Dodd scored 20 points, including 18 over the first three quarters, as Lynn jumped out to a big lead early and coasted through the second half for a 44-34 victory over Hubbertville Thursday night at Lynn High School.
The fifth-ranked Lady Bears (25-1) will take on No. 8 R.A. Hubbard (19-3) at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Northwest Regional Tournament. Lynn made its first ever regional appearance last season, losing in the first round. This year’s battle-tested group is hoping to continue its incredible season.
“Last year were really, really young,” said coach Adam Gray, whose team is comprised of two juniors, four sophomores and five freshman. “Getting (to the regional) was a new experience last year. There was a lot of shock and awe. I don’t think that will be a problem this year. I think we will be ready.”
The Lady Bears were ready for Hubbertville.
Ellie Pendley and Reagan Tittle each knocked down 3-pointers and Dodd added six points as Lynn took a 12-4 lead into the second quarter.
Tittle carried the load in the quarter, scoring seven points and the Lady Bears led 27-10 at the half. Lynn led 39-21 after three quarters.
“We came out and played really well at the start. We jumped on them in the first quarter like we wanted to do. I felt like we lost our focus after halftime, but we held on in the end,” Gray said.
Against Hubbertville, which Lynn defeated four times this season, Dodd led the Lady Bears with 20 points, Pendley added 10 points, all in the first half, Tittle put in nine and Lindsey Tompkin put in five.
For the Lady Lions, Whitley Haley-Ricks had 12 points, Alisha Marcum added 10, both Taylor Benton and Katie Key put in five and Allie Baker added two.
Lynn carries a 13-game winning streak into the regional tournament. The Lady Bears’ only loss was a 32-21 setback against Gardendale in the championship game of the Curry Christmas Tournament.
R.A. Hubbard ended Lynn’s season at the regional tournament last year, knocking off the Lady Bears 53-41. In that game Lynn led by seven points at the half, but was outscored 38-18 in the second half. The team finished the season 14-14.
In Class 5A, Walker’s season came to an end with an 80-33 loss to Brewer Thursday.