High School Basketball roundup: Cordova girls use late run to win tourney opener
by W. Brian Hale and Johnathan Bentley
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Cordova’s Ragen Sherer (20) is fouled as she goes up for a shot against Gaston during the Cordova Christmas Break Tournament on Friday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Cordova’s Ragen Sherer (20) is fouled as she goes up for a shot against Gaston during the Cordova Christmas Break Tournament on Friday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CORDOVA — The 10th-ranked Cordova Lady Blue Devils broke a 41-41 fourth period tie with a 13-2 run to open the Cordova Christmas Break Tournament with a 54-43 victory over the Gaston Bulldogs on Friday.

Jessica Willingham led the Blue Devils with a double-double effort, scoring 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Alexis Cooper followed with 11 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.

Cordova opened the game with a 10-point lead in the first period, 15-5, before the Bulldogs cut the lead to eight going into halftime, 25-17. Gaston drew within three points in the third period to cut Cordova’s advantage to 35-32.

The Lady Blue Devils face the Cedar Bluff Tigers today at 10 a.m. in day two of the tournament.

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Mitch Smith Yule Tide Classic

Boys

Dora 50, Tanner 47

After a slow first half, Dora turned up the offense and knocked off Tanner, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, in the second round of the Mitch Smith Yule Tide Classic at Wallace State-Hanceville on Friday.

Dora (11-3) scored just 16 points in the first half, but tallied 34 in the second half to edge Tanner 50-47.

Dora held a slim 8-4 lead after the opening quarter and the Bulldogs were up 16-15 at the half. Dora scored 20 points in the third quarter for a 36-25 lead. The Bulldogs held on over the final quarter to get the win.

Tyler Sims led Dora on offense, knocking down 7-of-8 free throws and finishing with 17 points. Kenton Petties added 12 points and seven assists, Darian Ramsey had seven points and 10 rebounds and Logan Roberts added six points.

Dora will take on Muscle Shoals at 2 p.m. today in the final day of the tournament.

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Big Orange Classic

Boys

Sipsey Valley 74, Walker 65

Sipsey Valley pulled away from Walker at the free throw line on Friday, sending the Vikings to their second straight loss in the Big Orange Classic at Hoover on Friday.

Walker kept the game close throughout. The Vikings (10-5) were up 19-18 after the opening quarter and trailed 33-30 at the half.

Sipsey Valley made eight free throws in the final quarter to put Walker away.

The Vikings lost the game despite connecting on 13 3-pointers.

Riley Graham made six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, Michael Bridges had 14 points and Brandon Thursby made three 3-pointers to finish with nine points.

Walker takes on Jackson-Olin at noon today.

The Vikings defeated the Mustangs at Songer Gym in the season opener.

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Winfield Christmas Tournament

Girls

Lynn 44, American Christian 21

Lynn held American Christian scoreless in the first quarter and dominated from the opening tip in a 44-21 victory over the Patriots in their first-round game at the Winfield Christmas Tournament.

Reagan Tittle had 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals to lead the Bears while Emma Easley added four points and 10 rebounds.

Lynn led 11-0 after the opening quarter and 26-5 at the half. American Christian cut the lead to 32-18 going into the final quarter.

Abby Terry had nine points for Lynn, Holly Murray had eight points and seven rebounds, Kelci McGough added two and Mackenzie Tidwell had one point. Lynn was 17-of-28 from the free throw line.

Lynn (10-1) takes on Winfield at 7 p.m. in today’s second-round game.

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Boys

Haleyville 47, Lynn 29

Lynn dropped its opening game at the Winfield Christmas Tournament, falling to Haleyville 47-29 on Friday.

The Lions held Lynn to just 13 second-half points as they put the game out of reach.

Lynn (8-3) trailed 10-5 after the first quarter and 26-16 at halftime. Haleyville took a commanding 41-22 lead into the final quarter.

For the Bears, Ben Cagle had 17 points and four steals.

John Hood had 17 points for Haleyville and Dakota Rushing added eight. Lynn takes on Oakman today at 3 p.m.

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Girls

Carbon Hill 62, Berry 37

Caroline Dodd had her second 40-point effort of the season as the Carbon Hill Bulldogs won their tournament opener at Winfield, beating Berry 62-37 on Friday.

Dodd had 20 points in the first half and, after not scoring in the third quarter, poured in 20 more points in the fourth quarter alone.

The game was tied 8-8 after the opening quarter and Carbon Hill led 24-21 at the half.

Carbon Hill (10-4) led 39-28 after three quarters before Dodd put the Wildcats away in the final period. Dodd added 15 rebounds.

Abby Tittle added eight points and pulled down 23 rebounds for Carbon Hill, Savanna Lawson had five points, Korey Tidwell scored four while both Molli Clark and Katie Moore had two points.

Carbon Hill takes on Holy Spirit in the second round of the tournament today.

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Smith Lake Classic

Boys

Sumiton Christian 58, Addison 28

Sumiton Christian is vying for its third straight Smith Lake Classic title after a dominating win over Addison on Friday at Meek High School.

The Eagles hammered Addison 58-28 and will meet Meek in the championship game set for 5:30 p.m. today. Meek advanced with a win over Berry.

Against Addison, Sumiton Christian took a 15-7 lead into the second quarter. The Eagles (13-3) pulled away from there.

Sumiton Christian led 29-14 at the half and 47-20 after three quarters.

DeMonte Hobbs had a game-high 23 points for the Eagles while Hudson Davis added 10 points.

For Addison, Tony Brown had eight points.

The Bulldogs will face Berry in the consolation game at 4 p.m. today.

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Meek 59, Berry 48

Seth Hayes had a double, double with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Meek past Berry in their game on Friday night.

The game was close throughout with Meek outscoring Berry 20-13 in the final quarter to take control.

Meek (5-9) led 13-10 after the first quarter and 21-19 at the half. The Tigers took a 39-35 lead into the final quarter.

Ty Neal added 14 points for Meek while Jeremiah Banks put in nine.

For Berry, Weston Bonner had 16 points, A.J. Johnson had nine and Tank Hollingsworth added eight.