Perfect day for Carbon Hill
by Johnathan Bentley
Jan 23, 2011 | 3331 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill's Tylor Owens, center, goes for a loose ball as Dora's DeAngelo Pendleton looks on during Carbon Hill's win over Dora in the championship game of the Walker County Tournament on Saturday. (Photo by Johnathan Bentley)
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DORA — Carbon Hill made it look easy Saturday night.

Both the boys and girls.

Carbon Hill knocked off Dora in both varsity games at the Walker County Basketball Tournament at Dora High School.

Carbon Hill’s boys stayed perfect on the season (18-0) with a 58-43 victory over second-seeded Dora. Kolton Nichols was named tournament MVP.

The girls earned a 56-27 win over Dora in the varsity opener. Carbon Hill, which won just four games last season, is 15-4 on the season.

Carbon Hill’s Caroline Dodd was named the girls tournament MVP.

Varsity Boys

Carbon Hill 58, Dora 43

Carbon Hill ran away from Dora after the opening tip and never let up, knocking off Dora 58-43 on its home court.

Carbon Hill won its first county title since the team won the small schools crown in 2006.

“It feels great,” Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps said. “I feel good for the kids. A lot of people thought we’d be pretty good, but they didn’t expect us to do as well as we’re doing. It’s always good to win the county tournament.”

Carbon Hill got on the board in the opening seconds on a Kolton Nichols basket and never trailed in the game. Gerald Smith added two straight scores for a 6-0 lead.

Nichols, who had eight points in the opening quarter, closed out the period with a 3-pointer and a 17-7 Carbon Hill lead.

The game slowed down considerably in the second quarter with Carbon Hill holding the ball for minutes at a time without running a play. Carbon Hill held a 19-11 lead at the half.

Carbon Hill opened up its lead in the third quarter after baskets by Nichols, Blaine Eads and Tylor Owens. Landon Herron connected on a 3-pointer in the closing seconds for a 35-18 lead. Carbon Hill led 35-21 after three quarters.

Smith led Carbon Hill with 18 points, Nichols had 17 points, Owens had eight points, Eads added five, both Herron and Conner Young put in four and Jacob Hudson had two.

Dora’s Brent Youngblood had 12 points, Kaliel James put in 10, DeAngelo Pendleton had eight and Stevie Woods put in six.

Varsity Girls

Carbon Hill 56, Dora 27

Carbon Hill’s shut down defense turned a close game into a runaway as the top-seeded Bulldogs ran past Dora for a 56-27 victory in the varsity girls championship game Saturday night.

“I’m very proud for our girls,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “For us to be county champion coming from where we’ve been is amazing.”

Carbon Hill’s girls won just four games last year.

“The girls came out and didn’t let the pressure get to them. We settled down after the first few minutes. Our defense was swarming. I think that wore them down in the end.”

Dora led 9-6 after the first quarter, but it was all Carbon Hill over the final three quarters.

Carbon Hill turned countless turnovers in to easy points to pull away. The team went on a 19-1 run that spanned the second quarter and finally ended three minutes into the third. An Ashley Tubbs basket and Caroline Dodd free throw closed the run to give Carbon Hill a 29-12 lead.

The Lady Bulldogs didn’t stop there.

Carbon Hill used a 9-1 run after a basket from Lindsay Fluker, a 3-pointer from Nikki Alexander and a bucket from Meagan Bice, for a 39-15 lead after the third quarter.

Carbon Hill led by as many as 28 points in the third quarter after a score by Bice and a pair of free throws from Emily Posten.

Dodd, the tournament MVP, had 17 points and eight rebounds, Fluker had 10 points and 16 rebounds, Bice added eight points and eight rebounds, Posten had nine points and seven steals, Tubbs put in six points to go with eight rebounds, both Brittany Harding and Alexander had three points and Makaela Mote had two. Deoshia Jackson had seven points to lead Dora. Ashley Austin added five.

JV Boys

Dora 69, Carbon Hill 63, OT

Dora’s Caleb May hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime and the team made the most of the opportunity, beating Carbon Hill 69-63 for the JV boys county title on Saturday.

Carbon Hill led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter at 48-37, but May and Dora put together a rally.

Dora trailed 60-57 until May’s long-range bomb forced overtime.

May also nailed a 3-pointer to end the third quarter and cut Carbon Hill’s lead to 48-47.

He finished with a game-high 26 points. For Carbon Hill, which entered as the top seed, Ryan Simerly had 16 points and both Daniel Woodard and Garrett Kirkland had 15.