New-look Carbon Hill impresses in opener
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Carbon Hill's Kolton Nichols (21) goes up for a basket against Curry during their season opener Monday. Nichols had 13 points in the Bulldogs' 64-30 victory. (Photo by Johnathan Bentley)
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CURRY — The Carbon Hill Bulldogs dove after every loose ball, threw down thunderous dunks and dazzled from start to finish Monday night in the season opener against Curry.

In other words, the Bulldogs didn’t disappoint.

Carbon Hill scored the game’s first 11 points and cruised from there, knocking off the Yellow Jackets’ 64-30 in the debut of Curry head coach Dale Seals.

It was the debut of Carbon Hill’s new-look basketball team — loaded with talented athletes across the board — that took center stage.

The Bulldogs added a pair of new players in the offseason with Walker-transfer Tyler Owens making the move to Carbon Hill along with Brilliant-transfer Conner Young, who is the son of Carbon Hill football coach Royce Young.

Add in returning players like Kolton Nichols, Landon Herron and freshman Gerald Smith and it appears Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps’ team is one of the most talented squads in the area. That showed Monday night.

Against Curry, eight different Carbon Hill players scored in the opening quarter as the Bulldogs wasted no time pulling away from the Jackets (0-1). Owens and Herron led the way with five points each. A Nichols layup made the score 11-0 midway through the quarter. The lead jumped to 17-4 after a Young putback at the 2:27 mark and Carbon Hill (1-0) made it 24-4 after a steal and a basket by Herron, a Herron 3-pointer from the wing and a Kevin Pate putback. The Bulldogs led 24-7 heading into the second quarter.

Carbon Hill’s most exciting sequence came in the second quarter. Herron tracked down an outlet pass and threw the ball off the backboard. Smith followed the miss with a monster putback dunk for a 27-11 lead. Young added a pair of baskets in the last 30 seconds of the half for a 41-13 halftime lead.

“It was a pretty good start for us. When you add a couple of athletic guys to the mix, it makes a world of difference,” Epps said of his team. “I liked the effort (Monday). We had guys on the floor going after balls. We had more guys on the floor diving for balls than we have had in the eight years I’ve been here. They are playing hard and playing together.

“We had a great crowd (Monday night). I appreciate all the kids coming out. It was a great atmosphere.”

For Carbon Hill, Nichols led the way with 13 points, Young added 12 and Owens put in nine.

The Bulldogs will hit the floor for their home opener today against Sumiton Christian. The first game will be at 5 p.m.

Carbon Hill won the JV boys game 45-17 over Curry.

Varsity Girls

Carbon Hill 38, Curry 28

Carbon Hill held off a late Curry rally with the final seven points to secure a 38-28 victory over the Lady Yellow Jackets.

The Lady Bulldogs led 31-18 after the third quarter, but Curry charged back with 10 straight points to open the final quarter before Carbon Hill put the game away with the last seven points of the game.

For Carbon Hill (1-0), Lindsay Fluker had 13 points, Caroline Dodd added 11, Megan Bice put in eight and both Ashley Tubbs and Emily Posten had three points. Curry’s Amber Graham, Cydni Al-Jabsheh and Sara Beth Lawson each had seven points.

Varsity Boys

Meek 63, Brilliant 40

Meek overcame a halftime deficit by holding Brilliant to just 11 second-half points in the season opener for both teams on Monday.

The Tigers (1-0, 1-0 in area play) trailed 29-26 at the half, but took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Tigers 24-6 to take a 50-35 lead going into the final quarter.

For Meek, Dylan Cleghorn led the way with 20 points and four rebounds for coach Jamie Edwards. Jentson Hiller had 12 points, 16 rebounds and five assists, Jackson Murphy had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists, Andrew Johnson had six points and three assists and both Matthew Lance and Lucas Alden had four points.

Meek will host St. Bernard Thursday with the girls game starting at 5 p.m.