MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Glenwood brought home its first state boys AISA championship Saturday night behind tournament MVP Anthony Holtzclaw's 23 points en route to a hard-fought 51-44 win over defending champion Lee Scott on Saturday night at Huntingdon College.
In the girls' title game, Madison Prewett made it 1-1 for Lee Scott as the Lady Warriors took home their third straight girls' AAA title with a 27-21 victory over the Lady Gators.
This was the fourth time that Lee Scott's boys and girls met this year and familiarity made a big difference according to boys coach Dusty Perdue.
"You play somebody four times, you know what the other guy is going to do and it's hard. I am proud of the way the guys played and hit free throws down the end," Perdue said after the game.
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Holtzclaw had a near replay of his semifinal game as he again got into foul trouble and that limited his first half play again. But he came back to score 17 of his 23, including 10 in the final period to lead Glenwood to its first boys title since 2007. In the semifinal, he had 16 of his 19 in the second half as well. Both Holtzclaw and teammate center Tanner Thomason also made the all-tournament team as well as did Lee Scott's MarQuen Mitchell and Thomas Hardin.
"We usually win playing helter-skelter and tonight we won a methodical type of contest and I was proud of our guys they way they held up against Lee's pressure. Our team knew it was coming," Perdue added.
Defense was king in the girls' games for both teams as both Glenwood and Lee Scott employed zone defenses to stop inside play. Glenwood had only two field goals in the first half while the Lady Warriors had only four. The rest of the points from both teams came from the foul line. The second half was more of the same as neither team scored in double figures in a quarter.
Prewett missed her first two one-if-ones in the period as Glenwood climbed back into the contest and pulled within four points. But she more than made up for that as she hit her final six straight and was named the tournament's MVP for her efforts.
"It was the same old story for us, we simply struggled on offense," Glenwood coach Julie Humphries said after the game. "We had open shots and they would not fall. They put pressure on us and we put it on them but the shooting was just not there tonight."
"Defensively our zone was effective and we stopped their running attack but we could not seem to get going on our end," Humphries added after the title game loss.
Saturday at Montgomery
Girls Championship Game
Lee Scott 9 6 8 6--29
Glenwood 6 5 2 8--21
Lee Scott (29)
Madison Prewett 11, Debaets 2, Silseth 3, Rabren 6, Dudley 2, Starr 5.
McClain 4, Perdue 3, Robertson 3, York 9, Tidwell 2.
Records: Lee Scott (26-3), Glenwood (26-5)
Boys Championship Game
Lee Scott 8 8 15 13--44
Glenwood 9 10 15 17--51
Lee Scott (44)
Thomas Hardin 17, Mitchell 9, Pointer 2, Sibley 5, Joseph 2, Bethune 2.
Anthony Holtzclaw 23, Swann 8, Walker 4, Thomas 3, Beck 4, Barringer 4, Day 2, Thomas 3.
Records: Glenwood (29-3), Lee Scott 23-3).