High School Basketball roundup: Parrish routs Carbon Hill
by W. Brian Hale
Feb 02, 2014 | 1798 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — The third-ranked Parrish Tornadoes closed out the regular season in top form, beating the Carbon Hill Bulldogs, 72-47, on Saturday at Carbon Hill.

 There was no shortage of scoring leaders for the Tornadoes — with all five starters scoring in double digits.

Trayvon Chatman topped the scoring effort with 16 points, followed by Jermichael Harris’ 14. Reginald Harris contributed with 13 points, while Denzell Daley and Barry Hill scored 10 points each.

Carbon Hill’s Gerald Smith had a sensational night with 18 points, with Stevie Simerly adding 14 points.

“When you have all five of your starters score in double digits, it tells you that these are a very unselfish group of kids. Our kids are on a mission — they want to win. They love each other and they love the game. I can’t be more proud of the way they played team offense and defense tonight,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said.

“I thought that Jermichael had an outstanding game in guarding Gerald Smith, who is a phenomenal player. I’ve coached against Gerald for five years now and he’s been such a joy to watch and compete against. I like this team that we have — they’re fighters and winners, and I don’t think this job is done yet. I believe that God has a special plan for us.”

On Saturday, Parrish established an eight-point lead in the first period to take command, 18-10.

Both teams scored 14 points in the second period, with the Tornadoes still ahead by eight, 32-24, at halftime.

The Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run to start the third period, only to have Parrish answer with a 21-3 run of its own to extend the advantage to 20 points, 53-33.

Parrish (22-2) added another 19 points to its total in the fourth period, while Carbon Hill (14-9) scored 14 to reach the 72-47 final.

Parrish’s game against Cordova on Tuesday has been cancelled. The Tornadoes open the Class 1A, Area 13 Tournament against the winner of the Marion County/Brilliant game on Friday at Parrish.

Carbon Hill hosts Sulligent for senior night on Monday.

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GIRLS

Carbon Hill 84, Parrish 55

Caroline Dodd recorded her first career triple-double, scoring 21 points, with 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Carbon Hill Lady Bulldogs (20-8) rout the Parrish Tornadoes, 84-55, on Saturday.

Savanna Lawson also had a milestone night, scoring 30 points to lead the team. Abby Tittle added a double-double performance with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Korey Tidwell had eight points and eight rebounds.

Mekya Hill scored 27 to lead the Tornadoes. The win marked Carbon Hill seventh-consecutive victory.

“We are playing well right now, sharing the ball and rebounding effectively. Hopefully this momentum can carry into senior night and then into the area tournament,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said.

“Savanna was really aggressive tonight and Caroline has flirted with a triple-double all year — tonight she got it. Our ladies are figuring out their roles on the team and it shows in the way we are playing.”

The high-scoring first period belonged to the Bulldogs as they took the lead, 28-15. Carbon Hill edged Parrish in the second period scoring battle, 14-13, to take a 44-28 advantage into halftime.

The Bulldogs scored 20 points to the Tornadoes’ 10 to extend the lead to 64-38.

Carbon Hill sealed the victory in the fourth period after a 20-17 run for the 84-55 final.

Carbon Hill hosts Sulligent for senior night on Monday. Parrish opens the Class 1A, Area 13 Tournament on Monday against the Sumiton Christian Eagles.

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BOYS

Sumiton Christian 68, Meek 45

The Sumiton Christian Eagle boys picked up momentum going into the postseason following a 68-45 win over the Meek Tigers on Saturday.

Demonte Hobbs led the Eagles with 29 points, with Vann Lovelady contributing 12 points. Trace Busby added 11 points.

Seth Hayes led Meek (10-14) with 14 points. The Eagles set the tone in the first period with a 15-6 lead.

Sumiton Christian (19-7) extended the lead to 11 in the second period to take a 28-17 advantage into the half.

The Tigers narrowly edged the Eagles in the third period scoring battle, 16-15, but Sumiton Christian remained on top, 43-33.

The Eagles closed the fourth period on a 25-12 run for the 68-45 victory.

Sumiton Christian opens the Class 1A, Area 13 Tournament against the Lynn Bears on Friday at Parrish.

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BOYS

Pleasant Grove 61, Walker 54

Walker closed out the regular season with a narrow 61-54 home loss to Pleasant Grove on Saturday at Songer Gym.

Despite the loss to the Spartans on Saturday, Walker showed marked improvement since an early season 57-29 loss to  Pleasant Grove in November.

The Vikings (15-10), who celebrated Senior Night on Friday with a win over Winfield, will host the Class 5A, Area 14 Tournament beginning Friday with a game against Curry on Friday.

The tournament opens with No. 2 seed Hayden taking on No. 3 seed Mortimer Jordan at 6 p.m. The Walker-Curry game will start at 7:30.

The top two teams from each area advance to the sub-region.