MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Glenwood was one for two in AISA state title games Tuesday, as the girls took home the championship by beating Lee Scott 15-2, while the boys lost their chance to repeat as title holders by losing a hard-fought contest 47-44 to Tuscaloosa Academy.
That means that both teams trying to repeat as champions from 2013, Lee Scott girls and Glenwood boys, failed in their attempts.
The boys contest was tight throughout, and the largest lead by the Knights was eight points. Glenwood's biggest lead was three points.
"What you need to know is that it was 24-12 and 31-10," said a disappointed Glenwood coach Dusty Perdue after the game. "They called us for 24 fouls and they had 12, while they attempted 31 free throws and we shot 10."
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At the free throw line, the Knights were 19 of 31 while the Gators were six of 10.
The Knight's Torrance Brown paved the way with 23 points and was named tournament MVP for his efforts. He had five field goals but also hit 13 of 14 free throws in the game. Terrell Bush added 10 more on inside play and was also named to the all-tournament team.
"We knew they had height and we wanted to go inside and it was the key," said Tuscaloosa coach William Johnson after the game.
Keeping Glenwood close was 2013 MVP Anthony Holtzclaw. He had 10 of his team high 21 points in the final period. He was also named to the all-tournament team. No other Gator made it in double figures, and both Tanner Thomason and Alex Hicks fouled out of the game.
It was Perdue's first loss in the title contest at Glenwood, which has 3 boys' titles. The Gators won the game in 2007 and 1985 as well as last year.
In the girls contest, which lasted a mere 50 minutes, it was a Lee Scott's strategy that backfired on the Lady Warriors. They decided to hold the ball. Glenwood let them and took what was possibly the lowest girls championship score in AISA history at 15-2.
The game did set several confirmed records including lowest score, no team field goals for an entire title game by a team and fewest total field goals in a game (two) and lowest point total for the tournament MVP.
"They have beat us three times already this year, and the last one was by about 30," said Lee Scott coach Chad Prewett after the game. "They have a very athletic team, so I tried to sit on it. I expected them to come out of the zone, but they didn't."
Glenwood's Aaliyah Bell scored a 3-pointer 30 seconds into the game. Little did the crowd know that would be the last field goal until the fourth period.
The Lady Warriors took the in-bounds pass and then held the ball for the rest of the quarter. The second and third quarters were repeats, with Lee-Scott getting a free throw in the second period. At the end of three it was 3-1 Lady Gators.
"I told them to weather the storm," said Glenwood coach Julie Humphries, who as a coach took home her first title and second for the school. "We had the lead and they didn't, so we were ready, We needed to be patient and we were."
The big play for Glenwood was a steal by Tamera McClain. She drove for a layup making it 5-1 in the final period. The Lady Warriors then had to resort to fouls, and the Gators made them pay. Tournament MVP Tamara York hauled in double digit rebounds with 11 and had three blocks but only one point. Bell and Elizabeth Perdue were also named to the all-tournament team.
"Tamara (York) only had one (point), but this was a team win. Tamera (McClain's) steal and layup was really huge and everyone played a role," Humphries said.
Tuesday at Montgomery
Lee Scott 0 1 0 1--2
Glenwood 3 0 0 12--15
Lee Scott (2)
Williams 1, Prewett 1.
Bell 6, McClain 3, Perdue 3, Robertson 2, York 1.
Records-Glenwood 26-1, Lee Scott 23-4.
Glenwood 9 12 5 18--44
Tuscaloosa 11 8 11 17--47
Anthony Holtzclaw 21, Thomas 6, Hicks 8, Thomason 2, Day 7.
Tuscaloosa Academy (47)
Torrance Brown 23, Terrell Bush 10, Standefer 6, Snow 5, Brown 3.
Records-Glenwood 29-3, Tuscaloosa Academy 26-4.