Carbon Hill, Dora, SC girls win area games
by W. Brian Hale
Feb 10, 2012 | 1277 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill kept its season alive on Thursday night.

The Lady Bulldogs rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit for a 43-35 victory over Hamilton in the Class 3A, Area 11 Tournament at Winfield High School.

Carbon Hill (19-10) will take on the Lady Pirates at 1 p.m. Saturday in the area championship game.

Against Hamilton, Carbon Hill trailed 10-9 after the opening quarter and 15-13 at the half. The Lady Aggies led 26-25 going into the final quarter before Carbon Hill outscored Hamilton 18-9 in the final quarter.

“We are happy to be moving on and get the opportunity to play for an area championship, but we have to be better than we were tonight,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “Right now we are just not playing very smart and to be able to beat a team that is 25-2 like Winfield, we can’t afford any mental letdowns. We are 3-0 in tourney championship games and if we want to be 4-0 after Saturday, we have to believe.”

Ninth-ranked Winfield has won 15 straight games.

For Carbon Hill, Caroline Dodd had 16 points, Ashley Tubbs and Meagan Bice each had nine points, Brittany Harding put in four, Lindsay Fluker added three and Mallorie Buzbee put in two.

Dora 41, Corner 31

The Dora Lady Bulldogs advanced to the Class 3A, Area 11 championship game on Thursday with a 41-31 win over the Corner Yellow Jackets at Haleyville.

The teams were locked in a 7-7 tie at the conclusion of the first period before Dora took command to lead 19-14 at halftime.

The Bulldogs extended their lead to 8 in the third period to remain in control 28-20 en route to outscoring the Yellow Jackets 13-11 in the fourth period for the 41-31 victory.

Kelby Bencko led the Bulldogs with 11 points, while Deoshia Jackson contributed with 8 points. Aaliyah Babbs had 6 points.

“In the fourth period, when the game was a lot closer than we wanted to be, Kelby and Aaliyah came through for us and scored 10 of our points to help us seal the game,” Dora coach Brian Keeton said. “They both stepped up for us and I’m very proud of their effort.”

Dora (17-11) will meet the hosting Haleyville Lions on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the Area 11 championship.

Sumiton Christian 51, ACA 46

Sumiton Christian advanced to the 2A, Area 9 championship game with a narrow 51-46 win over American Christian Academy on Thursday at Cold Springs High School.

The Lady Eagles trailed early in the fourth quarter, but took command behind the trio of Kendell Hamm, Alisha Kerklin and T’Ebonie Tanner. The three girls combined for 38 points in the game for Sumiton Christian (13-12).

Sumiton Christian led 13-9 after the opening quarter and 25-21 at the half. The Lady Eagles took a 37-32 lead into the final quarter.

Kerklin led the team with 16 points while both Tanner and Hamm had 11. Clara Bowen added eight.

The Lady Eagles take on Cold Springs at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the area championship game.

Sumiton Christian coach Anna Barnett has her team in the sub-region round of the playoffs thanks to Thursday’s win.

“I didn’t know how this season would play out,” Barnett said. “I thought we had a chance if we stayed with it and worked hard.”

Mortimer Jordan 52, Walker 27

Walker’s season came to an end in the 5A, Area 11 Tournament at Hayden Thursday night.

The Lady Vikings made just nine shots on the night as Mortimer Jordan picked up a 52-27 victory.

Walker trailed 10-7 after the first quarter. The Lady Blue Devils outscored Walker 13-2 in the second quarter to build a 23-9 halftime lead. Mortimer Jordan led 35-15 after three quarters.

“We had a hard time scoring,” Walker girls coach Heath Bruner said. “We came out really timid tonight.”

Walker didn’t have a senior on this year’s squad following an injury to Kenesha Dickerson.

“We got better as the year went on. We’ve got something to build on. I think we will be better because we know what it takes,” Bruner added.

Madisyn Hood and Jazmine Lake led Walker (12-16) with four points each, Miranda Bruce added three and Sidney Cooper, Shania Reed, Jessica Woodley and Tasia Phillips each had two points.

Area tournament scores

Class 5A

Mortimer Jordan 52, Walker 27

Hayden 49, Curry 27

Class 4A

Dora 41, Corner 31

Haleyville 54, Fayette County 36

Class 3A

Carbon Hill 43, Hamilton 35

Winfield 71, Cordova 22

Class 2A

Sumiton Christian 51, ACA 46

Cold Springs 67, Oakman 20

Class 1A

Lynn 55, Meek 27

Addison 55, Marion County 48