High School Basketball roundup: Cordova girls win big on Senior Night
by W. Brian Hale
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CORDOVA — The accomplishments of five Cordova Lady Blue Devil seniors were celebrated on Friday night following a 50-29 victory over the Meek Tigers at Cordova.

The seniors — Caitlyn Cole, Catherine Hogan, Jessica Willingham, Morgan Martin and Stevi Drummond — received standing ovations as they exited the court in their final home game, as well as their contributions in helping the program reach its milestone of 20 wins on the season.

“These five girls have been a tremendous asset to our program. Two years ago when I held my first summer practice, I told this group that they were going to be a huge part of building something special,” Cordova coach Randy Stracner said. “Since that time, we’ve gone from being a below-average team, to a program that won more than 20 games this year. I’ve known many of these girls before they were on our team — they are like family to me, not just members of my team. It’s going to be hard to see them go.”

Willingham scored 11 points to lead the Blue Devils, while Hanna McLemore followed with eight points.

Loren Abercrombie led Meek with 10 points.

Cordova asserted control quickly to start of the game with a 16-4 first-period effort. The Tigers scored seven points in the second period while the Blue Devils added 18 to their lead to remain on top, 34-11 at halftime.

Both teams scored eight points in the third period, though Cordova retained firm command, 42-19. The Tigers outscored the Blue Devils, 10-8, in the fourth period, but the victory belonged to Cordova, 50-29.

Cordova opens the Class 3A, Area 14 Tournament against Hamilton on Thursday at Winfield. Meek opens the Class 1A, Area 14 Tournament against Saint Bernard on Tuesday at Falkville.

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BOYS

Meek 51, Cordova 45

The Meek Tiger boys extended their record to 2-0 on the season against the Cordova Blue Devils with a 51-45 win on Friday at Cordova.

Jacob Price led Meek (10-13) with 14 points, with Seth Hayes scoring 13 points.

Jonathan Softley scored 17 points to lead Cordova, while Dalton Woods scored 11 points.

The two teams battled intensely through the first half, with neither taking the advantage. The first period saw a 10-10 tie, only to have the second period end in a deadlock at 23-23.

Cordova took the upperhand in the third period after a 10-4 run for the 33-27 edge, but Meek rallied for a 24-12 fourth-period run to win the game, 51-45.

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GIRLS

Carbon Hill 54, Curry 40

Carbon Hill reeled off its sixth straight win on Friday, beating the Yellow Jackets 54-40 at Curry High School.

Caroline Dodd had 23 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Bulldogs (19-8).

Carbon Hill held a slim 9-6 lead after the opening quarter and 20-16 at the half. The Bulldogs scored 19 points in the third quarter for a 37-28 lead.

Molli Clark had eight points and 13 rebounds for Carbon Hill, Abby Tittle had five points and 11 rebounds, Savanna Lawson added five points and nine rebounds, Katie Moore had six points, Korey Tidwell had four points and Makenze Mitchell put in three.

Ella Banks paced Curry with 13 points while Emily Aaron had seven.

Carbon Hill hosts Parrish at 5 p.m. today and the Bulldogs close out the regular season at home against Sulligent on Monday night.

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BOYS

Cullman 89, Dora 76

Dora was unable to hold Cullman’s high-powered offensive attack in check on Friday night as the Bearcats earned a 89-76 victory over the Bulldogs at Dora High School.

Dora (20-7) kept the game close and only trailed 67-63 going into the fourth quarter before Cullman pulled away.

The Bearcats average over 80 points per game this season.

Friday’s game was much closer than the first meeting between the teams — a 94-60 Cullman victory.

Four Dora players scored in double figures. Kenton Petties, coming off a 28-point performance against Fayette County on Thursday night — had 15 points and 10 assists. Darian Ramsey had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Logan Roberts added 13 points and eight rebounds and Kelan Bell put in 12 points.

The game was tied at 19-19 after the first quarter. Cullman exploded for 27 points in the second quarter to take a 46-38 halftime lead. Dora rallied to cut the gap to 67-63 after three quarters.

“The guys came out with a lot of energy and played hard like I expected them to, but when you’re playing a team with five 3-point shooters, it's tough. I know the guys will respond and be ready on Monday. This is a great group of guys that's not afraid of hard work.”

Dora closes out the regular season with a home game against Calera on Monday. Calera won the first meeting 69-65 at home.

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BOYS

Lynn 47, Hubbertville 28

Lynn held Hubbertville to five points in the first half and dominated the Lions from start to finish in a 47-28 win at Lynn High School on Friday night.

The Bears (17-8)  were up 17-5 after the first quarter and 30-5 at the half. Lynn took a 40-17 lead into the fourth quarter.

Ben Cagle had 21 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the Bears, Jeremy Tittle had nine points and 11 rebounds and Peyton Moore had five points and five assists.

Cagle, Tittle, Brody Meeks, Landon Alexander and Zac Alexander are seniors on the team.

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GIRLS

Lynn 36, Hubbertville 24

Emma Easley had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the 10th-ranked Lynn girls to a 36-24 victory over the Lions.

Hubbertville held a 6-4 lead after the first quarter and the Bears rebounded to take a 15-7 lead into the half.

Lynn (23-2) held a 22-15 advantage going into the final quarter. The Bears got 11 points from Reagan Tittle. Tittle, Easley, Brooke Harris, Abbey Terry and Jessica Hulsey are seniors this season.

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BOYS

Oakman 64, Berry 45

Quinton Harris scored his 1,000th career point and the Oakman Wildcats moved above the .500 mark on the season with a 64-45 win at Berry on Friday.

Harris led the Wildcats with 17 points in the game.

Oakman took a 19-10 lead after the first quarter and pulled away from there. The Wildcats were up 32-23 at the half and 43-33 after three quarters. Oakman outscored Berry 21-12 in the final quarter.

Purvis Coger had 14 points for Oakman while Case Key added nine and Ashton Gay put in seven. Oakman (14-13) closes the regular season at Northside on Monday.