Walker County Basketball Tournament: Parrish-Dora to battle for boys crown
by W. Brian Hale
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Dora's Kenton Petties goes between a pair of Carbon Hill defenders on his way to the goal during Friday's game at Walker County Basketball Tournament. Petties had 19 points in Dora's 59-53 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Dora's Kenton Petties goes between a pair of Carbon Hill defenders on his way to the goal during Friday's game at Walker County Basketball Tournament. Petties had 19 points in Dora's 59-53 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CORDOVA — Parrish picked up two blowout wins on the way to the Walker County Basketball Tournament championship game.

Dora survived a battle with Carbon Hill on Friday night to earn its spot.

The top two seeds will battle for Walker County supremacy at 7 p.m. today at Cordova High School.

Parrish, which has won its two tournament games by an average of 58.5 points, is looking for its second straight county championship under head coach Heath Burns.

The top-seeded Tornadoes will have to go through Dora, the only team in the county they haven’t faced this season. Today’s game will mark the first meeting between the teams since the 2012 Walker County Tournament at Parrish High School.

On Friday, Parrish cruised past Oakman while Dora, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, pulled away from Carbon Hill in the fourth quarter, beating its region rival for the third time this season.

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(1) Parrish Boys 66, (4) Oakman 32

Parrish assured its second-consecutive shot in the Walker County Tournament Championship game following Friday’s 66-32 victory over the fifth-seed Oakman Wildcats at Cordova.

Trayvon Chatman scored 17 points to lead the Tornadoes, while Barry Hill contributed 12 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots. Jermichael Harris had 10 points and six rebounds for the contest.

Ashton Gay scored eight points to lead Oakman in scoring.

After a heavily contested start to the first period, Parrish went on an 8-2 run to take the lead, 18-12.

The Tornadoes doubled their score in the second period while holding the Wildcats to just six points, with Parrish on top 36-18 going into the half.

A 14-10 run by Parrish in the third period kept the Tornadoes in command, 50-28.

The Tornadoes’ offense and defense played in top form in the fourth period, scoring 16 points while limiting the Wildcats to four points for the 66-32 win.

“I thought our defense was superb — they were stopping gaps, boxing out and winning the battle of the boards — which were all a big factor into us getting the ball out and running our transition offense,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “Both Barry and Trayvon were outstanding and I was proud of the way all of our guys executed on both sides of the ball.”

Parrish will battle the second-seed Dora Bulldogs in the title game today at 7 p.m. Oakman will face Carbon Hill in the third-place game at 2 p.m.

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(2) Dora 59, (3) Carbon Hill 53

The second-seed Dora Bulldogs are back in the Walker County Tournament title game thanks to a 59-53 win over the third-seed Carbon Hill Bulldogs on Friday.

Kenton Petties and Kelan Bell had sensational nights, scoring 19 each to lead Dora. A.J. Smoot provided a solid defensive presence with seven rebounds and a blocked shot.

Gerald Smith scored 21 points to lead the Carbon Hill scoring effort.

Carbon Hill opened the game with an 11-9 first-period advantage, then added a point to its lead through the second period with a 14-13 scoring run for the 25-22 halftime edge.

The two teams battled intensely throughout the third period, with the lead changing on four separate occasions. Dora took control of the game, 36-35, with 1:12 left in the period, en route to the 38-35 edge.

Foul trouble became a crucial factor in the fourth period, with several players on both teams heading to the bench to sit out the remainder of the game. A decisive 24-15 run by Dora helped secure the 59-53 victory.

“We came out a little sluggish and didn’t execute,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said. “At the half, we talked and I told them to do what we’ve been doing all year. I’m proud of the way we came out in the second half and responded.”

Dora (19-5) squares-off with Parrish in the championship match at 7 p.m. today.

Carbon Hill takes on Oakman in the third-place game at 2 p.m.