King holds court in rout

Friday, November 30, 2007
Sarah King races downcourt after another steal in the second half.

Sarah King worked extremely hard in the off season to improve her game and the results are beginning to show as the junior post player controlled the blocks the entire game versus Middle Tennessee Christian School on Tuesday night in an 80-52 rout over the Lady Cougars.

King scored a career high 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and went coast to coast on two steals in the second of back-to-back victories for Cornersville. Senior Kaitlyn Hunter also was a stalwart in the blocks, also scoring a career high seven points.

When the Lady Cougars collapsed their defense to try to contain King and Hunter, Sara Nelms and Sara Barnett made them pay from the outside, burying shot after shot, as that duo combined for 37 points for the Lady Dawgs.

"We have been trying to get the ball more into the low post and score in the blocks", said King.

"I am really excited," King added. "I am much stronger than last year and much better because of my teammates, especially Kaitlyn Hunter. Kaitlyn is very strong down low and I don't know what I would do if she wasn't there with me."

King came out of the gate in a flurry, scoring nine points in the paint in the first eight minutes to lead the Lady Dawgs as they built a 20-9 lead late in the period. The only saving grace for the Lady Cougars was two three-pointers at the end of the quarter that made the score 20-15 and staved off an early blow-out.

The inside-outside barrage continued in the second period as the Lady Dawgs wore down the girls from Murfreesboro. The combo helped Cornersville build a 17 point, 41-24 lead by half and MTCS would not recover.

There was no let-up after halftime as Cornersville went into overdrive, outscoring Middle Tennessee Christian 21-13 to take a 62-37 third-quarter lead.

Cornersville Head Coach Micah Landers went to the bench in the fourth period, but the Lady Dawgs did not miss a beat as the reserves continued the stellar play. The second, third and fourth teams outscored MTCS 20-13 to bring home the big win for the Lady Bulldogs, who moved to 3-2 on the season.

Cornersville will not be back into action until Tuesday, when they host district rival Huntland at 6 p.m.