From the opening tip-off, Homewood controlled their semifinal game against Carver-Montgomery, outscoring the Wolverines in every quarter to win 78-48.
Homewood led 44-24 at halftime behind a perfect first half from Tori Webb who shot 4-4 with 12 points. Webb finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Ajah Wayne led all scorers with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Alabama commit Hannah Barber finished with 13 points and six assists.
Carver committed too many turnovers with a -5 turnover margin (and it was only that low because of the backups at the end of the game) and Homewood was able to capitalize on them putting up 25 points off turnovers to Carver’s 12. Homewood also out-rebounded the Wolverines 47-25.
Adasia Rudolph led Carver in scoring with 17 points. Kristin Brown added eleven points.
Homewood will face Hazel Green on Saturday at 12:30 pm for the 6A girl’s championship.
It’s Homewood’s third straight appearance in the title game. The Patriots won two years ago, but lost last year to undefeated LeFlore.
The team has been essentially the same roster for all three years. The main difference is at head coach. After JoVanka Ward got the team to the finals the last two seasons, she left for Thompson, and athletic director Kevin Tubbs then took over. Tubbs was formerly the girl’s basketball coach at Mountain Brook High School before taking over as athletic director at Homewood.