High School Basketball roundup: Walker routs Curry, moves to 9-1
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
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Walker's Aaron Morris (10) goes around Curry's Jarrod Owens during their game Friday night. All 11 Walker players scored in the game. The Vikings won 70-36. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Walker's Aaron Morris (10) goes around Curry's Jarrod Owens during their game Friday night. All 11 Walker players scored in the game. The Vikings won 70-36. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CURRY — Walker turned up the defensive pressure and the offense followed.

The Vikings continued their hot streak under new head basketball coach Rufus McDuffie with a 70-36 victory at Curry High School on Friday.

Sparked by its defense, Walker put together a 14-0 run during a two-minute stretch of the opening quarter to break open a close game.

The Vikings led by 10 after the opening quarter and turned their lead into a 30-point cushion by halftime.

“We are playing hard in spurts, but we still aren’t playing as hard as I expect us to,” McDuffie said. “We have a lot of things we need to work one. I keep telling them that we need to get better each day.”

All 11 Walker players scored in the game led by Ja’Ray McElrath’s 17 points. Both Michael Bridges and Brandon Thursby had 11 points.

Curry held an early 6-2 lead only to have Walker retaliate with 14 straight points. Kenyatta Woods and Thursby each connected on 3-pointers. Woods’ basket at the 2:15 mark put the Vikings up 16-6.

Walker (9-1, 3-0) led 21-11 at the end of the first quarter.

McElrath continued the Vikings’ onslaught in the second quarter and Walker took a 49-19 lead into the half. Walker led 62-29 after three quarters.

Other scorers for Walker were: Aaron Morris, Riley Graham and Dawson Salors with five points, Jonathan McCants and Matt McKay with four points and Marlon Oliver and Jabari Johnson with two points each.

For Curry, Jarrod Owens and Jaxon Aaron each had 11 points.

Walker, which finished with a 6-17 record last season, is halfway to an 5A, Area 14 title with home games against Hayden and Curry as well as a road game against Mortimer Jordan remaining. The Vikings host Tuscaloosa County on Tuesday.

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GIRLS

Walker 49, Curry 37

Walker built a 10-point lead after the first quarter and controlled the game from there, beating the Yellow Jackets 49-37.

Four Walker players did most of the scoring, with Sidney Cooper, Anna Claire Harris, Mary Kate Harrell and Shannie Johnson combining for 44 points.

Walker led 13-3 after the opening quarter and took a 28-14 advantage into the half. The Vikings led 37-21 going into the final quarter.

Curry got as close as nine points in the fourth quarter, but got no closer.

Harris had 16 points to lead the Vikings, Cooper put in 11, Harrell added nine and Johnson had eight.

For Curry, Ashlee Swindle had 17 points and Ella Banks added seven.

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BOYS

Dora 51, Corner 47

Dora found itself in a battle with area foe Corner Friday night.

Trailing after the first quarter, the Dora offense finally going as the Bulldogs pulled ahead at the half and held off the Yellow Jackets 51-47 at Dora High School.

“Corner came out with a good game plan,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said. “I preach to our kids all the time that they have to bring their best game. We didn’t play our best basketball, but I’m proud of our guys for coming back.”

Kenton Petties and Darien Ramsey led Dora, combining for 35 points on the night.

Dora (9-1, 2-0) trailed 15-9 after the opening quarter before rebounding for a 22-19 halftime lead. The Bulldogs held a slim 37-33 lead going into the final quarter.

Petties finished with 19 points and four steals while Ramsey had 16 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals.

For Corner, PJ Posey had 15 points.

Next up for Dora is a game at Minor on Thursday.

Dora dropped the JV game 52-50 in overtime. For Dora, Alex Russell had 24 points while Zac Dutton added 13.

Dora won the ninth-grade game 59-39 with Davien Freeman scoring 13 for the Bulldogs.

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GIRLS

Dora 61, Corner 46

Dora won its second straight area contest, beating Corner 61-46 at home Friday night.

The Bulldogs (2-9, 2-0) held a slim 40-38 lead going into the final quarter and outscored Corner 21-8 over the final eight minutes.

Maddi Clayton led Dora with 17 points and seven rebounds, Hannah Wilson added 13 points, Keola James had nine points and eight rebounds, Lindsey Johnson also added nine points. Corner’s Bailey Hammack had 13 points.

Dora led 15-13 after the first quarter and trailed 25-21 at the half.  The Bulldogs outscored Corner 40-21 in the second half. Dora plays at Minor on Thursday.

Dora also won the JV girls game, 22-16.  For the Bulldogs, Bailey Jett and Sarah Perrigin each had six points.

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BOYS

Parrish 55, Sumiton Christian 36

The Parrish Tornadoes (7-1) advanced their Area 13 record to a perfect 2-0 following Friday night’s 55-36 victory over the Sumiton Christian Eagles (6-3, 1-1) at Sumiton.

Jermichael Harris and Barry Hill scored 16 points each to lead the Tornadoes, with Hill adding 11 rebounds and four blocks to record a double-double night. Denzell Daley added 10 points. DeMonte Hobbs led the Eagles with 13 points, while Vann Lovelady had eight rebounds and two blocked shots in a solid defensive performance.

“I’m proud of the kids effort — they played really hard, but there are minor things we need correct,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “We’re not converting on the defensive stops we make. We need to pass the ball better and cut down our turnovers — once we do that, we’ll be performing at the level that we should be.”

Sumiton Christian capitalized on Parrish mistakes and opened the game on a 7-0 run before settling on an 11-10 at the end of the first period. The Tornadoes responded by shutting out the Eagles in the second period and scoring 16 points to take a 26-11 lead into halftime. Sumiton Christian outscored Parrish 16-15 in the third period, but the Tornadoes maintained a 14-point advantage, 41-27.

Parrish secured the win with a 14-9 run in the fourth period to reach the 55-36 final. Parrish travels to Brilliant on Thursday for their next matchup, while Brilliant hosts Sumiton Christian on Tuesday.

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GIRLS

Sumiton Christian 34, Parrish 30

Kendell Hamm had 14 points to lead Sumiton Christian past Parrish in their area matchup Friday night.

Sumiton Christian (8-2, 1-1) trailed 10-9 after the first quarter, but outscored Parrish 10-1 in the second quarter to take a 19-11 halftime lead. The Eagles led 23-21 going into the final quarter. Kendall Beth Sides had eight points.