Lady Bulldogs can't hold back Trojanettes

Friday, December 21, 2007
Photos by Anthony S. Puca Sara Barnett takes it to the hoop for a basket and is fouled by Abby Hill.

The Collinwood Troja-nettes led by 2007 Class A Miss Basketball finalist and MTSU recruit Abbey Andrews invaded Corners-ville on Monday night and recorded their ninth straight victory of the season over the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs by a score of 71-51.

It was the second loss of the year by Cornersville (6-4) to the Trojanettes (9-1), semi-finalists at the TSSAA State Tournament in 2007.

Collinwood is more than a one-woman team and they proved it versus the Lady Bulldogs as Trista Rich poured in 24 points from in the post when the Lady Bulldogs tried to deny Andrews the ball.

The Lady Bulldogs led early in the first quarter 6-5, but Collinwood went on a 14-4 run to lead at the end of the first quarter 20-9.

The lead grew to 12 at the end of the first half, 36-24, with Rich scoring 14 and Andrews eight in the first 16 minutes.

The Lady Bulldogs made a serious charge in the third quarter, much like they have done the entire season, cutting the lead to just four points, 42-38, behind great defensive pressure from Sara Barnett and Sara Nelms that forced the Trojanettes into numerous turnovers.

Andrews stepped up to the plate and scored four straight to end the quarter to stave off the Lady Dawgs as Collinwood led 46-38 after three periods.

The fourth quarter belonged to Collinwood as they outscored Cornersville 25-13 to run away and hide in securing the 71-51 win.

The Lady Bulldogs were led by Tori Wolaver's 16 points, followed by Barnett with 11, Nelms with seven, Brittney Dickens had six, Kristin Fagan scored four, and Caitlyn Hunter and Sarah King each had two.

Andrews backed up Rich with 16 and Leslie Daniel scored 12.

The Lady Bulldogs will not be back in action until Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Eagleville Christmas Tournament, when they take on the host Lady Eagles at 2:30. Cornersville will play cross-county rivals Forrest Lady Rockets the following day at 7 p.m.