Carbon Hill boys welcome back Smith; Lady Bulldogs lose Dodd to injury
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
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Carbon Hill's Tylor Owens (11) shoots over Cordova's Jonathan Herndon (15) during their game Tuesday night. The Bulldogs won 60-34. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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CARBON HILL — Carbon Hill’s boys welcomed back one of their top scorers Tuesday while Carbon Hill’s girls lost their MVP.

Gerald Smith rejoined the Bulldogs after missing a week and a half with an ankle injury.

Caroline Dodd exited the girls game after sustaining an injury incurred after hitting the gym wall following a hard foul. Dodd was taken to the hospital during the Lady Bulldogs’ win.

VARSITY BOYS

Carbon Hill 60, Cordova 34

Coming off its second straight Walker County Basketball Tournament championship, Carbon Hill needed a quarter to get going Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs dominated from that point, beating Cordova 60-34. All 10 players who dressed out for Carbon Hill scored points.

Cordova held a 14-12 lead after the first quarter, but the Carbon Hill defense limited the Blue Devils to just 20 points over the final three quarters. Carbon Hill (16-7) took control in the second quarter by outscoring Cordova 16-4 for a 28-18 halftime lead. The Bulldogs pushed their lead to 46-28 after three quarters.

Tylor Owens and John Bray led a balanced Carbon Hill scoring attack with 10 points each, Smith and Kevin Pate each had eight points, Andrew Manasco had seven, Isaac Slaton put in four and Ryan Simerly, Daniel Woodard and Garrett Kirkland each had two.

Smith, who hadn’t played since Jan. 10, got the start against Cordova and saw plenty of playing time early.

“He was a little rough. It’s better for us to have a game like this where we can work him in instead of trying to do it in some other game,” Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps said.

Carbon Hill knocked off Dora 72-56 in Saturday’s county championship game. The top-seeded Bulldogs won their three tournament games by an average of 29.7 points per game.

“After you play a real emotional game in the championship, you know you are going to have some mental letdown. We were able to come out with a win tonight. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how it looks,” Epps added.

Carbon Hill, which has won five straight games, plays an area game at Hamilton on Thursday. A Carbon Hill win clinches the area title for the Bulldogs.



VARSITY GIRLS

Carbon Hill 57, Cordova 33

Nine Carbon Hill players scored points as the Lady Bulldogs knocked off Cordova 57-33 Tuesday night.

The Lady Bulldogs took control in the opening half behind the play of Dodd, who scored 10 points in the first quarter and had 17 for the game despite leaving with an injury with four minutes left in the second quarter.

“The way she hit the wall, it’s looking like a concussion,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We just don’t know how severe.”

Dodd was the MVP of last week’s Walker County Basketball Tournament at Parrish. She has won the award each of the last two years, leading Carbon Hill to the county championship each time.

“This is the second straight season she has went down with an injury and our team understands how valuable she is in all aspects of the game,” Tittle said. “We will pull together and play hard and hopefully we will get her back sooner rather than later.”

Carbon Hill led 16-9 after the opening quarter on Tuesday and took a 35-17 lead into the half.

The Lady Bulldogs blanked Cordova in the third quarter, pushing their lead to 44-17.

For Carbon Hill (16-7), Meagan Bice and Ashley Tubbs each had eight points, Lindsay Fluker added seven, Meagan Bice put in five, Savanna Lawson had four points, both Brittany Harding and Ansley Madison had three and Molli Clark added two.

Carbon Hill has a key area game at Hamilton on Thursday.

“I’m proud of how well we responded after the injury (to Dodd). We had some girls who were really upset, but they kept their composure and played pretty well. We have a tough stretch starting on Thursday and we will battle,” Tittle added.

For Cordova, Raigen Sherer had eight points, Alexis Cooper added seven, Hanna McLemore and Morgan Martin each had five, Stevi Lyn Drummond added three, Jessica Willingham put in two and Tiffany Jones had a point.

Cordova plays at Northside on Thursday.



VARSITY BOYS

No. 8 Parrish 65, Hubbertville 33

The Parrish Tornadoes extended their record to 16-6 with a 65-33 victory over the Hubbertville Lions on Tuesday night in Parrish.

Jermichael Harris led the Tornadoes with a double-double effort, scoring 18 points and recording 14 rebounds. Reginald Harris contributed with 15 points, while Brodrick Sanders had 13 points.

Tyler Sims scored eight points.

Parrish took control of the game in the first period with a 14-11 lead.

The Lions outscored the Tornadoes 12-7 in the second period to take a 23-21 edge into halftime.

The second half belonged to Parrish, as the Tornadoes held the Lions to 12 points, leading 47-25 in the third period before outscoring Hubbertville 18-9 in the fourth period to reach the 65-33 final.

Parrish travels to Reform on Thursday to battle the No.1-ranked Pickens County Tornadoes.



VARSITY GIRLS

Hubbertville 46, Parrish 32

Hubbertville grabbed a 10-4 lead in the first period, followed by a 20-7 edge going into the half. The Lions outscored the Tornadoes 13-7 in the third period to lead 33-14 before cruising to the 46-32 final.

Parrish travels to Reform on Thursday to take on Pickens County.



VARSITY BOYS

Cullman 47, Walker 45

The Walker Vikings varsity boys dropped a heartbreaker to the Cullman Bearcats 47-45 on Tuesday night in Cullman.

The Bearcats opened the game with an 11-9 in the first period, followed by a 26-17 lead going into halftime.

Cullman retained control of the game in the third period 35-23 before a late Walker rally in the fourth period saw the Vikings outscore the Bearcats 22-12, but ultimately fall short in the 47-45 loss.

Dashaun Kendrick led the Vikings with 15 points, while Shane Donaldson had 12 points.

The Vikings (8-13) travel to Corner on Thursday night for their next match-up.



VARSITY GIRLS

Cullman 60, Walker 32

Fourth-ranked Cullman jumped out to a 22-6 lead in the first period before the Cullman extended the lead to 31-15 at halftime. Cullman moved further ahead 36-19 in the third period before outscoring Walker 14-13 in the fourth period to reach the 60-32 final.

Sidney Cooper led the Vikings with nine points, while Chloe Sudberry had six points. Raven Jones score five points. Walker (8-13) travels to Corner on Thursday.



9TH-GRADE

Cullman 52, Walker 43

Cullman took a 22-11 lead in the first period before posting a 37-15 lead at halftime. The Bearcats remained in control in the third period with a 45-28 edge before reaching the 52-43 final.

John Michael Reed led the Vikings in scoring with 20 points, while Chris Evans had eight points. Jarrod Ollie scored six points, Marlon Oliver had five points and Isreal Johnson had four points.

Walker (13-5) plays host to Haleyville on Thursday.



JV BOYS

Cullman 54, Walker 45

The Bearcats posted an 18-8 lead in the first period followed by a 32-24 edge going into the half. Cullman retained the lead in the third period 43-30 before taking the 54-45 win.

Denzell Daley led the Vikings with 15 points, while Sa’Darius Key and Kenyatta Woods had 10 points each.

The Vikings travel to Corner on Thursday.