In the Final Four State Basketball Tournament program, each team fortunate enough to make it to Birmingham has their location designated by a star. This year Lynn made the map.
Lynn’s first foray into the Final Four opens today at 6 p.m. against the Keith Bears at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.
Lynn’s road to the Final Four was a long time coming. The Bears needed four tries to finally get past the Northwest Regional Tournament. They accomplished that feat on Saturday, snapping a three-year, three-game losing streak to R.A. Hubbard in regional play.
Senior Jackee Dodd got one last chance to knock off R.A. Hubbard and made the most of the opportunity, scoring a girls regional-best 29 points, including 12 points in the third quarter, and adding 15 rebounds as Lynn earned a 53-43 victory.
Lynn, which trailed 18-15 at the half, dominated the second half of the game, holding the Chiefs to just 19 points while pouring in 32 points.
At the Northwest Regional Tournament, the second half belonged to Lynn. In the regional opener, Lynn held a slim three-point lead over Shoals Christian at halftime, but outscored the Flame 35-12 in the second half for a 52-26 win.
In the last two games, Lynn has outscored its opponents 67-31 in the second half.
The Bears placed three girls on the All-Tournament Team: Dodd — the tournament MVP — fellow senior Lindsey Tompkin and junior point guard Reagan Tittle.
Lynn brings a 22-game winning streak into today’s matchup. The Bears haven’t lost since a 42-38 defeat to Good Hope on Dec. 17. Lynn is also the highest ranked team left in the Class 1A girls Final Four.
Keith High School is located in Orville, which is 15 miles southwest of Selma in Dallas County.
Keith (30-3) has one of the youngest teams in the Final Four with just one senior — Lyteisha Phillips — on the roster. The rest of the team includes two juniors, two sophomores and seven freshmen. By contrast, Lynn has nine upperclassmen on its roster.
Keith advanced to Birmingham by knocking off Winterboro (58-46) and Loachapoka (45-44) at the Central Regional Tournament in Montgomery.
Today’s winner advances to play the No. 6 Brantley-Cedar Bluff winner at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Class 1A and Class 2A boys and girls open the tournament today.