Parrish holds off ACA in tourney opener
by W. Brian Hale and Johnathan Bentley
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Parrish’s Barry Hill (23) shoots over American Christian players during their game in the 78 Classic Thursday at Parrish High School. The Tornadoes won 49-47. Dora won the opener, beating Decatur Heritage 60-44. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Parrish’s Barry Hill (23) shoots over American Christian players during their game in the 78 Classic Thursday at Parrish High School. The Tornadoes won 49-47. Dora won the opener, beating Decatur Heritage 60-44. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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PARRISH — The Class 1A, fifth-ranked Parrish Tornadoes overcame a sluggish first-half performance and a tenacious opponent to mount an impressive 49-47 come-from-behind victory over the Class 3A American Christian Academy Patriots on Friday night at the 78 Classic in Parrish.

Parrish’s Barry Hill and Jermichael Harris posted double-doubles on the night, with Hill scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for his fifth consecutive double-double, while Harris had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals and 8 assists for his second-straight double-double. Reginald Harris also turned in a great performance, with 13 points and 6 rebounds.

Parrish coach Heath Burns praised his team’s ability to maintain its focus in the face of adversity and battle back from the halftime deficit.

“To see our guys step up to the challenge of being down at the half and battle through the lead changes that occurred during the second half to emerge victorious shows the will that they have as great competitors,” Burns said. “We had so many guys who played key roles in the game — each one of them contributed to helping us get the win. I can’t say enough about our effort and this was the type of game that truly tells you a lot about your team. When you look at challenges that you have to fight through as a team to help you grow stronger as a program, this is the type of contest you seek for learning opportunities.”

Burns also praised the Patriots’ play and their coaching staff’s ability to produce top-quality players.

“American Christian’s coach Greg Crowe is a great friend of mine and both teams have a mutual respect for each other — they’re an outstanding team and they played a tremendous ballgame,” Burns said. “Coach Crowe and I agreed after the game that with the atmosphere and the way that both of our teams played that this was essentially a playoff-like game — it’s too bad we couldn’t play again tomorrow night. ACA has the ability to play at different speeds and they execute so well — I think tonight’s game benefitted them as much as it did us. We wish them the best of luck the rest of the season — they’re going to do extremely well.”

The first period proved to be a defensive struggle, with the Patriots taking an early 7-4 advantage. The Tornadoes closed the deficit to two in the second quarter, with ACA still in command 17-15 going into halftime.

The third period was a furious battle that included 9 different lead changes. Parrish took their first lead of the game late in the quarter to pull ahead, 31-29.

Parrish and ACA continued to exchange the lead in the fourth period, settling into a 46-46 tie with 54 seconds left in regulation. Reginald Harris got fouled and sank his first free throw to give the Tornadoes the 48-47 edge. Though the second free throw was missed, Hill grabbed the rebound and found the basket on a layup for the critical 49-46 lead. The Patriots were only able to score an additional point in the final 20 seconds, giving the Tornadoes the 49-47 win.

Parrish (14-0) takes on the No. 9 Decatur Heritage Eagles today for day two of the 78 Classic.



VARSITY BOYS

Dora 60, Decatur Heritage 44

Deionte Smith and Devonta Gosha kickstarted Dora’s offense in the opening quarter and the Bulldogs never looked back, beating Decatur Heritage 60-44 in the opener of the 78 Classic Tournament at Parrish High School.

Behind seven points from Gosha and six points from Smith, Dora led 19-6 after the opening quarter. The Eagles never got within striking distance again.

Robert Johnson put in four points in the second quarter as Dora took a 33-20 advantage in the half. The Bulldogs (9-4) led 45-32 after the third quarter and Kenton Petties added eight fourth-quarter points as Dora earned the 16-point win.

For Dora, Smith had 13 points, Petties had eight, Gosha put in seven, Jai’Corian Parker put in six, DeAngelo Pendleton had five and both Caleb May and Johnson finished with four. The Bulldogs face American Christian today at 6:15 p.m.



VARSITY BOYS

Carbon Hill 71, Oak Grove 41

Carbon Hill remained perfect in area play with a 71-41 blowout win over Hayden Friday night at Carbon Hill High School.

The Bulldogs (11-6 overall, 4-0 in 4A, Area 8) led by just four points (17-13) after the opening quarter, but turned up the offense in the second quarter, outscoring Oak Grove 23-9 for a 40-22 halftime lead.

Carbon Hill took a 30-point lead (63-33) into the final quarter.

For the Bulldogs, Gerald Smith led the way with 19 points, Garrett Kirkland put in 17 and Stevie Simerly added 12. Daniel Woodard pitched in with seven points, Jordan Henson had six, John Bray had five, Isaac Slaton added three and Ryan Simerly had two points.

Carbon Hill has three touch games next week starting with a home game against Fayette County on Tuesday. The Bulldogs then hit the road to face Parrish on Thursday and Dora, in a key region game, on Friday.

“The main thing for us next week is to win on Friday,” Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps said. “It’s would be nice to win all of them, but that’s the one that matters (in the area).”

Carbon Hill knocked off Dora 63-62 in the first meeting between the teams.



VARSITY GIRLS

Carbon Hill 80, Oak Grove 18

Carbon Hill knocked down 10 3-pointers on the night and had its way with Oak Grove in their 4A, Area 8 matchup Friday night, beating the Tigers 80-18.

Caroline Dodd came close to a triple-double on the night, recording 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, Lindsay Fluker added 16 points and six rebounds and both Savanna Lawson and Meagan Bice had 11 points.

Carbon Hill took command o the game early, taking a 29-7 lead into the second quarter. The Bulldogs (13-5, 4-0) led 53-10 at the half and 70-12 after three quarters.

Also for the Bulldogs, Abby Tittle had eight points, three assists and three steals, Mallorie Buzbee had six points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Korey Tidwell had four points, Jessica Hurst had three, Maggi Clark had one point and four rebounds and Molli Clark added four rebounds and two steals. Carbon Hill hosts Fayette County on Tuesday.



VARSITY BOYS

Curry 35, Hayden 28

Curry made just 15 shots Friday night, but the Yellow Jackets made them count on their way to a 35-28 area victory over Hayden Friday night at Curry High School.

Neither team was able to get an offense going in the first half. Hayden took an 8-7 lead into the second quarter, but Curry’s defense held the Wildcats to just two points in the second quarter for a 14-10 halftime lead. Curry padded its lead in the third quarter, outscoring Hayden by five points for a 26-17 advantage.

The Yellow Jackets won despite shooting just 25 percent (15 of 59) from the field and 11 percent (2 of 17) from three-point territory.

For Curry, Alex Odom had eight points, Jaxon Aaron, Jarrod Owens and Spencer Fikes each had seven and Wesley Key had six points and 12 rebounds.

Luke Wall led Hayden with eight points — all from the free throw line. Curry (7-9, 3-2) hosts Walker on Friday.



VARSITY GIRLS

Hayden 51, Curry 32

Hayden’s girls used a second-quarter surge to pull away from Curry during their game Friday night.

The Wildcats took a 9-5 lead into the second quarter and outscored the Yellow Jackets 19-1 in the second quarter for a 28-6 halftime lead. Hayden led 37-20 going into the final quarter.

Mary Beth Scott connected on three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points for Curry while Kaylee Horton added seven, Ashlee Swindle added four points, Logan Black had three points and Taylor Black put in two.

For Hayden, Katie Parr shot 10 of 13 from the field and finished with a game-high 23 points.



VARSITY GIRLS

Sumiton Christian 49, Oakman 34

Kendell Hamm had 17 points to lead the Sumiton Christian Eagles to a 49-34 win at Oakman Friday night.

The Eagles led by six points at 33-27 going into the final quarter and outscored Oakman 16-7 to pick up the 15-point win.

Sumiton Christian led 14-9 after the first quarter and 22-15 at halftime. For the Eagles, Collin Bowen added 12 points, Katlyn Sides had eight and Kirsten Click added six.

Oakman’s Lindsay Harbinson had 15 points.

VARSITY BOYS

Sumiton Christian 46, Oakman 35

Sumiton Christian scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to rally past the Wildcats 46-35 at Oakman High School on Friday. The Eagles trailed 31-22 going into the fourth quarter, but outscored Oakman by 20 over the final eight minutes to earn the victory.

“That is by far the best team we’ve beaten,” Sumiton Christian coach Bill Griffin said. “The game was closer than the score. They fouled us at the end and we made some free throws.”

Sumiton Christian (15-3) led just 39-35 before closing the game with a 7-0 run.

The Eagles led 14-10 after the opening quarter and the game was tied 19-19 at the half.

For Sumiton Christian, Vann Lovelady recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, Austin Clark had eight points, Mark Hill put in seven and both Cam Mercer and Austin Bice had six points.

For Oakman, Quinton Harris had 12 points, Matt Wright had seven and both Eli Farley and Purvis Coger had six points.

Sumiton Christian hosts Marion County on Thursday.

Oakman hosts area foe Sulligent on Tuesday.



VARSITY GIRLS

Cordova 58, Winston County 53, OT

Jessica Willingham scored three points over the final 10 seconds of regulation to force overtime and the Cordova girls cruised from there, beating Winston County 58-53 in an area showdown Friday night in Double Springs.

Willingham made a free throw, stole an inbound pass and made the game-tying layup with one second left to notch the score at 45-45. Cordova scored 13 points in overtime.

Winston County led through the first three quarters. The Yellow Jackets were up 9-7 after opening quarter, 17-11 at the half and 32-25 going into the fourth.

For Cordova, Raigan Sherer had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks, Willingham had all 11 of her points in the fourth quarter along with 10 rebounds, Alexis Cooper had eight points and four rebounds and Hannah McLemore had seven points.

Winston County’s Kayla Pruitt had 19 points while Cassie Elliott put in 10. Cordova plays at Corner on Tuesday.



VARSITY BOYS

Winston County 76, Cordova 48

Winston County took an early lead and made it stand, rolling to a 76-48 victory over the Blue Devils.

The Yellow Jackets took a 23-10 lead after the opening quarter and had pushed their lead to 22 points (43-21) at the half. Winston County led 54-33 after three quarters.

Both Austin Lewis and Kenon Whitman each had 16 points for Winston County.

For Cordova (2-13), Jamaal Cooper led all scorers with 20 points while Jonathan Softley put in nine.



VARSITY BOYS

Lynn 53, Meek 52

Lynn’s Peyton Moore buried a desperation 3-pointer as time expired to beat Meek 53-52 Friday night in Arley.

Meek had taken a 52-50 lead with 2.9 seconds after a pair of free throws.

Lynn’s Jeremy Tittle then threw a long pass to Moore who connected on the 25-foot shot at the buzzer.

Moore finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists, Tittle had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, Ben Cagle had 10 points and 12 rebounds, Kyle Medeiros had eight points and two assists and Clay Porter added eight points for the Bears (6-8). Lynn trailed 15-14 after the first quarter and the Bears took a 27-19 into the half. Lynn led 36-34 after three quarters.

For Meek, Andrew Johnson had 17 points, Seth Hayes had 12 points, Jeremiah Banks and Jentson Hiller each had 10 points.

Lynn hosts Parrish on Friday.



VARSITY GIRLS

Lynn 54, Meek 13

Lynn improved to 15-1 on the season with a 54-13 victory at Meek on Friday.

The Bears held Meek scoreless in the opening quarter, taking a 12-0 lead. Lynn pushed its advantage to 26-4 at the half. Lynn led 44-11 after three quarters.

Jackee Dodd had 22 points and nine points, Reagan Tittle had 13 points and three rebounds, Lindsay Tompkin had seven points and 10 rebounds, Emma Easley added four points, Brooklyn Beck had three, Brooke Harris had three points and Abbey Terry had two.

VARSITY BOYS

John Carroll 42, Walker 39

John Carroll got a late 3-pointer to break a 39-39 tie and knock off the Vikings 42-39 Friday night at Songer Gymnasium.

The loss was the eighth straight loss for the Vikings (2-12).

Walker's next three games come against area opponents. The Vikings host Mortimer Jordan on Tuesday, travel to Curry on Friday and play at Hayden on Jan. 15.

Walker hasn't won a game since beating Hayden 61-21 on Dec. 7.



JV BOYS

Walker 40, John Carroll 31

Walker jumped to an eight-point lead after the opening quarter and never looked back, beating John Carroll 40-31 at Songer Gym on Friday.

The Vikings (9-4) led 13-5 after the first quarter and 23-10 at the half. Walker took a 31-23 lead into the fourth quarter.

For Walker, Aaron Morris had 18 points while Marlon Oliver added 11.

The Vikings host Mortimer Jordan on Tuesday.