A clean sweep for Dora
Girls get first county title, boys win big
|Dora’s David Westbrook (22) shoots as Walker’s Jermaine
Farris defends. Both the Dora boys and girls won county
titles on Saturday. (Photo by Ben Hamilton)
Eagle Sports Writer
Published January 16, 2005 12:19 AM CST
DORA -- The Dora Bulldogs are county
So are the Lady Bulldogs.
Both varsity squads won their Walker County Large Schools Tournament
final over the Walker Vikings in Dora Saturday.
Dora's boys rode the play of their defense to a 52-38 victory
over Walker while the Lady Bulldogs came away with a 67-63 win
over the Lady Vikings.
The Bulldogs ended Walker's back-to-back tournament title run.
The Lady Bulldogs claimed their first ever championship and the
first of many if head coach Brian Keeton has his way.
"Winning county is a real big deal around here," agreed Keeton. "That
was one of our goals early in the season and we accomplished it.
We still have a few goals left this year, but winning county is
always one of them."
The Lady Bulldogs were led by both tournament MVP Kayla Smiley,
who finished with 17 points, and freshman Chantrese' Softley with
Keeton had high praise for both players but stressed the importance
of team play.
"I preach team ball," added Keeton. "I didn't even want to pick
an MVP of this tournament because really both Kayla and Chantrese
deserved it. All the girls have played very hard this year, though,
and they all played hard again this weekend."
Kimber Holt added six points and eight rebounds while Crystal
Tillman had eight points for the Lady Bulldogs, who improved to
11-7 on the year after their sixth straight win.
Dora took a one-point edge into the final quarter and took a 63-54
lead when Tillman sank a pair of free throws with just over two
minutes to play.
Walker's Ashley Tate led all scorers with 33 points last night
and has totaled 87 points in her last three games.
Tate hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to pull the Lady Vikings
to within four, their smallest deficit since trailing 51-50 at
the five-minute mark. Kayla O'Rear added 12 points for Walker (9-10)
and Rachel Pilling had 11.
All-Tournament Team members were: Dora's Kimber Holt, Chantrese'
Softley and MVP Kayla Smiley, Walker's Rachel Pilling and Ashley
Tate, and Curry's Kellye Jordan.
Dora 52, Walker 38
Dora tournament MVP Derrick Gardner and David Westbrook each scored
15 points as the Bulldogs improved to 14-5 on the year.
Dora, a winner in nine of its previous 10 games, won the game
with its defense, holding Walker to just six first-quarter points
and taking a 24-16 lead into halftime.
Isaiah Doaty added 13 points for the Bulldogs, six coming off
a pair of buzzer-beating three's from the corner to end the both
the first and third quarters.
Leading Walker's offense was Rory Lee with 12 points and Josh
Walls with eight. Clayton Parnell added six points for Walker,
which dropped to 11-8.
The Bulldogs were coming off a big overtime win over Sumiton Christian
on Friday night after seeing a disheartening three-pointer by the
Eagles as time expired.
All-Tournament Team members were: Curry's Justin Peake, Sumiton
Christian's Daryl Irons, Walker's Clayton Parnell and Jermaine
Farris, Dora's Isaiah Doaty, David Westbrook and MVP Derrick Gardner.
Dora will play again, beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday when the Bulldogs
travel to Fayette County.
Walker will host Gardendale, staring at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Walker freshman boys 45, Curry 36
Walker held Curry to just four points in the third quarter to
pull away from the Yellow Jackets and claim the county title.
The game was tied at 19-all at the half, but Walker took control
by scoring 15 points in the third quarter. The Vikings (11-3) led
34-23 going into the fourth quarter.
Curry had trouble stopping Jermaine Swanigan, who finished with
a game-high 23 points for Walker.
The Jackets were led by Justin Williams' 19 points.
Curry JV girls 42,
Curry's junior varsity girls won the county tournament with a
rout of the Walker Lady Vikings.
The Lady Jackets, who finished the season a perfect 7-0 against
county teams, put the game away in the second quarter, outscoring
Walker 11-0 to take a 20-4 halftime lead.
Megan Jones led Curry (13-6) with 10 points, Amber Blackwell added
nine and Carmen Key put in eight.
Walker was led by Suzanne King's five points.
Curry will close the season at Hillcrest on Tuesday.