Walker County Basketball Tournament: Parrish girls top Oakman
by W. Brian Hale
Jan 21, 2014 | 1464 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — Parrish’s girls showed they’re a legitimate candidate to make some noise in the Walker County Basketball Tournament on Monday with a first-round upset of third-seed Oakman.

In the nightcap, Curry’s girls built a double-digit lead in the opening quarter and held off a pair of Dora rallies in the second-half en route to earning an eight-point victory.  

Parrish brings momentum into its game today, set for 3:15 p.m., against three-time defending county champion Carbon Hill. The Bulldogs are led by Caroline Dodd, who is looking for her fourth straight county MVP award this year. In today’s other varsity girls game, top-seeded Cordova plays its tournament opener against Dora at 5:45 p.m.

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GIRLS

(6) Parrish 50, (3) Oakman 30

The No. 6 seed Parrish Lady Tornadoes clinched the first upset of the tournament, beating the third-seed Oakman Wildcats 50-30 on Monday.

Mary Jo Sanford’s double-double performance of 16 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots led the Tornadoes, with Ciara Hubbard contributing with 14 points. Mekya Hill scored 11 points. Malori Crowell led Oakman with nine points while Jordan Harbison had eight.

The Tornadoes (5-14) took a four-point lead in the first period, 13-9, then increased the lead to six following a 12-10 run for the 25-19 advantage at the half.

Parrish’s defense held Oakman to just five third-period points while adding 21 points to its lead to remain in command, 46-24.

The Wildcats (7-15) outscored the Tornadoes 16-14 in the fourth period, but the 50-30 victory belonged to Parrish. Parrish faces the second-seed Carbon Hill Bulldogs today, with Oakman taking on top seeded Cordova on Friday.

During their game Saturday, Parrish led Carbon Hill throughout the first three quarters before dropping a 49-41 decision.  Carbon Hill closed the game on a 20-2 run, making up a 10-point deficit.

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(4) Curry 55, (5) Dora 47

Dora cut a double-digit lead to a single point in the final quarter, but Curry closed the game with a 10-2 run to earn a 55-47 victory in their game Monday night.

Curry led by as many as 14 points in the first half.

The Yellow Jackets were up 17-6 after the opening quarter and they took a 28-17 lead into the half.

Dora started the third quarter with a 9-0 run to cut the gap to two points at 28-26.

Maddie Clayton had 11 points for the Bulldogs in the third quarter alone.

Curry (6-13) kept Dora at bay behind the play of Ella Banks, Emily Aaron and Ashlee Swindle.

The Yellow Jackets pushed their lead back to eight points, 42-34, after three quarters.

Dora (3-19) again made a run, cutting the lead to 45-44 with 3:15 remaining after a Madisen Bencko putback. The Bulldogs go no closer.

Curry sealed the game by making six free throws down the stretch. Banks also drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Swindle finished with 16 points for Curry, Banks added 15, Kaylee Horton put in 12, Aaron added eight and Taylor Rowe had four points.

For Dora, Clayton led all scorers with 22 points while Lindsey Johnson added nine.

Curry plays top seeded Cordova at 5:45 p.m. on Friday.

Dora heads back to the court today for a game against Cordova at 5:45 p.m.