High School Basketball roundup: Dora holds off inspired Carbon Hill
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
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Dora’s DeKari Swain (23) looks to shoot as Carbon Hill’s William Urdaneta (21) defends during their game at Carbon Hill High School Friday night. Dora won the boys game 69-60. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Dora’s DeKari Swain (23) looks to shoot as Carbon Hill’s William Urdaneta (21) defends during their game at Carbon Hill High School Friday night. Dora won the boys game 69-60. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CARBON HILL — Playing without the county’s leading scorer, Carbon Hill stayed within striking distance of area rival Dora before coming up short down the stretch on Friday night.

Dora used a late push in the fourth quarter to pull out a 69-60 area victory at Carbon Hill High School.

The home-standing Bulldogs played the game without Gerald Smith, who averages more than 26 points per game.

In the end, Dora’s prowess at the free-throw line proved to be the difference in the game. Dora knocked down 29-of-33 free throws.

Kenton Petties, who missed Dora’s loss to Minor on Thursday due to illness, scored a game-high 26 points and was a perfect 16-of-16 at the free throw line.

“Kenton works hard. He comes in the gym on his own and puts in the time,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said.

Carbon Hill’s Stevie Simerly and crew filled in for Smith, who is expected to miss at least two weeks with an ankle injury.

Carbon Hill (6-6, 1-2) controlled the first quarter behind Jordan Henson, Nathan Johnson and Simerly. Carbon Hill scored the game’s first six points and led 15-12 after one quarter.

Dora quickly grabbed the lead in the second quarter, but Chandler Gann connected on back-to-back buckets to put Carbon Hill back ahead. A pair of Petties’ free throws put Dora ahead 30-29 at the half.

The teams traded the lead through the third quarter.

Simerly, who led Carbon Hill with 18 points, helped keep the game close. Dora led 47-45 after the third quarter.

Coach Robert Epps’ Carbon Hill team didn’t go down without a fight, the home team cut the gap to two points late, but got no closer.

“I told our guys before the game that coach Epps would have them prepared. In the first half, they got after us. They showed they could play without their superstar,” Bridges said. “I’m proud of our guys. They weathered the storm, settled down and started executing.”

For Dora (10-2, 3-0), Kelan Bell had 16 points, Darian Ramsey had 14 points and 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals and Darius Davis added six points.

Henson finished with 12 points for Carbon Hill while Gann put in 10 and both Austin Jackson and Mason Johnson had six points.

Carbon Hill plays again on Dec. 27 in the Deshler Christmas Tournament. Dora heads to Wallace State-Hanceville for the Cullman Christmas Tournament on Dec. 26. The Bulldogs play Athens at 11 a.m.

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GIRLS

Carbon Hill 66, Dora 35

Caroline Dodd recorded a double-double with 36 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Carbon Hill Bulldogs to a 66-35 win over Dora on Friday night.

Savanna Lawson connected on four 3-pointers and chipped in with 18 points as Carbon Hill improved to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in area play.

Dodd, coming off a 44-point performance against Fayette County last week, scored nine points in the opening quarter as Carbon Hill built a 17-8 lead.

Dodd added 12 more in the second quarter as the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 38-17.

Carbon Hill (9-4, 3-0) led 56-33 after three quarters with Dodd scoring 11 more points in the period.

The Bulldogs finished 14-of-19 from the free throw line.

Molli Clark added five points and seven rebounds for Carbon Hill while Korey Tidwell had four points and five assists, Holli-Peyton Gaddy scored three points and Abby Tittle added two points, seven rebounds and four assists.

For Dora, Maddi Clayton had 10 points.

Carbon Hill plays Berry in the Winfield Christmas Tournament on Friday.

“I was proud of the start tonight. We had a lot of energy and focus,” Carbon Hill girls coach Wade Tittle said. “We are off to a great start in area play, but going into the Winfield tournament, we need to focus on getting better at all aspects.”

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BOYS

Parrish 46, American Christian 33

The Parrish Tornadoes earned a spot in the Sipsey Valley Tournament Championship game following a 46-33 win over the American Christian Academy Patriots on Friday in Buhl.

Barry Hill and Denzell Daley scored 13 points each to lead the Tornadoes, with Daley going 4-6 from three-point range. Hill recorded a double-double, adding 16 rebounds and five blocked shots. Isaac Chatman also had a good night for Parrish defensively, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking three shots.

“I’m very proud of the way our guys played defense tonight — to hold a team like ACA to just five field goals through the entire second half is an accomplishment,” Parrish coach Heath Burns said. “ACA has two outstanding scorers, Carter McGill and Collin Crowe, who average 20 points a game and are great athletes — against our guys they combined for 14 points. That says a lot about how we played. Anytime you can get a victory over ACA — who competes with the top teams in the state — you’ve had to play a great game.”

The Patriots opened the game with a 15-11 advantage in the first period, before a 12-3 in the second period by the Tornadoes gave Parrish the 23-18 halftime lead. Parrish added to its lead in the third period by outscoring ACA 11-7 for a 34-25 edge. A 12-8 run in the fourth period by the Tornadoes helped secure the 46-33 win.

Parrish battles Sipsey Valley in the tournament championship game today at 5:30 p.m. at Sipsey Valley.

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Sumiton Christian Christmas Tournament

BOYS

Sumiton Christian 62, Parkway Christian 26

Sumiton Christian’s boys advanced to the championship game of the Sumiton Christian Christmas Tournament with a lopsided 62-26 win over Parkway Christian Friday night. The Eagles will take on Oak Grove at 5:15 p.m. today in the championship game.

Sumiton Christian (11-3) took a double-digit lead early and cruised to the win. The Eagles were up 19-8 after one quarter and 34-16 at the half. They pushed their lead to 52-21 after three quarters.

Vann Lovelady led the team with 17 points.

Today’s boys game are: Cordova vs. Westminster Christian-Oak Mountain at 12:30 p.m., Parkway Christian vs. Meek at 2:45 p.m. and Sumiton Christian vs. Oak Grove at 5:15 p.m.

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GIRLS

Oakman 46, Addison 42

The Oakman Wildcats defeated the Addison Bulldogs, 46-42, on Friday to advance to the Sumiton Christian Christmas Tournament title game.

Oakman faces Sumiton Christian at 4 p.m. today.

Malori Crowell led the Wildcats with 23 points, while Kayla Pruitt scored 15 points to lead Addison.

The Bulldogs grabbed a one-point lead in the first period, 11-10, before both teams scored 10 points in the second period — with Addison remaining on top 21-20. Oakman establish command in the third period by outscoring Addison 14-10 for the 34-31 advantage, followed by a 12-11 run in the fourth period for the 46-42 victory.

Today’s girls game are: Oak Grove vs. Westminster Christian-Oak Mountain at 11 a.m., Addison vs. Shades Mountain Christian at 1:30 p.m. and Sumiton Christian vs. Oakman at 4 p.m.

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BOYS

Walker 70, Cold Springs 56

Walker dominated the third quarter to take control of Cold Springs en route to a 70-56 victory over the Eagles at Songer Gym on Friday night.

Coming off a 32-point loss to Tuscaloosa County, Walker rebounded nicely against 2A Cold Springs.

“I was interested to see how we bounced back after getting beat by Tuscaloosa County,” coach Rufus McDuffie said.

Walker got a huge game from Riley Graham, who connected on six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points. Dawson Salors added 15 points for Walker (10-2) and Jonathan McCants had 11 points.

The Vikings held a slim 16-15 lead after the opening quarter and Cold Springs battled back for a 27-26 halftime lead.

The second half belonged to the Vikings. Walker outscored the Eagles 25-7 in the third quarter to take a 51-34 lead into the final quarter.

Walker closes out the week with a home game against Buckhorn today. The boys game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

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GIRLS

Cold Springs 55, Walker 51

Madisyn Hood scored 13 points to lead the Walker Vikings in a loss to the Cold Springs Eagles, 55-51 at Songer Gym on Friday.

Cold Springs outscored Walker 17-14 in the first period and continued to retain the advantage, 32-25 at halftime. The Eagles held a slight scoring edge in the third period, 13-12, for the 48-37. The scoring battle went the Vikings’ way in the fourth period, 14-7, but the victory ultimately clinched by the Eagles, 55-51.

Walker hosts Buckhorn today at 3 p.m.

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GIRLS

Lynn 46, Winston County 21

Lynn’s Reagan Tittle matched Winston County’s output on Friday night as the Bears knocked off the Yellow Jackets 46-21 at Lynn High School.

The game was never in doubt as Lynn jumped out to a 16-3 lead after the opening quarter. The Bears led 21-12 at the half and 36-18 following three quarters.

Tittle had 21 points, six rebounds and five steals, Emma Easley added six points and Brooke Harris put in five.

Brooke Garrison led Winston County with nine points.

Lynn (9-1) plays again in the Winfield Christmas Tournament next Friday.

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BOYS

Lynn 48, Winston County 33

Lynn held Winston County to eight points in the first half and controlled the Yellow Jackets from the opening tip in a 48-33 home victory.

Ben Cagle, coming off a double-double against Hubbertville, had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bears.

Brody Meeks had a perfect night for Lynn (8-2), going a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and finishing with 11 points. Jeremy Tittle had seven points and six rebounds.