After losing his two top post players from Carbon Hill’s most successful team in school history, Tittle made a drastic change to his offensively philosophy.
Forget getting the ball into the paint, the Bulldogs were going to shoot 3-pointers — lots of them.
On the season, Carbon Hill wasn’t shy about shooting from long range, putting up 867 on the year. That was 265 more than the previous season.
Two completely different offensive schemes with one familiar result.
For the second straight season, Carbon Hill won more than 20 games, picked up a Walker County Basketball Tournament championship — the Bulldogs’ fourth in a row — earned an area title and made the Central Regional Tournament.
Now bad for a team looking for an identity.
Tittle is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s girls basketball Coach of the Year.
“I think the most gratifying thing for me was once we lost (top rebounder Lindsey) Fluker to graduation last year, most people thought that we would struggle, but we still finished 24-9 and repeated as county and area champions,” Title said.
“We had to change some things we were doing. As a coach you have to adapt to the type players you have, and this year we shot a lot more 3s than in the past. We played much more of a transition game and I feel like it helped us win a lot of games. The girls knew their roles and didn’t complain if they were not the ones scoring the points.”
Carbon Hill’s offensive change didn’t come without growing pains.
“I remember a 36-point blowout loss at Sulligent the second game of the year. We had what you could call a ‘coach-speak and player-listen’ meeting after the game. I challenged a couple of my older players that night to step up and from that night on they did. We beat Sulligent by 17 at the end of the season.”
Carbon Hill caught fire after the Christmas break, winning 16 of their final 17 games before a loss to Handley in the Central Regional Tournament ended the season.
“I tell my players they can control two things, their effort and their attitude. This bunch listened and it helped us have a terrific year. I thought we had a team that could make the Final Four, but one bad shooting night ended that for us. Regardless, I was so proud of them and in looking forward to the future, obviously we are losing a great player to graduation but these girls coming back are used to winning games and that CHHS on their jerseys means something, so I will get their best.”