Walker County Tournament: Carbon Hill ousts Cordova

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CORDOVA — There will be a new boys champion at the Walker County Basketball Tournament.

Carbon Hill ended Cordova’s four-year reign with a 59-50 victory at Cordova High School on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs used a torrid 18-2 second-quarter run to grab a double-digit lead and earn the win.

Next up for Carbon Hill, the No. 4 seed, is a game vs. top seeded Oakman set for 8:30 p.m. today. 

Against Carbon Hill, Cordova got within four points early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get over the hump down the stretch as Carbon Hill got clutch baskets from Issac Woodard, Carson McGinnis and Braden Wright.

The teams went back-and-forth throughout the first quarter with Carbon Hill holding an 11-10 lead going into the second period. Down 16-14, Carbon Hill started its game-changing run. 

Dillon Roberts started the spurt with a basket. Jon Michael Madison made a layup, Gage Jean buried a pair of 3-pointers, Roberts made a jumper in the lane and Madison made back-to-back 3-pointers as Carbon Hill took a commanding 32-18 lead with 1:13 left in the opening half. The Bulldogs led 33-22 at the half.

Carbon Hill held Cordova in check in the third quarter, taking a 43-35 lead into the fourth.

A Zakye Holiday 3-pointer and a Kam Cooper basket drew Cordova within four points at 44-40 with 5:35 remaining, but Carbon Hill responded with free throws from Isaac Woodard, McGinnis and Wright to push the lead back to eight points. 

Carbon Hill (10-14) put the game away at the free throw line, making 5 of 6 in the final minute.

Woodard led a balanced Carbon Hill attack with 15 points, both Madison and Jean had 11, Wright added eight and both McGinnis and Roberts had seven. For Cordova, which had won the last four county titles, Kam Cooper led all scorers with 26 points.

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Varsity Girls

Cordova 44, Dora 32

McKinsey Boteler had 20 points to lead Cordova past Dora in the first round of the county tournament on Thursday.

Cordova took a nine-point lead at 13-4 after the first quarter and made it stand. The Blue Devils led 25-13 at the half and 33-22 after three quarters.

For Cordova, Abby Sargent added nine points and Bailey Hendrix had seven. For Dora, Ja’Mya Harris had 11 points and Trenyce Grant had seven.

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JV Boys

Carbon Hill 29, Curry 19

Carbon Hill’s JV boys team earned a spot in Saturday’s championship with a 29-19 win over Curry on Thursday.

Clay Cerezo had 10 points for the Bulldogs, Haden Pare added seven and Tristen Terry put in six. Carbon Hill plays the winner of the Dora-Oakman game at 4 p.m. Saturday. 

In Thursday’s other JV game, Oakman eliminated Cordova, 46-39.