Cordova's Jayce Willingham scored 56 points in the Blue Devils' 102-93 overtime win over South Lamar. Willingham had 16 points in the extra period.
Daily Mountain Eagle - Jeff Johnsey
By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Facing overtime without one of its star players, Cordova coach Heath Burns turned to Jayce Willingham against South Lamar on Monday night.
The senior responded.
Willingham scored 16 points in the extra frame and finished with a career high 56 points as the third-ranked Blue Devils outlasted the Stallions 102-93 in Millport.
Willingham made 17 of 18 shots from the free throw line and connected on three 3-pointers in the game. He finished with 19 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive side.
“He was lighting it up. It didn’t matter if he was at the free-throw line, five feet behind the arc or under the basket,” Cordova coach Heath Burns said. “He played hard. He just attacked the basket.”
Cordova’s leading scorer Isaac Chatman fouled out in the fourth quarter, but the Blue Devils, led by Willingham and Demetrius Kirk, were still able to get the win.
“These guys know how to win. They’ve been here before. We lean on them a lot and they really came through for us,” Burns added.
Chatman finished the game with 24 points and 19 rebounds and Kirk added another 19 points.
Cordova (5-1) led 18-15 after the first quarter. The teams were tied at 36-36 at the half and the Blue Devils took a slim 60-59 lead into the fourth quarter. The teams were locked in an 83-83 tie at the end of regulation.
The Blue Devils outscored South Lamar 19-10 in the extra period.
Cordova plays at Fayette County today and travels to Huntsville to take on Westminster Christian on Friday.