Dora basketball team off to 2-0 start
by Johnathan Bentley
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Dora’s DeAngelo Pendleton (3) shoots against Cordova during their game at Cordova High School on Thursday night. Pendleton had 20 points in the Bulldogs’ 67-25 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Dora’s DeAngelo Pendleton (3) shoots against Cordova during their game at Cordova High School on Thursday night. Pendleton had 20 points in the Bulldogs’ 67-25 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CORDOVA — One week — that’s how long most of Dora’s basketball players have been on the court.

Despite the short preparation time, the Bulldogs appeared to be in midseason form against Cordova on Thursday, scoring at will en route to a 67-25 road win over the Blue Devils.

The bulk of Dora’s basketball team wrapped up the football season last week in a loss in the state semifinals.

Dora has opened the basketball season with victories over Curry and Cordova this week.

“I’m proud of the effort,” Dora coach Mike Bridges said. “We’re getting better at running the offense the way we want to. It will take us a few more games to get the kinks worked out, but we are playing real well as a unit right now.”

DeAngelo Pendleton, one of Dora’s top receivers and linebackers on the football team, scored 20 points against Cordova to lead the Bulldogs, Kaleil James put in 15 and Deionte Smith added 14.

Dora took control from the opening tip, building a 25-8 lead after the opening quarter. The Bulldogs led 43-13 at the half and took a 58-22 lead into the final quarter.

Caleb May put in eight for Dora while Robert Johnson added five, John Serrichio put in three while both Devonta Gosha and Dakari Swain had two. For Cordova, Jamaal Cooper led the team with eight points.

The Bulldogs travel to Jackson-Olin for a game on Monday.  Cordova (1-3) opens up area play at Hamilton today.

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VARSITY GIRLS

Dora 70, Cordova 47

Yashea Chapel poured in 22 points and Dora bounced back from a season-opening loss to Curry with a 70-47 rout of Cordova on Thursday night.

Cordova trailed throughout, but cut the Bulldogs’ lead to eight points going into the fourth quarter.

Dora erupted for 23 points in the final period to pull away from the Blue Devils.

Chapel had six points in the quarter and Hannah Wilson added a pair of 3-pointers as Dora evened its record at 1-1.

Wilson finished with 12 points for Dora, which saw eight of its 11 players score points.

Dora led 16-10 after the opening quarter and increased its lead to 35-24 at the half. Chapel had 10 points in the second quarter and 14 through the first two quarters.

Cordova’s Alexis Cooper had nine third-quarter points to get the Blue Devils back into the game before the Bulldogs took command in the final quarter.

For the Bulldogs, Ashleigh Austin had nine points, Shelicia Meadows had eight points and Antionette Grant put in seven.

Cooper led Cordova (5-2) with 13 points.

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VARSITY BOYS

Curry 56, Corner 53

Curry’s Jarrod Owens make a 3-pointer at the buzzer to knock off Corner 56-53 Thursday night at Curry High School.

The trio of Spencer Fikes, Owens and Wesley Key put in 44 points as Curry picked up its win third win of the season.

Curry (3-5) trailed by nine points, 31-22, at the half, but battled back in the third quarter, outscoring Corner 16-5 for a 38-37 advantage.

The Yellow Jackets also knocked down seven 3-pointers on the night,with Fikes making four and Owens connecting on three.

First-year Curry coach Mike Cain’s team is just two wins away from matching last year’s win total.

Fikes led Curry with 17 points and eight rebounds, Owens added 16 points, Key put in 11 points and had 11 rebounds, Jaxon Aaron added eight points and Alex Odom had four.

For Corner, Blake Byrd led the way with 24 points while Zac Pate put in 10.

Curry plays at Vinemont today.

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VARSITY BOYS

Parrish 70, Berry 49

The seventh-ranked Parrish Tornadoes extended the winning streak to seven games on Thursday night, defeating the Berry Wildcats 70-49 at Parrish.

Reginald Harris led the Tornadoes scoring with 21 points, as well as recording four rebounds and four steals.

Jermichael Harris and Tyler Sims had 17-point performances on the night, with Jermichael Harris leading the Parrish defensive effort with seven rebounds and five steals.

The Tornadoes recorded 21 steals and 30 rebounds as a team for the contest.

Parrish (7-0) hosts area opponent Lynn (3-1) tonight.

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VARSITY BOYS

Sumiton Christian 38, Lynn 35

Cam Mercer scored with eight seconds left on the clock to break a tie and lead Sumiton Christian to a narrow 38-35 victory at Lynn on Thursday.

The game was tied at 35-35 before a steal led to Mercer’s only basket of the game. Sumiton Christian (6-1) added a free throw to earn the three-point win.

Demonte Hobbs had a big game for the Eagles, scoring a game-high 22 points, Nathan Godwin added five while Vann Lovelady and Mark Hill both put in three and David Calhoun, Mercer and Hudson Davis each had two.

Sumiton Christian led 9-8 after the opening quarter and 18-16 at the half. Lynn took a 29-26 advantage into the final quarter.

For Lynn, Ben Cagle had 12 points, Payton Moore put in eight and Jeremy Tittle had six.

Sumiton Christian hosts Oakman today.

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SEVENTH-GRADE BOYS

Bankhead 28, Sumiton 22

Bankhead’s seventh-grade basketball team won the Walker County Tournament title Thursday at T.S. Boyd, beating Sumiton 28-22 on Thursday.

Bankhead, the No. 2 seed, led Sumiton, the No. 1 seed, 11-9 at the half and 17-13 going into the final quarter.

For Bankhead, Dillon Keith had 13 points while Demetrius Kirk put in eight, Lane Shults had six and McCoy Hitchcock had one point. Bankhead closes the season 11-2.