After having their 13-game winning streak snapped in the regular-season finale, the Bulldogs started what they hope is another lengthy winning streak Thursday night in the Class 4A, Area 8 Tournament.
Carbon Hill’s offense clicked from the opening tip as the Bulldogs put 28 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter and strolled to an 88-21 victory over Oak Grove in the area tournament opener.
The Bulldogs face Corner at 1 p.m. Saturday in the area tournament championship game. With wins on Thursday, both teams sealed a spot in the sub-regional round of the playoffs. Saturday’s winner will host a game while the loser will travel.
“We played well, but there was a huge gap in talent on the floor tonight.” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said.
“For us to win an area title, it’s going to take all the heart we have. Corner has a good team and it was a battle with them during the regular season. We are going to have to get after it. I think we will and we are excited about this opportunity.”
Carbon Hill (24-6) won both regular-season meetings against Corner, winning 45-36 at home and 55-47 on the road.
Against the Tigers, 11 players scored points for Carbon Hill. Junior guard Caroline Dodd led the way with 24 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, Lindsey Fluker recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Savanna Lawson added 13 points and Meagan Bice put in 10.
Carbon Hill held a commanding 28-2 lead after the first quarter and the Bulldogs were up 48-8 at the half.
Even with wholesale substitutions in the second half, Carbon Hill continued to rack up points, taking a 74-16 lead into the final quarter.
Mallorie Buzbee added six points for the Bulldogs while Katie Moore put in five, Abby Tittle and Jessica Hurst both had four, Korey Tidwell and Tatiyana Coger both had two points and Molli Clark contributed nine rebounds.
Corner advanced to the championship game with a 71-64 victory over Dora.
The Bulldogs led with two minutes to go, but Corner used a late run to pull ahead and pick up the victory. The loss ended Dora’s season.
Class 3A, Area 14 Tournament
Cordova 49, Hamilton 47
Jessica Willingham pulled down an offensive rebound and scored a basket with 5.3 seconds remaining to lift Cordova to a 49-47 victory over Hamilton in their 3A, Area 14 Tournament opener Thursday at Winfield High School.
The win assures the Blue Devils their first ever berth in the sub-regional round of the state playoffs.
“This is probably one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had,” Cordova coach Randy Stracner said. “Cordova has never been this far. This is a huge moment.”
The game was notched at 47-47 with Cordova at the free throw line in the closing seconds. The Blue Devils missed both free throws, but Willingham was there with the game on the line.
“Somehow she maneuvered in, got the ball and made a layup. There were three girls all over her,” Stracner said. “After we won, everybody was running around and people were going nuts. The girls just refused to lose tonight. We gutted it out and showed a lot of heart.”
Hamilton had won both regular-season meetings with Cordova.
For the Blue Devils (17-14), Willingham finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, Alexis Cooper had 10 points and seven rebounds, Kelsey Stracner had 10 points, Hanna McLemore added six points and Raigan Sherer had five points and seven rebounds.
The Blue Devils take on Winfield at 1 p.m. Saturday in the area tournament championship game. Winfield also won both regular-season meetings against Cordova.
Class 5A, Area 14 Tournament
Mortimer Jordan 54, Walker 48
Walker’s fourth-quarter rally fell short in the Vikings’ game against Mortimer Jordan Thursday night at Hayden High School.
Mortimer Jordan led by 11 points going into the fourth quarter and held on for the win despite 18 points from Walker’s lone senior, Jazmine Lake.
The Blue Devils led 15-9 after the opening quarter and took control for good in the second quarter, outscoring Walker 14-7 for a 29-16 halftime lead. The Blue Devils led 40-29 going into the fourth.
For the Vikings (10-17), Madisyn Hood had nine points, Shannie Johnson had eight points, Mary Kate Harrell added four while Sidney Cooper, Shania Reed and Anna Claire Harris each had three.
In other games involving local teams:
Curry’s season ended with a 64-25 loss to Hayden in the 5A, Area 14 Tournament.
Winfield topped Winston County 68-19 in the 3A, Area 14 Tournament.
Cold Springs brought an end to Oakman’s season with a 64-17 win in the 2A, Area 14 Tournament.
Both Addison and Meek dropped games in the 1A, Area 14 Tournament with Decatur Heritage knocking off Addison 67-45 and Falkville beating Meek 53-27.