Center Katie Parr was not feeling well, and the team as a whole was shooting rather sickly as well when Hayden was upset by host Mortimer Jordan in their first meeting of the year.
She’s much better now, thank you very much, and so is the shooting. And the results of Friday’s rematch are proof.
Parr scored 10 points and pulled down 16 rebounds — her ninth double-double of the season — as the Wildcats notched a 58-28 mercy-rule win over the Blue Devils.
Every player on coach John Simmons’ lineup scored at least a point
“We only shot 15 percent [from the field] in that first game. We were out of sorts, and had some issues we needed to take care of,” Simmons said. “Since then, we’ve taken some of the things that we learned that night, and we’re playing a lot better.”
Freshman guard Grayson Taylor led the Wildcats with 13 points with a pair of treys. Sharley Miller added nine points, also hitting two threes. Taylor and Evin Bibb each distributed five assists.
But on the whole, the result was never in doubt. The Wildcats ran up a 15-4 lead after one period, and were in command by 16 at the break.
Sara Rickles was the high scorer for Jordan with nine points, all on treys. Hayden held the Devils’ big girls — Megan Snow, Natalie Johnsey and Haley Alexander — to a combined 10 points.
Now all that remains for the Wildcats (14-5, 4-1 area) to sew up the Class 5A Area 12 regular-season crown, and home-court advantage for the tournament, is a win over Walker at home on Tuesday night. Jordan (9-10, 4-2), with its area schedule complete, faces a stiff test at Cullman that same night.