By Kyle Parmley
CLAY — Clay-Chalkville honored nine seniors before the game and ran away with a 54-20 victory over Carver-Birmingham on Tuesday night.
The Cougars got rolling early, jumping out to a 17-4 first quarter lead. In similar fashion, they outscored the Rams 19-6 in the second frame to take a 36-10 edge into halftime with the game securely in hand.
“We brought the intensity on defense tonight, and everyone played hard,” Clay-Chalkville senior Kenneth Cotton said.
No Cougar reached double digits in the scoring column, as Drewsean Heller knocked down three 3-pointers to lead the team with nine points. Clay-Chalkville received scoring contributions from 10 different players in the win.
David Turner had a solid game, scoring eight points and securing seven rebounds in the seniors’ final regular season home game. Hasan Abdullah hit a pair of shots from beyond the arc, including one at the buzzer to end the first quarter, and finished with six points and a pair of assists.
Along with Cotton, Heller, Abdullah, and Turner, five other seniors were recognized before the game. Sean Burrell, Jailon Chappell, Edward Leggett, Carden Davis and Kam Prewitt round out the senior-laden roster.
Each senior made an impact on the game. Burrell scored four points. Chappell knocked down a 3-pointer and finished with five points. Leggett buried a couple of triples in the opening quarter for his six points. Prewitt scored four points in a third quarter that included another thunderous slam dunk. Davis nearly knocked down a couple shots, but pulled down a pair of rebounds and picked up a steal on the night.
Jarvis Wyatt was the only Ram to reach double figures in the game, as he scored half of his team’s points.
Clay-Chalkville plays Hewitt-Trussville on Friday at Bryant Bank Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.