From staff reports
North Jefferson News
KIMBERLY — Mortimer Jordan successfully defended their Class 5A Area 14 title, defeating Walker 55-37 for the championship Monday night.
Walker opened up a quick 4-0 lead, but the turning point of the game came late in the first quarter when Jordan's press defense forced several turnovers, resulting in an 8-0 Blue Devils run to a 15-6 lead.
The Devils were able to maintain a 10-12 point lead for most of the remainder of the game before opening it up in the fourth quarter.
Jordan forward Ben Hardiman led all scorers with 12 points plus six blocks. Point guard Mark Louis added nine points and eight assists, and Dalton Hudson had eight points.
Jonathan McCants, Denzell Dailey, and Michael Bridges each had seven points for the Vikings.
Jordan (22-6) will host Parker in a sub-regional game on Friday night, while Walker will travel to top-ranked Wenonah.
Rod Hardiman contributed to this report.