High school basketball roundup: Cordova girls move to 4-0
by Johnathan Bentley
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Cordova’s Hanna McLemore, center, gains possession of a loose ball as Oakman’s Jordan Harbison (32) and Malori Crowell (12) defend during their game Thursday. Cordova won the game 46-17. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Cordova’s Hanna McLemore, center, gains possession of a loose ball as Oakman’s Jordan Harbison (32) and Malori Crowell (12) defend during their game Thursday. Cordova won the game 46-17. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
CORDOVA — Alexis Cooper led a balanced Cordova attack as the Blue Devils jumped out to a big lead and cruised to a 46-17 victory over Oakman on Thursday night at Cordova High School.

Cordova (4-0) led 24-2 after the first quarter and 33-9 at the half. The Blue Devils pushed the lead to 39-14 after three quarters.

Cooper added nine rebounds for Cordova while Hanna McLemore had 11 points. Kaitlyn Barnes had nine rebounds and Raigan Sherer added eight rebounds.

For Oakman (1-1), Jordan Harbinson scored six points.

Next up for the Blue Devils will be their toughest test of the season to date — a home game against Class 5A Cullman today in the Cordova pre-Thanksgiving Tournament.

Cordova takes on Cullman in today’s nightcap at 7:30 p.m.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Cordova coach Randy Stracner said. “I’m anxious to see how we come out against them. Cullman will have a good team. I want us to come out and play the way we are capable of playing — win or lose. It should be a good test for us.”

Today’s tournament opens with Parrish facing Homewood at 4:30 p.m. A junior varsity game between Cordova and Cullman follows at 6 p.m.



Oakman 73, Cordova 54

Four Oakman players scored in double figures and the Wildcats pulled away from Cordova in a 73-54 victory over the Blue Devils on Thursday.

Cordova kept the game close through two quarters, but Oakman’s depth eventually took hold as the Wildcats picked up their first win of the season.

Oakman (1-1) led 14-10 after the opening quarter. The Wildcats were up 32-22 at the half and 52-35 after three quarters.

Purvis Coger paced Oakman with 19 points and four steals. Coger was 3-of-4 from 3-point territory. Quinton Harris had a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists, Ashton Gay added 15 points, three steals and two blocks and Hall Hastings had 10 points. Case Key had four points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

For Cordova (0-4), Jonathan Softley had 16 points while both Kenderra Taylor and Demetrius Kirk had eight points.

Oakman won the JV boys game 45-18.

For the Wildcats, Collin Woods had 12 points, Braden Hall added 11 and both Mason Millwood and Markel Oliver had seven.

Cordova’s boys play on Tuesday at home vs. Winston County in the area opener.

Oakman heads to Sumiton Christian on Saturday with the JV boys starting things at 4:30 p.m.



Sumiton Christian 54, Marion County 44

Sumiton Christian controlled Marion County from start to finish to earn a key area road victory on Thursday night, beating the Red Raiders 54-44.

Marion County, a Final Four team from last season, had two players combine for 34 points, but couldn’t get production from the rest of its lineup.

Sumiton Christian led 13-7 after the opening quarter and took a 25-17 lead into halftime. The Eagles (3-0) led 33-24 after three quarters.

Vann Lovelady had 19 points to pace Sumiton Christian. Hudson Davis added nine points while both Austin Bice and DeMonte Hobbs had seven points.

Ready Swanigan had 22 points for Marion County.

“It’s a good start for us. (Marion County) is not an easy place to play. That’s a good win,” Sumiton Christian coach Bill Griffin said.

Sumiton Christian hosts Oakman on Saturday with the JV boys starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by the varsity games.



Marion County 50, Sumiton Christian 46

Sumiton Christian rallied from a 17-point deficit to take the lead against Marion County, but the Eagles weren’t able to hold on in a 50-46 loss in the girls game.

The Eagles (2-1, 0-1) trailed 18-10 after the opening quarter and 28-17 at the half. Marion County pushed its lead to 36-23 going into the final quarter.

For Sumiton Christian, Kendell Hamm had 19 points and Anna Fitzgerald had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Sumiton Christian hosts Oakman on Saturday.



Carbon Hill 71, Sulligent 57

Gerald Smith and Jordan Henson combined for 29 points as the Bulldogs earned a 71-57 road win over Sulligent on Thursday.

Carbon Hill took a commanding lead early in the game and never let the Blue Devils within striking distance.

Carbon Hill (2-0) put 25 points on the scoreboard in the opening quarter and led 25-12 going into the second quarter. The Bulldogs had a 34-19 halftime lead and they were up 56-39 after three quarters.

Unlike the season opener against Curry, where only Smith scored in double figures. The Bulldogs had three hit double digits with Smith scoring 22 points, Henson putting in 18 and Stevie Simerly scoring 10.

“We have to have at least two more guys who can get close to double figures other than Gerald. We did that tonight,” Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps said. “We still missed a bunch of layups, but it’s just the second game.”



Meek 51, St. Bernard 42

Meek shook off a slow start and finally pulled away from St. Bernard for a 51-42 home win in the Tigers’ area opener on Thursday.

The Tigers trailed 13-8 after the first quarter and 23-18 at the half. Meek finally took the lead at 32-30 going into the final quarter.

Scott Irving led Meek (3-0, 1-0) with 14 points, Seth Hayes had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Jeremiah Banks had 10 points and five assists, Ty Neal had seven points, Seth Newton added five points and Landon Orry put in four.

Meek plays at Lynn today.