Parrish moves to 11-0 with rout
by W. Brian Hale
Dec 19, 2012 | 1773 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Parrish’s Brodrick Sanders (3) backs his way to the goal against Cordova during their game at Parrish High School on Tuesday. The Tornadoes improved to 11-0 with a 94-34 victory over the Blue Devils. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Parrish’s Brodrick Sanders (3) backs his way to the goal against Cordova during their game at Parrish High School on Tuesday. The Tornadoes improved to 11-0 with a 94-34 victory over the Blue Devils. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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PARRISH — The sixth-ranked Parrish Tornadoes set new season highs in Tuesday night’s 94-34 victory over the Cordova Blue Devils at Parrish.

The Tornadoes’ 94 points represent the highest offensive output the squad has experienced this season, as well as helping Parrish remain undefeated and clinch their 11th straight victory of the year.

Five Parrish players scored in double digits for the night, with Barry Hill recording his second consecutive double-double on 21 points and 12 rebounds. Seventh-grader Isaac Chatman also secured the first double of his career, with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots on the night. Jermichael Harris recorded a 14-point night, with Tyler Sims following at 13 points. Brodrick Sanders contributed with 10 points.

In an equally impressive defensive performance, each member of the Tornadoes’ squad were able to grab at least one steal as well as one rebound on the night.

“It’s hard to say something negative about the kind of game we played tonight, but as a coach, you always want to look for something your team can improve on. I think the thing that I like the best from our performance was the mistakes that were made came when we were hustling. Everyone makes mistakes — but on the court, if you make a mistake in transition or by the occasional slip, it’s a sign that your team is definitely working hard,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “Everyone contributed tonight and played very well — that’s incredibly fun to see as a coach.”

Jamaal Cooper led the Blue Devils in scoring with 11 points, while Jonathan Softley had 8 points.

The Parrish offense and defense roared into action in the first period, mounting a 31-4 lead to open the game. The Tornadoes outscored the Blue Devils, 23-13 in the second period to hold a 54-17 edge into halftime.

Parrish continued to roll in the second half, first by outscoring Cordova 25-14 in the third period to push their lead to 79-31, before holding a 15-3 scoring edge in the fourth period en route to the 94-34 final.

The Tornadoes host the Brilliant Tigers on Thursday night, while the Blue Devils travel to Sumiton to take on Holy Spirit in the Sumiton Christian Christmas Tournament on Saturday.

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VARSITY GIRLS

Parrish 52, Cordova 42

Parrish’s offense caught fire in the final minute of game to knock off Cordova 52-42 Tuesday night.

The Lady Tornadoes picked up their third win of the season, matching last season’s win total.

Savannah Jones broke a 41-41 tie with 1:37 left in the game on a driving layup. From there, it was all Parrish.

Mary Jo Sanford added a pair of free throws with 1:18 left in the game and made a layup at the 58-second mark for a 47-41 lead. Jones iced the game with a basket nine seconds later.

The game was close throughout. Parrish led 14-10 after the first quarter. Cordova rallied to regain the lead at 22-18 at the half. The Tornadoes stormed back ahead, 35-31, going into the third quarter behind 11 points from Ciara Hubbard, who hit a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter.

Hubbard led Parrish with 20 points while Sanford added 14. For Cordova, Alexis Cooper had 12 points and Jessica Willingham put in nine.