Lady Bulldogs shake off first half rust
The modus operandi so far this season for the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs has been to play a relatively close first half with their opponents and then take it to them with a pressure defense in the second half and win big.
In their four wins, the Lady Dawgs have come out of the halftime break and destroyed their opponents, winning by an average score of 28 points.
Their only losses have been by two points at Summertown and nine on the road in Collinwood.
Tuesday night was no different as the ladies from C-Town were tied 12-12 at the end of the first quarter, led 28-20 at the half, and then exploded by outscoring the Lady Hornets from Huntland 41-20 in the second half to win 69-40 and move to 4-2 on the season.
Cornersville Head Coach Micah Landers said after the game, "We probably played as good as game as we could have played versus MTCS last Tuesday and then took a week off. We just got in a funk the first half and I told them in the locker room to relax and play basketball."
After the first quarter, the Lady Dawgs began to come out of the funk with the score 18-17 as they went on an 10-3 run to end the second period. Sara Barnett has sparked many a run for the Lady Bulldogs and she lit the fuse when she pick-pocketed a Huntland guard at midcourt and fed Brittney Dickens for a lay-in.
Spurred by Barnett, Sara Nelms got into the thievery and raced in for an easy kiss off the glass to make it 22-17.
On Huntland's next five possessions, Barnett would have another steal, Kristin Fagan would swipe it twice, and Jessica King contributed to the looting with a steal of her own. By the time the Lady Hornets zipped up their pocketbooks, the score was 28-20 going into the halftime break.
The halftime advice by Landers worked as Cornersville came out of the locker room loose and ready to run. After a Barnett foul shot, Sarah King stole a pass and fed Nelms, who rewarded King with a nice dish in the lane for two points.
Huntland would score four straight, but Barnett would have none of it as she buried a three-pointer to push the lead back to 34-24. The Lady Bulldogs would not relent as they outscored the Lady Hornets 13-5 the rest of the period and had a commanding 47-29 lead at quarter's end.
Things went from bad to worse for Huntland in the last quarter as Cornersville went ballistic, leading by 27 points halfway through the period. Landers went to his bench and the reserves kept the pace in the 29-point victory.
Nelms led all scorers with 19 points, Barnett and Sarah King had 12, Kaitlyn Hunter had another great game with nine points, Dickens had seven, Tori Wolaver had four points, and the Fagan sisters each had two, along with Brittany Wheeler.
The balanced attack was something Landers has been looking for all season and he commented after the contest, "So far we have had good offense play from Nelms and Barnett, and Sarah King has come on.
"I needed more players to score and I asked Brittney Dickens to look to score more and she has put points on the board the last two games.
She has responded well and so has Kaitlyn Hunter who has come off the bench and played as well as she can play the last two games."
After their match-up tonight in Santa Fe (4-1), the Lady Dawgs will play Spring Hill (0-6) at 5 p.m. at MCHS at the Night of Stars Tournament.