Dora held a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter and made it stand despite a spirited effort from Carbon Hill, beating the visitors 67-59.
Carbon Hill drew within one point, 58-57, at the 3:06 mark on a Chandler Gann basket. Carbon Hill got no closer.
Dora finished the game on a 9-2 run to remain perfect in Class 4A, Area 8 play. Dora clinched the regular-season area crown by beating Oak Grove earlier this week.
“I thought the guys came out with a lot of intensity and executed the game plan well,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said. “I think my seniors showed great leadership before, and during, the game. I told them all week that Carbon Hill was going to get after it, but we answered their runs well. It was a great team win for us. I am especially proud of Kenton Petties and Tyler Sims for playing through illness. They both were game- time decisions.”
Dora swept the regular-season series against Carbon Hill. Dora won the first meeting 68-57 on the road.
Friday’s game was close throughout.
Dora held a 16-12 advantage after the first quarter and took a 32-29 lead into the half.
Carbon Hill star senior Gerald Smith carried his team through the first half, scoring 14 points.
Dora took a narrow 48-47 lead into the final quarter.
Carbon Hill battled its way through the quarter, never letting Dora pull away until the final 30 seconds.
Jordan Henson drew Carbon Hill within three points at 56-53 at the 4:15 mark of the final quarter. Darius Davis responded for Dora with a basket, but Smith knocked down a pair of free throws to keep the lead at three points with 3:46 remaining.
After Gann cut the lead to one, Dora got baskets from Davis and DeKari Swain for a 62-57 lead.
Carbon Hill’s final points came on a Nathan Johnson score with 36 seconds remaining to make the score 62-59.
Dora sealed the win with free throws from Davis and Petties. Petties scored at the buzzer for the final tally.
Dora (15-4, 6-0) got a balanced offensive attack, led by Sims’ 13 points. He connected on three of five 3-pointers. Petties had 11 points, Swain added 10 and Darian Ramsey had eight points.
For Carbon Hill (13-7, 2-3), Smith had a game-high 21 points, Johnson had 13 and Stevie Simerly had six.
Dora plays at Cullman on Tuesday while Carbon Hill hosts Winfield on Tuesday and Corner on Thursday in the area finale.
Carbon Hill 68, Dora 35
Caroline Dodd bounced back from a two-point performance against Lynn on Thursday night, with 31 points to lead Carbon Hill to a 68-35 win over Dora on Friday night.
The win clinched the regular season area title for Carbon Hill.
“One of our goals was to be able to host the area tournament again, and we have done that,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “Now we can just focus on getting better going forward. I’m very proud of our attitude and effort tonight.”
Dodd had 29 points through the first three quarters. She added four assists and three steals.
Carbon Hill (13-7, 5-0) led 19-11 after the opening quarter and padded its lead from there. The team led 34-21 at the half and 54-31 after three quarters.
Abby Tittle had 12 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and three steals for Carbon Hill, Savanna Lawson had eight points and four assists, Molli Clark had five points and 12 rebounds, Katie Moore had six points and Korey Tidwell had five points and five assists.
Sumiton Christian 66, Brilliant 44
DeMonte Hobbs had a stellar performance for Sumiton Christian on Friday night, scoring 23 points with six steals in the Eagles’ 66-44 area win over the Brilliant Tigers at Sumiton.
Vann Lovelady scored 12 points for Sumiton Christian, while Trace Busby had a great night on the boards, recording 11 rebounds.
Brilliant began on a 7-0 run, before Sumiton Christian responded with a 12-0 run of its own.
The Eagles stayed on top in the second period thanks to a 25-13 run to take a 43-23 edge into halftime.
The Tigers won the scoring battle in the third period, 14-12, but Sumiton Christian remained firmly in command, 55-37. The Eagles closed the game with an 11-7 fourth period run for the 66-44 final.
Sumiton Christian (16-4) travels to Parrish on Monday in an area showdown.
Meek 70, Falkville 48
Meek pushed its winning streak to three games, knocking off area front-runner Falkville 70-48 at Meek High School on Friday.
The Tigers trailed 14-12 after the opening quarter, but dominated the final three quarters, outscoring the Blue Devils 58-34 over the final 24 minutes.
For Meek (8-11, 2-4), Seth Hayes had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Jeremiah Banks had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, Scott Irving had 12 points and eight rebounds and Ty Neal had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigers led 31-23 at the half and 47-33 going into the final quarter.
Next up for Meek is an area road game at St. Bernard on Monday.
Oakman 48, Northside 31
Eight Oakman players scored points led by Purvis Coger’s 18 as the Wildcats routed Northside 59-41 at home on Friday night.
Oakman led 16-10 after the first quarter and took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Rams 21-10 for a 37-20 lead. The Wildcats (9-10) led 48-31 after three quarters.
For Oakman, Case Key had 10 points, Quinton Harris added nine points, Austin Ford had seven and Ashton Gay put in six.
Oakman plays at Sulligent on Tuesday.
Oakman won the JV boys game 41-34.
For Oakman, Collin Woods had 21 points while both Markel Oliver and Braden Hall had eight points.
No. 9 Lynn 30, Addison 22
Down six points at the half, Lynn outscored Addison 21-7 over the final two quarters to pull out a 30-22 victory on the road Friday night.
Lynn trailed 20-19 going into the final quarter. The Bears held Addison to just two points over the final eight minutes.
Addison led 9-7 after the first quarter and 15-9 at the half.
Lynn (15-2) was led by Reagan Tittle’s 13 points. Abbey Terry had nine points while both Brooke Harris and Emma Easley added three. Lauren Cutcher led Addison with 10 points.
The Bears play at Marion County on Tuesday in an area game.
Lynn 42, Addison 32
Lynn dominated the first quarter and made its lead stand, beating Addison 42-32 on Friday.
The Bears (11-6) led 17-6 after the first quarter and weren’t challenged the rest of the way. Lynn was up 23-12 at the half and 32-24 after three quarters.
Ben Cagle led the Lynn offense with 18 points while Peyton Moore put in 13.
For Addison, Kaleb Estill had 14 points.
Lynn has locked up the top spot in this month’s Winston County Tournament set for Jan. 23-25 at Meek High School.