Handley proves too much for Carbon Hill at Central Regional
by W. Brian Hale
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Carbon Hill’s Caroline Dodd, right, stares down Handley’s Laura Prestridge (14) during their game at the Central Regional Tournament on Thursday. Handley won the game 47-36. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Carbon Hill’s Caroline Dodd, right, stares down Handley’s Laura Prestridge (14) during their game at the Central Regional Tournament on Thursday. Handley won the game 47-36. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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MONTGOMERY — The Carbon Hill Lady Bulldogs’ season ended with a 47-36 loss to the Handley Tigers in the Central Region semi-final game on Thursday at Alabama State in Montgomery.

Although Handley’s lead was limited to single digits throughout most of the game, the Bulldogs were beset by shooting problems – only making 27 percent of their baskets from the field.

Caroline Dodd ended her spectacular career at Carbon Hill with 24 points and nine rebounds to lead the team. Savannah Lawson contributed 10 points.

“It always hurts when the season ends and today is no different,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We got hurt on the boards and just didn’t shoot it as well as we are capable of doing.

“We had the right girls shooting, the ball, but the shots  just didn’t go in, especially in the fourth quarter. I still feel like we had the better team but got beat today.

“It doesn’t take away from the season we had though. We didn’t lose a county or area game all season and finish 24-9. I have a great group of girls, so I have no reason to complain.”

On Thursday, the Bulldogs took command in the initial moments of the game on a 10-3 run before the Tigers answered with a 9-0 run to establish the 12-10 advantage in the final minute of the period.

Handley another three points to its lead in the second period following a 12-9 run to remain on top, 24-19, at halftime.

Carbon Hill cut the lead to four after outscoring Handley 15-14 in the third period, with the Tigers still out front 38-34.

The Bulldogs were able to draw within two points early in the fourth period, but an ensuing 9-0 run by the Tigers helped seal the 47-36 win.

Dodd is the only senior on this year’s Carbon Hill squad.

“The thought of Caroline playing her last game is not something I am ready to think about right now, but we will look back and think of a player who meant the world to her team, in every aspect,” Tittle said. “I wish I could sign her to a long-term contract, but she is going to move on to do great things. I know that she will because I know what kind of person she is.”

Dodd, a UAH signee, was a four-time Walker County Tournament MVP and finished her Carbon Hill career with more than 2,000 points.