Carbon Hill routs Marion County; Dora nips Corner in OT
by Johnathan Bentley
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Carbon Hill's Garrett Kirkland (3) goes around Marion County's Ready Swanigan (20) during their game Thursday night. Carbon Hill won 65-29. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CARBON HILL — Coming off a three-game losing streak, Carbon Hill got back in the win column — in a big way Thursday night.

The Bulldogs dominated Marion County from start to finish in a 65-29 victory over the Red Raiders.

Carbon Hill, which lost to 5A and 6A teams in the Homewood Christmas Tournament over the holiday break, jumped to a 13-2 lead over Marion County after the opening quarter and padded its lead from there.

The duo of Chandler Gann and Isaac Slaton benefitted from Carbon Hill’s fast-break offense in the opening half, combining for 22 points as the Bulldogs built a 24-point halftime lead at 37-13.

“We did a good job breaking their press and that led to easy shots for (Gann and Slaton),” Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps said. “I thought we did a good job of taking the ball to the bucket with strength.”

Carbon Hill led 55-27 to open the fourth quarter and pushed its lead to 30 points with an alley-oop dunk by Gerald Smith off an inbound pass with seven minutes remaining in the game.

The Bulldogs’ defense did its part as well, holding Marion County’s top scorer DeShawn Riebeschl to just nine points.

“I was really expecting things to be closer. (Marion County) is ranked No. 7 in 1A. I just thought it would be a pretty good game,” Epps said. “I thought we played well on the defensive end. I saw that Riebeschl had 39 points in one game. We held him to just nine points tonight.”

For Carbon Hill, nine different players scored points led by Gann’s 13. Slaton added 11, Garrett Kirkland put in nine, Ryan Simerly had eight, John Bray put in seven, Jordan Henson added six, Smith and Stevie Simerly each had four points and Jacob Mitchell had three.

Carbon Hill (10-6) hosts Oak Grove in a key 4A, Region 8 game today.



VARSITY GIRLS

Carbon Hill 49, Marion County 29

Lindsay Fluker and Caroline Dodd combined for 33 points as the Carbon Hill girls picked up an easy victory over Marion County Thursday night.

The game was tied 11-11 after the opening quarter.

Carbon Hill outscored the Raiders 28-12 over the next two quarters. The Bulldogs led 22-16 at the half and 39-23 going into the final quarter.

Fluker paced Carbon Hill (12-5) with 17 points, Dodd added 16, Savanna Lawson had seven, Abby Tittle put in five and Meagan Bice had four.



VARSITY BOYS

Dora 61, Corner 60

Deionte Smith made two free throws with 14 seconds left on the clock to give the Bulldogs a 61-60 overtime victory over area rival Corner Thursday night at Dora High School.

The Bulldogs trailed 60-59 before Smith’s clutch free throws moved Dora’s 4A, Area 8 record to 3-1.

The game was tight throughout the second half.

Dora led 20-14 after the opening quarter and 33-25 at the half. Corner outscored the Bulldogs 18-10 in the third quarter to notch the score at 43-43 going into the fourth quarter. The game was tied 55-55 at the end of regulation.

Dora (8-4) has played in four overtime games this year.

“I’m proud of our guys,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said. “They executed down the stretch. I keep telling them that all these close games are going to help later in the year.”

For Dora, DeAngelo Pendleton had 22 points and eight rebounds, Kaleil James had 11 points, Caleb May put in nine and Devonta Gosha added eight.

Dora plays Decatur Heritage today at 6 p.m. in the 78 Classic Tournament at Parrish.



VARSITY BOYS

Sumiton Christian 55, Cordova 39

Sumiton Christian used a third-quarter surge to put Cordova away and earn a 55-39 road victory on Thursday.

The Eagles (14-3) held a 23-21 halftime lead, but limited the Blue Devils to just four points in the third quarter to take a 39-25 lead into the final quarter.

Sumiton Christian was led by its post players. Vann Lovelady had 16 points while Hudson Davis had 13. Both DeMonte Hobbs and Cam Mercer had seven points and Austin Clark put in five.

For Cordova (2-9), Will Taft had 14 points, Jamaal Cooper put in 12 and Jonathan Softley had eight points.

Cordova plays at Winston County today while Sumiton Christian plays at Oakman.



VARSITY GIRLS

Cordova 54, Sumiton Christian 31

Jessica Willingham had 19 points, five rebounds and five steals to lead the Cordova girls past Sumiton Christian.

Cordova pulled away throughout the game. The Blue Devils (7-9) led 11-8 after the first quarter, 25-17 at the half and 40-28 after three quarters.

Morgan Martin added eight points for Cordova while Hanna McLemore and Kennedy Stracner put in six. For Sumiton Christian, Kendell Hamm had 15 points.

Cordova finished 0-3 in the Hayden Christmas Tournament last month, falling to Good Hope, Mortimer Jordan and Fairview.