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Carbon Hill beats Clements, earns NW Regional berth

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 2/12/18

CARBON HILL — Carbon Hill’s going back to the Northwest Regional Tournament — Ricki Jill Burrough and Molly Kate Atkins made sure of it.

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Carbon Hill beats Clements, earns NW Regional berth

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CARBON HILL — Carbon Hill’s going back to the Northwest Regional Tournament — Ricki Jill Burrough and Molly Kate Atkins made sure of it.

The duo sparked a second-half rally as the Lady Bulldogs pulled away from Clements en route to a 65-58 win in their Class 3A sub-region game at Carbon Hill High School on Monday night.

Carbon Hill plays Colbert County on Saturday at the Northwest Regional Tournament in Hanceville — the Bulldogs’ first regional appearance since 2014. Game time has not been set yet.

“It’s a great win for our program,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “From where we were at Christmas until now shows the desire we had to continue. I preach area tournament with both of my teams (basketball and softball). We take pride in playing well and being able to host this sub-regional, because playing at home makes a difference.”

Carbon Hill has won seven of its last nine games after a 2-7 stretch carrying over from December into January.

Against Clements, Carbon Hill struggled through the first half. Clements led 13-8 after the first quarter and the Bulldogs battled back to tie the game at 29-29 at the half.

The third quarter was all Carbon Hill (16-14).

With Clements leading 33-30, Burrough took over, scoring eight straight points for the Bulldogs, who put together a 21-2 run.

Burrough gave Carbon Hill the lead for good at 36-34 with 3:30 remaining in the period. She added another score to push the lead to 38-34.

After a Clements free throw made the score 38-35, Atkins buried a 3-pointer, Abby Martin made a breakaway layup and Grayson Evans scored on a putback, giving Carbon Hill a 45-35 lead.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter following back-to-back 3-pointers from Atkins and a basket by Lacey Evans, making the score 53-37 with 5:22 remaining.

Clements (13-16) didn’t get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Atkins finished with 24 points, including 16 points in the second half. She made four 3-pointers on the night, adding seven assists, seven rebounds and six steals.

She also topped the 1,000-point mark for her career in the victory. Atkins entered the game needing just two points for the milestone.

Martin had 11 points and five assists, Burrough had eight points and six rebounds, Makindle McGough put in eight points, Gracie Wyma had five points, Cagejia Hosey had four points and seven rebounds, Lacey Evans had three points and six rebounds and Grayson Evans added two points and six rebounds.

The game featured 50 fouls and 75 free throws. Carbon Hill was 21 of 41 from the free-throw line while Clements was 21 of 34.

“We played hard in the first half, we just couldn’t make a shot. Gracie Wyma didn’t play at all in the area tournament and she comes in tonight and has five big points when we needed them in the second quarter,” Tittle said. “Molly Kate was the best player on the floor in the second half. She is just a great shooter. Ricki Jill had a huge third quarter and credit her teammates for looking for her. Abby had the flu and played hard. She just gutted it out. It was a great team effort. I’m very proud of them, and we get to keep playing.”

Colbert County (20-6) moved on with a 64-61 win over Locust Fork on Monday.

Carbon Hill was the only victorious area team on Monday night.

In Class 1A, Phillips defeated Meek 75-32 and Loachapoka defeated Sumiton Christian 53-24.

In Class 2A, Winston County fell to Mars Hill Bible 71-25. In Class 4A, No. 1 Deshler beat Dora 94-42 and in Class 5A, Arab knocked off Corner 68-56.