|Dora's all Smiles
Lady ‘Dogs win area title behind Smiley
Story from The Daily Mountain Eagle
Dora’s Kayla Smiley (22) is congratulated by Kimber Holt after
Smiley’s game-winning basket against Halyeville on Saturday.
Smiley had 36 points in the Lady Bulldogs’ 67-66 win. (Photo
by Johnathan Bentley)
CHARLES R. WATTS
Published February 11, 2006 11:50 PM
HALEYVILLE -- The Dora Lady Bulldogs
are coming home for an encore.
The Lady Dogs overcame a hostile crowd,
a seven-point half time deficit, and a scoreboard snafu to claim
the Class 4A, Area 13 title 67-66 over the Haleyville Lady Lions
Saturday night. Dora
senior guard Kayla Smiley hit a runner in the lane as time expired
to lift Dora to victory and the chance to host a subregion game
"I just wanted the ball and the last
shot. I knew we were going to win that game," said Smiley.
She finished with a game-high 36 points.
"It was a play we have worked on all
year but have never had to use," said Bulldog coach Brian Keeton
of the winning basket.
"At the last time out Kayla wanted the
ball and when she wants the ball, we give it to her. We in-bounded
and passed into Kimber (Holt) in the high post and she dished to
Kayla who drove the lane and got the job done."
Haleyville dominated inside early making
two quick baskets to take a 4-0 lead.
Smiley hit a pull up jumper in the lane to
break the ice for the Lady Bulldogs.
Katti Miller and Hannah Elliott continued
their strong inside play giving Haleyville second and third attempts
and increased the lead to 13-6.
Dora hung around. Chantrese Softley scored
two buckets in the final minute of the quarter, cutting the Haleyville
lead to 15-12.
Miller led the Lady Lions on a 6-0 run midway
through the second quarter as Haleyville surged ahead 26-17.
Smiley answered with an off-balance jumper
then hit a wide open Holt for a lay up to trim the Haleyville lead
back to five points.
Haleyville ended the half with an old-fashioned
three-point play. Miller hit another basket in the paint and was
fouled. The free throw was good to give the Lady Lions a 36-29 half
Kayla James started the scoring for Dora
in the second half as the Lady Bulldogs turned up the defensive
"It has been a tight game every time
we have played them so at the half we decided to unleash the press
and see if we could put some heat on them," said Keeton.
The strategy paid off.
A pair of steals by Softley led to a lay
up and two foul shots by Smiley trimmed the Haleyville lead to 38-35.
Smiley continued to light it up with another basket. A breakaway
lay up by Softley gave the Lady Bulldogs their first lead 39-38.
The Lady Dogs continued the flurry going
on a 10-point run to open up a 43-38 lead.
A scoring error which credited a Dora basket
to Haleyville temporarily broke the Lady Bulldogs' momentum.
Haleyville took advantage, going on a nine-point
run of its own to reclaim the lead at 47-43.
Smiley again led the Lady Bulldogs back,
scoring three quick buckets to end the third quarter with Haleyville
clinging to a one-point lead.
Dora took the lead again on a 3-pointer by
Miller answered with a pair of free throws
for Haleyville as the lead see- sawed back and forth.
A steal and a lay up by Softley put Dora
ahead 65-64 with under a minute remaining.
Following a Haleyville miss, Dora was called
for a five-second violation giving the ball back to Haleyville.
Liz Odom hit a jumper from along the baseline
putting Haleyville back ahead by a point with 15 seconds left in
Dora crossed mid court and called time out
to set up the final play and the game-winning basket.
Smiley was joined in double figures by Softley
Katti Miller led Haleyville with 23 points.
Dora will host the winner of the Corner-West
Point game Thursday night. The winner advances to the Northwest
Regional Tournament in Hanceville.
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