The Bulldogs’ Gerald Smith recorded a double-double with his outstanding performance on the night, scoring 28 points, with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Garrett Kirkland also contributed with 10 points.
With the victory, Carbon Hill — ranked No. 7 in Class 4A — has gone undefeated to begin the month, including a 65-29 win over Class 1A, No. 10 Marion County — momentum that Bulldogs coach Robert Epps will carry over into tonight’s key area showdown at Dora.
“A win over Dora would help us wrap up our area and give us the ability to host our tournament, as well as facing the area’s fourth place team,” Epps said. “During the Christmas break, we stumbled against quality teams like Homewood, Vestavia Hills and Pelham. They might have been better than us, but it taught our kids that if we can come out and make a few shots, we can play with anyone. For us at this point, it’s about progression — and we’re striving to be a better team each and every week.”
The Tornadoes — ranked No. 4 in Class 1A — were led by Barry Hill, who had 13 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots. Tyler Sims scored 11 points and Jermichael Harris had 10 points.
“Tonight’s game was just a slugfest — we got out-hustled and out-rebounded. We didn’t play well in the paint either,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “Great teams overcome adversity and we’ll need to get tougher and learn from the mistakes we made. Our focus is now on winning our area and playing to our potential.”
Both teams fought to an 11-11 tie in the first period, before Carbon Hill outscored Parrish 12-9 in the second period to take a 23-20 edge into halftime.
Smith made a layup early in the third quarter and knocked down a 3-pointer before the first minute ticked off the clock in the second half.
Smith finished with 13 points in the quarter.
The Bulldogs also held the scoring edge in the third period, 15-12 for the 38-32 lead. Carbon hill led by as many as 11 points in the final quarter after an Isaac Slaton basket made the score 47-36 with 1:42 remaining.
Although Parrish outscored Carbon Hill 15-14 in the fourth period, the Bulldogs were able to hold off the late Tornadoes’ rally for the 52-47 win.
Carbon Hill (13-6) travels to Dora tonight, while Parrish (16-1) travels to Lynn.
Carbon Hill 59, Parrish 30
Caroline Dodd poured in 32 points and the Bulldogs pulled away over the second half for a 59-30 victory over Parrish. The game was close through the first half with Carbon Hill (15-5) holding a 14-6 lead after the opening quarter and a 23-17 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs led 35-25 going into the final quarter and outscored Parrish 24-5 in the final quarter.
Meagan Bice put in 15 points, Savanna Lawson added eight, Jessica Hurst and Molli Clark each had two.
For Parrish, Mary Jo Sanford, Mekya Hill and Cierra Hubbard each had eight points.
Carbon Hill can wrap up at least a share of the area title with a win at Dora today.
Oakman 45, Cordova 29
Oakman held Cordova to just three fourth-quarter points to pull away for a 45-29 win on the road Thursday.
Oakman led throughout the game. The Wildcats (9-5) were up 15-8 after the first quarter, 22-15 at the half and 38-26 going into the fourth. For the Wildcats, Matt Wright scored 13 points.
Jamaal Cooper put in 19 for the Blue Devils.
Cordova hosts Winfield in a key area game today while Oakman travels to Cold Springs.
Cordova 52, Oakman 11
Cordova moved above the .500 mark with a lopsided win over Oakman.
The Blue Devils (10-9) led 14-2 after the first quarter, 25-6 at the half and 40-11 going into the final quarter.
For Cordova, Alexis Cooper had 17 points and four steals while Jessica Willingham had nine points and five steals.
Marion County 61, Sumiton Christian 48
DeMonte Hobbs scored 29 points, but it wasn’t enough as Marion County picked up a 61-48 road win over the Sumiton Christian Eagles Thursday night.
Sumiton Christian (15-4) kept the game close through the first half.
Marion County led 15-11 after the opening quarter and the Raiders took a 29-27 lead into halftime.
Marion County outscored Sumiton Christian 17-11 in the third quarter to build an eight-point lead at 46-38.
For Marion County, DeShawn Riebeschl had 28 points, Ready Swanigan put in 20 and Sean Wallace added nine.
Sumiton Christian hosts Brilliant in an area matchup today.