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9-point swing sends PCA back to Final Four

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos by Marvin Gentry | AHSAA Photographer

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – Area foes Prattville Christian collided for the fifth and final time Tuesday with a Birmingham berth on the line. Now – given the fact that they’d met four times prior one would think they couldn’t catch the other on their heels but that’s what happened.

The Wildcats rattled off eight points to start the game going ahead 8-0. The Panthers – Class 3A’s defending champion – withstood the onslaught and answered with a Kayden Carr (seventh grader) three. Avery Rogers (sophomore) followed suit banking a pair of triples to put PCA up 9-8.

Trinity was forced to play from behind the rest of the night.

Prattville Christian’s Hannah Jones (23) goes to the basket against Trinity during the AHSAA Class 3A South East Regional final at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Montgomery | preps@al.com)

“Honestly, the difference was Avery,” said Blake Smith, coach of the Wildcats. “Typically, we take her out. But (in the Region Finale) she got loose, and she made her shots. You can’t negate a player like that.”

The Panthers pushed the pace and started the third frame ahead 32-22.

“Trinity is unbelievable,” said Jason Roberscon, coach of the Panthers. “I don’t think people give them enough credit. They are as solid a team as we’ve faced all year. They beat Park Crossing (going to 6A Final Four) by 17. They are pretty good.”

The 10-point margin wasn’t a bridge too far for the Wildcats to cross, but as the end came into view- it would increasingly be farther away.

Trinity’s Emma Kate Smith (12) controls the ball from Prattville Christian’s CoCo Thomas (34) during the AHSAA Class 3A South East Regional final at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Montgomery | preps@al.com)

Smith: “Against most teams we’ve played 10 points is not much. All I could do was tell the girls to keep competing and they did. They competed and battled the whole game. I love (PCA’s guards) and the way they play. What separates them from us is their ability to get easy baskets. That’s a product of playing physical for 32 minutes – pushing them around and putting your body on them.”

Trinity – despite losing in the Region Finals – does have the distinction of being the “and 1” on PCA’s 29-1 record.

Roberson: “Last year, Trinity was good and I think they were better this year. They were one of the two teams that beat us last year (the other being Montgomery Academy after multiple games played throughout the season). Playing a quality team like that helped us last year and has so helped us this year. I think we played in one of 3A’s toughest areas in 3A there is. I think we ended with the No. 1, 8, 10 and 15 in our area. So night end and night out we are challenged”

The Panthers advance to play Plainview in  the first of two Final Four play-in games. Tipoff against the Bears is at 9 a.m.

Prattville Christian’s Ella Jane Connell (2) controls the ball from Trinity’s Maddie Smith (15) during the AHSAA Class 3A South East Regional final at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (Montgomery | preps@al.com)

Southise (Selma) plays Susan Moore.

Roberson: “I think – for us – our main players played a lot. But we needed certain girls to be on the floor more than we’d normally need them. And that got some of our girls tired.”

The response to that is to take a few days off to focus on Birmingham.

The PCA girls will have a couple of days to get their legs back before going back to work against Plainview.

Jason Roberson – “We talked to the girls about how the season was coming down to the end and things could go either way. I told them ultimately it’s going to come down to who makes the most plays. The same thing is true for the Regional Tournament, for the Final Four – every one at this point is playing high level basketball.”

PCA is a living testament to that as Panthers’ point totals are in the thousands: Ella Jane Connell is at 2,000 points and that number is going to grow. CoCo Thomas and Hannah Jones have crossed over the 1,000 point mark. Rogers has topped 800 for her career and seventh-grader Catts – according to Roberson – “Is going to develop into something special.”

For the Wildcats – Emma Kate Smith scored 16, with 5 boards and assists. Smith dished off six assists and pickpocketed three Panthers/

Wildcats: “We have another really good player that got into foul trouble early and we were having to pull her in and out through the game.”

Ultimately – Molly Mosowitz finished the night with four points.

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Final Four Pairings:

Northeast Regional Tournament

Pete Mathews Coliseum, Jacksonville State U.

CLASS 7A

NE 7A Girls’ Finals

Vestavia Hills (32-2) 59, Hewitt-Trussville (25-7) 43 

(Vestavia HIlls is NE State Qualifier)

NE 7A Boys’ Finals

Spain Park (26-7) 60, Huntsville (23-11) 51

 (Spain Park is NE 7A State Qualifier)

CLASS 6A

NE 6A Girls’ Finals

Oxford (26-4) 53, Chelsea (27-6) 52 (OT) – 

(Oxford is NE 6A State Qualifier)

NE 6A Boys’ Finals

Huffman (28-5) 59, Mountain Brook (29-5) 56 

(Huffman is NE 6A State Qualifier)

CLASS 3A

NE 3A Girls’ Finals

Plainview (26-9) 76, Geraldine (15-13) 50 

(Plainview is NE 3A State Qualifier)

NE 3A Boys’ Finals

Plainview (29-6) 67, Childersburg (24-8) 51 

(Plainview is NE 3A State Qualifier)      

CLASS 5A

NE 5A Girls’ Finals

Guntersville (28-5) 42, Sardis (26-8) 12 

(Guntersville is NE 5A State Qualifier)

NE 5A Boys’ Finals

Ramsay (26-9) 65, Guntersville (23-9) 56

 (Ramsay is NE 5A State Qualifier)

CLASS 2A

NE 2A Girls’ Finals

Pisgah (31-3) 64, Spring Garden (31-2) 52 

(Pisgah is NE 2A State Qualifier)

NE 2A Boys’ Finals

Section (26-9) 55, Midfield (27-8) 52 

(Section is NE 2A State Qualifier)

CLASS 1A

NE 1A Girls’ Finals

Skyline (27-8) 52, Decatur Heritage (20-10) 34

 (Skyline is NE 1A State Qualifier)

NE 1A Boys’ Finals

Decatur Heritage (20-7) 43, Faith Christian (24-11) 41

 (Decatur Heritage is NE State Qualifier)

CLASS 4A

NE 4A Girls’ Finals

New Hope (26-5) 70, Handley (23-10) 62 

(New Hope is NE 4A State Qualifier)

NE 4A Boys’ Finals

Jacksonville (26-5) 83, Handley (18-12) 66 

(Jacksonville is NE 4A State Qualifier)

Northwest Regional Championships

Tom Drake Coliseum, Wallace-Hanceville JUCO

CLASS 3A

NW 3A Girls’ Finals

Susan Moore (29-4) 59, Elkmont (23-12) 31 (

Susan Moore is NW 3A State Qualifier)

NW Boys’ Finals

Winfield (30-5) 48, Lauderdale County (27-5) 45 

(Winfield is NW 3A State Qualifier)

CLASS 7A

NW 7A Girls’ Finals

Hoover (30-3) 45,  Bob Jones (27-4) 30 

(Hoover is NW 7A State Qualifier)

NW 7A Boys’ Finals

James Clemens (21-9) 59, Oak Mountain (25-6) 55

 (James Clemens is NW 7A State Qualifier)

CLASS 6A

NW 6A Girls’ Finals

Hazel Green (33-0) 48, Mortimer Jordan (24-8) 38 

(Hazel Green is NW 6A State Qualifier)

NW 6A Boys’ Finals

Cullman (27-3) 75, Scottsboro  (28-7) 58

(Cullman is NW 6A State Qualifier)

CLASS 2A

NW 2A Girls’ Finals

Sulligent (21-2) 52, Hatton (16-11) 44 (

Sulligent is NW 2A State Qualifier)

NW 2A Boys’ Finals

Mars Hill Bible (14-16) 67, Sheffield (14-11) 49

 (Mars Hill Bible is NW 2A State Qualifier)

CLASS 5A

NW 5A Girls’ Finals

Lee-Huntsville (25-6) 44, Pleasant Grove (24-7) 43 

(Lee-Huntsville is NW 5A State Qualifier)

NW 5A Boys’ Finals

Lee-Huntsville (21-4) 55, Mae Jemison (18-15) 51 

(Lee-Huntsville is NW 5A State Qualifier)

CLASS 4A

NW 4A Girls’ Finals

Deshler (29-1) 46, Good Hope (30-5) 38 

(Deshler is NW 4A State Qualifier)

NW 4A Boys’ Finals

Haleyville (25-7) 55, Brooks (24-5) 54 

(Haleyville is NW 4A State Qualifier)

CLASS 1A

NW 1A Girls’ Finals (Garrett Coliseum)

Marion County (27-7) 60, South Lamar (18-8)  48 (Marion County is NW 1A State Qualifier)

NW 1A Boys’ Finals

Covenant Christian (28-6) 51, R.A. Hubbard (18-7) 22 (Covenant Christian is NW 1A State Qualifier)

Southeast Regional Championships

Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery

CLASS 7A

SE 7A Girls’ Finals

Auburn (20-6) 53, Central-Phenix City (22-11) 42 (Auburn is SE 7A State Qualifier)

SE 7A Boys’ Finals

Enterprise (23-6) 82, Smiths Station (24-9) 47 (Enterprise is SE 7A State Qualifier)

CLASS 3A

SE 3A Girls’ Finals

Prattville Christian (34-1) 47, Trinity Presbyterian (25-6) 42 (Prattville Christian (34-1) is SW 3A State Qualifier)

SE 3A Boys’ Finals 1

Houston Academy (22-9) 56, Dadeville (13-5) 53 (OT) (Houston Academy is SE 3A State Qualifier)

CLASS 6A

SE 6A Girls’ Finals

Pelham (26-5) 44, Helena (14-15) 38 (Pelham is SW 6A State Qualifier)

SE 6A Boys Finals

McGill-Toolen Catholic (29-4) 65, Spanish Fort (24-8) 50 (McGill-Toolen Catholic is SW 6A State Qualifier)                     

CLASS 5A

SE 5A Girls’ Finals

Charles Henderson (17-11) 39, Talladega (21-13) 29 (Charles Henderson is SE 5A State Qualifier)

SE 5A Boys’ Finals

Carroll (25-7) 70, Charles Henderson (23-6) 67 (Carroll is SE 5A State Qualifier)

CLASS 2A

SE 2A Girls’ Finals

Lanett (17-7) 43, G.W. Long (23-5) 38 (Lanett is SE 2A State Qualifier)

SE 2A Boys’ Finals

Lanett (18-3) 60, G.W. Long (14-13) 52 (Lanett is SE 2A State Qualifier)

CLASS 1A

SE 1A Girls’ Finals

Loachapoka (22-8) 39, Georgiana (15-9) 32 (Loachapoka is SE 1A State Qualifier)

SE 1A Boys’ Finals

Brantley (21-6) 62, Loachapoka (19-8) 52 (Brantley is SE 1A Qualifier)

CLASS 4A

SE 4A Girls’ Finals

Geneva (24-4) vs. Saint James (21-6), Thursday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m.

SE 4A Boys’ Finals

Saint James (15-6) vs. B.T. Washington (12-8), Thursday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Regional Championships

Cramton Bowl Multi-Plex & Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery

CLASS 6A

SW 6A Girls’ Finals (Cramton Bowl Multi-Plex)

Park Crossing (30-4) 46, Carver-Montgomery (15-8) 39

 (Park Crossing is SE 6A Qualifier)

SW 6A Boys’ Finals (Cramton Bowl Multi-Plex)

Park Crossing (27-4) 59, Eufaula (31-4) 48 

(Park Crossing is SE 6A Qualifier)

CLASS 3A

SW 3A Girls’ Finals (Cramton Bowl Multi-Plex)

Southside-Selma (21-7) 32, T.R. Miller (20-5) 29 

(Southside-Selma is SE 3A State Qualifier)

SW 3A Boys’ Finals (Cramton Bowl Multi-Plex)

Southside-Selma (21-9) 64, Cottage Hill Christian (28-6) 54 

(Southside-Selma is SE 3A State Qualifier)

CLASS 2A

2A Girls’ Finals (Cramton Bowl Multi-Plex)

S t. Luke’s Episcopal (19-8) 56, Washington County (18-2) 54 

(St. Luke’s is SW 2A State Qualifier)

2A Boys’ Finals (Cramton Bowl Multi-Plex)

Highland Home (28-5) 50, Greene County (17-11) 40

 (Highland Home (28-5) is SW 2A State Qualifier)

CLASS 7A

SW 7A Girls’ Finals (Garrett Coliseum)

Davidson (30-2) 62, Theodore (20-8) 34 

(Davidson is SW 7A State Qualifier)

SW 7A Boys’ Finals (Garrett Coliseum)

Baker  (31-3) 82, Theodore (17-10) 53 

(Baker is SW 7A State Qualifier)

CLASS 5A

SW 5A Girls’ Finals (Cramton Bowl Multi-Plex)

St. Paul’s Episcopal (18-11) 47, UMS-Wright (28-7) 41 

(St. Paul’s Episcopal is SW 5A State Qualifier)

Boys’ Finals (Cramton Bowl Multi-Plex)

UMS-Wright (18-9) 52, Sipsey Valley (19-12) 41 

(UMS-Wright is SW 5A State Qualifier)

CLASS 4A

SW 4A Girls’ Finals (Garrett Coliseum)

Vigor (6-11) vs. Jackson (23-3), Thursday, Feb. 24, noon

SW 4A Boys’ Finals (Garrett Coliseum)

Escambia Co. (25-4) vs. Williamson (23-10), Thursday, Feb. 24, 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 1A

SW 1A Girls’ Finals (Garrett Coliseum)

University Carter School (15-8) 45, Linden (20-6) 44 

(University Charter School is SW 1A State Qualifier)

SW 1A Boys’ Finals (Garrett Coliseum)

Autaugaville (27-2) 63, Keith (18-9) 51 

(Autaugaville is SW 1A State Qualifier)

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