Dora picks up sweep of Carbon Hill
by W. Brian Hale and Johnathan Bentley
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Carbon Hill’s Gerald Smith goes in for a dunk over Dora’s Brent Youngblood during their game Friday night at Dora High School. Dora won the game 44-41. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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DORA — The Dora Lady Bulldogs secured their seventh-straight victory in redeeming fashion, knocking off the Carbon Hill Bulldogs 42-38 and avenging their only loss of the season on Friday night at Dora.

Dora controlled most of the contest, holding off a late Carbon Hill rally in the final moments of the game to extend its record to 7-1.

“We’ve picked up our defensive play more intensely since our first meeting with Carbon Hill and tonight I believe the pressure we put on them really helped us set the tempo in our favor,” Dora coach Brian Keeton said. “Carbon Hill has a very good team and when we play them again, you never know what will happen. It could go either way — we were fortunate enough tonight to come on top.”

Deoshia Jackson had 11 points to lead Dora, while Alexandria Weldon had eight, Yashea Chapel scored seven, Antionette Gant put in five and Kelby Becko, Ashleigh Ward and Ashleigh Austin each had four.

Carbon Hill’s Caroline Dodd led all scorers with 13 points, Lindsay Fluker had eight, Meagan Bice scored six and both Brittany Harding and Ashley Tubbs had four.

Dora established control early in the game — mounting a 6-0 run before closing out the first period with a 10-4 lead. The lead would continue to grow for Dora as they outscored Carbon Hill 12-8 in the second period to carry a 22-10 lead into halftime.

Dora padded its scoring edge by finishing the third period with a 12-point lead, 37-25.

Carbon Hill mounted a comeback in the final period, outscoring Dora 13-5 and drawing with two points with 1:44 left on the clock before Symone Billups hit a jump shot in the paint with 45 seconds left on the clock to help Dora take the 42-38 win.

Dora hosts Calera tonight with a 6 p.m. tipoff while Carbon Hill hosts Winfield on Tuesday night at 6 p.m.



VARSITY BOYS

Dora 44, Carbon Hill 41

Dora kept things close through the first half and made its push at the end to hand 10th-ranked Carbon Hill its second straight narrow loss with a 44-41 decision Friday night.

Dora slowed the game down and kept Carbon Hill’s up-tempo offense off the scoreboard with a smothering defense. That was the plan according to Dora coach Michael Bridges.

“We had a great defensive gameplan,” Bridges said. “The boys executed the things we talked about all week. This was a big win for us. The game could have went either way.”

Carbon Hill (3-3) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening moments. Dora cut the lead to 10-9 after the first quarter and tied the game at 17-17 in the closing seconds of the half before a pair of Tylor Owens free throws gave Carbon Hill a 19-17 halftime lead.

DeAngelo Pendleton led Dora in the third quarter as the team grabbed the lead and took a 32-30 advantage into the final quarter.

Dora (4-5) was led by Pendleton’s 18 points, Deonte Smith added 10 and Brent Youngblood put in six.

“It was a great team effort,” Bridges said. “It was a great win for our basketball program. We had a rough stretch, but I think the guys are coming around. I ask them all the time to believe in the system.”

For Carbon Hill, which dropped a 61-60 decision to Fayette County on Tuesday, Owens finished with a game-high 20 points while Jake Davis added nine and Gerald Smith had eight.

Dora hosts Calera today. There will be four games starting at 2 p.m.



VARSITY BOYS

Pickens County 80, Walker 39

The Walker Viking boys fell to the Pickens County Tornadoes 80-39 in the Sipsey Valley Tournament at Buhl on Friday.

The Tornadoes led 18-10 in the first period before taking a 36-18 into halftime before reaching the 80-39 final. Shane Donaldson led Walker with eight points.

The Vikings will play the winner of the Montevallo/Sipsey Valley winner today at 4:30 p.m. in Buhl.



EIGHTH-GRADE BOYS

Bankhead 39, Curry 37

Bankhead defeated Curry 39-37 in the semi-finals of the Walker County Tournament.

Noah Ard and Skyler Thomas had 12 points to lead Bankhead, Brandon Pelt scored 11 points, Aaron Adams had two points and Skyler Brown had two points.

Bankhead (13-2) takes on T.S. Boyd today at 11:30 a.m. for the Walker County Championship.



T.S. Boyd 43, Carbon Hill 35

Carbon Hill’s eighth-grade boys ended their season with a 10-3 record after losing to T.S. Boyd Friday in the semifinals of the Walker County Tournament by a score of 43-35 Friday night.

Boyd was led by Kelan with 16 points and JaQuan with 14 points. Carbon Hill’s Justis Barnett led with 13 points, followed by Colton Plunkett with seven points. Nathan Johnson and Jacob Kilgore added six points each and Brett Atkins chipped in three points for Carbon Hill.