Carbon Hill girls knock off Dora for county title
by W. Brian Hale and Johnathan Bentley
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Carbon Hill’s Caroline Dodd (3) is defended by Dora’s Aaliyah Babbs (1) during the championship game of the Walker County Basketball Tournament. Dodd was named tournament MVP. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
Carbon Hill’s Caroline Dodd (3) is defended by Dora’s Aaliyah Babbs (1) during the championship game of the Walker County Basketball Tournament. Dodd was named tournament MVP. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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PARRISH — The Carbon Hill Lady Bulldogs joined their counterparts in claiming back-to-back Walker County Championships, besting the Dora Bulldogs 55-45 in Saturday night’s tournament final at Parrish.

Tournament MVP Caroline Dodd scored 16 points, including 10 points coming from the free-throw line, to lead the Carbon Hill scoring effort. Ashley Tubbs contributed on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, scoring 11 points, pulling down eight rebounds and blocking four shots, while Lindsay Fluker scored nine points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked three shots.

“God has blessed our team so much this season and he certainly did tonight,” Dodd said. “We work hard in practice everyday because in the end, it pays off — and tonight it paid off for us in every possible way.”

“We came out determined to give it our all in the second half and do our best,” Fluker said. “Everyone came together as a team and stayed focused. It’s wonderful to bring the championship back to our school.”

Carbon Hill held a slight 9-8 edge in the first period before Dora tied the game at 22-22 at halftime.

Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle stated that his team’s mindset going into the second half was one of inspiration and motivation that stayed with his players through the remainder of the game.

“Our girls simply came out determined to win the game,” Tittle said.

“We knew if we would fight and make sure we were all on the same page that it would happen for us.”

The resulting effort in the third period saw Carbon Hill pull away 42-34 after outscoring Dora 20-12.

Carbon Hill hit key free throws in the fourth period and held off Dora’s pressure defense to hold on for the 55-45 win.



THIRD-PLACE GAME

Curry 37, Cordova 33

Curry’s girls jumped out to a big lead and held off a late Cordova charge to win the third-place game 37-33 at the Walker County Tournament Saturday.

The Lady Jackets held Cordova to two points in the first quarter and just 11 points through the first half as they built a 10-point lead at 21-11. Curry maintained its double-digit advantage at 28-18 going into the fourth quarter.

Cordova erupted for 15 points in the final period, but came up short.

For Curry, Taylor Black, Mary Beth Scott and Logan Black combined for 30 points.

Taylor Black had 13 points, Scott had nine points and nine rebounds and Logan Black added eight points. Olivia Smith chipped in with four points, Jerilyn Curtis added two and Makenzie Hicks had a point.

For Cordova, which finished 1-2 in the tournament, Morgan Martin had 13 points, Kelsey Stracner had six, Jessi Willingham added four, Stevi Lyn Drummond had three, Hanna McLemore, Raigen Sherer and Tiffany Jones each had two while Caitlyn Cole had one point and six rebounds.



FIFTH-PLACE GAME

Parrish 38, Oakman 32

The Lady Tornadoes jumped out to an early 11-3 lead in the first period, before the Wildcats cut their deficit to four after an 11-7 second period, with Parrish retaining an 18-14 edge at halftime.

Parrish remained in command in the third period with a 25-20 lead before outscoring Oakman 13-12 in the fourth period to preserve the 32-38 win.



JV CHAMPIONSHIP

Curry 35, Dora 18

With a 35-18 victory over the Dora Bulldogs, the Curry Lady Yellow Jackets won the Walker County Tournament Championship on Saturday behind good defensive play and forcing several key turnovers.

A low scoring first period resulted in the Bulldogs holding a 4-1 edge over the Yellow Jackets.

Curry took control of the game in the second period following a 12-6 scoring run to pull ahead 13-10 at halftime.

The Yellow Jackets would hold the Bulldogs scoreless in the third period, while extending their lead by 16 to take a 29-10 edge. Dora would outscore Curry 8-6 in the fourth period, but the Bulldogs would ultimately prevail 35-18 to earn the championship trophy.