The recipe was a successful, albeit familiar one used against the Red Raiders — high-tempo, pressure defense and plenty of baskets from a cast of double-digit scorers to secure a dominating win over the team that ended the Tornadoes’ season last year in the Northwest Regional Championship Game.
Denzell Daley led Parrish with 21 points, including two of four shots from three-point range. Barry Hill added 17 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots, with Mikelti Chatman adding 15 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot. Isaac Chatman contributed 11 points to the scoring effort.
“I thought our guys played extremely well with lots of energy. We got stop after stop on defense — our defense in the second half was really impressive. Our guys never let Marion County establish a rhythm,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “We played a complete ball game — from our starters to the guys that came in off of the bench. Both Barry and Denzell showed excellent leadership tonight and I was impressed with what I saw from Isaac and Mikelti — they’re two young men with limitless amounts of potential who are stellar on offense and defense.”
Marion County opened the game with a one-point lead, 17-16. The short-lived advantage was the Red Raiders’ only time to be in command throughout the rest of regulation.
The Tornadoes responded with a 23-5 second-period run to take a 39-22 lead into the half. Parrish widened the scoring gap to 31 points in the third period following a 26-16 run to remain on top, 65-34.
With the starters resting for the entire fourth period, the Parrish bench outscored Marion County 22-13 to clinch the 86-47 win. Parrish (23-2) battles the Sumiton Christian Eagles on Monday night in the area championship game at Parrish.
Sumiton Christian 50, Lynn 39
Sumiton Christian overcame a third-quarter lull with a dominant fourth quarter in a 50-39 victory over Lynn in Friday’s opener.
The Eagles led by seven points at the half, but had just three points in the third quarter. Lynn took advantage to draw even at 29-29 going into the final period.
Sumiton Christian (20-7) put the game out of reach at the free throw line, burying 10-of-14 shots in the final quarter.
“We got after it pretty good,” Sumiton Christian coach Bill Griffin said. “I’m proud of the effort. Our guys played really hard.”
With the win, the Eagles earned a spot in the sub-region round of the playoffs. The Eagles will face No. 3 Parrish at 6:30 p.m. in the tournament championship game.
The winner will host a sub-region game while the loser travels.
Against Lynn, Sumiton Christian was up 16-11 after the first quarter and 26-19 at the half.
DeMonte Hobbs led the Eagles with 15 points while Trace Busby had 11 points.
Ben Cagle led Lynn with 14 points. The Bears close the season at 17-9.