One week removed from their meeting in the championship game of the Walker County Basketball Tournament — a 16-point Carbon Hill win — Friday’s game came down to the wire.
It was Owens, the county tournament MVP, that made the difference Friday.
“He had 27 points and we needed every one of them,” Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps said. “It was a good game. We had to win it three of four times. They hit some big shots and we hit some big shots.”
Owens, who scored a season high in points, made a basket with 20 seconds left on the clock. Jake Davis added a putback to put Carbon Hill up by three points. Gerald Smith also hit a pair of baskets in overtime for 10th-ranked Carbon Hill (18-7).
Dora slowed the tempo of the game from the start.
The teams were tied at 5 after the opening quarter. Carbon Hill started the second quarter with a 9-0 run for a 14-5 lead, but Dora battled back and got a steal and basket from Caleb May with three seconds left in the half for a 20-19 advantage.
Carbon Hill led 32-29 after three quarters and the game was notched at 41-41 at the end of regulation. Carbon Hill outscored Dora 10-7 in the extra frame.
Carbon Hill entered the game fresh off an area-clinching win at Hamilton on Thursday.
Smith added 12 points for Carbon Hill while Isaac Slaton and Jake Davis each had four and both Garrett Kirkland and Daniel Woodard put in two.
For Dora, Brent Youngblood had 14 points, Kaleil James had 13, May had nine and both Deionte Smith and Devonta Gosha had five.
“Dora is one of the most talented teams we’ve faced all year,” said Epps, whose team is now 2-1 against Dora this season. “They’ve got good size, good shooters and team speed. They’ve got a nice mixture of everything.”
Carbon Hill hosts Sulligent on Tuesday.
Dora plays at Haleyville on Monday.
Dora 39, Carbon Hill 20
Dora ended Carbon Hill’s five game winning streak Friday night, beating the home team 39-20.
Carbon Hill played the game without leading scorer and county tournament MVP Caroline Dodd, who is out after suffering a concussion against Cordova on Tuesday.
Dora took advantage, holding Carbon Hill to eight first-half points as the visiting Lady Bulldogs built a 19-point halftime lead, at 27-8, and never looked back.
Carbon Hill (17-8) cut the gap to 30-17 going into the fourth quarter, but was outscored 9-3 in the fourth as Dora picked up the win.
“We would rather had played them full strength,” Dora coach Brian Keeton said. “I hate it for them. Caroline is a good player and is a big part of what they do. We are all hoping she makes a full recovery.”
Carbon Hill defeated Dora 55-45 in the championship game of the Walker County Basketball Tournament last week.
Hannah Wilson led Dora on Friday, scoring all eight of her points in the second quarter. Yashea Chapel had seven points and both Ashley Austin and Alex Weldon had five. Nine Dora players scored points in the game.
For Carbon Hill, Ashley Tubbs had six points and Lindsay Fluker put in four.
“We had no energy and no determination tonight. We played our worst game of the season, but we won’t let that define us. We’ve got to come back Monday and get going again,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said.