The combination of Caroline Dodd and Lindsay Fluker proved too much for Dora as Carbon Hill won the battle of the Bulldogs 63-39 at Carbon Hill High School Saturday night, capturing their third straight Walker County Tournament crown.
Dodd was everywhere for Carbon Hill. She knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, five steals and two blocks. She was named the Walker County Tournament MVP for the third consecutive season.
“It’s icing on the cake,” Dodd said of the award. “As long as we win, it doesn’t make a difference to me.”
Fluker finished with a game-high 24 points along with six rebounds and two steals.
“Lindsey made a huge impact,” Dodd added. “I honestly think if that if we didn’t have her on the court, it would have been very hard to win. She stepped up. When I wasn’t scoring, she was scoring. She picked up the slack.”
Carbon Hill, which notched its 20th win of the season, battled Dora through the first two quarters before finally pulling away in the second half. Carbon Hill outscored Dora 36-18 over the final two quarters.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these girls,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We have been through a lot of adversity these past couple of weeks and for them to win a third consecutive county title is a credit to them.”
Carbon Hill (20-5) held a slim 27-21 halftime lead, but the Bulldogs came out focused in the third quarter, starting the second half on a 9-0 run. Fluker had five points in the spurt, Dodd added a 3-pointer and Molli Clark scored a basket to put Carbon Hill up 37-21. The home-standing Bulldogs added a 10-1 run to end the quarter.
Meagan Bice went coast-to-coast for a score with 20 seconds left to put Carbon Hill up 47-29 going into the fourth quarter.
“We started the game with a ton of energy, and then maybe lost a little focus in the second quarter, but give Dora credit, they had something to with that,” Tittle said. “The third quarter has been our best quarter all year and it was again tonight. Dodd was knocking em down from outside and ‘Fluke’ was finishing everything around the goal.
“Hopefully this propels us heading into the area (tournament). That’s our main goal. We can't be satisfied with winning 20 games and winning another county championship.”
Dora kept things close in the first half thanks to Hannah Wilson and Yashea Chapel. Carbon Hill led 14-8 after the opening quarter. Dora cut the gap to 16-13 after a Jordan Reese basket, but Carbon Hill retaliated with a 9-0 run to push the lead to 25-13 after a pair of free throws from both Meagan Bice and Fluker as well as a pair of 3-pointers from Dodd. Dora struck back with back-to-back 3-pointers from Wilson to cut the gap to 27-21 at the half.
Four Carbon Hill players made the All-Tournament Team led by Dodd. Fluker, Bice and Clark also made the squad.
Against Dora, Bice added nine points, Mallorie Buzbee put in four and both Clark and Abby Tittle had two points.
Dora’s Chapel and Shelcia Meadows made the All-Tournament Team. On Saturday, Wilson had 11 points, Chapel had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Shelby Watkins added six points, Meadows added four points and six rebounds, Reese had four and Antionette Grant put in three points for Dora.
Saturday’s win gave Carbon Hill a 3-0 mark against area foe Dora this season.
Other members of the All-County Tournament Team were: Cordova’s Jessica Willingham and Kelsey Stracner, Curry’s Mary Beth Scott, Parrish’s Mary Jo Sanford and Oakman’s Lindsey Harbison.
Cordova 44, Curry 34
After a defensive first period battle, the Cordova Blue Devils took a 7-4 lead over the Curry Yellow Jackets, then extended the lead to 23-15 after a 16-point second period effort.
Curry outscored Cordova 8-4 in the third period to cut the Blue Devils lead to 27-23 before Cordova posted a 17-11 scoring edge in the fourth period for the 44-34 victory.
Jessica Willingham scored 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils, while Curry was led by Ashlee Swindle’s 10 points.
Cordova (15-13) hosts Parrish on Feb. 1, while Curry travels to Meek on Monday.
Parrish 45, Oakman 33
The Parrish Tornadoes took a 9-6 lead in the first period over the Oakman Wildcats, then retained a three-point lead going into the half, 16-13. Parrish outscored Oakman 14-9 in the third period for the 30-22 edge en route to the 45-33 victory.
Mekya Hill had 16 points to lead the Tornadoes.
Parrish hosts Marion County on Tuesday while Oakman travels to Lamar County.
JV Girls Championship
Curry 50, Cordova 35
Curry posted a 21-7 lead after the first period, then outscored Cordova 16-9 in the second period for the 37-16 halftime lead. The Yellow Jackets held a 20-point lead in the third period, 44-24, en route to the 50-35 win for the Walker County Tournament junior varsity girls championship.
Ella Banks scored 19 points to lead Curry.