The Carbon Hill Bulldogs earned a second consecutive trip to the Central Regional Tournament in Montgomery with a 50-37 win over Bibb County on Friday night at Carbon Hill High School.
One year after needing overtime to hold off Bibb County in their Class 4A sub-region matchup, Carbon Hill controlled the second half on Friday, earning their 11th win in a row in the process.
Next up for Carbon Hill is a game against Handley at noon on Thursday at Alabama State's Acadome.
Bibb County kept the game close through the first half. Carbon Hill (24-8) led 14-10 after the opening quarter. The Bulldogs got a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer from Savanna Lawson for a 30-24 lead going into the third quarter.
From there, it was all Carbon Hill.
Bibb County (13-12) made just six shots in the second half, including two in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs were up 41-32 after three quarters.
Caroline Dodd led the team with 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Lawson added 12 of her 14 points in the first half, Molli Clark had six points and 15 rebounds, Abby Tittle had four points and six assists.
“We didn’t play our best game by far, and didn’t shoot it as well as we have been, but we competed our tails off,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “Molli got in there and fought on the boards and we made enough shots, especially in the first half, to give us a lead.
“Bibb Co has so much length that we couldn’t get the looks offensively that we normally get. We can’t control if the ball goes in the bucket, but we can control our effort andtonight the effort was great. It has been for the last month. That’s why we are still playing. I think our kids are excited about going back to Montgomery, but at the same time we expect to go down there and have a chance to win. We are not happy with just being there.”
Lynn 43, Decatur Heritage 27
Lynn will get the chance to defend its Northwest Regional Tournament title starting Tuesday at Wallace State-Hanceville.
The Bears earned a dominating 43-27 victory over Decatur Heritage on Friday night in their sub-region game.
Lynn (26-2) held a 6-1 lead after a low-scoring first quarter. The Bears were up 20-12 at the half and 31-20 after three quarters.
Reagan Tittle led the team with 21 points, six rebounds and six assists, Emma Easley had 10 points and eight rebounds while Brooke Harris added six points and Kelci McGough, Holly Murray and Abbey Terry had two.
Tenth-ranked Lynn will face No. 1 Covenant Christian at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Covenant Christian (28-1) is led by defending Class 1A Player of the Year Anna Claire Noblit.