Bulldogs and Trojans head to the Final Four

Published 8:57 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020

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For the first time since 2016 two Pike County teams are heading to Birmingham and the AHSAA Final Four.

Both the Charles Henderson Lady Trojans and the Pike County boys basketball teams won their quarterfinal game on Wednesday.

Both teams made the Final Four following the 2015-2016 season. Both teams fell in the Final Four that season, CHHS fell to Wenonah and Pike County lost to Madison Academy. Charles Henderson went on to win the state championship following the 2017-2018.

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After not making it to regionals last season, the Bulldogs advanced this year for the fourth time in the last five years.

“It felt like we have not been there in 20 years,” head coach Doug Holland said. “You fight so hard to get back there. You talk to a lot of coaches who never get back there. So having an opportunity, you want to thank God first of all, and let the kids enjoy because the kids worked hard to get here.”

The Bulldogs will match up with Area 12 winner Hanceville on Tuesday morning. Hanceville knocked off Midfeld on Wednesday 56-54. All three of Hanceville’s postseason wins have been by three points or less. They knocked off Piedmont 52-50 in double overtime in the regional semifinals.

The winner of Pike County and Hanceville will take on the winner of Lauderdale County and Hale County in the state championship on February 28.

The Lady Trojans will be taking on Center Point in their Final Four matchup. Center Point knocked off Boaz 36-32 in their quarterfinal matchup. Center Point finished the season as the Area 10 winner. They have wins over Alexandria and Brewer in the state tournament.

The winner of the game will take on the winner of Madison Academy and Shelby County in the state championship game on Saturday, February 29 beginning at 9 a.m.

Tip-off between Pike County and Hanceville is scheduled for Tuesday beginning at 10:30. The Lady Trojans take on Center Point on Wednesday beginning at 3 p.m.