Parrish pulls away from Carbon Hill
by Johnathan Bentley
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Parrish’s Barry Hill (23) throws down a dunk against Carbon Hill during their game Saturday. Hill had 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Parrish won the game 60-47. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Parrish’s Barry Hill (23) throws down a dunk against Carbon Hill during their game Saturday. Hill had 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Parrish won the game 60-47. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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PARRISH — Barry Hill and Denzell Daley threw down dunks in the final minutes Saturday, putting an exclamation point on Parrish’s 60-47 home victory over Carbon Hill in a precursor to next week’s Walker County Basketball Tournament at Cordova.

Parrish (16-2) finally broke free from the Bulldogs midway through the final quarter behind the play of Hill, Daley and Jermichael Harris. The trio combined for 23 of Parrish’s 26 points in the final quarter.

“I can’t say enough about the way our guys played in the fourth quarter,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “Berry took over in the paint on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Denzell made some big shot shots. Jermichael was aggressive going to the basket and making passes. The guys really put a lot of energy into the fourth quarter. I was very pleased with the way we responded. I think we are starting to gel at the right time.”

The game was close throughout the first three quarters.

Parrish led 18-12 after the first quarter and Carbon Hill (12-10) was up a point at the half, 25-24. The teams were notched at 34-34 going into the final quarter.

Parrish helped seal the game at the free throw line, knocking down 10-of-12 shots in the final quarter.

After two baskets by Harris, Hill followed with four straight points. His dunk pushed Parrish’s lead to double digits for the first time at 49-38 with 3:15 left.

Daley’s dunk made the score 57-43 with 34 seconds left on the clock.

The win overshadowed another stand-out performance from Carbon Hill’s Gerald Smith, who had a game-high 27 points, including nine in the final quarter.

“Gerald played a great game. He’s a great player. He hit a lot of shots that were contested,” Burns said.

Daley finished with a team-high 21 points for Parrish. He knocked down four 3-pointers in the opening quarter. Hill had 15 points, seven rebounds and six blocks, Jermichael Harris had 13 points and eight rebounds and Reginald Harris had seven points.

Both Parrish and Carbon Hill will be in action in the Walker County Tournament next week. Carbon Hill plays Cordova, the host team, at 4:30 p.m. Monday while Parrish takes on Curry at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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GIRLS

Carbon Hill 49, Parrish 41

Carbon Hill closed the game on a 20-2 run to make up a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit and beat Parrish 49-41 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (15-8) led 13-9 after the first quarter, but Parrish rallied to take a 23-19 halftime lead. The Tornadoes also led 31-27 after three quarters.

Parrish pushed its lead to 39-29 before Carbon Hill started its game-ending spurt.

“We have to realize that we are going to get everyone’s best shot each time we step on the floor,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We didn’t play our best game tonight, but I credit our team for coming back and finishing the game in the fourth quarter.”

Caroline Dodd had 26 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals in the game, and also topped the 2,000-point mark for her career. Savanna Lawson added 15 points — 10 in the fourth quarter — Abby Tittle had six points and 11 rebounds and Katie Moore had two points.

“It’s a tremendous honor for Dodd, reaching 2,000 points. Considering that every night out she is getting doubled-teamed and banged and knocked all over the floor — she still gets it done. That speaks a lot about what kind of competitor she is. Caroline is the only girl to score 2,000 career points in Carbon Hill history, and she is a blessing to coach,” Tittle added.

Carbon Hill opens the county tournament against Parrish at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday.