High School Basketball roundup: Sumiton Christian holds off Lynn
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
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Sumiton Christian coach Bill Griffin looks on during the Eagles' area win over Lynn on Tuesday. The Eagles improved to 3-0 in area play with a 55-53 victory. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian coach Bill Griffin looks on during the Eagles' area win over Lynn on Tuesday. The Eagles improved to 3-0 in area play with a 55-53 victory. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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LYNN — Lynn’s 3-pointer at the buzzer missed the mark, giving Sumiton Christian a narrow 55-53 victory over the Bears in a key area matchup at Lynn High School on Tuesday.

Sumiton Christian led by as many as nine points in the final quarter after a DeMonte Hobbs 3-point play with 3:49 left made the score 53-44.

The Eagles (15-4) only made two free throws the rest of the way.

Lynn’s Ben Cagle, who scored a game-high 23 points, kept the Bears within striking distance. He made a driving layup with two minutes remaining to cut the gap to six and drew Lynn within two points at 53-51 with a basket at the 39-second mark.

His last score, with 6.1 seconds, made the score 55-53.

Lynn immediately fouled Hobbs, who missed a pair of free throws. After the second miss, Lynn got the ball into the hands of Peyton Moore, who’s 3-point attempt hit the back of the rim as the buzzer sounded.

With the win, Sumiton Christian moved to second place in Class 1A, Area 13 with a perfect 3-0 record heading into a  home against Brilliant on Friday.

Tuesday’s game was close throughout.

Sumiton Christian led 15-13 after the first quarter and 32-28 at the half. Lynn got as close as one point in the third quarter, after a Landon Alexander basket at the 1:26 mark made the score 40-39. Hobbs followed with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer to put the Eagles up 45-40 going into the final quarter.

Austin Bice carried Sumiton Christian in the first half. He had 14 of his 17 points in the first half, and made five 3-pointers in the game.

Hobbs finished with 20 points for the Eagles while Vann Lovelady added 12.

For Lynn (10-5, 3-2), Jeremy Tittle had nine points. The Bears host Carbon Hill on Thursday.

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GIRLS

Lynn 43, Sumiton Christian 17

Sumiton Christian led after the opening quarter, but was held to just eight points the rest of the way as Lynn earned a 43-17 area victory on Tuesday.

The Eagles got six points from Kendell Hamm in the opening quarter for a 9-5 lead. It was all Bears after that. The Eagles made just two baskets the rest of the way.

Sumiton Christian didn’t score in the second quarter as Lynn took a 17-9 lead. Reagan Tittle had six points in the quarter.

Lynn (13-2, 5-0) pushed the lead to 31-11 after the third quarter.

Tittle led all scorers with 17 points, Brooke Harris had three 3-pointers and finished with nine points, Emma Easley had seven and Holly Murray added four.

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BOYS

Parrish 55, Curry 22

The Parrish Tornadoes scored 33 second-half points to beat the Curry Yellow Jackets, 55-22 on Tuesday night at Curry.

Reginald Harris and Barry Hill led the Tornadoes at 12 points each, with Hill adding 10 rebounds and two blocked shots for a double-double night. Jermichael Harris followed with nine points.

Joshua Duggar scored six points to lead Curry.

“Defensively we played very well and did a good job limiting Curry’s shots throughout the game,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “Offensively, we were a little rusty with shooting the ball, but that happens when you haven’t played in 15 days. It’ll work itself out once we play more games.”

Parrish mounted a 10-0 run to begin the game, ultimately settling on 16-3 first-period advantage. The Yellow Jackets held a slight 7-6 scoring edge in the second period, with the Tornadoes retaining a 12-point lead at halftime, 22-10.

A strong offensive and defensive effort in the third period led to a 21-7 run by Parrish for the 43-17 advantage. Curry was held to five points in the fourth period while the Tornadoes added 12 for the 55-22 final.

Parrish (10-2) hosts Oakman on Thursday, while Curry battles the Walker Vikings on Friday at Songer Gymnasium.

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GIRLS

Curry 56, Parrish 38

Ashlee Swindle had 22 points to lead the Curry girls past Parrish, 56-38 on Tuesday.

Curry led by six at the half and pulled away in the second half by outscoring the Tornadoes 33-21.

The Yellow Jackets (3-11) led 9-7 after the first quarter and 23-17 at the half. Curry pushed its lead to 38-27 after three quarters.

Ella Banks had nine points for Curry while Kaylee Horton and Taylor Rowe put in six points apiece. Hannah York added six and Brandi Crawford had three points. Parrish’s Mary Jo Sanford had 15 points, Cierra Hubbard put in 11 and Mekya Hill scored eight points.

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GIRLS

No. 10 Cordova 54, Corner 43

Alexis Cooper and Jessica Willingham combined for 36 points as the 10th-ranked Cordova girls earned a 54-43 home win over Corner on Tuesday.

The Blue Devils led 12-6 after the first quarter, but Corner cut the lead to four points at 25-21 at the half.

Cordova outscored the Yellow Jackets 17-11 in the third quarter for a 42-32 lead.

Cooper finished with 20 points and eight rebounds for Cordova (15-3) while Willingham had 16 points and five rebounds.

For Corner, Andrea DeBord had 14 points.

Cordova travels to Winfield for a key Class 3A, Area 14 matchup.

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BOYS

Meek 50, Winston County 43

Meek won its second straight game, knocking off rival Winston County 50-43 on the road Tuesday night.

The Tigers (7-11) dominated the first half and held off a Yellow Jacket rally over the final two quarters.

Meek led 11-3 after the opening quarter and 29-16 at the half. Winston County cut the gap to 42-35 going into the final quarter.

Seth Hayes had a triple-double for the Tigers. He scored 18 points and added 19 rebounds and 10 blocks. Jeremiah Banks had nine points, Scott Irving had six and Ty Neal, Trenton Cockrell and Jacob Price each had five points.

For Winston County, Edward Lamp had 13 points.

Meek hosts Falkville on Friday.