The Hazel Green High School girls basketball team stands alone in the Alabama High School Athletic Association history books after the Trojans captured their sixth consecutive state championship over the weekend.
Until Hazel Green’s feat this season, no team — boys or girls — in the history of high school basketball in Alabama has ever won six straight state titles. It wasn’t easy, but setting records rarely is.Read more: Hazel Green girls basketball wins amazing 6th straight championship
6 straight feels great
The Trojans’ 13-point victory in the AHSAA championship game over Huffman completed a season that saw Hazel Green overcome some critical injuries to some key players. Starter Zyriah Price suffered a season-ending knee injury mid-season, and fellow starter Nyla Collier suffered a torn ACL and was limited in playing time for the remainder of the season.
In fact, the 36-1 Trojans’ only loss came right after both starters were injured — a loss to eventual 7A champion Hoover — and the team was forced to regroup to make their run at history.
Junior star Leah Brooks led Hazel Green Saturday with 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Amiyah Redus was second on the team in scoring with 16 points. Junior Sydney Steward added nine points, three assists and two steals.
A coaching record, too
Hazel Green head coach Tim Miller reached a milestone of his own with the win Saturday. The championship this season was the 10th in Miller’s career, which is a record for girls basketball coaches in Alabama, and ties the record for all of high school basketball in the state (legendary boys coach Jack Doss, who won state titles as Mae Jemison, J.O. Johnson, Butler and Hayes, also has 10 state champioships).
In addition to Miller’s six titles at Hazel Green, he also won state championships while coaching at Jeff Davis (2006) and Bob Jones (2008, 2009 and 2011).
Hazel Green’s National Ranking
Not only are the Trojan’s tops in the 6A rankings in Alabama, but they have also gained national attention this season, as ESPN has them ranked 16th in the country. That’s saying a lot, considering that these rankings are not based on classification.
The team is one of only two Alabama high schools nationally ranked in the ESPN girls poll (7A champ Hoover is ranked just ahead of the Trojans at 15th).