North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

February 1, 2014

Boys basketball: Pinson Valley 72, Hewitt-Trussville 53

From staff reports
North Jefferson News

PINSON — Pinson Valley ran out to a quick lead, then extended it further with a big third quarter to give Hewitt-Trussville coach Mike Dutton a rude welcome back to the gym that bears his name, as the Indians scored a 72-53 win over the Huskies in boys' basketball action Saturday.

Zack Jackson led the Tribe with 19 points, and Harrison Johnson scored 10. That effort mirrored that of the Huskies' top scorers: Will McCollough with 19 points, and Conner Murrell with 10.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night, but was postponed because of the winter storm that canceled classes.

The Senior Night game was also supposed to honor former Pinson Valley star Desmond Jennings, a 2005 alumnus who is still the career hoops scoring leader for the school. A three-sport star who was the runner-up for Mr. Football, Mr. Basketball and Mr. Baseball all in one year, Jennings now plays in the outfield for the Tampa Bay Rays in Major League Baseball.

Because of the postponement, Jennings was not able to attend Saturday's game; his mother filled in for him. Jennings wore number 3 for the Indians; that number, instead of being retired, will now be worn each season by the team captain.