Multiple Teams · Flashback 1998- Last time the Boy’s and Girl’s Bucs played in Regional finals together!

Hoover High School

1998 Southeast Regional

At Troy State University

Class 1A


Maplesville vs. Saint Jude (20-6), Tuesday, noon

Notasulga (26-2) vs. Houston Academy (21-6), Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.


Notasulga (17-7) vs. Autaugaville (23-4), Tuesday, 9 a.m.

Loachapoka (23-4) vs. Montgomery County (15-9), Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.


Class 2A


Catholic (13-14) vs. Clayton (14-10), Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Alabama Christian (15-9) vs. Slocomb (23-3), Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.


Alabama Christian (13-12) vs. Louisville (16-5), Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Montgomery Academy (21-5) vs. G.W. Long (25-3), Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.


Class 3A


B.B. Comer (11-12) vs. Calhoun (17-11), Wednesday, noon

Carver-Birmingham (21-10) vs. Headland (21-5), Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.


Ohatchee (19-4) vs. St. James (30-2), Wednesday, 9 a.m.

Briarwood (20-9) vs. Headland (21-3), Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.


Class 4A


Central-Coosa (28-4) vs. Pike County (15-7), Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Lanett vs. Daleville (14-7), Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.


Central-Coosa (25-3) vs. Pike County (8-15), Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Beauregard (24-5) vs. Bullock County, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.


Class 5A


Shelby County (22-6) vs. Henderson-Troy (25-5), Thursday, noon

Sylacauga (11-17) vs. Andalusia (19-9), Thursday, 1:30 p.m.


Sylacauga (21-4) vs. Washington-Tuskegee (20-5), Thursday, 9 a.m.

Eufaula (29-5) vs. Andalusia (14-6), Thursday, 10:30 a.m.


Class 6A


Hoover (25-6) vs. Prattville (25-7), Thursday, 4 p.m.

Vestavia Hills (20-12) vs. Dothan (18-3), Thursday, 5:30 p.m.


Hoover (26-5) vs. Prattville (27-3), Friday, 9 a.m.

Vestavia Hills (26-6) vs. Dothan (17-0), Friday, 10:30 a.m.








Birmingham News (AL)


February 19, 1998
Section: SPORTS
Page: 01-F
Tom Ensey Special to The News

This afternoon and Friday morning at Troy State’s Sartain Hall might look a little like the ”Over the Mountain Invitational.”

The boys and girls basketball teams of Hoover High School and Vestavia Hills face first-round opponents in the AHSAA Southeast regional tournament. First-round wins would pit the two arch-rivals in the regional finals Saturday night.


It’s the first time in tournament history the boys and girls teams of the two schools from Area 8 have all advanced to the regionals.

None of the teams has an easy route back to the Final Four in Birmingham next week.

On the boys side, tenth-ranked Hoover (25-6) hits the floor first against ninth-ranked Prattville (25-7) at 4 this afternoon. Vestavia Hills (20-12) takes on eight-ranked Dothan (18-3) at 5:30. Friday morning at 9, the fifth-ranked Hoover girls (26-5) face thirdranked Prattville (27-3). Then at 10:30, the fourthranked Lady Rebels (25-6) take on sixth-ranked Dothan (17-0), the state’s only undefeated team.

Both schools’ cheerleaders are spending the night between games. The girls are traveling early and the boys are staying late so they can cheer each other on.

”It’s going to be a war to see who gets to come back to Birmingham,” said longtime Vestavia Hills girls coach Fran Braasch. ”In our bracket, you’ve got the number three, four, five and six teams.”

Braasch’s team, which reached the 6A final last season, returns seniors Heather Morris, Melissa Musgrove, Kerri Wingo, Walker Mills, Jill Sinclair and Ashley Moore from that team.

Musgrove is ”one of the best inside players I’ve ever had,” Braasch said.

Ron Jones’ Hoover girls may have earned the tournament’s toughest draw last week when they beat Vestavia Hills and won the area crown along with the dubious honor of facing red-hot Prattville and TaShondrea Moton, who already has committed to Ole Miss.

”They have three great scorers,” said Jones, whose team is led by senior guard Janna Magette and junior forward Leigh Papisan. ”They beat us earlier this year and scored 67 points. Three girls had 59 of those points. We’re going to try to slow them down, limit their touches and hope our offense can pick us up.”

If Hoover makes it past Prattville, Jones would like nothing better than to meet Vestavia again.

”They’ve beaten us down there (in the regionals) the past two years,” he said. ”There’s nobody we’d rather beat. They’re a lot like us. The programs are similar. Their boys and girls support each other, they have great fan support.

”It speaks well of basketball in this area that all these teams have gone this far.”

While an all-Birmingham final on Saturday would be fine with veteran Vestavia Hills boys coach George Hatchett, he isn’t looking past Dothan. That would be hard to do, with three 6-7 players on the Tigers’ front line.

”They probably have two (college) Division I players on their team,” he said.

The Rebels rely on some solid guard play anchored by Ryan Lutz and Graeme Rein, and the improved inside play of 6-9 junior center Bart Lewis. Mountain, Page 3F Page 1F

Win or lose, the Rebels will spend the night to cheer on the Vestavia girls on Friday morning, Hatchett said.

”We’ll miss a day of class on Friday. But if we have anybody who says, ‘Coach, I just can’t miss my chemistry class,’ we’ll make arrangements to get him back,” he joked.

Hatchett’s team has fallen to Hoover three times this year.

”We’d be happy to play Hoover or Prattville on Saturday,” he said. ”But if you’ve lost three times to somebody and you think you’re pretty good, the odds might be with you in the fourth game.”

Brian Moon’s Buccaneers accomplished two pre-season goals last Friday when they beat Central-Phenix City in the sub-regional round. They advanced to the regional tournament and notched their 25th win, a Hoover school record and the most since 1981.

”It was a great atmosphere at the game,” Moon said. ”It should carry over to the rest of this week. I wish we weren’t playing at 4, or I think we’d have more kids make the trip for the game.

”But if we can just make it to Saturday, Hoover will be out in force.”

The Bucs have a veteran team led by senior center Wes Rimes, junior forward Saed El-Amin, junior guard Trey Ferguson and senior point guard Jay Carlington. Moon calls El-Amin his ace in the hole.

”Saed is the one who is always getting that big rebound, the loose ball on the floor, or making a big play for us that might otherwise go unnoticed.”

Moon is pulling hard for a HooverVestavia showdown in the final. That would ensure at least one of them in the Final Four. Also, he’s a Vestavia alum and Hatchett gave him his first job in coaching.

”I’ve never pulled against Vestavia, and I never will,” he said. ”I always want to see them do well – when they’re not playing us.”









Birmingham News (AL)


February 20, 1998
Section: SPORTS
Page: 04-C
Matt Spruiell Special to The News

TROY – After Vestavia Hills walked away with the 39-34 upset win over eighth-ranked Dothan, Rebels head basketball coach George Hatchett remained humble.

”I think there are maybe three great teams in the state right now,” Hatchett said. ”And after that you can throw them in a hat and pull some out. I think we would be one you would pull out.”


Not many thought Vestavia Hills (21-12) had much of a chance to come away with a win against the eighthranked Tigers here at Sartain Hall in the semifinals of the Southeast regional Class 6A boysbasketball tournament Thursday.

Maybe that’s why Hatchett described his team in such a manner – one that’s not the tallest, nor the most athletic. But it finds ways to make up for those shortcomings.

”I think right now we’re perhaps as good as we’re capable of being,” Hatchett said.

The Rebels now find themselves one win away from next week’s AHSAA Final Four state tournament in Birmingham. Standing in the way will be ninth-ranked Prattville, which knocked off 10th-ranked Hoover in the other semifinal Thursday. The regional final will be Saturday night at 8:30.

Dothan (18-4) led most of the game, but could never build an overwhelming margin.

The fireworks really started for Vestavia when senior guard Graeme Rein sank a 3-point goal with just over two minutes remaining to tie the game.

Less than 30 seconds later, with the Rebels leading by two, Rein stole the ball at halfcourt and ran in for an easy layup to give Vestavia a four-point lead.

When Hatchett’s team got the ball back after a Dothan miss, it played keep-away from the Tigers’ defenders the rest of the way – going to the line to sink four free throws to seal the victory in the final 14 seconds.

Prattville 74, Hoover 69: Wesley Rimes scored Hoover’s first eight points and 10 of Hoover’s 21 first- quarter points. The Buccaneers (25-7) led 21-13 at the end of the first quarter.

It wasn’t enough, however, as the Lions (26-7) advanced to the final against Vestavia Hills Saturday.

”(Rimes) is a great scorer around the basket. We probably didn’t give it to him enough this season,” Hoover coach Brian Moon said.

The game got away from the Buccaneers in the fourth quarter as Prattville outscored Hoover 21-13. With Hoover up 68-67, Prattville’s Rod Montgomery hit a layup with 1:17 to play and drew a foul. His free throw gave Prattville the lead for good.

Class 5A boys Henderson-Troy 68, Shelby County 54: Foul trouble really fouled up Shelby County’s game plan as the Wildcats went down to defeat at the hands of the fifthranked Trojans.

Shelby County lost brothers Bobby and Kei Madison to fouls. The 6-foot-8 Kei was the team’s leader in virtually every category, and 6-5 sophomore Bobby, one of the top scorers.

Kei fouled out with 6:08 to play. He was forced to cut his normal playing time in half in the second and third quarters due to the foul trouble. Bobby fouled out late in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats didn’t score in the fourth quarter until 1:19 left when junior James Wood brought down a rebound and put it back up. Henderson (26-5), the hometown favorite playing in front of a very large crowd, had just finished breaking a three-point game wide open with an 18-0 run.

”In terms of ability, those are our two best players,” Shelby County coach Charles Dickinson said. ”When you lose both Kei and Bobby, you don’t have time to catch up.”

Pat Burns finished with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Shelby County (22-7) in scoring. Kei Madison added 10.

Henderson was led by 6-9 senior forward Malcolm Battles, who had a game-high 21 points. He also had 18 rebounds.

Andalusia 81, Sylacauga 61: The Bulldogs (20-9) earned a berth in Saturday afternoon’s 5A regionalfinal with the win over Sylacauga (10-18).

A 30-point fourth quarter by Andalusia (20-9) put the game out of reach. Andalusia’s senior forward Joey Ball was 11 of 20 from the field and five of seven from the free throw line. He finished with a game-high 28 points. Class 5A girls Sylacauga 74, Booker T. Washington 44: Fourthranked Sylacauga (21-5) allowed only six second-quarter points. Carole McGhee, Takesha Oden, and Krystal Threatt accounted for 62 of Sylacauga’s points. McGhee and Threatt had 21 points apiece, while Oden had 20 points and 12 rebounds. She was six of eight from the free throw line.

Kimberly Bedgood scored 20 points to lead Booker T. Washington.

Eufaula 57, Andalusia 31: Second-ranked and defending state champion Eufaula (30-5) stated its case for a return to Birmingham with the convincing win.

Junior guard Gwen Jackson scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Jackie Tate added 14 points.