In a match-up of major college recruits, it was a senior point guard and a junior power forward that gave the sparks needed to fuel Hale County to their first state title game in boys basketball since 1965.

Kaddell Perry and Jakorrian Edwards each scored 19 for the Wildcats in their 79-60 victory over Cordova. Perry made things happen in the first half with 17 points in the first two quarters, helping Hale County on a 17-9 run to take a 36-28 lead at the break.

Edwards helped Hale County increase the lead with a 22-14 edge in the third quarter by scoring 11 of his points in those eight minutes. Edwards last points saw the beginning of an 18-4 run for Cordova soon after to cut the lead to 62-57. However, Hale County weathered the storm and pushed back with a 14-3 run to close the game.

In their first Final Four since 1967, Hale County will now play in their first state final since losing to D.A.R. 52 years ago. The Wildcats missed out on the 3A Final Four last year with a loss to Midfield. They’ll take on the winner of Madison Academy and Monroe County.