That’s when Caroline Dodd and the Bulldogs finally delivered the knock out blow. Dodd drilled a 3-pointer to start a rally down the stretch and Carbon Hill pulled away for a 57-36 win on Seniors Night at Carbon Hill High School.
Dodd was a one-woman wrecking crew for Carbon Hill. She contributed across the board with 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Bulldogs won their 13th straight game.
Carbon Hill (23-5) outscored Curry 21-8 in the fourth quarter to turn a close game into a runaway.
The game was the last regular-season home game for seniors Meagan Bice, Mallorie Buzbee and Lindsay Fluker.
“This senior class has gone from three wins their freshman year to 23 so far this season,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “Our season really begins next Thursday and we are excited about that.”
Carbon Hill hosts the 3A, Area 8 Tournament starting on Thursday. The Bulldogs take on Oak Grove at 5:30 p.m. on the opening day.
Against Curry, Carbon Hill’s offense took a while to get going.
The Yellow Jackets led 8-6 after the opening quarter. They also led 19-18 with 1:18 left in the second quarter after a Mary Beth Scott basket.
Carbon Hill closed the quarter on a 6-0 run. Dodd knocked down a 3-pointer and Fluker added three free throws in the final minute for a 24-19 lead.
Dodd scored eight consecutive points in the third quarter to put Carbon Hill up 34-19, but Curry stormed back with an 11-2 rally to cut the gap to 36-30 early in the fourth quarter.
Dodd kick-started Carbon Hill’s 21-6 spurt with a 3-pointer at the 6:57 mark.
“Tonight we started out a little slow, which has kind of been a trend for us, but we pride ourselves on being a second-half team and tonight was no different,” Tittle said. “I thought our ability to rebound the ball and getting a lot of second shots was huge. We have started to figure out that doing the little things make a big difference and I expect our girls to play their role and get the job done.”
For the Bulldogs, Fluker finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, Abby Tittle had six points, Molli Clark added four points and 10 rebounds, Savanna Lawson had four points while Bice and Korey Tidwell each had two points.
Curry’s Scott had 16 points and Logan Black added nine points.
Carbon Hill closes out the regular season at Sulligent on Monday before hosting the area tournament on Thursday.
Curry plays at Hanceville on Monday.
No. 8 Carbon Hill 62, Curry 51
Much like the girls, Carbon Hill’s boys used a fourth-quarter push to finally put away a pesky Curry team on Friday night.
Eighth-ranked Carbon Hill held a slim 45-41 lead going into the final quarter. The Bulldogs outscored Curry 17-10 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
The game was notched at 19-19 after the opening quarter. Carbon Hill pulled ahead 35-32 at the half.
Gerald Smith had a big night for the Bulldogs, recording a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Both Ryan Simerly and Chandler Gann added 10 points as Carbon Hill improved to 19-8. Garrett Kirkland had eight points while Jon Bray and Stevie Simerly each had seven.
The game was the last regular-season home contest for five seniors: Bray, Kirkland, Ryan Simerly, Isaac Slaton and Daniel Woodard.
For Curry (11-13), Wesley Key had 14 points and nine rebounds, Jarrod Owens added 14 points, Alex Odom had 13 points and eight boards, Spencer Fikes put in seven points and Jaxon Aaron added three points and eight rebounds.