Carbon Hill girls hold off Cordova rally, advance to finals
by Johnathan Bentley
Jan 26, 2013 | 1653 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill’s Lindsay Fluker (23) battles Alexis Cooper (3) during their game Friday at the Walker County Tournament at Carbon Hill. Photo by Jason Clark
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CARBON HILL — Carbon Hill’s Walker County Tournament 3-peat is right on track.

Lindsay Fluker scored 14 of her 21 points in the second half and Carbon Hill held off a late Cordova rally for a 49-44 victory Friday night at Carbon Hill High School.

Next up for the Bulldogs is the county championship game against Dora set for 5:45 p.m. today.

Fluker took over at point guard in the second half for Caroline Dodd, who was slowed by illness. Fluker finished with a double-double, recording 21 points and 11 rebounds. Dodd, the back-to-back county tournament MVP, had eight of her nine points on the first half.

“‘Fluke’ was terrific tonight,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We needed someone to step up and she really came through. Caroline has been sick and she battled tonight, but she wasn’t herself.”

The Bulldogs led by as many as 17 points in the third quarter and Carbon Hill took a 38-25 lead into the fourth quarter. However, the game was far from over.

Cordova’s Alexis Cooper scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Blue Devils in the game. Cordova got as close as four points twice on the final three minutes. Cooper made the score 44-40 with a basket at the 3:59 mark. Fluker extended the lead back to six at 46-40, but Jessica Willingham cut the lead back to four with 1:10 left.

The Blue Devils got no closer.

Carbon Hill (19-5) controlled the first three quarters.

The Bulldogs led 15-4 after the opening quarter. The game was notched at 2-2 before Carbon Hill went on an 11-0 run thanks to points from Molli Clark, Savanna Lawson, Fluker and Dodd. Cordova pulled within six points after a Jessica Willingham basket made the score 16-10, but the Bulldogs put together another run for a 24-15 halftime lead.

Carbon Hill’s largest lead came in the third quarter when an Abby Tittle free throw put the Bulldogs up 34-17 at the 4:30 mark.

For Carbon Hill, Lawson and Clark had six points, Meagan Bice added four, Mallorie Buzbee added two and Tittle had a point.

Cooper paced Cordova (14-13) with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Jessica Willingham added 17 points.

“I thought Cooper and Willingham were great for Cordova on both ends of the floor,” Tittle said. “We would start to pull away at times and then Cordova would fight back, but we got it done at the end of the game.”

The Blue Devils take on Curry in the third-place game today set for third place at 12:45 a.m.

Carbon Hill is facing Dora for the third time this season. Carbon Hill won the first two meetings.

“We have a chance to win our third county championship in a row, but all we can control is our effort and our attitude. If we do that, things will take care of itself,” Tittle said.

Dora 58, Curry 50

The Dora Lady Bulldogs advanced to the Walker County Tournament championship game following Friday’s 58-50 win against the Curry Yellow Jackets at Carbon Hill.

Shelicia Meadows led the Bulldogs with 19 points, who advanced to the county championship game for the third straight season. Dora has lost each of the last three championship games to Carbon Hill. Dora took a 13-5 lead in the first period, before Curry outscored the Bulldogs 21-16 to cut the halftime lead to 29-26. Dora extended their lead to 44-31 in the third period en route to the 58-50 final. Makenzie Hicks scored 10 points for the Yellow Jackets.

Dora faces Carbon Hill in the tournament championship, while Curry takes on Cordova in the third-place game.