Walker County Basketball Tournament: Cordova, Carbon Hill girls win openers
by W. Brian Hale and Johnathan Bentley
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Cordova's Raigan Sherer, left, shoots over Dora's Keola James (2) during their game in the Walker County Basketball Tournament Tuesday at Cordova High School. Sherer scored 12 points in Cordova's 64-35 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Cordova's Raigan Sherer, left, shoots over Dora's Keola James (2) during their game in the Walker County Basketball Tournament Tuesday at Cordova High School. Sherer scored 12 points in Cordova's 64-35 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CORDOVA — Five Cordova players scored in double figures and the Blue Devils made quick work of Dora in their Walker County Tournament game on Tuesday night.

Top-seeded Cordova scored the first seven points and jumped out to a 15-2 lead midway through the first quarter on the way to a 64-35 victory.

“We got back to playing our style of basketball. We hadn’t been doing any of that lately,” Cordova coach Randy Stracner said.

Cordova led 17-8 after the opening quarter and took a 31-18 lead into the half.

Dora made just four field goals in the first half, but was aided by 10 free throws.

“We kept fouling in the first half and putting them on the free throw line. That was keeping them in the game. We turned up the pressure in the second half and playing without fouling. That allowed us to push the ball on the fast break,” Stracner said.

Cordova took control in the third quarter, opening the period with a 17-2 run.  

Six different players scored points during the spurt.

The Blue Devils led 48-26 after three quarters.

For Cordova, Jessica Willingham had 15 points, Raigan Sherer had 12 points, Hanna McLemore added 11 points and both Alexis Cooper and Morgan Martin had 10 points.

Dora was led by Madison Clayton with 10 points.

Cordova takes on Curry at 5:45 p.m. in the final pool game.

Dora plays again at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fifth-place game.

Stracner said Cordova isn’t looking ahead to Saturday’s championship game.

“I’m not looking past Curry and neither is the team. They are excited about playing Curry. They are focusing on that first,” he added.

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(2) Carbon Hill 49, (6) Parrish 44

The second-seed Carbon Hill Bulldogs turned away a fierce fourth-period rally to beat the No. 6 seed Parrish Tornadoes, 49-44, on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs received key double-double performances from both Caroline Dodd and Abby Tittle. Dodd finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Tittle had 13 points and 10 rebounds.  Savanna Lawson added 14 points for Carbon Hill (16-8).

Ciara Hubbard had a great game for Parrish with 21 points, while Mekya Hill had 12 points.

Tittle’s nine points in the first period helped put the Bulldogs on top, 14-9.

Carbon Hill widened its lead to eight following a 12-9 run in the second period for the 26-18 halftime advantage. The Bulldogs held the Tornadoes to just five third-period points while adding 13 to their lead to remain in command, 39-23.

Parrish rallied to outscore Carbon Hill 21-10 in the fourth period.

The Tornadoes got within four points and had possession of the ball, but the Bulldogs were able to hold on in the final moments of regulation for the 49-44 victory.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well at all (Tuesday),” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “I’m sure there were some nerves, so we have to settle down and just play the rest of the tournament.”