Bice leads Carbon Hill past Curry

Bulldogs sweep Yellow Jackets

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 11/14/17

CURRY — Carbon Hill’s Landon Bice is already in midseason form.

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Bice leads Carbon Hill past Curry

Bulldogs sweep Yellow Jackets


CURRY — Carbon Hill’s Landon Bice is already in midseason form.

Bice knocked down three 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter and finished with 28 points, leading the Bulldogs to a 59-55 victory over Curry in Tuesday night’s season opener.

Carbon Hill (1-0) carried a slim 39-38 lead into the final stanza. Bice took over from there, scoring 15 points in the quarter. He also made four free throws down the stretch as the Bulldogs won in coach Saige Beaty’s debut as the head boys basketball coach.

The game was a matchup of two new head coaches. On the Curry side, Mike Cain returns for his second stint as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach.

Carbon Hill looked to take control early in the game. Bice had seven points in the opening quarter and Isaac Woodard added a pair of baskets as the Bulldogs took a 20-12 lead into the second quarter.

Curry (0-1) stayed close early thanks to Reid Bailey, who had six first-quarter points.

Carbon Hill made just five shots from the field over the next two quarters. Curry took advantage, cutting the lead to seven points, 31-24, at the half and 39-38 going into the final quarter.

Five different Curry players — Hunter Wilson, Luke Smith, Jakob Hicks, Caleb Woodard and Richardson — scored points in the third quarter.

Curry got 3-pointers from both Smith and Blake Hall in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough, to offset Bice, who made five 3-pointers in the game.

Dillon Roberts scored seven points for Carbon Hill while Gage Jean added six.

For the Yellow Jackets, Bailey led the way with 11 points, Richardson had 10, Hall had eight and both Hicks and Smith put in eight.

Carbon Hill plays at Corner on Friday. Curry hosts Meek on Thursday.


Varsity Girls

Carbon Hill 32, Curry 27

Carbon Hill’s Cagejia Hosey made a layup to break a 27-27 tie and Molly Kate Atkins followed with a 3-pointer to put Curry away as the Bulldogs earned a hard fought 32-27 win on Tuesday.

Both teams had trouble scoring early.

Carbon Hill held a 5-2 lead after the opening quarter and led 15-7 at the half.

Curry started its comeback in the third quarter, cutting the gap to 24-21 going into the final period.

Keana Pearson drew the Yellow Jackets even with a basket at the 7:02 mark. Both teams traded a free throw to make the score 25-25 with 5:40 left.

Curry took a 27-25 lead with 5:12 remaining. Carbon Hill’s Makindle McGough tied the game with a layup at the 2:01 mark before both Hosey and Atkins finished off the Jackets.

Atkins finished with nine points and three steals for Carbon Hill (1-0), McGough had seven points and four assists, Ricki Jill Burrough and Hosey both had six points and eight rebounds, Grayson Evans added four points and three blocks and Abby Martin had seven rebounds and three assists,

For Curry, Pearson had nine points, Abby Moon had eight and Raeann Hall put in seven.


Varsity Boys

Corner 44, Jasper 42

Corner held off Jasper 44-42 in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night at Corner High School.

The teams were tied at 30-30 going into the final quarter with the Yellow Jackets outscoring the Vikings 14-12 over the final eight minutes to get the win.

Jasper’s Devin Harris and Kaden Shelton combined for 37 points in the loss. Harris had a game-high 19 points with Shelton adding 18.

Jasper led 16-13 at the half.

For Corner, Tyler Barnett had 16 points.

Jasper hosts Gardendale in its home opener on Thursday.


Varsity Girls

Corner 41, Jasper 36

Corner got 22 points from Jiselle Woodson as the Yellow Jackets edged Jasper 41-36 in their season opener on Tuesday.

The game was close throughout. Jasper led 14-7 after the first quarter 22-19 at the half and 29-26 going into the final quarter.

For Jasper (0-1), Tameyah Griffin had 11 points, McKinley Ferguson put in eight and Kelsey Shelton added six.