Repeat performance: Carbon Hill girls claim 2nd straight area tourney title
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Carbon Hill senior Caroline Dodd cuts down the net following the Bulldogs’ 59-39 area tournament championship victory over Corner on Saturday. The Bulldogs host Bibb County in a sub-region game on Thursday at 7 p.m. Carbon Hill has won 10 straight games. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Carbon Hill senior Caroline Dodd cuts down the net following the Bulldogs’ 59-39 area tournament championship victory over Corner on Saturday. The Bulldogs host Bibb County in a sub-region game on Thursday at 7 p.m. Carbon Hill has won 10 straight games. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CARBON HILL — Caroline Dodd and Abby Tittle came out with the hot hand from the opening tip as Carbon Hill earned its second straight 4A, Area 8 Tournament championship, routing Corner 59-39 at Carbon Hill High School on Saturday.

Carbon Hill (23-8) will play Bibb County (13-10) in a sub-region game at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The winner will advance to the Central Regional Tournament at Montgomery.

Corner, the area 8 runner-up, will play at Calera (22-4) on Thursday.

Dodd and Tittle combined for 20 points in the first quarter alone as Carbon Hill took a 12-point lead into the second quarter.

Corner didn’t get within striking distance again.

Carbon Hill forced 27 turnovers in the game, leading to several transition baskets.

“We talked about getting off to a fast start and we did that,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “The thing was to not let Corner feel like they could beat us. Our shots were falling and we forced a ton of turnovers. Our team has to sort of pick and choose when we pressure and tonight was a night we made that a focus, and it made a difference.”

Carbon Hill, which has now won 10 straight games, led by as many as 22 in the second quarter and was up 36-20 at the half.  

The Bulldogs opened the second half with an 8-2 run. Lawson hit a 3-pointer on Carbon Hill’s first possession, Dodd went coast-to-coast for a layup and Lawson buried another long-range shot as the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 44-22.

Lawson’s final 3-pointer of the quarter, with 40 seconds left on the clock, put the Bulldogs up 49-31 going into the final period.

Corner made one last push, getting to within 13 points at 51-38, but Carbon Hill followed with five free throws and a Dodd basket in the final minutes.

Dodd finished with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists. Tittle added 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds, Lawson had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists, Korey Tidwell had four points and four steals and Molli Clark added two points and seven rebounds.

“Abby really shot it well. I knew the focus for them was Dodd and Lawson so it was huge that Abby scored. She has been shooting the ball much better. Dodd was hot early as well, and (Lawson) carried us in the third quarter,” Tittle said.

“Our team has figured out their roles and it has made us better. Molli, Korey and Katie (Moore) don’t get the headlines but they quietly do their job. Our youngsters off the bench are lending their support and it’s a total team championship.  I’m just proud of the whole bunch.”

For Corner, Madison Purvis had 15 points and Andrea Debord added 12.

The win gives Carbon Hill a rematch with Bibb County. In last year’s sub-region game, the Bulldogs won 53-49 in overtime, earing their first ever regional tournament berth.

“Last year we had a great atmosphere at this game, and we need it again. These girls love to see the gym packed. I promise they will play hard,” Tittle added.