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MONTGOMERY – The unbeaten Autauga Academy Generals hadn’t set foot on the floor since their win over Pike Liberal at the end of January and on Wednesday night it was evident. Lowndes Academy – their Elite 8 opponent – brought the fight directly to Autauga, looking to score an upset. But a wild second half sealed the Generals win and sent the Rebels marching back to Lowndesboro.
Autauga advances to face Patrician (overtime winners in a showdown with Macon East) in Friday’s Final Four
“Patrician is a heck of a ball club,” said William Turner, coach of the Generals. “They are really good. They played Macon East – a traditional powerhouse in the AISA – all the way down to the wire. They are going to score. They are very well disciplined and it’s going to be a tough match-up.”
In the quarterfinal, the Generals – who had been running opponents off the floor – ended the first period up 17-9. Autauga carried that lead throughout the second period and went into the break up 46-40.
Turner: “I thought we were a little tight to start the game, but we got it together toward the end. But, our defense is there and is always going to go after it. It’s tough, we’ve been No. 2 and No. 3. This was our first time as the No. 1 and teams are going to come after us, wanting to see what we’ve got.”
The Generals – led by Robert Rose and his 25 points – arrived at the Crampton Bowl complex in time to watch Macon/Patrician (ended in overtime) and then the Edgewood girls.
Turner: “Totally honest, I think we may have gotten here a little too early. But – this is where you want things to happen. You want to have that bad game and get it out of your system.”
Rose was followed in scoring by Josh Pamer’s 12 and Pharrell Brooks’ 11.
Jackson Self paced Lowndes with 15 while Lee Harris and Clayton Hussey finished with nine each.
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