No. 3 Parrish opens area tourney with rout
by W. Brian Hale
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Parrish's Jermichael Harris drives to the goal against Lynn during their area game Friday night. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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PARRISH — The No. 3 Parrish Tornadoes honored their outgoing seniors with a memorable performance in Friday’s 74-37 Area 13 second round tournament victory over the Lynn Bears.

Each member of the Tornadoes’ squad would not only score in the game, but also grab a rebound as Parrish locked up a spot in the area championship game on Monday night and ensured a berth in next week’s sub-region tournament round.

The basketball team’s three seniors: Brodrick Sanders, Desmond Brown and Miguel Samuels were honored in a ceremony before the game, along with the senior members of the Parrish cheerleading squad.

“Each one of our seniors are an integral part of our team. Brodrick has been with us for three years and has come of the bench to provide big minutes for us when we need it the most,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “Desmond has gone from being a sixth man to a starter for us and plays consistently well every night. Even though Miguel is academically ineligible, what he brings to our team in practice is immeasurable — he’s a solid leader.”

Barry Hill recorded a double-double to lead the Tornadoes, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Tyler Sims contributed with 11 points, while Reginald Harris had 10 points on the night.

Jermichael Harris also had a double-double performance on the night with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but the junior was also honored for a special milestone — surpassing the 1,000 point career mark.

“Mike’s a special young man and we wanted to make this night a special one for him,” Burns said. “He’s dealt with a lot of adversity in his life, but he’s a winner and has been such a great member of our team. I look for Mike to do big things in his life — his potential is limitless.”

Ben Cagle had a great night for the Bears, with 12 points and four rebounds. William Porter contributed with 9 points.

The Tornadoes opened the with a 17-12 lead, before going on a 22-6 scoring run for the 39-18 halftime edge. Parrish outscored Lynn 18-10 in the third period for the 57-28 advantage and followed with a 17-11 scoring edge in the fourth period for the 74-37 win.

Parrish (25-1) hosts the No. 8 Marion County Red Raiders on Monday night at 6:30 p.m.

The Tornadoes have won the first two meetings against Marion County. Parrish edged the Red Raiders 62-57 on the road and made up a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Marion County 64-61 at Parrish.

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Marion County 54, Sumiton Christian 44

The Sumiton Christian Eagles’ season came to an end on Friday night following a 54-44 loss to the No. 8 Marion County Red Raiders at Parrish.

DeMonte Hobbs led the Eagles (20-7) with 19 points and six rebounds, while Vann Lovelady had seven points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot.

DeShawn Riebeschl scored 22 points and had six rebounds to lead the Red Raiders.

The teams fought to a 13-13 tie in the first period before Marion County took control of the game with a 25-20 lead going into halftime. The Red Raiders extended their lead to 10 points in the third period, 38-28, en route to the 54-44 victory.

Marion County takes on Parrish in Monday night’s Area 13 championship final.