s team captured the fourth basketball championship in school history when they defeated Elba High School. Woody told the team and guests at the banquet, “no one was as excited as I was when you won the title, you played like Bulldogs.” Woody noted that LHS has had only three basketball coaches in the last 40 years and each has now won a state title; though he jokingly added that he has won the most. Woody also talked about life away from the hardwood for the young men, emphasizing respect, academics, pride in community and family, and faith in God. Other speakers that applauded the team at the banquet were Superintendent Kelli Hodge, Dr. Randy Kelley, Athletic Director James Lucas and Principal Don Turner. The team and guests were also treated to a delicious meal courtesy of Jerome Bailey and given t-shirts detailing their accomplishments during the landmark 2014-15 basketball season. Final Four MVP Trevond Barnes spoke on behalf of the team, thanking all those that helped make the night and season possible. “We won this for you all,” Barnes told the crowd. Above, Coach Woody speaks to the team and guests at the banquet.

Four area athletes named to all-state basketball teams; LaFayette’s Threadgill named 2A Coach of the Year

It was a banner year for area basketball teams, and four athletes have received post-season accolades their performances during the season.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association announced all-state teams last week and both LaFayette High School and Chambers Academy had two players selected. In addition, LaFayette coach Obadiah Threadgill was named ASHAA Class 2A Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to the Class 2A state title.

LaFayette’s senior center and Final Four MVP Trevond Barnes headlined the selections. He was named first-team all-state in Class 2A. Barnes led the Bulldogs to their fourth state basketball championship in school history with a dominant 28-point performance in the title game win over Elba. He averaged 20.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7 blocks per game in the Final Four, and for the season, Barnes had 14.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game for LHS.

Chambers Academy senior guard Tae Henry was named first-team all-state in the AISA. Henry led the Rebels to a 20-8 record and a runner-up finish in Class 1A. He scored 23 points in the title game and was named to the Final Four all-tournament team. He was also an integral part of the Rebels 2014 state championship team.

Henry, who averaged 16.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this season, is in line for more post-season honors. He was one of three AISA players named as a finalist for Player of the Year. The winner will be announced on April 2 at the annual Alabama Sports Writers Association awards banquet at the Alabama Activity Center in Montgomery.

LaFayette's Obadiah Threadgill was named Class 2A Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

LaFayette’s Obadiah Threadgill was named Class 2A Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

Coach Threadgill has had incredible success in his four seasons at LaFayette. His team finished with a 25-5 record this season, which included the Area 8 title and Central Region title, in addition to the state championship.

Threadgill also led the Bulldogs to the state championship game in just his second season and has reached the playoffs every year since he took over the program. He has guided the Dogs to an 80-36 record since 2011.

In addition to being selected as Coach of the Year, Threadgill was also tapped to help coach in the Alabama-Mississippi all-star basketball game that took place last weekend.

LaFayette sophomore guard Jatarvious Whitlow was named second-team all-state in Class 2A. Whitlow played an integral role in the Bulldogs’ title run in his first season as a starter. He was outstanding in the Regional Tournament, earning MVP honors there. He averaged 20.5 points in the Final Four and was named to the all-tournament team. Whitlow averaged 15 points per game for LHS this season.

Chambers Academy senior guard Jay Tinsley was named second-team all-state in the AISA. Tinsley finished an outstanding career at CA by averaging 17.2 points and 5.8 blocks per game this season. He was named to the AISA Final Four all-tournament team for his role in leading the Rebels’ to a runner-up finish in Class 1A.

March 20, 2015 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

Commission recognizes LaFayette High’s state champion basketball team

The LaFayette High School boys basketball team was recognized by the Chambers County Commission during their meeting Monday afternoon. The team and head coach Obadiah Threadgill were on hand for the meeting during which District 2 Commissioner James Brown read a proclamation honoring the team’s achievements. The Bulldogs’ incredible season included the Area 8 title, the Central Regional title and the Class 2A State Championship. The title was the fourth basketball championship in school history. Pictured above are the Bulldogs, with Coach Threadgill and Commissioner Brown.

The LaFayette High School boys basketball team was recognized by the Chambers County Commission during their meeting Monday afternoon. The team and head coach Obadiah Threadgill were on hand for the meeting during which District 2 Commissioner James Brown read a proclamation honoring the team’s achievements. The Bulldogs’ incredible season included the Area 8 title, the Central Regional title and the Class 2A State Championship. The title was the fourth basketball championship in school history. Pictured above are the Bulldogs, with Coach Threadgill and Commissioner Brown.

LaFayette pitchers record back-to-back no-hitters

LHS senior Kentrel Holloway was one of two LaFayette pitchers to toss a no-hitter over the past week.

LHS senior Kentrel Holloway was one of two LaFayette pitchers to toss a no-hitter over the past week.

The LaFayette baseball has gotten the season off to a solid start. They picked up two wins over the past week, thanks in large part to dominant pitching performances. One of the wins came in area play, and LHS is now 2-1 overall on the season.

The Bulldogs earned their first win on Tuesday of last week when they dismantled Loachapoka, 12-0.

While the offense was effective throughout the game, the real star of the contest was eighth grader Nick Beaty.

Beaty no-hit the Indians in just his second high school start. He recorded seven strikeouts and got credit for the complete-game shutout.

Leading the offensive charge for the Dogs was senior Kentrel Holloway, who finished 2-3 in the win.

On Monday, LaFayette got their second win, and first in the area, against the rival Lanett Panthers. The 11-0 win was highlighted by the second straight no-hitter for the Bulldogs.

This time it was Holloway who earned the win with a dominant performance on the mound. In addition to holding the Panthers hitless, Holloway recorded 11 strikeouts and allowed just one free pass.

Quentin Ray paced the LHS offense with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate. Holloway helped his own cause, going 2-for-3 in the game. LaCharles Turner also had a hit for the Bulldogs.

LaFayette has two more games scheduled this week, weather permitting. They will host Valley on Wednesday and will play a make-up game against Wadley here in LaFayette on Friday. Their next scheduled game is an area contest against Reeltown next Tuesday at home.

March 11, 2015 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

CA Lady Rebels top Evangel in season opener

Chambers Academy’s softball team got their season off to an impressive start when they defeated Evangel Christian on Friday, 12-0. The game was the first of the year for the Lady Rebels, because weather had disrupted their February 24 season opener.

It was an all-around strong performance by Coach Brandi Fuller’s team, as both the CA offense and defense appeared to be in mid-season form.

Chambers got an outstanding pitching performance from senior Bre’Anna Hand, who tossed a complete game. She struck out four batter and allowed five hits and just two walks in the win.

On offense, five Lady Rebels accumulated multiple hits. Kelsey Oliver and Anslee Reese both went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs each. Oliver scored four runs as well. Kristina Stewart was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs and both McKensie Barnes and Jessica Moore had two hits, one RBI and one run scored. Hannah Slay was 1-for-2 with an RBI, two runs and two walks and NaCole Adams had one hit and scored once.

The Lady Rebels did most of their damage in the late innings on offense. Leading 3-0 after four inning, they erupted for five runs in the fifth, and then added four more in the sixth to bring the 10-run rule into effect.

Chambers has a busy week this week, weather permitting. They hosted Coosa Valley on Monday and South Montgomery on Tuesday. They are set to travel to Springwood on Thursday. They will return home next Monday when they are set to face Crenshaw and will travel to Cornerstone on Tuesday.

Champions once again; LaFayette cruises past Elba for 2A State Title

Trevond Barnes (with trophy) and the Bulldogs celebrate after winning the Class 2A state championship. (photos: Jody Stewart)

Trevond Barnes (with trophy) and the Bulldogs celebrate after winning the Class 2A state championship. (photos: Jody Stewart)

BIRMINGHAM – It was the most important game of the season, with everything on the line. But it was never even close.

With four minutes left in the state championship game, only one LaFayette starter was still on the court. Fourth year Bulldog coach Obadiah Threadgill had already started to clear his bench. And why not, his team had a 30-point advantage in the biggest game of the year.

There was no dramatic finish, no last second shot, just pure domination.

From left, Trevond Barnes, Cordeski Floyd and Jatarvious Whitlow erupt with emotion after LaFayette defeated Elba on Friday.

From left, Trevond Barnes, Cordeski Floyd and Jatarvious Whitlow erupt with emotion after LaFayette defeated Elba on Friday.

LaFayette High claimed their fourth state basketball championship Friday afternoon here in Birmingham, blowing out defending state champion Elba, 69-39. And it could have been much worse.

LaFayette had more than their fair share of close games this year, but in the Final Four this week, the Bulldogs outscored their opponents by a combined 61 points. The Bulldogs and Threadgill would never say that this title was easy, but it sure looked that way.

Leading the charge to the championship trophy was senior Trevond Barnes. He was a sophomore when the Dogs finished in the runner-up spot in the title game two years ago. There were tears shed after that loss.

Tears streamed down his face after the finals seconds ticked off the clock here today, but this time they were tears of joy and relief.

The 6’9” senior could not be contained by Elba. He scored the Bulldogs’ first eight points and would finish with a game-high 28.

Barnes was so dominant, that midway through the fourth quarter, he actually had more points than the entire Elba team.

“I know that in the past couple of games, Jatarvious (Whitlow) has really been carrying us scoring,” Barnes said. “So I was ready to go out there and score and be dominant. I saw they (Elba) weren’t playing me tight, so I decided to make them respect me.”

As for the rest of the Bulldogs, they were equally impressive, especially on defense. LHS held Elba to just five points in the first quarter and 15 in the first half. LaFayette forced 19 turnovers and pulled down 44 defensive rebounds. Elba shot just 22 percent from the floor in the game.

Barnes’ dominance and the LHS defense allowed the Dogs to open up a 31-15 halftime lead.

Elba opened the second half by cutting their deficit to 12 points, but they would get no closer. LaFayette went on an 18-3 run over the final five minutes of the third quarter and had a 51-24 lead heading to the fourth.

The highlights of the final eight minutes were Barnes’ authoritative dunks, but for the most part, the fourth quarter was a formality.

After Threadgill cleared the bench, the only thing left to do was to wait for the seconds to tick off.

And when the clock finally hit zero, the hundreds of LaFayette fans that made the drive erupted.

The Bulldogs were once again at the top of the basketball mountain.

“To watch our young men cry their eyes out a couple of years ago was hard,” Threadgill said. “I looked in their faces and told them that we will get back here, I don’t know how, I don’t know who we’re going to go through, but I know we’re going to get back. I told them to use the pain that you feel as a motivating point, as a driving force, and they did exactly that.

“We’ve got some really determined guys, some guys that are really driven and they put in a lot of hours and those things show. Everybody on our team contributed in some form or fashion, even if they didn’t score. They are really selfless. A true team.”

Barnes finished the game with a double-double including 11 rebounds to go along with his 28 points; he also had seven blocks.

Whitlow continued to stand tall in the spotlight. With his aggressive play and acrobatic moves, the sophomore finished with 21 points and four steals.

Senior Kaminski Bledsoe finished with six points and Quentavious Whitlow had five. Quentin Ray scored two and pulled down six rebounds.

Ray and Jatarvious Whitlow were both named to the Class 2A Final Four All-Tournament team and Barnes was named tournament MVP.

The Bulldogs finished the season with a 25-5 record. They captured the Area 8 title and won the Central Region. And of course, they added another championship trophy to the collection at LHS.

“We aren’t better than anybody,” a jubilant Whitlow said after the win, “we just play as a team and work harder than everybody.”

LaFayette celebrates their fourth state title.

LaFayette celebrates their fourth state title.

*For full coverage of the LHS 2015 state title, see this week’s print edition of The Sun.

 

LaFayette crushes Tanner to earn title game berth

LaFayette senior Trevond Barnes goes up for a dunk against Tanner in the state semifinals Monday.

LaFayette senior Trevond Barnes goes up for a dunk against Tanner in the state semifinals Monday. (Photos: Jody Stewart)

BIRMINGHAM – Dominant. There really isn’t a better word for it. Two years after Tanner defeated LaFayette in the Class 2A state title game, the Bulldogs got their revenge on the Rattlers with a dominant performance in the state semifinals here in Birmingham Monday afternoon.

LaFayette streaked out to a 10-0 lead and would never trail as they advanced to the state finals with an 87-56 win.

On the biggest stage, the Dogs played one of their best games of the year. They controlled the boards, got nearly every loose ball, shot over 50 percent from the field and drained 9-of-16 three-point attempts. Tanner never stood a chance.

“Our kids really fought hard possession after possession and that was the difference in the game,” LaFayette coach Obadiah Threadgill said. “We were able to make them take difficult shots, and not let them do what they wanted to do. Our kids did a great job playing to our game-plan and being efficient on offense and defense, so kudos to these guys because they earned this, they really deserve it.”

What stood out most in this win was the total team effort. Four Bulldogs scored in double digits, and several players came off the bench to contribute.

“Our guys understand that at any moment their number can be called,” Threadgill said. “They can go one game and play once for two minutes and go another game and play 12-15 minutes. That something that our team has really been working on all year, something they’re dedicated to, something they’ve bought into. Everybody has his own role. Our team is really deep and really talented, guys are always ready and waiting for their number to be called.”

The Bulldogs’ depth paid off right from the opening tip. With the Rattlers keying on forward Trevond Barnes, Quentin Ray stepped up. He pulled down seven first half rebounds, including five on the offensive end and would score five of LaFayette’s first 10 points. Jatarvious Whitlow picked up where he left off in the Regional Finals, and scored eight points in the first quarter as LHS built a 20-11 lead.

LaFayette continued to pull away in the second quarter. Jamal Sims came off the bench to score six in the quarter and Maurice Foster and Zen Heard both checked in and put points on the board for the Dogs. At the half, the Bulldogs had built a 37-23 lead.

Jatarvious Whitlow brings the ball down the court against Tanner. Whitlow led LHS with 20 points in the win.

Jatarvious Whitlow brings the ball down the court against Tanner. Whitlow led LHS with 20 points in the win.

The second half started out with an offensive explosion by both teams. Nearly three minutes into the third quarter, the Dogs and Rattlers had combined to score 23 points.

With 5:00 to play in the third, Kaminski Bledsoe drained his third three pointer of the game to give LaFayette a 49-32 lead, and it would start a run that would crush any hope of a Tanner comeback.

LaFayette outscored Tanner 16-7 over the final four minutes of the third and included in those scores were two big dunks by Barnes that energized the already red-hot Bulldogs. With less than a minute to play in the quarter, LaFayette led by 23, their biggest margin of the game to that point.

The fourth quarter was merely a formality, but the Bulldogs still had fun. Barnes drained a three pointer and had a big put-back dunk. Whitlow bobbed and weaved around Tanner defenders to keep the clock running and Ray continued his dominance under the basket. Even senior Kentrel Holloway got in on the action, coming off the bench to drill two three pointers with under a minute to play.

It was a win that went according to plan in nearly every way.

Whitlow led LaFayette with 20 points and four assists. Ray earned a double-double in the win, scoring 17 and grabbing 12 rebounds. Barnes scored 13 and had seven blocks and six rebounds. Bledsoe was 4-of-6 from behind the three-point line and finished with 14 points. Sims had with six points, Foster scored four and Quentavioius Whitlow had three.

Now LaFayette will get the chance to earn their fourth state title in school history this Friday. But they shouldn’t expect a win to come as easily as it did Monday.
The No. 9 Bulldogs (24-5) will face defending 2A champions No. 7 Elba (21-6) in the title game. Elba defeated No. 10 Vincent Monday evening 48-45 to advance to the championship.

The last time Threadgill and the Bulldogs played for a title, it didn’t go their way, but this isn’t 2013. That team made a surprise run to the finals; this team expected to be here.

“This team is a little bit different,” says Threadgill. “Our skill level is so much higher from that (2013) team. So many kids can shoot the ball, so many kids can really run, so many kids can handle the ball. We have guys that are thinkers and guys that are athletes, so you don’t really have any weak areas. Our kids aren’t any better than anybody, we can be beat, but it’s going to be really difficult to beat us when we bring our A-game.”

LaFayette will no doubt need that A-game to get past what will likely be their toughest opponent of the season.

LaFayette and Elba were originally scheduled to tip off at 11 am CST, but the game has been moved back to 2 pm due to weather. The game will take place at Legacy Arena in the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex.

*For full story see this week’s print edition of The Sun.

February 24, 2015 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

LaFayette prevails in Central Regional; heading back to Final Four

The Bulldogs celebrate after being awarded the Central Region championship trophy.

The Bulldogs celebrate after being awarded the Central Region championship trophy.

MONTGOMERY – LaFayette High is headed back to the Final Four for the second time in three seasons.

No. 9 LaFayette (23-5) punched their ticket to Birmingham today when they defeated No. 8 Francis Marion (21-7) in the Class 2A Central Regional finals here at Alabama State University, 61-54.

For the third straight contest, the Bulldogs used a strong fourth quarter to advance in the playoffs; they also got a big performance from sophomore guard Jatarvious Whitlow, who finished with a game-high 29 points and was named MVP of the Central Regional Tournament.

“I’m so proud of our kids for enduring today,” LaFayette coach Obadiah Threadgill said. “We faced a very good Francis Marion team and our kids fought through the adversity. It’s what these guys have been doing all year.”

Right from the start the Rams keyed on LaFayette forward Trevond Barnes, and Whitlow took advantage. He immediately made his presence felt, scoring the first points of the game on a long three-pointer. His dominance would continue throughout the first, as he racked up 13 points to put the Dogs ahead 17-14 after the opening quarter.

Central Regional MVP Jatarvious Whitlow goes up for a shot over against Francis Marion.

Central Regional MVP Jatarvious Whitlow goes up for a shot over against Francis Marion.

LaFayette maintained the advantage through the majority of the first half, but with 2:40 to play Francis Marion took their first lead 23-22. The lead would change hands three more times before Whitlow hit a shot with 48 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 28-26 halftime edge.

Like it has been throughout the playoffs, the third quarter saw LaFayette struggle. Foul trouble and some questionable calls gave the Rams momentum and with 3:36 to play in the third, they regained the lead. The Bulldogs did benefit from two technical foul calls on Francis Marion, one of which sent Whitlow to the sidelines shaken up, but they still trailed 39-38 heading to the fourth.

Whitlow returned at the start of the quarter and one minute in, put LaFayette back on top. With the game tied at 45 with less than four minutes to play, Whitlow gave the Dogs a two-point edge with a jumper in the lane. Then moments later Kaminski Bledsoe sank two big free throws to extend the LHS lead to four points.

The momentum really shifted in the Bulldogs favor on the ensuing Rams’ possession when LaFayette forced a turnover and Quentin Ray hit a lay-up to put LaFayette up 51-45 with 1:46 to play.

Despite draining two long-range three-pointers Francis Marion could not catch back up. LaFayette sank 8-of-10 free throws over the final minute and a half to lock up the win and advance.

Bledsoe and Ray both finished with 10 points and Ray led the team with eight rebounds. Quentavious Whitlow had six points and Barnes scored four and had three blocks.

Along with Whitlow, Barnes was named to the Central Region All-Tournament Team.

LaFayette now moves on to the Class 2A Final Four on Monday at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex. The Dogs will be matched up against the team that defeated them in the state championship game two years ago, Tanner.

“We try not to make it personal with these teams,” Threadgill said. “They are another team in our way. We try to prepare one game at a time. They may give us a little extra spice, but it isn’t too much more than we are already feeling right now.”

Along with the Bulldogs and Tanner, No. 7 Elba and No. 10 Vincent have also advanced to the Finals.

LaFayette and Tanner will tip off on Monday at 4:30 pm CST in Birmingham. The winner will advance to the 2A title game next Friday, Feb. 27 at 11 am.

The Central Region champion LaFayette High Bulldogs

The Central Region champion LaFayette High Bulldogs

*Full story (with additional quotes) will appear in next week’s print edition of The Sun.

February 18, 2015 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

Rebels fall short of second straight state title

Coach Jason Allen talks to a disappointed Chambers team after the state title game.

Coach Jason Allen talks to a disappointed Chambers team after the state title game.

MONTGOMERY – Chambers Academy’s bid for back-to-back state basketball titles came up short today as the Rebels fell in the AISA Class 1A state championship game to Crenshaw 43-33.

A poor shooting performance proved to be the downfall for the Rebels. The second and third quarters were particularly troublesome for Chambers and it allowed Crenshaw to drain the clock in the fourth with the lead they had built.

The game started out fairly even, with Chambers falling behind by two after the first quarter. Crenshaw benefited from a 10-1 run early in the second but Chambers, behind the play of Tae Henry, cut the Cougars’ lead to five at halftime.

The Rebels scored just 15 points in the first half, and Henry had 14 of those; it was a trend that continued throughout the game.

Crenshaw opened the second half on another 10-1 run and with two minutes left in the third quarter, the Cougars had built a 14-point lead, their largest of the night.

Chambers trailed by 12 heading to the fourth and the Cougars slowed the game down to prevent the Rebels from making a comeback. Just two days prior, Chambers had come from 18 down, but the title game was different.

With three minutes to play, the Rebels started fouling. CA got to within six points with less than a minute to play, but the Cougars hit their free throw in crunch time to secure the state championship.

For the game the Rebels shot just 17 percent from the floor.

Henry provided the bulk of the CA offense. He finished with 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He would be named to the Final Four all-tournament team.

Jay Tinsley was also named to the all-tournament team and he finished with six points and nine rebounds. Trent Dodgen, Malik Lyons and Jamie Brown each scored for CA as well.

The loss ended an impressive two year run for the Rebels. Over the past two seasons the Rebels have a record of 46-10.

“We’ve definitely built up our program,” coach Jason Allen said after the game. “We’ve got a lot of guys that have laid their guts on the line and it’s a tremendous thing for our program and I’m very proud of them.”

*For full story see next week’s print edition of The Sun.

February 13, 2015 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

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