Dora rallies past Jasper

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 1/4/19

Dora’s JaCory Woods sparked a fourth-quarter run that turned a six-point deficit into a 45-37 victory over Jasper at Carl Cannon Coliseum on Friday.The Vikings scored just two points in the final …

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Dora rallies past Jasper

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Dora’s JaCory Woods sparked a fourth-quarter run that turned a six-point deficit into a 45-37 victory over Jasper at Carl Cannon Coliseum on Friday.

The Vikings scored just two points in the final 7:18 as Dora charged from behind with a 16-2 run to pick up the area win and even the season series with Jasper. The Vikings won the first meeting 69-52 at Dora.

“I’m proud of the way the guys responded to the halftime instructions from the coaches,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said. “We did a much better job defensively this time. This was a good win for our guys.” 

Dora (7-9 overall, 2-2 in Class 5A, Area 11) trailed 31-29 after three quarters and Jasper pushed its lead to six points at 35-29 after baskets from Cole Bonner and John David Harrell early in the fourth quarter.

From there it was all Dora.

Jamaal Harris started the Bulldogs’ run with a basket at the 5:30 mark. Woods scored the next six points, converting a three-point play for a 36-35 Dora lead with 3:17 remaining. After Harrell’s driving layup tied the game at 37-37 with 2:51 left, Averiun Berry followed with a 3-pointer at the 2:11 mark to give Dora the lead for good at 40-37.

Down the stretch, Woods added a basket and Brent Geeter made three free throws. The Bulldogs outscored Jasper 16-6 in the final quarter. 

Both teams struggled to find offense throughout the first half with Jasper holding a 16-15 halftime lead. The Vikings outscored Dora 15-14 in the third quarter. Harrell made a pair of free throws with five seconds left in the period for the 31-29 lead going into the fourth.

Woods finished with 14 points, eight in the final quarter, and both Geeter and Berry had nine points for Dora.

For Jasper (6-10, 2-3), Harrell had 13 points and both Ryan Childers and Cole Bonner had six. 

The Vikings play in the Border Challenge in Sulligent today. 

Dora hosts Cordova on Tuesday. 

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Varsity Girls

Jasper 57, Dora 13

Jasper scored 18 points in the first quarter and pulled away from there for a 57-13 victory over Dora in Friday’s girls game.

The Vikings dominated from start to finish. Jasper led 18-4 after the first quarter, 29-8 at the half and 48-10 after three quarters. 

Molly Kate Atkins had 18 points for the Vikings (3-10, 2-3) while Jordan Gilbert added 12, Idaysia Mercer put in nine and Cagejia Hosey added eight. 

Trenyce Grant had seven points for Dora (1-10, 0-4). 

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JV Girls

Jasper 25, Carbon Hill 12

Eight players scored points for the Jasper JV team in Friday’s 25-12 home win over Carbon Hill.

Laken Luker had six points for the Vikings and both Emma Gurganus and Sydnee Shepherd had four points. 

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Friday’s other scores

Varsity Boys

Carbon Hill 62, Gordo 52