Carbon Hill has won back-to-back county titles.
Both will try for the three-peat at this year’s Walker County Basketball Tournament set to begin Monday at Carbon Hill High School.
Dodd and the Bulldogs are the overwhelming favorite to add a third consecutive county title to the trophy case. Carbon Hill is a perfect 6-0 against county foes this season, winning those games by an average of 24.2 points.
“The fact that we have won this thing the past two years really doesn’t have any bearing on this year’s tournament,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We have several of the same players, but each team is different.”
One constant is Dodd, who is averaging 18.6 points per game despite a slow start this season. Lindsay Fluker is second on the team, averaging 12.3 points per game.
“Our players can control two things, our effort and our attitude. We talk about that constantly. We feel like we have earned the top seed with what we have done so far, but you still have to go on the floor and play your best basketball,” Tittle said.
Carbon Hill (16-5) is the No. 1 seed followed by: Curry, Dora, Cordova, Parrish and Oakman. The Bulldogs have beaten every team with the exception of Cordova, which they have not played.
Carbon Hill started the season 0-3, but has won 16 of its last 18 games. The two losses came in back-to-back games to Lynn and Pinson Valley in the Winfield Christmas Tournament. Since then, Carbon Hill has won six in a row heading into a key area game at Corner today.
Carbon Hill’s pool includes Cordova and Parrish. Curry, Dora and Oakman make up the opposing pool.
A total of eight games, including four varsity games, will be played on Monday starting at 10 a.m. with the Curry-Dora JV girls game.
The first varsity game pits the Dora girls vs. Oakman girls at 3:15 p.m. Other first day varsity games are: Dora boys vs. Cordova boys at 4:30 p.m., Cordova girls vs. Parrish girls at 5:45 p.m. and Oakman boys vs. Curry boys at 7 p.m.
Four varsity games will be played on Tuesday: Oakman girls vs. Curry girls at 3:15 p.m., Curry boys vs. Parrish boys at 4:30 p.m., Parrish girls vs. Carbon Hill girls at 5:45 p.m.
A pair of JV games and the 9th-grade boys championship game will be played on Thursday.