High School Basketball roundup: Parrish beats Oakman behind big 2nd half
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Parrish's Jermichael Harris (22) guards Oakman's Purvis Coger (1) during their game Thursday night at Oakman High School. Parrish won the game 72-34. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Parrish's Jermichael Harris (22) guards Oakman's Purvis Coger (1) during their game Thursday night at Oakman High School. Parrish won the game 72-34. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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OAKMAN — The Parrish Tornadoes and Oakman Wildcats waged a tight battle through the first half of Thursday night’s contest at Oakman, but a stellar performance on both sides of the ball in the second half allowed the Tornadoes to clinch a 72-34 victory.

Denzell Daley posted 18 points and connected on 9-of-10 shots from the free-throw line to lead the Tornadoes (6-1). Jermichael Harris, who returned to the roster after a long absence, had 12 points and Reginald Harris scored 10 points. Sophomore Jaylen Clay contributed 9 points, going a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range.

Quinton Harris scored 13 points to lead the Wildcats.

“We started out slow tonight, with many of our starters out early because of foul trouble. Our bench did a really good job of keeping the game close before halftime and giving us the opportunity to make a good run in the second half,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said.

“In the third and fourth periods, all eight of our guys contributed on the defensive side of the ball. We rebounded the ball well, which led to points for us. I’m really proud of the way Jaylen, Jermichael and Denzell played — all three showed great leadership.”

Quinton Harris scored nine points in the first period as Oakman took a four-point lead, 16-12. Parrish battled back in the second period, outscoring Oakman 18-11 to take a 30-27 advantage into the half.

The second half belonged to the Tornadoes’ offense and defense. For the final two periods, Parrish outscored Oakman 42-7 — keeping the Wildcat offense off-balance with an aggressive, up-tempo attack.

The Tornadoes went on a 21-point run to begin the third period before the Wildcats answered with a lone basket, giving Parrish control of the game, 51-27.

Parrish added another 21 points in the fourth period while holding Oakman to five points to complete the 72-34 win.

Parrish’s girls won 42-37.

Parrish takes on Sumiton Christian tonight in Sumiton in an area showdown. Oakman travels to Lamar County for an area battle tonight.

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GIRLS

Cordova 57, Winfield 54

Alexis Cooper scored 17 of her 20 points in the second half to lead the Cordova Blue Devils to come-from-behind 57-54 victory over Winfield at Cordova Thursday night.

Cordova (10-3, 3-1) trailed by 12 points in the first half and was down 45-38 going into the final quarter before outscoring the Pirates 19-9 to earn the area victory.

Winfield, the No. 9 team in Class 3A, suffered its first loss of the season.

“We just wore them down in the fourth quarter,” Cordova coach Randy Stracner said. “We played great defense. They only made two field goals in the fourth quarter and only made four shots in the second half.”

Cordova was down 20-8 after the first quarter and 32-23 at the half.

“We may have had a little doubt creeping in during the first half. We had the look of, ‘Here we go again,’ because of the way we’ve done against them in the past. In the second half, we got within reach and you could see that they started believing they could do it,” Stracner said.

Morgan Martin carried Cordova in the first half, scoring 13 of her 19 points. She connected on five 3-pointers in the game. Jessica Willingham added nine points.

Next up for Cordova is a home game against Sumiton Christian on Tuesday.

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BOYS

Carbon Hill 67, Oak Grove 49

Gerald Smith scored a season-high 36 points as the Carbon Hill Bulldogs earned their first area win of the season, beating Oak Grove 67-49 at Carbon Hill High School on Thursday night.

Smith was 12-of-16 from the field — hitting 5-of-7 3-pointers — and connected on 7-of-8 free throws.

Carbon Hill (5-4, 1-1) led 22-12 after the first quarter and pulled away from there. The Bulldogs were up 43-23 at the half and 54-34 after three quarters.

Stevie Simerly had 10 points for the Bulldogs while Chandler Gann put in nine and Evan Castle added seven.

Carbon Hill plays in the Tupelo Cross-Town Classic on Saturday. The Bulldogs play Shannon, Miss., at 2:30 p.m.

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GIRLS

Carbon Hill 71, Oak Grove 9

Carbon Hill bounced back from a loss earlier in the week with a 71-9 area rout of Oak Grove at home on Thursday.

The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 in area play.

Carbon  Hill (7-3), which fell to Winfield on the road on Tuesday,  travels to Cold Springs today to take on the third-ranked team in Class 2A.

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BOYS

Marion County 64, Lynn 50

Marion County scored 21 first-quarter points to build a double-digit lead on Lynn en route to a 64-50 victory over the Bears in the opening round of the NAC Tournament on Thursday at Marion County High School.

The Red Raiders led 21-10 after the opening quarter and 35-23 at the half. They pushed their lead to 52-35 after three quarters.

Ready Swanigan and Collin Roberts combined for 49 points for Marion County.

For Lynn (5-2), Ben Cagle had 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Clay Porter added 10 points.

Thursday’s game did not count in the region standings.

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GIRLS

Marion County 45, Lynn 38

Lynn fell behind early and never got within striking distance as the Bears dropped their first game of the season, 45-38, at Marion County in the NAC Tournament.

Marion County led 10-4 after the first quarter and 24-17 at the half. Lynn (6-1) trailed 35-24 after three quarters.

For Lynn, Emma Easley had 18 points and nine rebounds while Reagan Tittle had eight points.

Erica Walker had 16 points for Marion County while Brainna Johnson put in 14.