Dora wins final tuneup for county tournament
by Johnathan Bentley
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Twelve different players scored points and Dora won its final tune up for the Walker County Basketball Tournament, beating Haleyville 69-57 at home Saturday evening.

Dora took control in the second quarter and held on from there, picking up the 12-point win.

“I am proud of the excellent effort we had today going into the county tournament. The players’ ability to work together as a team showed up huge tonight with 12 out of 13 players adding points,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said.

Three different players scored in double figures led by Kenton Petties with 15 points. DeAngelo Pendleton added 12 points and six rebounds and Caleb May put in 10 points along with three rebounds, two steals and two assists.

“Kenton Petties, our player of the game, led the team in scoring. We also saw great leadership from our seniors. Robert Johnson had rebounds and seven points. Caleb May did a fantastic job running point and DeAngelo Pendleton played great defense,” Bridges added.

Dora (12-6), which had games against Parrish (Thursday) and Curry (Friday) cancelled due to threat of icy road conditions, led Haleyville 17-14 after the opening quarter and 41-31 at the break. The Bulldogs took a 55-43 lead into the final quarter.

For Dora, Johnson had seven points, Kaleil James and Deionte Smith each had six points, Devonta Gosha put in four, Jacorian Parker, DaKari Swain, Logan Roberts and Austin Johnson each had two points and Darious Davis added one.

Dora plays again at 4:30 p.m. Monday against Cordova in the varsity boys county tournament opener at Carbon Hill High School.



Friday Games

VARSITY BOYS

Carbon Hill 50, Corner 39

Carbon Hill got off to a hot start and closed with a strong finish to beat Corner 50-39 Friday night.

In the lone game involving a Walker County team on Friday, Carbon Hill clinched a share of the Class 4A, Area 8 championship with the road victory. Carbon Hill earned a tie with Dora. Both teams finished 5-1 in area play. The area tournament site will be determined by a coin toss.

"I've lost every coin toss I've been in," Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps said. "So that doesn't look too good."

Against Corner, Carbon Hill's defense stifled the Yellow Jackets throughout the first quarter, holding Corner scoreless for an 11-0 lead going into the second quarter.

The Jackets battled back in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 16-4 for a 16-15 halftime lead.

Carbon Hill, behind the play of junior forward Gerald Smith, took control in the third quarter, quickly taking over the lead and building a 35-26 lead going into the fourth. Corner didn't get within striking distance again as the Bulldogs earned a season sweep of the Yellow Jackets.

Smith finished with 21 points for Carbon Hill (14-7), Daniel Woodard added 16, Garrett Kirkland put in seven and Stevie Simerly, Ryan Simerly and Chandler Gann each had two.

For Corner, Austin Sanford had a game-high 23 points while Blake Byrd added eight points.

Carbon Hill plays Cordova on Tuesday in the Walker County Tournament at Carbon Hill High School. The Bulldogs have won each of the last two county titles.

"I think we are playing OK. One thing is that we finish better than we start," Epps said. "This is a different team all together. We'll go out and try our best."



VARSITY GIRLS

Carbon Hill 55, Corner 47

Carbon Hill's girls got points from eight different players and held off Corner on the road to earn the No. 1 spot in Class 4A, Area 8 on Friday, beating the Yellow Jackets 55-47.

The Bulldogs will host the area tournament next month.

On Friday, Carbon Hill led throughout the game before finally putting the Yellow Jackets away down the stretch. The Bulldogs (17-5) finished a perfect 6-0 in area play.

"This was as hard a fought game as we have played in years. There was a ton on the line for both teams," Carbon Hill girls coach Wade Tittle said. "Tonight we had some role players step up and make big plays, and we won the regular season area title. We are excited to host the area tournament."

Against Corner, Carbon Hill led 19-12 after the opening quarter and 29-27 at halftime. The Bulldogs held a slim 40-35 lead going into the final quarter.

Caroline Dodd contributed across the board for Carbon Hill with 14 points, seven assists and five steals. Lindsay Fluker recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, Abby Tittle had nine points — all in the second half, Savanna Lawson had nine points, Meagan Bice added five points, Mallorie Buzbee had three points and seven rebounds, Molli Clark had two points and seven rebounds and Jessica Hurst had two points.

Next up for Carbon Hill is a game against Parrish in the Walker County Basketball Tournament.

The Bulldogs have won the county crown each of the last two years.

"Now we can sort of put the area behind us for a week and concentrate on our county. We expect to get everyone's best game and we have to be up to the challenge."