Prep Basketball: Carbon Hill opens season with sweep of Curry
by Johnathan Bentley
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Carbon Hill’s Molli Clark (22) shoots over Curry’s Emily Aaron (3) during their game at Carbon Hill High School on Tuesday. Clark had six points and nine rebounds in Carbon Hill’s 55-40 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Carbon Hill’s Molli Clark (22) shoots over Curry’s Emily Aaron (3) during their game at Carbon Hill High School on Tuesday. Clark had six points and nine rebounds in Carbon Hill’s 55-40 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CARBON HILL — Caroline Dodd and Gerald Smith both put together huge efforts on opening night to lead the Carbon Hill Bulldogs to a varsity sweep of Curry on Tuesday night at Carbon Hill High School.

Dodd, the only senior on the girls squad poured in 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Carbon Hill girls to a 55-40 victory.

Smith, the lone senior on the Carbon Hill boys squad, had 28 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Bulldogs in a 56-29 victory.

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Girls

Carbon Hill 55, Curry 40

Carbon Hill may not have played a perfect game in its opener Tuesday night, but the Bulldogs got a big game from Dodd to make up the difference in a 55-40 victory over the Jackets.

Carbon Hill missed 14 free throws and made 17 turnovers, but was aided by a defense that held Curry to just 25 percent shooting from the field.

“It was a sloppy start for us,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We missed too many free throws and layups. We are playing some girls who used to be role players and now they are being asked to do more. We will keep working and getting better.”

The Bulldogs (1-0) weren’t able to put away a scrappy Curry team until the final quarter.

Carbon Hill led 10-7 after the first quarter and 26-18 at the half. Curry trailed 38-29 going into the final quarter.

Dodd had 28 points and 11 rebounds while Abby Tittle had eight points and 10 rebounds, Molli Clark had six points and nine rebounds. Korey Tidwell had seven points and Savanna Lawson added six.

For Curry, Ella Banks had 14 points and Ashley Swindle added nine.

Carbon Hill plays at Sulligent on Thursday and at Fayette County on Friday.

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Boys

Carbon Hill 56, Curry 29

Smith started his senior season off with a dominant performance in Carbon Hill’s season-opening 56-29 rout of Curry.

Smith finished one point short of Curry’s total, with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Smith dominated the paint and also knocked down two 3-pointers.

Carbon Hill held a slim 9-8 lead after the opening quarter, but quickly pulled away in the second period with Smith leading the charge. The Bulldogs were up 27-17 at the half and 48-22 going into the final quarter.

For the Bulldogs. Chandler Gann had eight points and six rebounds and Evan Castle, Stevie Simerly, Jordan Henson and Jonah Johnson each had four points.

Tyler Fikes led Curry (0-2) with seven points and Joshua Dugger had five points.

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Boys

Dora 67, Danville 46

Dora has a new-look team under head coach Michael Bridges heading into the 2013-14 basketball season.

The Bulldogs replace five starters from last year’s squad that finished one game away from the Final Four.

This year’s team opened with an easy win on Tuesday, knocking off visiting Danville High School 67-46 at Dora High School.

Dora (1-0) led by eight points after the opening quarter and built on its lead over the final three quarters.

“We started off with a whole new starting five out there,” Bridges said. “We lost a good group from last year. We lost some leaders. They were the guys that set the foundation for the guys out here now. I think they will be ready to carry the torch.

Darian Ramsey led Dora on Tuesday, scoring 16 points, Parrish transfer Tyler Sims had 14 points, Tyreke Bell added eight and both Kenton Petties and Dalton Vines had seven points.

Petties, last year’s sixth man, is the most experienced returning player for the Bulldogs.

Dora led Danville 14-6 after the opening quarter and 37-24 at the half. Dora pushed the lead to 54-37 after three quarters.  The Bulldogs play in the Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament starting next Tuesday.

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Girls

Danville 84, Dora 34

Danville used a 29-point second quarter to pull away from Dora on its way to a 50-point victory over the Bulldogs.

The game was close through the first quarter with Danville holding a 17-11 lead. From there, it was all Hawks. Danville outscored Dora 29-6 in the second quarter for a 48-17 halftime lead.

For Dora, Hannah Wilson had 17 points, Maddie Clayton had six and Madisen Bencko added four.

Dora’s girls play in the Hewitt-Trussville Thanksgiving Tournament starting Monday.

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Boys

Walker 68, Winfield 66

Walker is off to a 2-0 start under first-year head coach Rufus McDuffie following a narrow 68-66 win at Winfield on Tuesday.

The Pirates trailed by nine points going into the final quarter and cut the gap to one point in the closing seconds. Ja’Ray McElrath finally sealed the game with a pair of free throws.

The Vikings connected on 10 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 11 in the game.

Walker led 26-16 after a high-scoring first quarter.

The Vikings led 38-31 at the half and 53-43 after three quarters.

Aaron Morris led Walker with 17 points, Brandon Thursby had 12, Kenyatta Woods put in 10 and Michael Bridges had nine.

Walker plays again at Pleasant Grove on Thursday. The Vikings play in a Thanksgiving tournament in Tullahoma, Tenn., next week.

Walker’s girls lost to Winfield 59-49 on Tuesday.

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Girls

Cordova 61, Hanceville 41

Cordova improved to 3-0 on the season with a 61-41 victory at Hanceville on Tuesday.

The Blue Devils pulled away in the second half, outscoring Hanceville 28-14.

Alexis Cooper had 16 points for Cordova while Hanna McLemore and Randi Capps each had nine. Morgan Martin added eight points and Kaitlyn Barnes led the team with 11 rebounds.

Cordova hosts Oakman on Thursday.

Also, the Cordova girls  pre-Thanksgiving round-robin tournament will be held Friday at Saturday at the school.

Parrish plays Homewood in the opener at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Cordova takes on Cullman at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, Cordova plays Parrish at 11 a.m. and the Blue Devils face Homewood at 3:30 p.m.

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Boys

Oak Grove 80, Oakman 56

Oak Grove used a big second half to knock off Oakman 80-56 on Tuesday at Oak Grove High School.

Oakman trailed just 25-20 at the break before being outscored 55-36 over the final two quarters.

For the Wildcats, Quinton Harris had 15 points and four assists, Case Key added 11 points and 10 rebounds and Purvis Coger had nine points and six rebounds.

Oakman’s JV boys won 41-38 with Collins Woods putting in 13 points along with six assists. Mason Millwood had 10 points and eight rebounds and Brandon Hall had eight points and four rebounds.

The Wildcats play at Cordova on Thursday and at Sumiton Christian on Saturday.