After trailing the entire first half, the Vikings had the momentum in the closing minutes, but Walker couldn’t keep it.
Mortimer Jordan regained the lead with free throws and the Vikings missed four consecutive shots from the free-throw stripe down the stretch as the Blue Devils earned a 39-36 area victory at Songer Gym.
“We’re not playing very smart,” Walker coach Scotty Ware said. “We’re getting ourselves into foul trouble with dumb fouls. We’re also not playing well on offense. When you do that, it’s hard to win. I’m about as frustrated as I’ve ever been.”
Walker trailed from the start. Michael Bridges hit a shot at the first-quarter buzzer to cut Mortimer Jordan’s lead to 8-5 going into the second quarter.
The Vikings got within two points twice in the second quarter before Mortimer Jordan took a 20-15 lead into the half.
Walker cut the gap to 31-30 going into the fourth quarter and took the lead late before falling short at the free throw line.
For the Vikings (3-5 overall, 1-1 in 5A, Area 11), Riley Graham had eight points, Que’drekas Key had seven points and 11 rebounds and Shane Donaldson put in five points.
Walker plays at Curry in a key area matchup on Friday.
Mortimer Jordan 63, Walker 47
Mortimer Jordan pulled away from Walker in the fourth quarter to knock off the Lady Vikings 63-47 on Tuesday.
The Lady Blue Devils led 44-39 after the third quarter, but outscored Walker 19-8 in the fourth.
Mortimer Jordan led 17-12 after the first quarter and opened up an 11-point lead at 33-22 at the half before the Lady Vikings cut the cap to five going into the final quarter.
For Walker, Sidney Cooper had 23 points, Jasmine Lake put in seven and Jessica Woodley added six.
Mortimer Jordan (5-1) got 25 points from Haylie McCleney, Amanda Dean added 12 and both Alysa Amberson and Megan Snow had 10 points.
Mortimer Jordan 37, Walker 25
Mortimer Jordan jumped out to an early lead and made it stand, beating Walker 37-25 in the junior varsity boys game Tuesday night.
The Blue Devils led 14-5 after the first quarter and took a 21-14 lead into the half. Walker cut the gap to 25-21 after three quarters, but was outscored 11-4 in the fourth quarter.
For Walker, Kenyatta Woods led the way with 10 points while both Bobby Hamm and James Clouse had six.
Mortimer Jordan got 10 points from both Austin Merritt and Dalton Hudson.
Walker 66, Mortimer Jordan 36
Walker’s ninth-grade team picked up its second straight lopsided win with a 66-36 victory over Mortimer Jordan.
The game was notched at 8-8 after the first quarter. Walker took a 21-16 lead at the half and outscored the Blue Devils 45-20 in the second half to put the game away.
For Walker, which beat Corner 46-26 on Monday, John Michael Reed had 15 points, Chris Evans added 13, Denzell Daley had 10, Isreal Johnson put in nine, Aaron Morris had seven and both Jarrod Ollie and Logan Norris added four.
Jo-Jo Blair led Mortimer Jordan with 10 points.