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’Dogs to host area tourney after win over West Point
Russell Moore Sports Writer
Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009

Worst to first in Class 4A, Area 11.

The Dora Bulldogs clinched their regular-season area title on Monday night with a convincing 79-62 triumph over the West Point Warriors.
Keegan Tarver paced Dora with 27 points, including hitting 13-of-15 free throws and the Bulldogs (18-2) locked up the top seed in the area tournament next month.
“It was definitely one of our main goals to host the area tournament. It gives us a great opportunity to do better things in front of our own fans and on our own court,” said Dora head coach Heath Burns, whose team is ranked No. 4 in 4A. “This is another step in the right direction. It’s good for our community, fans and school. They deserve it.”
West Point didn’t make it easy on Dora in the first half. The Warriors used the 3-point ball to stay close, knocking down eight of their 10 3-pointers on the night in the opening half.
When West Point cooled off, Dora pulled away.
Dora used a 25-13 second-quarter run and switched a 17-13 first-quarter deficit into a 38-31 advantage at intermission. The Bulldogs pulled away for a 56-46 lead at the end of the third.
Dora had plenty of contributions in its important win. B.K. Smith scored 17 points, Michael Forest had 13, Jo-Jo Walls contributed nine points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and Ja’Michael Swain added six points, four blocks and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs.
West Point was led by Michael Beck’s 14 points. Chris Bagwell and Derrick Butler added 10 apiece.
Dora hosts Fayette County today in another Area 11 affair.
Varsity Girls
Dora 47, West Point 33
Dora took an eight-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back, earning an easy area win over the West Point Lady Warriors on Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs (11-9) led 14-6 after the first quarter and 23-13 at the half. They pushed their lead to 35-22 heading into the final quarter.
Tureau Foster paced Dora with 17 points and three steals, Larissa Barnes had 11 points and three steals, Stephanie Woods added 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, Rachel Stuart had five points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals and Amber Taylor had four points and three steals.

T.S. Boyd 42, Curry 40

Boyd’s Josh Russell made a shot at the buzzer as the Bulldogs edged Curry 42-40 in their Walker County Tournament game at Boyd Junior High on Monday. The basket marked Russell’s only points of the game.

Jamaica Harris had 12 points and Deionte Smith added nine for Boyd.

Tyler Lay had 17 points and 15 rebounds and Tyler Hill had 14 points and six rebounds for Curry (15-7).

Valley 47, Townley 44

Stonie Phillips had 13 points, Josh Honeycutt put in 11 and Shane Hill added nine as the Valley Buccaneers (9-3) knocked off Townley. For Townley, Ryan Simerly had 20 points and Jordan Cooner added eight.

8th-grade girls
Maddox 41, Emma Sansom 4

The Maddox Lady Panthers improved to 11-4 on the season with a rout of Emma Sansom on Monday.

Raven Jones led a balanced Maddox attack with 10 points, Hannah Peppers added seven points, Jessica Woodley and Grayson Culverson each had five, Mikenzi Brasfield and Sidney Cooper each had four points, both Chloe Sudberry and Ashley Kamplain added two and Kelsey Stracner and Aaliyah Thomas each had one.


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