High School Basketball roundup: Carbon Hill's Smith, Dodd earn wins on Senior Night
by Johnathan Bentley
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Carbon Hill’s Gerald Smith shoots a jumper against Sulligent on Monday night. Smith had 10 points in the Bulldogs’ 50-36 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Carbon Hill’s Gerald Smith shoots a jumper against Sulligent on Monday night. Smith had 10 points in the Bulldogs’ 50-36 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CARBON HILL — Gerald Smith and Caroline Dodd went out with wins Monday night.

Dodd finished just short of a second triple double as the Carbon Hill girls knocked off Sulligent while Smith threw down four dunks as the Carbon Hill boys earned a victory on Senior Night at Carbon Hill High School.

Smith and Dodd — the only seniors in the basketball program — were presented with basketballs during a ceremony between games.

Dodd eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for her career last month while Smith is just 69 points short of reaching the milestone.

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BOYS

Carbon Hill 50, Sulligent 36

The Bulldogs were able to bounce back from Saturday’s loss to Parrish with a comfortable win over Sulligent.

With Smith double-teamed all night, Jordan Henson picked up the slack, scoring 14 of his 18 points in the first half.

Sulligent took an early 9-2 lead, but Carbon Hill caught up with the Blue Devils in the second quarter when Will Urdaneta make a basket at the 4:53 mark to put the Bulldogs up for good at 18-16.

His basket was part of a 9-0 Carbon Hill run.

Smith followed with a pull up jumper, Henson connected on back-to-back baskets, the second coming on a perfect pass from Stevie Simerly.

Carbon Hill led 26-19 at the half.

The Bulldogs took control in the third quarter, holding Sulligent to six points.

Smith had six in the quarter and Chandler Gann added four as Carbon Hill pushed its lead to 38-25.

Smith finished with 10 points, Nathan Johnson had nine, Gann, Urdaneta and Kenzell Wilson each had four while Simerly, Lucas Parvin and Austin Jackson each added two points.

Next up for Carbon Hill (16-12) is an area elimination game against Corner set for 6 p.m. on Friday at Dora High School. The teams split regular-season games this season.

Carbon Hill has advanced to the regional tournament each of the last three years.

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GIRLS

Carbon Hill 59, Sulligent 42

Caroline Dodd finished just short of her second straight triple-double as the Carbon Hill Bulldogs knocked off Sulligent 59-42 in the girls game on Monday night for their eighth win in a row.

Dodd had 29 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in her final regular-season game. Savanna Lawson added 14 points, Abby Tittle had 10 points and four assists, Molli Clark had two points and eight rebounds and Korey Tidwell and Katie Moore each had two points.

Carbon Hill, which lost to Sulligent by 36 points on the road early this season, took control early. The Bulldogs were up 18-11 after one quarter and 29-17 at the half. They pushed their lead to 48-27 going into the final quarter.

“We are playing out best ball right now,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We are really confident out there and aggressive. We are a different team now compared to the start of the season.

“The inexperienced girls are growing up now. The one constant is number 3 (Dodd). It’s hard to put into words how much she has meant to this program, from day 1 in her 8th-grade year she has made the players around her better. Her talent, enthusiasm, work ethic and dedication are amazing.”

Dodd now has 2,200 career point along with more than 600 rebounds. She also closing in on 500 assists.

Carbon Hill (21-8) will host the Class 4A, Area 8 Tournament beginning Thursday. The Bulldogs take on Oak Grove at 5:30 p.m.

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BOYS

Dora 79, Calera 67

Dora avenged an early loss to Calera with a 79-67 win over the Eagles on Senior Night at Dora High School.

The game was the final regular-season home game for eight Dora seniors: Kenton Petties, Darius Davis, DeMarcus Kirk, Logan Roberts, Rudy Serricchio, Tyler Sims, DeKari Swain and Dalton Vines.

Dora trailed after three quarters on Monday night, but outscored Calera 28-15 in the final quarter to earn the 12-point win.

The Bulldogs (21-7) trailed 20-16 after the first quarter, but rebounded for a 35-29 halftime lead. Calera regained the lead at 52-51 going into the fourth quarter.

For Dora, Petties had 25 points, Davis added 16, Swain put in 10, Darian Ramsey had nine and both Kelan Bell and Roberts added six points.

“I’m proud of our seniors. I was glad to see everybody step up and send them out with a win. Hopefully, we will keep the momentum going the rest of the way,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said.

Dora hosts the Class 4A, Area 8 Tournament starting Friday. Dora plays Oak Grove at 7:30 p.m.  

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GIRLS 1A, AREA 13

TOURNAMENT

Sumiton Christian 52, Parrish 45

Sumiton Christian kept its season alive, rallying to beat Parrish 52-45 in the Class 1A, Area 13 Tournament at Lynn High School on Monday.

The Eagles (16-9) led 14-10 after the first quarter. Parrish took a 29-28 lead into the half and the Tornadoes were up 37-36 after three quarters.

Sumiton Christian outscored Parrish 16-8 in the final quarter.

Kendell Hamm led the Eagles with 16 points while Kirsten Click put in 12.

For Parrish, Mary Jo Sanford had 14 points, Mekya Hill added 13 and Cierra Thomas put in 13.

With the win, Sumiton Christian earns a spot oppositive No. 10 Lynn in Thursday’s area game at 7 p.m.