Walker earns sweep in home opener
by Johnathan Bentley
Nov 21, 2012 | 1716 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker’s Madisyn Hood (3) goes around a Winfield defender on her way to the goal during the Vikings’ win over the Pirates Tuesday night at Songer Gym in Walker’s home opener. Hood had a team-high 11 points in the Vikings’ 47-41 victory. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
view slideshow (2 images)
Facing a late deficit in the home opener, Walker kept its composure, regained the lead and knocked down free throws in crunch time to edge Winfield 61-57 at Songer Gymnasium Tuesday night.

The Vikings trailed 52-51 with just over two minutes remaining, but went on a 10-5 spurt down the stretch to pick up their first win of the season.

“I’m just proud of the guys,” Walker coach Scotty Ware said. “You always grow between your first and second games. We grew a lot tonight. I thought we really did a good job of taking control of the ball tonight. We made much better decisions than in the first ball game. That shows they’ve been listening in practice.”

“We had a lot of energy and effort for four quarters. We didn’t get that in our first game.”

Walker, which lost its season opener to John Carroll last week, led throughout the game, taking a 16-12 lead after the opening quarter and a 30-25 advantage at the half. The Vikings took a narrow 44-41 lead into the final quarter.

The Vikings knocked down 8 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished 17 of 22 for the game. Riley Graham was 4 of 4 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and Jaray McElrath was a perfect 2 for 2 in the period.

Dalton Robinson paced Walker (1-1), scoring 11 points, McElrath added 10 points and six rebounds while Riley Graham, Jonathan McCants and Treyvon Chatman each had nine.

Walker played the game without three players — Michael Bridges, Quadrekas Key and Tyler Phillips. who wrapped up the football season on Friday. The trio is expected back for Walker’s next game, Tuesday at Oak Mountain.

Walker’s next home game comes next Friday vs. rival Cullman.

Varsity Girls

Walker 47, Winfield 41

Walker got a balanced offensive attack en route to a come-from-behind, 47-41 win over the Pirates on Tuesday night.

The foursome of Madisyn Hood, Sidney Cooper, Jasmine Lake and Shannie Johnson combined for 41 points as the Vikings improved to 2-0 on the season.

Winfield took a slim 34-33 lead into the fourth quarter, but Walker — behind the scoring of the foursome — took the lead at the five-minute mark and pulled away for the win.

The game was close throughout.

Walker led 14-13 after the opening quarter and the game was notched at 23-23 at the half.

Anna Lee Stevens was the only other player to score in the game for the Vikings. She added four points. For Winfield, Barrett Earnest led the way with 11 points.

Junior Varsity Boys

Walker 57, Winfield 23

Walker put on a scoring clinic in the final quarter as the Vikings picked up a 34-point win over the Pirates.

The Vikings (2-0) led 8-5 after the first quarter and 20-14 at the half. Walker opened up the lead to 32-18 going into the fourth quarter before outscoring Winfield 25-5 in the final quarter.

For Walker, Isreal Johnson had 15 points, Marlon Oliver added 14 and Aaron Morris pitched in with nine points.

Freshmen Boys

Walker 37, Winfield 34

Walker held off Winfield 37-34 in a hotly contested freshmen boys game.

Winfield led 15-13 after the opening quarter. The teams were tied 21-21 at the half and 27-27 going into the final quarter.

For Walker, Dawson Salors had 12 points, Karter Smith and Garrett Davenport each had eight while Myron Mitchell and Mykelti Chatman put in three.