That was a mistake.
Lynn’s foes tried other tactics as well — putting quick players and tall defenders on the Bears’ star center.
That didn’t work either.
In the end, there was no effective way to stop Dodd. She was going to get her 18 points and 10 rebounds regardless.
For the last four years, Dodd has been the leading scorer for coach Adam Gray’s Lynn Bears.
Through the first three years she led the team in scoring and rebounding.
She took it to a new level in the 2012-13 season, putting the team on her back en route to the school’s first ever trip to the Final 48 State Tournament in Birmingham.
For her efforts, Dodd is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Girls Player of the Year for the second straight season.
Dodd is joined on the Eagle Elite first team by teammate Reagan Tittle, Carbon Hill’s Caroline Dodd and Lindsey Fluker and Cordova’s Jessica Willingham.
Lynn’s Dodd averaged 17.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and finished her career with 2,012 points along with 1,157 rebounds.
“She’s a great athlete,” Gray said of his star player. “I haven’t seen anybody guard her one-on-one, period. Teams put bigger players on her and she would just take them off the dribble. They would put quicker players on her and she would post up on them.”
Dodd’s best game came in the championship of the Northwest Regional Tournament against R.A. Hubbard. Dodd scored 12 points in the third quarter as Lynn erased a halftime deficit and picked up the 53-43 victory. She finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds.
“She had that kind of effort in one of the biggest games of the year. What else can you ask for? She took over that game in the second half,” Gray added.
Dodd’s production was hampered by playing time. The bulk of Lynn’s basketball games were well in the hand by the third quarter, meaning Dodd spent plenty of time on the bench.
“We could have left her in games and she could have averaged 25 points a game,” Gray said.
With Dodd as a pillar in the lane, Lynn finished 87-6 over the last three years and went 101-20 during her four years as a starer.
“She hit a lot of big shots in her career. In the 10th grade she made a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to win the county tournament. We always went to her when we needed a big basket. She came through for us on a lot of different occasions,” Gray added.
Dodd is scheduled to sign with Southern Union Community College next month.
Gray said Dodd underwent surgery on Friday due to a knee injury she suffered in Lynn’s loss to Keith at the Final Four.
Dodd was one of two seniors on this year’s team along with fellow post player Lindsey Tompkin.
The Bears’ season ended in Birmingham with 40-27 loss to Keith in their state semifinal game.
Keith followed with a loss to Brantley in the championship game.
EAGLE ELITE GIRLS
Jackee Dodd — Lynn
Caroline Dodd — Carbon Hill
Regan Tittle — Lynn
Lindsay Fluker — Carbon Hill
Jessica Willingham — Cordova
Sidney Cooper — Walker
Yashea Chapel — Dora
Kelsey Stracner — Cordova
Meagan Bice — Carbon Hill
Kendell Hamm — Sumiton Chr.
Cordova’s Alexis Cooper; Curry’s Taylor Black; Dora’s Hannah Wilson; Lynn’s Lindsey Tompkin; Oakman’s Lindsey Harbinson; Parrish’s Mary Jo Sanford; Walker’s Jazmine Lake and Madisyn Hood.