BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Hoover outscored Spain Park 7-3 in overtime Saturday night in the battle of the city's two rival high schools and captured the 2017 AHSAA Class 7A girls' state basketball championship 51-47.
Coach Krystle Johnson's Lady Bucs (29-7) saw a 3-point lead vanish Sarah Ashlee Barker sank a 3-point goal with four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter for Spain Park (22-12) to tie the game at 44 all.
Coach Mike Chase's Lady Jaguars lost two key starters in overtime when Claire Holt and Barrett Herring fouled out. Hoover was clinging to a two-point 48-46 lead with 1:05 left in overtime when Joiya Maddox stepped to the foul line and sank free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
Eboni Williams had 10 points and 11 rebounds to earn Class 7A state tourney MVP. Angela Grant also had a big game inside scoring 13 points and snatching eight rebounds. Maddox had nine points and Kelci Marable scored eight.
Holt led Coach Mike Chase's Jaguars with 22 points. Barker had 11 points and nine rebounds and Ahrielle Parks had four points and 10 rebounds.
The championship was the fifth in school history for Hoover. For Coach Johnson, the state championship as a head coach was her first. She also won one as a player in 2001 – sinking the winning free throws in Hoover's championship game win over Decatur at the BJCC.