Parrish, Carbon Hill roll through opening round
by W. Brian Hale and Johnathan Bentley
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Parrish’s Barry Hill shoots a one-handed shot over Curry defenders Tuesday night. Hill had 27 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Parrish’s 78-46 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CARBON HILL — The top-seed Parrish Tornadoes made their Walker County Tournament debut in an impressive fashion on Tuesday night, defeating the Curry Yellow Jackets, 78-46, at Carbon Hill.

Barry Hill led the Tornadoes with 27 points, 8 rebounds and three blocked shots, while Desmond Brown posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jermichael Harris contributed with 13 points, Reginald Harris had 12 points and Tyler Sims scored 10 points.

“Overall, I think we played well tonight. We had some difficulties on defense and gave up some three-point shots, which you have to be on your guard for when you play Curry as they are a great shooting team,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “Offensively, our guards did a great job of getting the ball to our post players – and that’s where Barry, Jermichael and Desmond responded with good shots.”

Jermichael Harris agreed with his coach’s assessment, praising the offensive effort of the team while acknowledging the challenges on defense.

“We didn’t contend shots the way we should have on defense and Curry can definitely make you pay when you don’t play well,” Jermichael said. “We had a good game on offense and everybody had a chance to contribute.”

Spencer Fikes had a good night for the Yellow Jackets, scoring 16 points – including four shots from three-point range. Jarrod Owens had 13 points.

Parrish (20-1) opened the game with a 17-12 lead in the first period, followed by a 19-9 second period effort to stay ahead, 36-21 at halftime.

Both teams scored 23 points in the third period, with Parrish retaining a 15-point lead, 59-44. The Tornadoes outscored the Yellow Jackets 19-2 in the fourth period to clinch the 78-46 win.

Parrish will take on the Oakman Wildcats on Friday at 4:30 p.m., while Curry will play the Cordova Blue Devils on Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

Carbon Hill 90, Cordova 58

Cordova survived one Carbon Hill run Tuesday night.

The second one buried the Blue Devils.

Carbon Hill went on a second-quarter spurt to put Cordova away in a 90-58 victory Tuesday night at the Walker County Tournament at Carbon Hill High School.

Cordova stayed within striking distance until the Bulldogs went on a 12-4 run to close the half, turning a seven-point lead into a 15-point cushion.

Gerald Smith led the No. 2 seeded Bulldogs with 23 points and 12 rebounds as Carbon Hill set up Friday’s matchup with No. 3 seed Dora with a spot in the finals on the line.

“We’ve got Dora next,” Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps. “It’s like the war between the states. The only difference is that we represent the West and they represent the East. I think we will have a big crowd.”

Against Cordova, Carbon Hill used a 16-4 run to close the opening quarter for a 24-11 lead.

The Blue Devils battled back, cutting the gap to seven points after eight consecutive points by Jonathan Softley. He went coast-to-coast for a basket to make the score 32-25 with 2:59 left in the half.

Carbon Hill (15-7) went on a run of its own to close the half. Gerald Smith got things started with the second of his five dunks.

John Bray knocked down a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left in the half for a 44-29 halftime advantage.

Cordova didn’t get within single digits the rest of the game.

“In the first quarter we got out to a nice lead. All of a sudden, we lost focus,” Epps said. “We started letting them run at us instead of stopping them at halfcourt. We regained our focus going into the half.”

Jamaal Cooper cut Carbon Hill’s lead to 50-39 with 4:30 left in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs put together another spurt, going on a torrid 15-2 run to put the game out of reach. The Bulldogs led 65-44 after three quarters.

Five Carbon Hill players scored in double figures led by Smith. Stevie Simerly had 14 points, John Bray and Chandler Gann each had 11 and Daniel Woodard added 10. Jordan Henson added eight points, Isaac Slaton put in five, Garrett Kirkland scored four points while both Ryan Simerly and Jacob Mitchell had two.