Third-ranked Carbon Hill beats Dora, moves to 15-0
by Ben Hamilton
Jan 07, 2011 | 1497 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill’s Kolton Nichols (21) blocks the shot of Dora’s LaDerrick Babbs (4) during their game Thursday night. Nichols had 18 points in Carbon Hill’s 59-41 win. Carbon Hill moved to 15-0 on the season. (Photo by Ben Hamilton)
Carbon Hill’s Kolton Nichols (21) blocks the shot of Dora’s LaDerrick Babbs (4) during their game Thursday night. Nichols had 18 points in Carbon Hill’s 59-41 win. Carbon Hill moved to 15-0 on the season. (Photo by Ben Hamilton)
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DORA — The Carbon Hill Bulldogs kept their undefeated season intact Thursday.

Despite 14 first-half turnovers, Carbon Hill improved to 15-0 with a 59-41 road win over the Dora Bulldogs.

“It’s kind of surprising,” said Carbon Hill head coach Robert Epps of his team’s 15-0 start. “To go out and play well enough to win every game is a tough task, at any level. Someway, somehow, the team keeps finding a way to win. That’s pretty special.”

Third-ranked Carbon Hill led just 16-12 after the first quarter but rallied for a 24-15 lead at the half and a 42-31 cushion after the third quarter.

Kolton Nichols led Carbon Hill, scoring a game-high 18 points, while Tylor Owens added 13 points and Gerald Smith had 12. Both David Mote and Conner Young had six points for Carbon Hill.

Leading Dora was Brent Youngblood and Storm Wade, who each scored seven points. Keliel James added six for Dora, which fell to 6-11.

Carbon Hill won the first matchup between the teams 66-44. That game was notched at the half before Carbon Hill pulled away.

Carbon Hill will host Winfield in a Class 3A, Area 11 contest on Tuesday.

Dora will travel to Haleyville for a Class 4A, Area 11 matchup on Friday.

Varsity Girls

Carbon Hill Lady Bulldogs 42, Dora 38

The Carbon Hill Lady Bulldogs improved to 12-4 with a 42-38 win at Dora.

Carbon Hill trailed 35-31 with just under three minutes remaining in the contest before reeling off a 10-0 run for a 41-35 lead.

Carbon Hill, which led 21-17 at halftime, scored 11 points in the final 2:45 to seal the win.

Caroline Dodd led Carbon Hill with 12 points and six steals while Lindsey Fluker added 12 points and Ashley Tubbs had five.

Megan Bice managed four points and Nikki Alexander had three while Jessica Farris, Brittany Harding and Mallorie Buzbee all scored two for Carbon Hill.

For Dora, Alexandria Barnes scored eight points while Deoshia Jackson had seven, Yashea Chapel had six and Shaquilla Gosha added six.

Varsity Boys

Sumiton Christian 71, Oakman 55

Austin Roach put in 25 points to lead Sumiton Christian to a 71-55 home victory over area foe Oakman Thursday night.

Sumiton Christian took an early lead and never looked back as the Eagles moved to 2-2 in Class 2A, Area 11 play.

The Eagles led 16-9 after the first quarter and pushed their lead to 29-19 at the half. They led 55-33 going into the fourth quarter.

Austin Rhodes had 15 points for Sumiton Christian, which will host Shades Mountain Christian beginning at 4:30 p.m. today.

For Oakman, Dalton Taylor had 24 points and Quinton Harris added 13.

Oakman won the B-team game 21-19. For Oakman, D. Muse had 10 points. Sumiton Christian’s Mark Hill and Aaron Tucker each had eight points.

Varsity Girls

Sumiton Christian 63, Oakman 28

Sumiton Christian’s Salena Muncher topped the 1,000-point mark for her career in the Lady Eagles’ 63-28 victory over Oakman.

Muncher, who needed 17 points to reach the milestone, scored 18 points in the first half and finished with 20 as Sumiton Christian (8-7, 2-2) earned the easy area victory.

The Lady Eagles took a 21-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 37-10 at the half.

Kendall Hamm added 15 points for Sumiton Christian while Lindsey Harbison had nine for Oakman and Sara Mason put in eight.