Parrish rolls in Walker County Tournament opener; Cordova knocks off Curry
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
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Parrish's Tyler Sims, right, looses control of the ball as Oakman's Quinton Harris, left, defends during their game in the Walker County Basketball Tournament on Tuesday. Parrish won 67-37. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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PARRISH — The No. 3 seed Parrish Tornadoes came into the opening night of the Walker County Tournament looking to make a statement.

With Monday’s opening 67-37 performance over the No. 5 seed Oakman Wildcats, the host team’s statement was sufficiently made.

After the Wildcats scored the first point of the game, the Tornadoes put together a 17-2 run to close out the first period with a 20-3 lead.

The second period saw Parrish use the same formula — forcing turnovers and hampering every Oakman shot attempt — to cruise to a 30-5 halftime lead.

The Wildcats began to find rhythm offensively in the third period, outscoring Parrish 20-18 to cut the lead to 48-25.

The Tornadoes, however, continued to hit shots throughout the fourth period en route to a 19-12 effort to earn the 67-37 victory.

“Defensively in the first half, we were playing well off of the ball. We tightened up on our traps and rotated extremely effectively tonight, which helped us get a lot of steals,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said.

“The second half defensively wasn’t as good — it looked like we were a bit tired — but we’re going to work on that before our next match-up on Friday night.”

Jermichael Harris had a great night for the Tornadoes, turning in a double-double performance with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Reginald Harris contributed well on the night, scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Jeremy Piper and Tyler Sims turned in double-digit performances with 11 points each.

Dylan Smith led the Wildcats in scoring with 13 points, while Quinton Harris recorded six points and six rebounds.

Parrish takes on the No. 2 seed Dora Bulldogs on Friday night, with Burns facing his former team for the first time since his departure last summer.

“We know what Dora has in terms of talent and ability. I coached those kids and that’s a hard thing with having close relationships with most of them, as well as the people of the community,” Burns said. “It’s tough for some of our coaches also, since they coached there — but we are at Parrish now and it’s going to be a great atmosphere on Friday night.”

Parrish learned some bad news on Monday. Starting guard/forward Marcus Harris is out for the season following an ACL injury.

Cordova 61, Curry 53

Cordova opened the third quarter on fire as the Blue Devils earned the first upset of the Walker County Tournament, beating Curry 61-53.

The Blue Devils led by a point at the half, but opened the third quarter with a 19-3 spurt. Cordova led by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter before Curry mounted a comeback. The Jackets knocked down six 3-pointers in the final minutes, but ran out of time as the Devils earned their second win over Curry this season.

Cordova, the No. 5 seed, scored 23 points in the third quarter. Center Jonathan Herndon and sharpshooter Austin West were unstoppable in the period. Each scored eight points while Jamaal Cooper added four.

Cordova’s Mason McCain closed the run with a free throw for a 41-24 Cordova lead with two minutes left in the quarter.

The Blue Devils led 43-29 going into the fourth quarter.

Cordova’s largest lead came at 56-37 following a basket by West with 3:30 left on the clock.

Curry, the No. 4 seed, got as close as seven points with 30.7 seconds remaining after an Alex Odom 3-pointer made the score 59-51, but the Jackets got no closer. Odom hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

The game was close throughout the opening half with Curry holding a 13-9 lead after the first quarter and Cordova taking a 22-21 lead into the half.

West paced Cordova with 18 points (16 coming in the second half), Cooper added 12, Shane Hill had 11, Herndon had 10 points and 19 rebounds, McCain added four, Austin Sanders put in three and Derrick Simon added two.

For Curry, Spencer Fikes hit four 3-pointers in the opening quarter and finished with 16 points, Odom added 14 points and 10 rebounds, Jarrod Owens had 10 points and both Jacob O’Rear and Blake Guthrie had two.

Cordova returns to the court today to take on top-seeded Carbon Hill at 7 p.m. Curry plays Carbon Hill at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Junior Varsity Boys

Curry 48, Parrish 36

Curry posted an 11-5 lead to open the first period, before an injury to a Parrish’s Christian Miller midway through the second period forced the Tornadoes to play with only four players, while the Yellow Jackets racked up a 27-11 edge going into halftime.

Miller returned in the third period to help Parrish outscore Curry 14-13, but the Yellow Jackets remained in control, 40-25. Though Parrish outscored Curry in the fourth period 11-8, the Yellow Jackets took the 48-36 victory.

Curry advances to play the No.1 seed Dora Bulldogs.

Cordova 53, Oakman 40

The teams battled intensely through the first period, tying the game at 16-16.

Cordova took the lead in the second quarter with a 14-8 run to move ahead 30-24 at the half. The Blue Devils outscored the Wildcats 12-4 in the third period to take a 42-28 edge. Oakman outscored Cordova 12-11 in the fourth period, while the Blue Devils took the 53-40 win.

Ninth-Grade Boys

Dora 61, Curry 18

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first period before outscoring the Yellow Jackets 14-2 in the second period to take a 27-4 edge into halftime. Dora continued to lead in the third period, 42-9 before posting a 19-point fourth period to earn the 61-18 victory.

Carbon Hill 37, Cordova 28

In a tightly-contested first half, the Bulldogs established a 12-9 lead over the Blue Devils before Cordova cut Carbon Hill’s lead to two at halftime, 17-15.

The Bulldogs extended their edge to six after the third period, to lead 29-23 and outscored the Blue Devils 8-5 in the fourth period en route to the 37-28 final.