Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Marengo Academy, Pickens Academy in AISA Semifinals Today

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Marengo Academy, Pickens Academy in AISA Semifinals Today

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AISA Girls Tournament Semifinals




Huntingdon College, Montgomery


Class A:

Marengo Academy vs.

Patrician Academy, 9 a.m.

Class AA:

Pickens Academy vs.

Wilcox Academy, 3 p.m.

Danny Stenz, coach of the Marengo Academy girls basketball team, and Pickens Academy coach Wade Goodman didn't have to scramble for scouting reports on their next opponents.

Marengo Academy (24-2) faces Patrician Academy for the third time this season in today's AISA Class A semifinals. The Lady Pirates (20- 3) play Wilcox Academy in Class AA. Goodman said his team beat Wilcox Academy in the recent regional tournament.

Patrician Academy advanced with a 49-43 victory over Chambers Academy.

"We've got a definite size advantage," Stenz said.

"We're taller, but they've got a real good outside game. We'll need to stop Gabby George and Haley Doggett. They shoot really well from the outside."

Stenz said George is the daughter of Patrician Academy coach Chris George.

"We're going to have to really extend our defense out," Stenz said. "It's going to come down to who wants it the most, who wants to get to that championship game. It's kind of hard beating a team three times in one year. I'm sure he's got a different game plan for us. We've been working on some different stuff in practice, just in case what we've been doing doesn't work."

Lakeside plays Sparta Academy in the other semifinal. Stenz said Lakeside is probably the favorite, having won the Class AA title last year. The Class A championship game will be at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Marengo Academy defeated Edgewood Academy 46-28 in the quarterfinal round. Chandler Stenz led the Lady Longhorns with 13 points. Brooke Smyly scored nine, and Anna Michael Crocker had eight. Andrea Edmonds had seven points.

"We didn't come out of the gates like I wanted us to, but we eventually got into a running game," Danny Stenz said. "We like to run the court. We're tall and lean. …

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