Walker snaps skid; Parrish moves to 16-0
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
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Walker basketball coach Scotty Ware talks to players during a fourth-quarter time out Tuesday night. The Vikings snapped a losing streak with a 68-63 win over Mortimer Jordan. Photo special to the Eagle.
Walker basketball coach Scotty Ware talks to players during a fourth-quarter time out Tuesday night. The Vikings snapped a losing streak with a 68-63 win over Mortimer Jordan. Photo special to the Eagle.
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Walker picked a good time to snap its eight-game losing streak.

The Vikings hit big shots down the stretch to knock off area foe Mortimer Jordan 68-63 Tuesday night at Songer Gym.

The game was tied at 55-55 midway through the fourth quarter before Walker got big shots, including a 3-pointer from Denzell Daley, to take the lead for good. Walker made 10 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter alone.

Daley finished with seven points in the final quarter.

Mortimer Jordan (15-2) got within one point at 62-61 following a basket by Dalton Hudson with 48 seconds remaining, but Daley responded with a basket 10 seconds later to push Walker’s lead to 64-61. The Vikings (3-12, 2-2) made four free throws in the closing seconds to put the game out of reach.

Walker trailed 15-10 at the end of the first quarter. The teams were tied at 24-24 at the half and Walker took a 45-44 lead into the fourth quarter.

Daley had 15 points for the Vikings while Riley Graham and Jonathan McCants put in 10 points and Michael Bridges added nine. Mortimer Jordan’s Mark Lewis had 17 points.

Walker plays an area game at Curry on Friday.



VARSITY BOYS

Parrish 62, Marion County 57

Parrish’s Jermichael Harris and Barry Hill led a second-half charge as the Tornadoes battled back from a double-digit deficit to beat Marion County on the road 62-57 Tuesday night in Guin.

Harris and Hill combined for 31 points in the second half alone as No. 5 Parrish improved to 16-0 overall and 4-0 in area play.

“I’m proud of the guys. The battled through adversity tonight,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “Jermichael and Berry really took over in the second half.”

Marion County led Parrish 17-16 after the first quarter.

The Red Raiders led 30-17 midway through the second quarter, but Parrish closed the period on a 10-2 run to cut the gap to 32-27 heading into the half. The game was tied 47-47 after three quarters.

Jermichael Harris had 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals for Parrish, Hill had 18 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks and Tyler Sims had 10 points — all in the first quarter.

Parrish hosts Carbon Hill on Thursday. The Tornadoes won the first meeting 37-36.



VARSITY BOYS

Dora 87, Oak Grove 45

Five Dora players scored in double figures as the Bulldogs earned an 87-45 win at Oak Grove on Tuesday.

Dora dominated the second half against the Tigers, outscoring Oak Grove 44-11.

The Bulldogs (10-5, 4-1) led 24-16 after the opening quarter and 43-34 at the half. Dora turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and took a 69-39 lead into the final quarter.

For Dora, Logan Roberts had 13 points, Robert Johnson added 12 while DeAngelo Pendleton, Deionte Smith and Kenton Pettis each added 10.

Kaliel James had nine points, Caleb May added eight and Devonta Gosha and DaKari Swain each put in six for Dora, which hosts Carbon Hill on Friday.



VARSITY BOYS

Oakman 53, Sulligent 50

Case Key hits two critical free throws to help the Oakman Wildcats (8-5, 3-1) defeat the Sulligent Blue Devils, 53-50 on Tuesday night at Oakman.

The Wildcats posted a 17-7 lead in the first period and remained in command, 26-22 going into halftime. The Blue Devils closed the lead to one in the third period, with Oakman still ahead 39-38.

With a minute left in regulation and Sulligent ahead 50-49, Oakman’s Quinton Harris stole the ball and drove the length of the court to sink a basket to allow the Wildcats to take the lead, 51-50. On the following play, Elijah Farley grabbed a steal of his own and lobbed the ball to Key, who was immediately fouled — leading to his game-clinching free throws.

Harris led the Wildcats with 19 points, with Farley posting a 12-point night. Key scored 10 points, including two 3-point shots.

Oakman travels to Cordova on Thursday.

Sulligent won the varsity girls game 57-17. Lindsay Harbison led the Wildcats with nine points.



VARSITY BOYS

Carbon Hill 74, Fayette County 26

The Carbon Hill Bulldogs (12-6) took a commanding 15-4 lead over the Fayette Tigers in the first period, with both the offense and defense putting excellent performances in the second period to extend the lead to 37-7 going into the half.

Carbon Hill outscored Fayette 26-14 in the third period en route to the 74-26 final.

Gerald Smith led the Bulldogs with 24 points, Garrett Kirkland turned in a 17-point performance and John Bray scored 10 points.

Carbon Hill travels to Class 1A, No. 5 Parrish (16-0) on Thursday night.



VARSITY GIRLS

Carbon Hill 63, Fayette County 47

Caroline Dodd paced Carbon Hill with 27 points as the Bulldogs knocked off Fayette County at home on Tuesday.

The win puts Carbon Hill at 14-5 on the season heading into a pair of county games to close the week. Carbon Hill plays at Parrish on Thursday and travels to Dora on Friday.



VARSITY GIRLS

Cordova 50, Corner 45

Cordova built a big third-quarter lead and held off Corner in the final quarter for a 50-45 road win on Tuesday.

Cordova (9-9) held a slim 13-11 lead after the first quarter and took a 24-19 lead into the half. The Blue Devils led 42-28 after three quarters.

Jessica Willingham led Cordova with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Alexis Cooper had eight points and five rebounds and Morgan Martin added eight points.

For Corner, Avery Wakefield put in 17 points. Cordova hosts Oakman on Thursday.

Cordova’s JV girls won 29-24. Haley Eatmon led the Blue Devils with 16 points.



VARSITY BOYS

Corner 62, Cordova 36

Corner built an early lead and pulled away from the Blue Devils in the varsity boys game for a 62-36 victory.

Corner led just 14-10 after the opening quarter and the Yellow Jackets took a 35-26 advantage into the half. Corner blew open the game in the third quarter, outscoring Cordova 24-3 for a 59-29 lead.

Blake Byrd had 16 points for Corner while Austin Sanford added 11. For Cordova, Zack Smith had eight points and Jamaal Cooper put in seven.



VARSITY GIRLS

Walker 56, Mortimer Jordan 47

Shannie Johnson had 16 of her 19 points in the second half to lead the Walker Vikings to a 56-47 area win over Mortimer Jordan on Tuesday.

The Vikings got off to a quick start against the Blue Devils, taking a 17-9 lead into the second quarter thanks to six points from Jazmine Lake and baskets from Madisyn Hood, Sidney Cooper and Annalee Stephens.

Mortimer Jordan cut the gap to 27-23 at the half, but Walker got 13 points from Johnson in the third quarter alone and took a 44-33 lead into the final quarter. For Walker, Lake and Cooper each had 10 points while Anna Claire Harris added nine.



JV BOYS

Walker 50, Mortimer Jordan 26

Marlon Oliver and Dawson Salors combined for 36 points as Walker’s JV boys team moved to 10-4 on the season.

The Vikings took control by outscoring the Blue Devils 10-2 in the second quarter for a 21-12 halftime lead. Walker led 41-18 after three quarters.

Oliver finished with 19 points while Salors knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 17.