The Bulldogs nearly waited too long.
Dora used a 17-4 fourth-quarter run to finally overcome an 11-point halftime deficit in a 69-66 victory over the Tigers.
Kenton Petties led Dora’s offensive surge in the second half, scoring 22 points over the final two quarters after putting in just six points in the first half. Petties hit six 3-pointers. Kelan Bell was also crucial to Dora’s rally, scoring eight points in the final quarter.
“We didn’t come out focused in the first half and we played with zero energy. Fayette was just the opposite, and it showed,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said. “I challenged them at halftime and they responded well. I’m proud of these guys. They have won 20 games and are the regular-season area champs, but the real season starts next week. We have to be focused and ready.”
Playing its first game since a runner-up finish in the Walker County Basketball Tournament last Saturday, Dora led 15-14 after the first quarter, but went cold in the second as Fayette County outscored the Bulldogs 21-9 for a 35-24 halftime lead.
Dora (20-6) fell down by as many as 15 points early in the third quarter, but stayed in the game thanks to Petties,who converted a 3-point play midway through the third quarter to cut the gap to 48-39.
He pulled the Bulldogs to within eight points, 50-42, later in the quarter with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Down the stretch of the third quarter, Petties made a steal at half court and went the distance for a layup while DeKari Swain added back-to-back baskets to cut the Dora deficit to 52-48 after three quarters.
Fayette County opened the fourth quarter with a basket, but the Dora defense locked down the Tigers from there. Fayette County didn’t hit another shot until the 1:20 mark.
Dora’s Charles Clay started the 17-4 run with a basket at the 6:30 mark. A pair of Petties free throws tied the score at 54-54 with 5:40 left.
Petties buried a 3-pointer with 4:21 remaining to put the Bulldogs up for good, 59-58.
Fayette County got as close as 65-64 with 19 seconds remaining after a 3-pointer, but Dora sealed the win at the free throw line with Petties and Bell making free throws.
Along with his 28 points, Petties had 10 assists and four rebounds. Bell added 11 points for Dora, Clay had eight points, Darian Ramsey had six points and 10 rebounds and Logan Roberts added five points.
Dora hosts Cullman today.
Dora 45, Fayette County 22
Lindsey Johnson scored 16 points and Dora won its second straight game, beating Fayette County 45-22 on Thursday.
The Bulldogs led 11-4 after the first quarter and 16-13 at the half. Dora (5-23) pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 29-9 to earn the lopsided win.
Fayette County made just three field goals in the second half.
Johnson had 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Both Shanise Jackson and Hannah Wilson scored eight points for Dora, which played without one of its top scorers, Madison Clayton.