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Unbeaten Autaugaville overpowers Keith in Southwest Regional Finals

No. 2 Autaugaville used a 18-point second quarter to beat Keith and clinch a berth in the Class 1A state basketball tournament.

The unbeaten Eagles outscored the Bears 18-8 in the second period, breaking a 13-all tie and cruised to a 63-45 victory in the Class 1A Southwest Regional Finals on Thursday night at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery.

Keith (7-9) struggled in the second quarter, missing 10 of its 12 shots. Autaugaville made 8 of its 10 free throws in the period, leading 31-21 at halftime.

The Bears were led by Tommy Tisdale III with 18 points and five rebounds. Anthony Lumpkin had 11 points, Ty’Kendric Rayford added 11 points and five rebounds.

Dewaun Stubbs led the Eagles (29-0) with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Makenzie Bristow-Matthews added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Antonio Hardy Jr. had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The No. 2 Eagles will meet No. 1 Decatur Heritage Christian (20-7) in the Final Four Tuesday at 4:30 at Bill Harris Arena.

Autaugaville went an unbeaten 7-0 against Dallas County Schools, beating Dallas County and Southside twice and two forfeit wins over Ellwood Christian Academy.