Season of firsts for Carbon Hill girls
by Johnathan Bentley
Feb 18, 2013 | 1984 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill girls starters, from left, Lindsay Fluker, Molli Clark, Savanna Lawson, Caroline Dodd and Meagan Bice will lead the Bulldogs against Childersburg in the opener of the Class 4A Central Regional Tournament on Wednesday at Alabama State University in Montgomery. The Bulldogs are in the regional for the first time in school history. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Carbon Hill girls starters, from left, Lindsay Fluker, Molli Clark, Savanna Lawson, Caroline Dodd and Meagan Bice will lead the Bulldogs against Childersburg in the opener of the Class 4A Central Regional Tournament on Wednesday at Alabama State University in Montgomery. The Bulldogs are in the regional for the first time in school history. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CARBON HILL — Girls’ athletics are well represented on the walls of the Carbon Hill High School gymnasium.

There are pictures of volleyball teams, softball teams and cheerleading squads who have achieved success over the years.

However, there is one glaring omission — girls basketball.

Not a single Carbon Hill girls’ basketball team has done enough to warrant space on the wall — until now.

However, before a spot is cleared for this year’s team photo, the Bulldogs still have work to do. Carbon Hill takes part in the Central Regional Tournament at Alabama State University in Montgomery beginning Wednesday.

The Bulldogs (26-6) face Childersburg (20-8) at 3 p.m. in the Class 4A girl’s regional opener.

The Bulldogs are making school history with the trip to the regional tournament while Childersburg is back in regional-tournament play for the first time in nearly a decade.

“I’m sure we will be a little nervous, like we were in the sub-regional, but once we get settled in and realize it’s still a basketball game, hopefully we will be fine,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We just need to realize that we earned our way to this point and we are capable of beating anyone.

“We’ve just got to relax, give a great effort and see what happens.”

Carbon Hill advanced to the regional with an exciting 53-49 overtime win over Bibb County on Thursday. The Bulldogs rallied from a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime and pick up the victory. Bibb County had a chance to win the game with no time on the clock after a foul call at the end of regulation. The Choctaws missed both free throws, giving Carbon Hill a second chance.

Junior star Caroline Dodd took over from there, scoring all eight of Carbon Hill’s overtime points.

Childersburg earned a spot at the regional thanks to a narrow 57-54 decision over Handley in their sub-regional game. The Tigers are 6-4 in their last 10 games.

“It’s Childersburg’s first trip (to the regional) in nine years as well,” Tittle said. “They are talented. Their point guard has committed to Samford and they will be very athletic. It will take a great effort to beat them.”

Both teams dominate Class 4A competition. Childersburg is 11-0 against 4A foes while Carbon Hill is 10-0.

On the opposite side of the bracket, Dadeville (18-9) takes on Calera (20-8) at 6 p.m. The two regional winners meet at 3:40 p.m. on Friday with a spot at the Final Four State Tournament in Birmingham on the line.

Tittle said the Bulldogs are looking to gain some respect.

“We dont get very much respect or support,” Tittle added. “I don’t buy, ‘Because it’s girls,’ being the reason. Regardless of how we do on Wednesday, I am so proud of this team because we play for ourselves and each other.”

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Northwest Regional

No. 4 Lynn vs. Shoals Christian

The Class 1A girl’s bracket at the Northwest Regional Tournament in Hanceville is one of the toughest in the state.

That’s where Lynn opens play Wednesday night.

The fourth-ranked Bears, who are traveling to Hanceville for the fourth straight season, take on Shoals Christian (14-14) at 6 p.m. in the second of the 1A regional semifinals.

Lynn (29-1) brings a 20-game winning streak into the tournament.

The Bears rely on their inside game of Jackee Dodd and Lindsey Tompkin as well as a dominating defense to win games. Lynn gave up an average of just 21.5 points per game on the season and only five teams have topped the 30-point mark this season. Good Hope, in a 42-38 win over Lynn, was the only team to score more than 40 points.

Shoals Christian upset Tharptown on the road to earn a spot in Hanceville.

On the other side of the Class 1A bracket, No. 2 R.A. Hubbard (18-5) takes on No. 9 Falkville (20-4) at 3 p.m. Wednesday’s winners meet at 9 a.m. Saturday in the final.

Lynn has been eliminated by R.A. Hubbard in the regional tournament each of the last three years.

The Chiefs knocked the Bears out in the first round in both 2010 and 2011 and ousted Lynn in the regional final last year.