Prep Basketball: Cordova edges South Lamar on senior night

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 1/29/18

CORDOVA — Cordova’s fearsome foursome is back together — and just in time for the stretch run.

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Prep Basketball: Cordova edges South Lamar on senior night

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CORDOVA — Cordova’s fearsome foursome is back together — and just in time for the stretch run.

The Blue Devils welcomed back Kolbi Fuqua to the lineup on senior night at Cordova High School on Monday, and the team went out as winners, picking up a 55-47 victory over a gritty South Lamar squad.

Cordova was unable to put away South Lamar until the final moments. The Stallions trailed by eight points going into the fourth quarter, but went on a run midway through the quarter, getting as close as one point, 45-44, with 3:10 remaining.

The Blue Devils, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, followed with an 8-0 run to clinch the victory.

Isaac Chatman paced Cordova with 18 points while Jayce Willingham put in 17 and Demetrius Kirk added 11. Fuqua, playing for the first time since the opener, had seven points. Fuqua had shoulder surgery in November.

Cordova (20-8) has one regular-season game remaining, today at Mountain Brook (25-5), the No. 1 team in Class 7A.

Against South Lamar, Cordova got off to a slow start, making just two shots in the first quarter. Chatman threw down a dunk with 29 seconds left in the period to cut the Stallions’ lead to 11-6 going into the second quarter.

South Lamar led 14-6 before Cordova hit its first hot streak of the game. The Blue Devils went on 12-0 run to grab an 18-14 lead. Chatman made a dunk and a jumper, Willingham scored on a putback and knocked down a 3-pointer and Kirk made a driving layup.

South Lamar bounced back to reclaim the lead, 25-22, at the half.

The Stallions took their final lead of the game at the 4:24 mark of the third quarter at 30-29 after Malik Cox’s fifth 3-pointer of the game. Cordova got baskets from Willingham and free throws from Chatman to take a 41-33 lead into the fourth quarter.

With the Stallions closing within a point at 45-44, Kirk connected on a clutch 3-pointer at the 2:48 mark. Fuqua followed with a break-away layup and Chatman made a free throw to push the lead to nine points at 53-44 with 16 seconds left.

For South Lamar, Cox, a 6-foot-5, 345-pound tackle on the football team, had 22 points.

Cordova will be back at home for the Class 4A, Area 10 Tournament next week.

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Varsity Boys

No. 8 Meek 89, Berry 55

Meek made quick work of Berry on Monday night at home, routing the Wildcats 89-55.

The Tigers, coming off a county championship win on Saturday, held a commanding 22-4 lead after the first quarter. Jacob Woodard, Payton Key and John Mark Abercrombie each hit 3-pointers in the period.

Meek scored 27 points in the second quarter. Eight different players scored in the period, led by Lane Philips’ six points. The Tigers took a 49-19 lead into the half. Meek led 71-37 after three quarters.

For Meek (21-5), Woodard finished with 19 points, Key added 16 and Phillips put in 14. For Berry, Isaac Darty had 14 points and Tyler Lollar added 13.

Meek closes the regular-season with a home game against Oakman today.

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Varsity Boys

Curry 58, Oak Grove 53

Curry overcame a halftime deficit to beat Oak Grove on senior night at Curry High School on Monday night.

The Yellow Jackets led 10-7 after the first quarter, but trailed 22-20 at the half. Curry outscored the Tigers 18-11 in the third quarter for a 38-33 lead going into the final period.

Curry’s Luke Smith scored nine of his 14 points in the final quarter to carry the Jackets.

Reid Bailey had a monster game for Curry, making five 3-pointers and finishing with a game-high 19 points. He added 12 rebounds, six blocks and four assists.

Curry hosts Fairview today and plays at Carbon Hill on Friday.

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Varsity Girls

Curry 63, Oak Grove 9

Abbey Moon had 21 points and Keana Pearson added 19 as Curry earned a 63-9 win over Oak Grove on senior night.

The Yellow Jackets controlled the game from the start, taking a 16-2 lead into the second quarter. Curry led 40-5 at the half and 52-6 after three quarters.

Cam Wright added 10 points for Curry.

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Monday’s other scores

Varsity Boys

Winfield 53, Carbon Hill 45

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Varsity Girls

Winfield 41, Carbon Hill 23

South Lamar 49, Cordova 38

Meek 66, Berry 48

Hanceville 58, Dora 30