Ider Stings Luverne to Advance to AHSAA Girls Class 2A Title Game

Birmingham, AL – The Ider Lady Hornets secured their place in the AHSAA Class 2A girls’ state basketball title game with a resounding 69-32 win over the Luverne Tigers on Monday night at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena. Ten players from Ider contributed to the score, showcasing the depth of their talent.

Ider, under the leadership of Coach Jamie Pruett, is now set to face the defending state champion Mars Hill Bible Lady Panthers in the title game scheduled for Friday morning at 9 a.m.

The Lady Hornets (22-11) have a history of success, having claimed the girls’ state basketball title in 1985. They achieved a 66-51 victory over McIntosh to claim the Class 3A state crown.

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In their semifinal clash with Luverne (26-6), Ider established their dominance early on, thanks to an impressive performance from beyond the 3-point arc. By halftime, the Hornets had sunk 9-of-19 attempts and finished the game with a total of 16 buckets on 38 attempts. Aubree Chapman, Julie Mavity, and K.K. Wilborn each converted 3-pointers, with Chapman leading the team with 12 points. Mavity and Wilborn followed closely with nine points each, while MaKinley Traylor and Addisyn Heard added 10. Kenzie Smith contributed nine.

Luverne, coached by Richard Dorsey, saw strong performances from Center Nikayla Melton who scored 12 points and secured 10 rebounds, and Kalaiya Dixon who added six points. Despite the loss, this marked a significant achievement for the Tigers as it was their first appearance in the Final Four in the school’s history.

Cover Photo: Luverne’s Amiracle Taylor (24) makes a jumper as Ider’s Addisyn Heard (20) defends. (AHSAA Photo | David Holtsford)

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