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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 champs.

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 19 points.

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,

Walker 18

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.


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