Carbon Hill's Dodd, Parrish's Hill named to first team All-State
by Johnathan Bentley
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Carbon Hill’s Caroline Dodd brings the ball up the court against Handley during their game at the Central Regional Tournament this year. Dodd was named first team All-State on Saturday.
Carbon Hill’s Caroline Dodd brings the ball up the court against Handley during their game at the Central Regional Tournament this year. Dodd was named first team All-State on Saturday.
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Carbon Hill’s girls basketball program has revolved around one player for the past four years — Caroline Dodd.

With the 5-foot-8 guard running point, the Bulldogs reached new heights.

Parrish’s LaBarrius Hill was a game-changing for the state runner up Tornadoes.

The 6-8 center contributed across the board for coach Heath Burns’ squad.

Both players were honored by the Alabama Sports Writers Association on Saturday — making first-team All-State.

Carbon Hill’s girls had never advanced to the regional tournament until the 2012-13 season.

With Dodd leading the way, the Bulldogs advanced to Montgomery for the Central Regional Tournament each of the last two years.

In a fitting end to her high school career, Dodd made a little more history, becoming the first Carbon Hill girls basketball player to be named first-Team All-State.

Dodd, the four-time Walker County Basketball Tournament MVP, was among the five 4A players named to the first team.

“I would say that for an individual, that is about the biggest honor you can achieve,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “She deserves this recognition and it’s great for our girls basketball program. It means so much to me that I got to know and coach Caroline for five years. For her to be recognized as one of the best players in the state makes me very proud.”

Dodd averaged 25.8 points per game along with 8.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

Parrish’s Hill dominated the paint for a Parrish team that finished 28-3.

“Barri deserves it. He’s a hard-working kid. I can’t be more proud of his achievement. He’s a leader on and off the court,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “He only averaged 14 points a game, but you have to consider that he had eight blocks a game — that’s eight more opportunities for us to score — and 14 rebounds a game — that’s 14 more opportunities for us to score.

“His value was so much more that just points. He’s just an all-around player.”

Hill, a Jacksonville State University signee, avearged 14 points, 14 rebounds, 7.5 blocks and 1.8 steals per game.

A total of seven area players made the All-State team.

Carbon Hill senior Gerald Smith made second-team All-State in Class 4A.

Smith, a fixture on the floor for coach Robert Epps since his freshaman year, averaged 22.9 points per game along with 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 3 assists.

A pair of Lynn seniors were named second-team. Reagan Tittle, a five-year starter for coach Adam Gray, along with Ben Cagle, the Bears do-it-all player this year, made second team All-State in Class 1A.

Two other players were named honorable mention. Dora’s Kenton Petties, who led the Bulldogs to the Central Regional Tournament championship game, was honorable mention in Class 4A while Parrish’s Jermichael Harris was an honorable mention pick in Class 1A.