Hoover Girls Take Down Auburn 71-56 in AHSAA Class 7A Semifinals

By Josh Bean | For the AHSAA

BIRMINGHAM – Hoover’s Lady Bucs advanced to the Class 7A state girls’ championship basketball game for the sixth straight season Thursday morning beating Auburn 71-56 in Thursday’s state semifinals at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena.

Hoover sophomore Khloe Ford, a 6-foot-3 center, led Hoover with a career high 28 points and 15 rebounds – helping the Bucs finish with a dominating 39-10 rebounding edge. Auburn recorded just one offensive rebound, while Ford tallied seven by herself.

“That’s just effort,” Hoover coach Krystle Johnson said when asked about her team’s rebounding. “It just shows the effort they give for us to be successful.”

The Bucs (27-7) can claim a fourth straight Class 7A title on Saturday against Hewitt-Trussville (27-5) or Prattville (23-5), which play later today in the other semifinal. In fact, it’s Hoover’s sixth straight championship game appearance, having won state titles in 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023 and finishing as runner-up in 2020.

Auburn (26-5), coached by Courtney Pritchett, shot 55 percent from the field, and made 7-of-13 3-pointers, but the Bucs’ rebounding was too much to overcome. Auburn senior Syriah Daniels, a 6-foot Auburn University signee, picked up two quick fouls and forcing her to pull back her normal aggression.

Pritchett said Hoover’s Ford proved to be too much to handle.

“It’s hard to battle a 6-3 girl who does a really, really good job of maneuvering her body around,” Pritchett said.

Auburn’s Syriah Daniels (3) collides with Hoover’s Ariana Peagler (14) in the lane during the Class 7A state girls semifinals. (AHSAA Photo | David Holtsford)

Kamryn Lee added 10 points, six rebounds and five assists for Hoover, and Ariana Peagler had 11 points. Kaitlyn Gipson added seven points and five assists.

Brooke Hallman led Auburn with 20 points, going 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Daley Alsobrook added 12 points, and Daniels added 10 points.

Click here to check out schedules and scores from the 2024 AHSAA State Basketball Finals. 

Play continues Thursday with Class 7A semifinal games for boys and girls, and championship games in Class 1A. Finals for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will be Friday, and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A close out the 2024 state tourney on Saturday.

The Class 7A semifinal games and all 14 state finals are being are being televised live over the Alabama Public Television Network and live streamed over the NFHS Network.

Cover Photo: Hoover’s Kamryn Lee (3) drives to the basket as Auburn’s defense swarms to defend.  (AHSAA PHOTO | David Holtsford)

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