Prep Basketball: Dora bounces back with win over Cordova

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DORA — Two teams coming off tough losses on Thursday night clashed at Dora High School on Friday night with the Bulldogs picking up a 61-52 victory over rival Cordova.
 
Both teams lost on Thursday — Dora falling to Carbon Hill 60-55 in overtime and Cordova losing to Curry 59-58. 
 
On Friday, Dora took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter and made it stand. After a steal and back-to-back baskets cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 42-39, Dora responded with a 8-0 run to put the game out of reach. 
 
Cordova (2-2) got as close as four points at 56-52 with 34.8 seconds remaining after a Hayden Bates 3-pointer, but Dora iced the game at the free throw line, making five from the stripe over the last 30 seconds. 
 
Cordova held the lead throughout the first half. The Blue Devils were up 17-10 after the opening quarter and 25-22 at the half. Dora led 37-33 going into the final quarter. 
 
Jaxx Eustice and Cameron Davis carried Dora (1-2) in the final quarter, combining for 16 of the Bulldogs’ 24 points. Eustice knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and made a basket in the period, while Davis made three shots and two free throws. 
 
Eustice connected on five 3-pointers on the night and finished with 19 points, Davis added 16, Elijah Pruitt had 10 and Jayden McDavid had seven.
 
For Cordova, Bates had 20 points, Japeth Howell had 11 of his 13 in the opening quarter, Jason Johnson added eight and Miguel Lopez put in six.
 
Dora plays at Brookwood on Monday while Cordova plays at Central-Tuscaloosa, also on Monday..
 
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Varsity Girls
Dora 71, Cordova 51
 
The Dora Lady Bulldogs are a perfect 3-0 following Friday night’s 71-51 victory over the Cordova Blue Devils at Dora.
 
Zharia Hubbard had an outstanding game for the Bulldogs, scoring 33 points with 16 rebounds in a double-double effort. Ja’Kiyah Womack followed with double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Lyria Meadows scored nine points.
 
For Cordova, Teairra Simon scored 15 points, with Ella Grace Madison scoring 12 points.
Cordova broke an 11-11 tie in the first period and took the lead, 28-22 going into the half. 
 
The game remained tight in the third period, with the Bulldogs retaining a one-point edge, 44-43. Dora scored 27 fourth-period points, while holding Cordova to eight to clinch the 71-51 win.
 
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Varsity Boys
Carbon Hill 56, Fayette County 44
 
Ishmael Jones scored eight points in the third quarter as Carbon Hill pulled away from Fayette County for a 56-44 home win over the Tigers on Friday night.
 
Carbon Hill (3-1) turned a three-point halftime lead into a 10-point cushion heading into the final quarter by outscoring Fayette County 14-7 in the third.
 
The game was back-and-forth through the first two quarters. Carbon Hill led 13-12 after the first quarter and 25-22 at the half. 
 
Bryson Prince, Braden Amerson and Zack Lawhorn each had baskets in the third quarter to go along with Jones’ eight. Carbon Hill led 39-29 going into the final quarter.
 
Jones, coming off a 34-point performance in a win over Dora on Thursday, had 22 points, Lawhorn and Blake Madison had nine and both Amerson and Haden Pare put in six.
 
For Fayette County, Kory Burns and Kealand Savage both had 11. 
 
Carbon Hill hosts Lamar County on Monday.
 
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Varsity Girls
Carbon Hill 37, Fayette County 30
 
Carbon Hill’s girls closed the game with a  16-1 run to beat Fayette County 37-30 on Friday night.
 
The Bulldogs (3-1) trailed 26-23 going into the final quarter.
 
Ally Martin had 13 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and five assists, Katie Halbrook had six points and eight rebounds, Kensley Barron had six points, Allie Keeton had four points and 12 rebounds, Sunnie Cerezo had four points and both Santana Clark and Kaylee Edwards had two points. 
 
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Varsity Girls
Oakman 54, Jasper 49
 
Missy Odom scored 27 points and Shalayiah Waid added 22 as the Oakman Wildcats defeated Jasper 54-49 at Oakman High School on Friday night. 
 
There was no varsity boys game.
 
With the win, Oakman improved to 3-1 on the season. 
 
Odom, a seventh grader, set the tone with 11 points in the first quarter for the Wildcats. 
Oakman hosts Fayette County on Tuesday. 
 
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Varsity Boys
Sumiton Chr. 65, Winston County 58
Sumiton Christian scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Winston County en route to a 65-58 home victory over the Yellow Jackets.
 
Eli Moon finished with 18 points to lead the Eagles while Wilson Guthrie added 16. James Gardner, Zach Hill and Carter Woodard each had eight points.
 
For Winston County, Sy Blanton had a game-high 27 points while Brooks Bonds had 17 and Eli Moore put in seven.
 
The Eagles led 13-8 after the first quarter. Winston County bounced back for a 28-26 halftime lead. The teams were tied at 46-46 after three quarters.