From there, Dora controlled the court.
Deionte Smith and Kaleil James combined for 36 points as Dora closed out area play with a 61-56 victory in the battle of the Bulldogs. With the win, Dora has assured itself of at least a share of the area title. A Corner victory over Carbon Hill next Tuesday would give Dora the area crown.
Carbon Hill, coming off an emotional win at Parrish Thursday night, trailed Dora by 14 points going into the fourth quarter before making things close at the end. The loss ended Carbon Hill’s four-game winning streak.
“This was a huge win for our program,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said. “Our guys played with a lot of intensity tonight. They had intensity from the start to the finish. I’m proud of them. Any time you beat a Robert Epps coached team, you know you’ve beaten a good team. Coach Epps does a great job with those guys.”
Dora led 12-8 after the first quarter and pushed its lead throughout the second quarter, taking a 31-21 advantage into the half. Dora (11-5, 5-1) took a 46-32 lead into the final quarter.
Smith finished with 21 points for Dora while James added 15, DeAngelo Pendleton put in eight, both Caleb May and Robert Johnson had six and Devonta Gosha added five.
For Carbon Hill (13-7, 4-1), Gerald Smith had his second big game in as many nights. After scoring 28 against Parrish, he poured in 27 against Dora.
Dora plays at Fairview today and hosts Jackson-Olin on Monday.
No. 4 Parrish 57, Lynn 20
The No. 4 Parrish Tornadoes bounced back after Thursday night’s loss to Carbon Hill with a 57-20 rout of the Lynn Bears on Friday night at Lynn.
The Bears grabbed a 9-5 lead to end the first period before the Tornadoes rallied with a 22-point second quarter performance to take a 27-13 edge into the half. Parrish continued to play well on both offense and defense in the third period, outscoring Lynn 17-3 for the 44-16 lead, before posting a 13-4 fourth period en route to the 57-20 win.
Jermichael Harris led the Tornadoes with a double-double performance, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds and six steals. Tyler Sims contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds and Barry Hill had 9 points, 8 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Ben Cagle had 7 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Bears.
“I was proud of our guys tonight — we were faced with the adversity of our first loss of the season and we came out and responded with a great, all-around effort,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “To be able to hold a team to just 11 points in three periods, while scoring 52 points at the same time and causing 29 turnovers is a clear sign that our team was getting the job done.”
Parrish (17-1, 5-0) travels to Brilliant today, while Lynn travels to Addison on Monday.
Carbon Hill 44, Dora 30
Carbon Hill’s Caroline Dodd had 26 points, all in the second half, as the Bulldogs made up a halftime deficit for a 44-30 win at Dora to clinch at least a share of the area title Friday night.
Carbon Hill (16-5, 5-0) trailed 11-7 at the half and led 26-23 at the end of the third quarter.
Meagan Bice had seven points, both Savanna Lawson and Maggi Clark had three, Mallorie Buzbee and Abby Tittle each had two and Molli Clark had one for Carbon Hill.
For Dora, Madisen Bencko had eight points, Yashea Chapel had six and Hanna Wilson put in five.
Carbon Hill plays at Winfield on Tuesday and plays at Corner next Friday. A win over Corner would give Carbon Hill the area title outright.
No. 4 Lynn 54, Parrish 13
The fourth-ranked Bears took an 11-2 edge after the first period and extended their lead to 29-10 going into halftime. Lynn outscored Parrish 12-3 in the third period en route to the 54-13 victory.
Lindsay Tompkin led the Bears with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Jackee Dodd recorded a double-double with 15 points and 18 rebounds.
Savannah Jones led the Tornadoes with 6 points.
Lynn (16-1, 5-0) travel to Addison on Monday, while Parrish travels to Brilliant today.
Sumiton Christian 51, Brilliant 46
Sumiton Christian battled back from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Brilliant 51-46 in their home area game Friday night.
Vann Lovelady had 11 points and both Mark Hill and Nathan Godwin each had 10 points as the Eagles improved to 16-4 on the season.
Sumiton Christian led 12-8 after the opening quarter, but the Eagles were outscored 18-3 in the second quarter as Brilliant took a 26-15 halftime lead. Sumiton Christian put 22 points on the scoreboard in the third quarter for a 37-33 lead going into the fourth.
The Eagles kept Brilliant in the game by making just 6 of 19 free throws in the final period.
Sumiton Christian hosts Parrish on Tuesday.
Other Local Scores
Falkville Boys 62, Meek 39
Cold Springs Boys 57, Oakman 40
Winfield Boys 61, Cordova 30