Parrish, Dora, Sumiton Christian earn regional berths
by Johnathan Bentley
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Parrish’s Isaac Chatman (24) goes in for two points as Decatur Heritage’s Brandon Blagburn (31) defends during their Class 1A sub-region playoff game on Friday. The Tornadoes won the game to earn a spot in next week’s Northwest Regional Tournament. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Parrish’s Isaac Chatman (24) goes in for two points as Decatur Heritage’s Brandon Blagburn (31) defends during their Class 1A sub-region playoff game on Friday. The Tornadoes won the game to earn a spot in next week’s Northwest Regional Tournament. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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PARRISH — Parrish wasted no time putting away Decatur Heritage and paving a path back to the Northwest Regional Tournament in Hanceville on Friday.

The Tornadoes will have company next week.

Sumiton Christian’s boys earned their first ever regional berth with a win at Falkville.

The Dora boys will head south for the Central Regional Tournament at Alabama State University in Montgomery next week.

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No. 3 Parrish 84, Decatur Heritage 30

Parrish’s relentless defense and up-tempo offense proved too much for Decatur Heritage in their 1A sub-region game Friday at Parrish High School.

The Tornadoes (25-2) took a commanding lead early in the game and coasted to an 84-30 victory. Six Parrish players scored in double figures.

Next up for the Tornadoes is a game vs. Phillips (23-6) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wallace State-Hanceville.

“I thought our guys came out with a lot of energy,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “We missed a lot of easy opportunities in the first half that we usually don’t miss. We came out in the second half and really applied pressure on the defensive side of the ball. That created baskets.”

Parrish was up 21-7 after the opening quarter and 36-19 at the half. The Tornadoes held the Eagles to just 11 second-half point.

Parrish led 57-24 after three quarters.

Reginald Harris had 17 points and six steals, Isaac Chatman had 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, Barry Hill had 10 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks while Jermichael Harris, Treyvon Chatman and Denzell Daley each added 10 points.

“We will have to buckle down and get ready for Phillips. They’ve got a good team and they score a lot. They shoot the 3-ball extremely well,” Burns said.

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Class 4A

Dora 74, Calera 69

Dora’s heading back to Montgomery following a narrow win over a pesky Calera team on Friday.

The Bulldogs led by an many as 12 points in the second quarter, but were unable to put Calera away until the closing seconds in the 74-69 win.

Dora takes on Dadeville at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Alabama State University’s Acadome.

“For us to get back after losing all five of our seniors from last year is a testament to the hard work these guys have put in,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said.

The Bulldogs (24-7) got off to a sluggish start against Calera.

Dora trailed 17-10 after the opening quarter before turning to its pressure defense for points. The result was a 19-4 run sparked by Kenton Petties, who had eight points in the spurt.

The Bulldogs were up 12 points at the half only to have Calera cut back into the lead in the third quarter. Dora held a 47-40 lead after three quarters.

Both teams piled up points in the final quarter with Calera outscoring Dora 29-27, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs earned their second straight trip to the regional.

Petties led Dora with 27 points, Darius Davis added 15 and Kelan Bell put in 14.

“I think we match up well with Dadeville. I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Bridges said.

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Class 1A

Sumiton Christian 63, Falkville 50


Sumiton Christian made school history on Friday night, knocking off Falkville 63-50 to earn the school’s first ever spot in a regional tournament.

The Eagles — who won a championship while competing in AISA — will take on Belgreen at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wallace State-Hanceville.

The Eagles (21-8) led most of the way against Falkville, finally sealing the game by making 9-of-12 free throws in the final quarter.

“It was a good win for us,” Sumiton Christian coach Bill Griffin said. “I felt like if we could get out of the area, we would have a chance.”

Against Falkville, Sumiton Christian led 10-6 after the first quarter and 26-23 at the half. The Eagles pushed their lead to 43-38 after three quarters.

DeMonte Hobbs led the team with 18 points while Vann Lovelady put in 12. Spencer DeFoor had five of his nine points in the final quarter.

“Our goal from the start of the season was to get to (the regional). Our first goal was to get out of the area tournament. Our second goal was to win 20 games and our third goal was to go to (Hanceville),” Griffin said.