Dora rallies, fall short vs. Cullman
by Johnathan Bentley
Jan 24, 2012 | 1227 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORA — For the second straight time Dora stayed with Cullman until the final buzzer.

For the second straight time the Bulldogs lost a nail-biter to the Bearcats.

Dora trailed by 15 points in the opening quarter before rallying over the next three quarters only to fall 65-61 at Dora High School Monday night.

Led by Houston Turner, Cullman led 8-0 in the opening moments and took a commanding 17-2 lead just five minutes into the game.

Dora coach Michael Bridges benched his starters midway through the opening quarter. When the starters returned, they began chipping away at the lead. Cullman led 19-9 after the opening quarter.

The Bearcats (16-6) led by as many as 15 in the second quarter, but Dora closed the quarter with a 6-0 run. Caleb May made a layup, Kaleil James knocked down a pair of free throws and Deionte Smith made a shot with three seconds left in the half to cut the gap to 38-29.

James led the Bulldogs in the third quarter as Dora cut the lead to 53-46 going into the fourth. The Bulldogs took the lead midway through the quarter, but Cullman put together a late run of its own behind Turner to pick up the four-point win.

“We’ve got to get more consistency,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said. “We will get a lead, then we will stumble. We’ve got to do better. We are trying to sharpen up for the area tournament.”

Cullman won the first meeting 61-58 in overtime over Dora at Cullman High School.

Turner finished with a game-high 26 points for the Bearcats, who host Walker today.

Dora (12-10) was led by James’ 22 points. Brent Youngblood added 17, Smith put in nine and May added eight. The Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa today to take on American Christian Academy.



VARSITY GIRLS

Cullman 69, Dora 20

Cullman made quick work of Dora on Monday night, beating the Lady Bulldogs 69-20.

Cullman, the No. 4-ranked team in Class 5A, jumped out to a 24-1 lead after the opening quarter and pulled away from there, taking a 36-5 advantage into the half and a 56-16 lead into the final quarter.

Dora made just eight shots in the game.

“Cullman has a great team, but I thought our girls just quit tonight,” said Dora coach Brian Keeton. “When you are playing a team that’s better than you, you try to make yourself better.

“I thought our girls played hard Saturday. We went from playing like that Saturday to playing like we did today and I guess you could say it’s like daylight and dark. It didn’t look like the same team.”

Dora (13-10) was led by Alex Weldon with seven points. Yashea Chapel added four, Kelby Bencko had three and both Deoshia Jackson and Antionette Grant put in two.

Cullman’s Morgan Smith had 22 points, Morgan Pitts added 12, Jorden Quick pitched in with nine and Hannah Shelton had eight.



VARSITY BOYS

Cordova 48, Oakman 46

Cordova matched last year’s win total with a narrow 48-46 home win over the Oakman Wildcats on Monday.

The Blue Devils, winners of two of their last three games, have now won four games this season. Cordova has knocked off both Curry and Oakman twice this season.

On Monday, Jamaal Cooper led the Blue Devils with 15 points, Jonathan Herndon put in 12 and Derrick Simon added 10.

Cordova travels to Carbon Hill today with the JV boys game starting at 5 p.m.



VARSITY GIRLS

Lynn 73, South Lamar 29

Fifth-ranked Lynn notched its 20th win of the season on Monday, beating South Lamar 73-29 on the road.

The Lady Bears held a 16-10 lead after the first quarter and outscored the Lady Stallions 57-19 the rest of the way.

Lynn led 41-16 at the half and 57-25 after three quarters.

For Lynn (20-1), Jackee Dodd had 24 points and 15 rebounds; Reagan Tittle had 20 points and four rebounds, Lindsey Tompkin had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Brooklyn Beck had 12 points, Ellie Pendley had four points and Jessica Hulsey added a point.

Lynn hosts Hackleburg today starting at 5 p.m.



VARSITY BOYS

South Lamar 60, Lynn 55

South Lamar rallied from a one-point deficit entering the third quarter to knock off Lynn 60-55.

Lynn led 42-41 going into the final quarter, but was outscored 19-13 by the Stallions.

The game was close throughout with the Bears and Stallions tied at 9-9 after the opening quarter and South Lamar leading 29-26 at the half.

For Lynn (11-9), freshman Peyton Moore hit four 3-pointers and led the Bears with 14 points,

Ben Murphy had nine points and seven rebounds, Jake Estell and Daniel Cagle each had eight points, Grant Lawson had seven points, five rebounds and six assists, Jeremy Tittle had six points and Ben Cagle had three points and four rebounds.

Lynn hosts Hackleburg today starting at 5 p.m.



VARSITY BOYS

Sumiton Christian 50, Berry 39

Sumiton Christian picked up a road win at Berry on Saturday, beating the Wildcats 50-39 to improve to 10-12 on the season.

Berry held a 28-25 lead going into the fourth quarter, but was outscored 25-11 by the Eagles.

For Sumiton Christian, Allen Beasley led the way with 16 points, Andrew Rhodes had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Austin Roach added 12 points, Cam Johnson put in four and Vann Lovelady added three.

The Eagles play at Corner today, host Curry on Thursday and host Oakman on Friday.