The third one proved too much for the Bulldogs.
Childersburg held Carbon Hill to just two points over the final 11 minutes en route to a 49-33 victory at the Central Regional Tournament at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
The Bulldogs, playing in their first region tournament, led by a point at the half behind star guard Caroline Dodd, who had 16 points. The second half was a different story as the Tigers held Dodd scoreless and ended Carbon Hill’s season.
Childersburg led by as many as nine points twice in the first quarter. Each time Carbon Hill mounted a rally.
The Bulldogs took their biggest lead early in the third quarter when Savanna Lawson drained a 3-pointer for a 27-23 advantage 11 seconds in the second half.
From there, it was all Childersburg.
The Tigers responded with 12-0 run with Malcanisha Kelley, Cierra Swain and Tariah Reynolds each hitting two shots for a 35-27 lead with 4:20 left in the quarter.
Carbon Hill’s Lindsey Fluker finally snapped the streak with a basket at the 3:50 mark. She added another basket 30 seconds later to cut the Childersburg lead to 35-31.
That would be as close as the Bulldogs would get.
Childersburg led 37-31 going into the final quarter.
The Tigers outscored Carbon Hill 12-2 in the fourth with Abby Tittle scoring on a putback to account for the Bulldogs’ points.
“We just went cold in the second half. We didn’t do enough to get to the foul line,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We did a good job in our half-court defense, but didn’t get back in transition. That led to them getting easy opportunities.”
Carbon Hill trailed 14-12 after the opening quarter and held a 24-23 halftime lead.
For Childersburg (20-8), Kelley finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds, six steals and five blocks. Reynolds added 15 points while Swain had nine points and nine rebounds.
Dodd paced Carbon Hill with 16 points, Fluker added six points and seven rebounds, Lawson added six points and Tittle put in five. Meagan Bice had seven rebounds and two steals.
The loss ended the Bulldogs’ season at 26-7.
“We still had a great year. There is only one team that ends the season with a win, and unfortunately our season ended tonight,” Tittle said.