Walker County Basketball Tournament: Parrish scores 99 points in rout of Curry
by W. Brian Hale
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Parrish's Trayvon Chatman (5) shoots over Curry's Austin Pruitt (12) during their game at Walker County Basketball Tournament Tuesday night at Cordova High School. Parrish won its tournament opener, beating Curry 99-16. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Parrish's Trayvon Chatman (5) shoots over Curry's Austin Pruitt (12) during their game at Walker County Basketball Tournament Tuesday night at Cordova High School. Parrish won its tournament opener, beating Curry 99-16. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CORDOVA — The first seed Parrish Tornadoes played a nearly perfect game for their opening of the Walker County Basketball Tournament, beating the fifth seed Curry Yellow Jackets 99-16 on Tuesday.

Five Parrish players scored in double digits on the night, led by Trayvon Chatman and Barry Hill who both had 21 points. Hill added 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots in a double-double performance.

Parrish’s Denzell Daley also had an excellent showing with 17 points, Jermichael Harris scored 12 points and Mckelti Chatman had 10 points.

Spencer Fikes led the Yellow Jackets with a six-point night.

Parrish coach Heath Burns commended his team’s execution and discipline throughout the contest.

“I thought our energy was outstanding tonight — in a lot of high-scoring games you tend to see a lack of discipline, but I feel our guys kept their focus in their sets and looking to make the extra pass,” Burns said.

“Both of our post guys — Barry and McKelti — performed extremely well, making second-chance shots and big defensive plays. Our guards — Jermichael, Trayvon, Reggie Harris, Denzell, Noah Ard and Isaac Chatman were superb. All eight of our players contributed and I’m extremely proud of the way they carried themselves tonight.”

The Tornadoes (17-2) scored early and frequently in the first period, with several team members electrifying the crowd with dunks, while Parrish’s pressure defense limited Curry  (2-18) to a lone basket for the 40-2 advantage.

A 22-6 run followed in the second period, with the Tornadoes scoring at will while limiting the Yellow Jackets’ scoring ability for the 62-8 halftime lead.

Parrish added 27 points to its total in the third period while holding Curry to eight to remain in command, 89-16.

With a running-clock to start the fourth period, the Tornadoes scored 10 unanswered points en route to the 99-16 win.

Parrish faces the fourth seed Oakman Wildcats on Friday, while Curry plays Cordova on Saturday.

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Varsity Boys

(2) Dora 62, (6) Cordova 31

The No. 2 seed Dora Bulldogs cruised through their opener of the Walker County Basketball Tournament, beating the No. 6 seed Cordova Blue Devils 62-31 on Tuesday.

Kelan Bell scored 17 points to lead the Bulldogs in scoring, with Charles Clay contributing nine points. Jonathan Softley led Cordova with 18 points.

Dora opened the game in top form with solid performances on both sides of the ball, posting a 19-4 first period lead.

The Bulldogs (18-5) continued to add to their lead throughout the second period, outscoring the Blue Devils 23-15 for a 44-19 advantage at the half.

Firmly entrenched in the lead, Dora slowed down the tempo of the game, leading to a 9-5 third period scoring advantage to retain command 53-24.

A 9-6 run by the Bulldogs in the hot clock-shortened fourth period led to the 62-31 victory.

Dora plays for a spot in the championship game with a game against rival Carbon Hill at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Dora has won the first two meetings during the regular season.

Cordova faces Curry at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the fifth-place game.