Hazel Green defeats Blount 55-39; returns to the Class 6A State Championship game

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Defending Class 6A state girls’ basketball champion Hazel Green forced 20 turnovers and made the most of their 34 shots from the field Wednesday to beat Blount 55-39 in the 6A girls’ semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.  
     The victory sends the Trojans (33-3) to the Class 6A state championship game Saturday at 12:30 p.m., at the Legacy Arena. Hazel Green, coached by Tim Miller, won its first state title since 1995 last season and now has a chance to go for two in a row against Opelika (26-6).
      Senior guard Marisa Snodgrass scored 15 points to lead the Trojans. She made three 3-pointers, including two at a critical time in the second quarter to helpHazel Green stretch its small lead to double digits. She also had three assists and five steals in a solid effort.
    Jaelyn Johnson added 11 points and MaKenzie Hill had 10. The two combined to go 9-of-10 at the foul line and Hazel Green finished 19-of-25 for the game. Farrah Pearson added eight points and a team-high eight rebounds.
    Blount (26-5), coached by Kimyatta Perry, struggled from field shooting just 33% in the second half.   Jamya Sharpe led the Leopards with nine points. Lajauna Lambert also had eight points and eight rebounds.

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