Lady Bulldogs blow out Lighthouse Christian

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

After dropping their two previous games, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (5-2) got back to their winning ways Friday night by whipping the Lighthouse Christian Lady Lions 62-23 at home.

The Lady Bulldogs put the game out of reach in the first two quarters and built a 37-15 lead by halftime before outscoring Lighthouse Christian 25-8 over the final two periods to coast to the thirty-nine-point victory.

Cornersville shot just 34 percent from the field in their last two outings, but bounced back with a solid offensive performance against the Lady Lions (2-4). CHS finished with 24 baskets on 48 percent shooting and hit 12 of 16 free throws. The Lady Bulldogs grabbed 11 offensive boards as well and out rebounded Lighthouse Christian 32-23 overall.

"I felt like we shot the ball better tonight. We had some good looks in our last two games, but just didn't shoot well," said Cornersville head coach Micah Landers. "We also got a chance to play a lot of players and see what they can do in some other positions."

CHS, meanwhile, limited the Lady Lions to only nine field goals on 24 percent shooting and forced 25 Lighthouse Christian turnovers.

Junior shooting guard Sara Nelms turned in a strong effort on both ends of the court and led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting to go along with five assists, four steals, and two rebounds.

Freshman point guard Makenzie Hopkins tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and three assists for CHS as well, while sophomore forward Haley Fagan had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocked shots.

"I thought Makenzie improved tonight as a point guard. She sees the floor pretty well and is starting to make better decisions with the ball," said Landers. "I think this is the fourth straight game that Haley has broken double digits scoring. She's started to pick up her game offensively after struggling a little bit early in the season."

Sarah King and Morgan Carroll also scored nine and six points respectively and grabbed four rebounds apiece, while Kristin Fagan and Nina Endsley each added four points. Guard Abbey Holder failed to scored, but registered four assists, three steals, and three rebounds.

Chelsea Nappier paced the Lady Lions with eight points, while Heather Davis and Kieona Noel had seven and six points respectively.

Lighthouse Christian actually held an early 5-0 lead, but Hopkins quickly erased the deficit by converting a three-point play and scoring on a lay up to knot the game at 5-5 before Nelms buried a trey from the top of the key to put the Lady Bulldogs up 8-5 midway through the first quarter.

After Nappier made a pair of foul shots to trim the deficit to 8-7, Cornersville put down the hammer and hit the Lady Lions with a 23-0 run to forge a 31-7 advantage with 3:40 left in the second period. Nelms poured in 15 points during that span to spearhead the Lady Bulldog onslaught, while Haley Fagan and King each chipped in three points.

Lighthouse Christian managed to trim the deficit to 37-16 early in the third, but CHS rattled off 12 straight points with the help of three lay ups by King and a Haley Fagan turnaround jumper, and four three throws to open up a 49-16 cushion midway through the quarter.

Davis hit a jumper to momentarily stop the hemorrhaging for the Lady Lions, before Cornersville put together an 11-1 spurt behind four points from Carroll to stretch their lead to 60-19 with 5:25 left in the fourth period en route to the 62-23 win.