All Bulldogs at Walker County Tournament
by Johnathan Bentley
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Carbon Hill’s Tylor Owens (11) floats through the lane for two points during the Bulldogs’ 87-44 win over Parrish Friday night. The undefeated Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, will play for the Walker County championship at 7:15 p.m. today at Dora High School. (Photo by Johnathan Bentley)
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DORA — There will be a double dose of Bulldogs tonight at the Walker County Basketball Tournament at Dora High School.

Both varsity championship games will match the top-seeded Carbon Hill Bulldogs and second-seeded Dora Bulldogs. The girls championship is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys championship to follow.

Both Carbon Hill teams rolled on Friday. The girls started things off with a 65-19 win over Cordova. The Carbon Hill boys followed suit with an 87-44 victory over Parrish.

Carbon Hill’s boys have won their first two tournament games by a total of 65 points.

Carbon Hill has defeated Dora twice this season, winning 66-44 at Carbon Hill and winning 59-41 at Dora.

“There’s a little bit more riding on it this time. Our guys know that,” Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps said of today’s meeting with Dora. “I expected both games with Dora to be close, but we’ve ended up handling them pretty good. We’ve got to be ready when they toss it up (today).”

Today’s games will start at 9 a.m. with the fifth-place varsity games. The JV girls championship game is at 11:30 a.m. and the ninth-grade boys final is set for 1 p.m., the third-place varsity games follow at 2:15 and 3:30 p.m.

No. 2 Carbon Hill 87, Parrish 44

Kolton Nichols and Tyler Owens sparked a torrid Carbon Hill start as the Bulldogs cruised into the Walker County Tournament final with a rout of Parrish.

Nichols scored the first basket on a putback in the opening seconds and the Bulldogs took off from there.

Nichols had eight points in the opening quarter while Owens and Gerald Smith each put in four as Carbon Hill built an 18-1 lead in the opening six minutes. The Bulldogs led 22-7 after the first quarter.

Carbon Hill (17-0) pushed its lead to 20 points in the second quarter after Landon Herron found Nichols for an easy basket.

Owens scored six straight points for a 42-13 lead with 2:32 left in the second quarter. Carbon Hill led 45-18 at the half. The Bulldogs led 67-36 after three quarters.

Owens led a balanced Carbon Hill attack with 13 points, Nichols added 12, Landon Herron put in 11, Conner Young had 10, Gerald Smith scored eight, Zac Pilgrim put in seven, Kevin Pate had six, both Blaine Eads and Jacob Hudson had five and David Mote added two.

Parrish plays Cordova at 3:30 p.m. today in the third-place game.

The Bulldogs are now 11-0 against Walker County competition and they’ve won those games by an average of 34.4 points per game. They’ve won their two tournament games by an average of 32.5 points per game.

Dora 64, Curry 52

Defending Walker County Tournament champion Dora is back in the final following a 64-52 win over the Yellow Jackets Friday night.

The game was close throughout the first half, but the Bulldogs pulled away in the third quarter.

Dora’s Kaleil James, who had a game-high 31 points, hit a basket in the closing seconds of the first quarter to notch the score at 9-9.

James and Brent Youngblood paced Dora in the second quarter as the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 27-19. Curry fought back to cut the gap to 29-23 at the half.

Dora opened up its lead late in the third quarter after a pair of baskets by James and a score by Pendleton gave the Bulldogs a 49-36 advantage. Dora led 49-40 after three quarters.

Curry didn’t get within nine points in the final quarter.

Brent Youngblood had 13 points for Dora while Pendleton added nine points and eight rebounds.

For Curry, Evan Miller had 18 points while both Hunter Fikes and Jason Haley had eight. The Yellow Jackets will play Oakman in the fifth-place game at 10:15 a.m. today.

Varsity Girls

Carbon Hill 65,

Cordova 19

Carbon Hill got off to a quick start for the second straight game in the Walker County Tournament on Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs used an 18-1 run in the first quarter to take control against Cordova en route to a 65-19 victory.

Carbon Hill will play Dora for the tournament championship at 6 p.m. today.

Carbon Hill has outscored its first two tournament opponents 32-3 in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs led Parrish 14-0 after one quarter of play on Tuesday.

Ashley Tubbs, Lindsay Fluker and Caroline Dodd led Carbon Hill’s early charge. The trio combined for 16 first-quarter points.

Dodd turned a steal into points and Mallorie Buzbee added a putback in the closing seconds of the quarter as Carbon Hill took an 18-3 lead into the second.

Carbon Hill’s barrage continued in the second quarter as the Lady Bulldogs outscored Cordova 19-4 for a 37-7 halftime lead. Carbon Hill led 55-14 after three quarters.

Fluker led the Lady Bulldogs’ with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Dodd added 13 points and six rebounds, Buzbee contributed 10 points and 17 rebounds, Bice had 10 points and six rebounds, Tubbs put in nine points and had eight rebounds, both Brittany Harding and Jessica Hurst had four points while Emily Posten had two points, eight steals and seven assists.

For Cordova, Brittany Simon had five points.

Carbon Hill is 2-1 against Dora this season, winning both regular-season meetings and losing in the championship game of the Parrish Tournament.

Dora 37, Curry 32

Dora’s Deoshia Jackson scored four points and came through with a key steal in the closing minutes as the Lady Bulldogs earned a 37-32 win over Curry Friday night.

Curry cut Dora’s lead to one point at 31-30 after a Cara Woodley 3-pointer at the 3:48 mark, but the Lady Bulldogs scored six answered points to earn a spot opposite top-seeded Carbon Hill in today’s girls championship game.

Dora, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, pushed its lead to three points at 33-30 after a Shaquilla Gosha score. After a Gosha free throw, Jackson made a layup for a 35-30 advantage. She then came up with a steal and another score to ice the game for the Lady Bulldogs.

Dora built a nine-point lead at 17-8 heading into the second quarter after two baskets from Alexia Smith and a 3-pointer from Hannah Wilson. Curry used a 11-4 second-quarter run to cut the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 21-19 at the half.

Curry took the lead midway through the third quarter after a pair of Amber Graham free throws gave the Lady Yellow Jackets a 25-23 lead. Dora regained the lead for good on a putback from Antoinette Gant for a 27-25 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Curry will play in today’s third-place game vs. Cordova at 2:15 p.m.

Both varsity championship games will match the top-seeded Carbon Hill Bulldogs and second-seeded Dora Bulldogs. The girls championship is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys championship to follow.

Both Carbon Hill teams rolled on Friday. The girls started things off with a 65-19 win over Cordova. The Carbon Hill boys followed suit with an 87-44 victory over Parrish.

Carbon Hill’s boys have won their first two tournament games by a total of 65 points.

Carbon Hill has defeated Dora twice this season, winning 66-44 at Carbon Hill and winning 59-41 at Dora.

“There’s a little bit more riding on it this time. Our guys know that,” Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps said of today’s meeting with Dora. “I expected both games with Dora to be close, but we’ve ended up handling them pretty good. We’ve got to be ready when they toss it up (today).”

Today’s games will start at 9 a.m. with the fifth-place varsity games. The JV girls championship game is at 11:30 a.m. and the ninth-grade boys final is set for 1 p.m., the third-place varsity games follow at 2:15 and 3:30 p.m.

No. 2 Carbon Hill 87, Parrish 44

Kolton Nichols and Tyler Owens sparked a torrid Carbon Hill start as the Bulldogs cruised into the Walker County Tournament final with a rout of Parrish.

Nichols scored the first basket on a putback in the opening seconds and the Bulldogs took off from there.

Nichols had eight points in the opening quarter while Owens and Gerald Smith each put in four as Carbon Hill built an 18-1 lead in the opening six minutes. The Bulldogs led 22-7 after the first quarter.

Carbon Hill (17-0) pushed its lead to 20 points in the second quarter after Landon Herron found Nichols for an easy basket.

Owens scored six straight points for a 42-13 lead with 2:32 left in the second quarter. Carbon Hill led 45-18 at the half. The Bulldogs led 67-36 after three quarters.

Owens led a balanced Carbon Hill attack with 13 points, Nichols added 12, Landon Herron put in 11, Conner Young had 10, Gerald Smith scored eight, Zac Pilgrim put in seven, Kevin Pate had six, both Blaine Eads and Jacob Hudson had five and David Mote added two.

Parrish plays Cordova at 3:30 p.m. today in the third-place game.

The Bulldogs are now 11-0 against Walker County competition and they’ve won those games by an average of 34.4 points per game. They’ve won their two tournament games by an average of 32.5 points per game.

Dora 64, Curry 52

Defending Walker County Tournament champion Dora is back in the final following a 64-52 win over the Yellow Jackets Friday night.

The game was close throughout the first half, but the Bulldogs pulled away in the third quarter.

Dora’s Kaleil James, who had a game-high 31 points, hit a basket in the closing seconds of the first quarter to notch the score at 9-9.

James and Brent Youngblood paced Dora in the second quarter as the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 27-19. Curry fought back to cut the gap to 29-23 at the half.

Dora opened up its lead late in the third quarter after a pair of baskets by James and a score by Pendleton gave the Bulldogs a 49-36 advantage. Dora led 49-40 after three quarters.

Curry didn’t get within nine points in the final quarter.

Brent Youngblood had 13 points for Dora while Pendleton added nine points and eight rebounds.

For Curry, Evan Miller had 18 points while both Hunter Fikes and Jason Haley had eight. The Yellow Jackets will play Oakman in the fifth-place game at 10:15 a.m. today.

Varsity Girls

Carbon Hill 65,

Cordova 19

Carbon Hill got off to a quick start for the second straight game in the Walker County Tournament on Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs used an 18-1 run in the first quarter to take control against Cordova en route to a 65-19 victory.

Carbon Hill will play Dora for the tournament championship at 6 p.m. today.

Carbon Hill has outscored its first two tournament opponents 32-3 in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs led Parrish 14-0 after one quarter of play on Tuesday.

Ashley Tubbs, Lindsay Fluker and Caroline Dodd led Carbon Hill’s early charge. The trio combined for 16 first-quarter points.

Dodd turned a steal into points and Mallorie Buzbee added a putback in the closing seconds of the quarter as Carbon Hill took an 18-3 lead into the second.

Carbon Hill’s barrage continued in the second quarter as the Lady Bulldogs outscored Cordova 19-4 for a 37-7 halftime lead. Carbon Hill led 55-14 after three quarters.

Fluker led the Lady Bulldogs’ with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Dodd added 13 points and six rebounds, Buzbee contributed 10 points and 17 rebounds, Bice had 10 points and six rebounds, Tubbs put in nine points and had eight rebounds, both Brittany Harding and Jessica Hurst had four points while Emily Posten had two points, eight steals and seven assists.

For Cordova, Brittany Simon had five points.

Carbon Hill is 2-1 against Dora this season, winning both regular-season meetings and losing in the championship game of the Parrish Tournament.

Dora 37, Curry 32

Dora’s Deoshia Jackson scored four points and came through with a key steal in the closing minutes as the Lady Bulldogs earned a 37-32 win over Curry Friday night.

Curry cut Dora’s lead to one point at 31-30 after a Cara Woodley 3-pointer at the 3:48 mark, but the Lady Bulldogs scored six answered points to earn a spot opposite top-seeded Carbon Hill in today’s girls championship game.

Dora, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, pushed its lead to three points at 33-30 after a Shaquilla Gosha score. After a Gosha free throw, Jackson made a layup for a 35-30 advantage. She then came up with a steal and another score to ice the game for the Lady Bulldogs.

Dora built a nine-point lead at 17-8 heading into the second quarter after two baskets from Alexia Smith and a 3-pointer from Hannah Wilson. Curry used a 11-4 second-quarter run to cut the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 21-19 at the half.

Curry took the lead midway through the third quarter after a pair of Amber Graham free throws gave the Lady Yellow Jackets a 25-23 lead. Dora regained the lead for good on a putback from Antoinette Gant for a 27-25 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Curry will play in today’s third-place game vs. Cordova at 2:15 p.m.