Rematch set for girls championship
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
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Carbon Hill’s Lindsay Fluker heads to the goal against Cordova Friday. Fluker had 10 points and 18 rebounds in the Lady Bulldogs’ 55-25 victory. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
Carbon Hill’s Lindsay Fluker heads to the goal against Cordova Friday. Fluker had 10 points and 18 rebounds in the Lady Bulldogs’ 55-25 victory. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
PARRISH — Carbon Hill and Dora have split two meetings this season.

The winner of the third matchup will come away with the Walker County Basketball Tournament championship.

The teams meet at 5:45 p.m. today in a rematch of last year’s title game won by Carbon Hill.

Both sets of Lady Bulldogs cruised to victory on Friday with Carbon Hill remaining perfect in tournament play with a 55-25 win over Cordova. Dora knocked off Curry 41-23.

Carbon Hill 55, Cordova 25

The Walker County Tournament defending champion Carbon Hill Lady Bulldogs looked in top form as they defeated the Cordova Blue Devils 55-25 on Friday to lock up a spot in Today’s title game.

The Bulldogs cruised to an 18-5 lead in the first period, combining a stingy defense and second-chance shots to gain command of the game. Carbon Hill extended its lead to 21 points in the second period, taking a 33-12 edge into halftime.

After outscoring the Blue Devils 10-5 in the third period, the Bulldogs remained in control, leading 43-17. A 12-8 scoring edge in the fourth period helped Carbon Hill secure the 55-25 victory.

“I thought we played really hard and determined, but again, we had lapses. We need 32 minutes of focus. It all starts on the defensive end for us and on the backboards,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We have been in this position before and I think our kids will be ready and up to the challenge. Our motto has always been ‘together’ and we need that belief on Saturday.”

Caroline Dodd had a great game for the Bulldogs, scoring 17 points to go with four assists against Cordova while Lindsay Fluker posted a double-double with 10 points, 18 rebounds and blocked five shots, Brittany Harding had eight points and five rebounds and four steals, Savanna Lawson had six points, Meagan Bice had six points, five rebounds and four assists, Ashley Tubbs had four points and Ansley Madison added two. Meagan Martin led Cordova with 10 points.

Dora 41, Curry 23

Dora charged its way into tonight’s championship game with a dominating 41-23 victory over the Curry Lady Yellow Jackets Friday night at Parrish.

For the second year in a row, Dora will clash with Carbon Hill for the championship.

Dora (13-8) didn’t need much time to take control of the game.

Alex Weldon and Yashea Chapel, who combined for 20 points in the game, helped the Lady Bulldogs out to a 10-3 lead after the opening quarter.

Dora pushed its lead to 23-7 at the half and never looked back. Seven players scored points for the Lady Bulldogs. Dora took a 33-13 lead into the final quarter.

“We played a little flat, but I thought we played hard,” Dora coach Brian Keeton said.

Dora has played Carbon Hill twice this season — winning at Dora and losing at Carbon Hill’s season-opening tournament.

“We have to control Lindsay (Fluker) in the paint and do a good job rebounding. We need to play smart and not get into foul trouble. I know we can’t stop Caroline (Dodd), but we need to make her work on both ends of the floor. If we do that, we’ll have a chance.”

Keeton has the Dora girls playing for the Walker County Championship for the eighth time in nine years. The Lady Bulldogs are 3-4 under Keeton in county title games heading into tonight.

Against Curry, Weldon led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points, Chapel put in nine, Antionette Grant put in five, both Shelicia Meadows and Kelby Bencko had four points, Alexandria Barnes had four points and seven rebounds and Ashleigh Austin and Deoshia Jackson each added two points.

For Curry, Taylor Black led the way with seven points, Mary Beth Scott had six, Logan Black added five and both Makenzie Hicks and Henslee had two.

Jerilyn Curtis had seven rebounds for the Lady Jackets.

Curry (5-14) closes out the tournament against Oakman in the fifth-place game set for 11:15 a.m. today.