The Tornadoes struggled from the field from start to finish, missed 23 layups and hit just 33 percent from the free throw line.
The one saving grace — Parrish won 55-25.
The Tornadoes, led by their defensive pressure, pulled away in the fourth quarter for the lopsided win, improving to 5-0 on the season heading into today’s ranked showdown at Carbon Hill.
“Defensively, I’m pleased with the way we played. The effort was there,” said Burns, the second-year Parrish boys head coach. “Any time you force 27 turnovers you are getting after it on the defensive side.
“We played so sloppy on offense. It wasn’t the best for our home opener. We’ve got to start executing on the break and in our half-court offense. We’ve got to start making some shots. Teams are slacking off on us, leaving us open for shots and we aren’t making them.”
Oakman stayed within striking distance until late in the third quarter when Parrish started a 26-4 run to end the game.
The Wildcats trailed 29-21 with a minute left in the third quarter. Parrish’s Marcus Harris knocked down a 3-pointer at the 45-second mark and Chris Evans scored on a breakaway layup with one second left in the quarter to give Parrish a 34-21 lead going into the fourth.
Reginald Harris and Jermichael Harris combined for Parrish’s first nine points in the fourth quarter and Tyler Sims converted a 3-point play with four minutes left in the game for a 46-25 lead. Eighth-ranked Parrish closed the game on a 12-0 run.
Oakman led by as many as three points in the opening quarter after a pair of Jase Trotter free throws made the score 8-5. Reginald Harris knocked down a 3-pointer to notch the score at 8-8 after the first quarter. Parrish led 25-14 at the half thanks to a 15-2 run that turned a 10-10 tie into a 25-12 Tornadoes’ lead.
Jermichael Harris finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six steals for Parrish despite sitting for most of the first three quarters due to foul trouble. Desmond Brown added 11 points, Reginald Harris had 10, Marcus Harris added six and Sims put in five points.
For Oakman, Quinton Harris had eight points.
Oakman hosts Meek today while Parrish travels to Carbon Hill tonight.
The Bulldogs, who finished as the Class 3A state runner up last year, are ranked No. 10 in Class 4A.
“We’re playing a good basketball team,” Burns said. “Carbon Hill has had a lot of success the last two years. They’ve got some good players and we know they will be well coached. A 1A team playing a 4A team is difficult, but we feel like if we play like we are capable, we can play with them.”
Parrish 38, Oakman 29
Parrish’s Mary Jo Sanford and Savannah Jones combined for 29 points and the Tornadoes picked up their first win of the season on Monday, knocking off Oakman 38-29.
Parrish (1-5) held a slim 5-3 lead after the first quarter and pushed its lead to 17-9 at the half. The Tornadoes led 27-16 after three quarters.
Sanford led the team with 15 points while Jones put in 14.
For Oakman, Lindsay Harbison had nine points.
Walker 28, Danville 24
Walker’s ninth-grade girls team moved to 7-0 on the season with a narrow win at Danville on Monday.
For the Vikings, Sarah McMillan led the team with nine points while Carleigh Taylor put in six. Defensively, Christina Robinson had five steals while Hannah Lockhart added four steals.
Walker hosts Hayden at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
7TH-GRADE WALKER COUNTY TOURNAMENT
Bankhead 36, Lupton 12
No. 2 seed Bankhead won its opener at the Walker County 7th-grade basketball tournament on Monday, beating the Blue Devils 36-12 at T.S. Boyd.
Bankhead (9-2) faces Oakman at 4:45 p.m. today in the semifinals. Carbon Hill takes on Sumiton at 3:30 p.m. today.
Against Lupton, Mason Weems had nine points for Bankhead, Dillon Key and Demetrius Kirk each had eight and Russell Jean had five.