Curry stayed right with last year’s Class 3A state runner-up until the final minutes of the third quarter. The Jackets trailed by just two points at 35-33 following back-to-back baskets from Jon Aaron.
It was all Carbon Hill — and Smith — from there.
Smith scored on a driving layup at the 2:50 mark to get the Bulldogs going.
After John Bray connected on a free throw, both Garrett Kirkland and Daniel Woodard knocked down shots as the Bulldogs began pulling away. Carbon Hill closed the quarter on a 8-0 run for a 43-35 lead going into the final quarter. Smith added back-to-back scores early in the final quarter for a double-digit lead.
Curry didn’t get within striking distance again.
“We finally started getting Gerald the ball,” Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps said. “We put him in position to where he could catch and score. When we get the ball to him it opens it up for everyone else because he’s going to draw two guys.”
Smith finished the game with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Chandler Gann added nine points, Kirkland and Woodard had seven points each while John Bray had six, Isaac Slaton had five, Stevie Simerly put in four and Ryan Simerly had three.
Carbon Hill (3-1) got off to a slow start on Tuesday.
Curry held the lead most of the first quarter and Jarrod Owens drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer for a 10-7 lead going into the second quarter. Carbon Hill used a late rally to take a 23-21 lead into the half.
Carbon Hill, which finished 1-1 in a Thanksgiving Tournament at Holt last week, got a boost at the free-throw line, knocking down 18 of 25 free throws. Curry was 9 of 16 from the line.
For Curry (2-3), Owens led the way with 14 points, Spencer Fikes and Aaron each had 12 points and Alex Odom added 10.
Next up for Carbon Hill is a Walker County showdown at home vs. Parrish on Tuesday. Curry opens area play at Mortimer Jordan on Friday.
Carbon Hill 36, Curry 33
Carbon Hill held off Curry for a narrow 36-33 victory in the girls varsity game on Tuesday.
Curry had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but was unable to connect.
Carbon Hill (2-4) held a slim 10-7 lead after the first quarter and led 17-14 at the half. Curry kept things close, trailing 26-22 going into the final quarter.
The Bulldogs got a balanced offensive attack with Lindsay Fluker leading the way with 10 points and seven rebounds. Savanna Lawson had nine points, Caroline Dodd had eight points and six rebounds, Mallorie Buzbee had seven points and seven rebounds and Abby Tittle had two points.
For Curry, Taylor Black had 13 points, Mary Beth Scott put in 10, Logan Black and Makenzie Hicks each had six points, both Emily Aaron and Kaylee Horton had four points and Olivia Smith and Ashlee Swindle had two points each.
Cordova 63, Hanceville 22
Cordova’s girls improved to 3-1 on the season with a 63-22 victory over Hanceville on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils led 9-4 after the first quarter and 25-8 at halftime. Cordova took a commanding 45-21 lead into the fourth quarter.
For Cordova, Jessica Willingham had 12 points and nine rebounds, Kelsey Stracner had 12 points and Hanna McLemore added 11.
Cordova plays at Sumiton Christian on Friday.
Oak Mountain 53, Walker 36
Oak Mountain pulled away from Walker in the final quarter for a 53-36 home victory over the Vikings Tuesday night.
Walker trailed by just a point at 14-13 after the first quarter. Oak Mountain built a 27-20 halftime lead. Oak Mountain led 40-30 after three quarters and held the Vikings to just six points in the final quarter.
“We played really well out of the gate,” Walker coach Scotty Ware said. “The first half was pretty good. When they got ahead we started chasing. They are good at holding the ball so we started taking chances and that led to some easy baskets for them.”
Walker got two of its football players back for the game — Tyler Phillips and Michael Bridges. Quadrekas Key remains out with a hip pointer.
On Tuesday, Jonathan McCants led the team with nine points, Denzell Daily had seven and Riley Graham added five.
“It’s a process,” Ware said. “We are tying to work some guys in who haven’t been in there. We are growing. Overall, I thought we played hard.”
Walker (1-2) plays at Tuscaloosa County on Thursday and returns home on Friday against rival Cullman.
Walker 50, Oak Mountain 38
Walker’s JV boys team remained perfect on the season with a 12-point win over Oak Mountain.
Walker (3-0) led 35-28 after three quarters. Isreal Johnson paced Walker with 15 points while both Marlon Oliver and Aaron Morris had 14 points. Keony Abrams added 10 rebounds.