Lady Bulldogs rout Culleoka

Friday, January 16, 2009

Coming off an impressive win over Santa Fe, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (14-4, 4-1 District) notched their second straight lopsided victory Tuesday night, as they hammered the Culleoka Lady Warriors 48-10 at home.

Despite getting off to a sluggish start offensively, the Lady Bulldogs led 26-3 at halftime before outscoring Culleoka 22-7 over the final two quarters en route to their twelfth straight win over the Lady Warriors.

Although Cornersville had little trouble disposing of Culleoka (5-14, 1-4 District), Lady Bulldog head coach Micah Landers was concerned by his team's slow start and periodic mental mistakes against the Lady Warriors.

"I think we are a decent defensive basketball team, but I have concerns about our half court offense. I hate to sound negative after a 38-point win, but I think we can play a lot better. I thought we played hard and that the effort was there, but not the execution," said Landers.

Cornersville almost completely shut down Culleoka's offensive attack with the help of a new wrinkle in their defensive game plan. The Lady Bulldogs recorded a season high 26 steals and forced 34 Lady Warrior turnovers, while Culleoka mustered only three field goals on nine percent shooting and finished with a season low 10 points.

"We came out and played a defense that we haven't used all year and I thought we did pretty well with it," said Landers.

The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, committed 19 turnovers, but shot 53 percent from the field (16-30) and attempted 26 foul shots, hitting 16.

Cornersville had 11 different players score in the contest and were led by guards Makenzie Hopkins and Sara Nelms with 11 points apiece. Hopkins registered six steals and a couple of assists as well, while Nelms had three steals and two assists.

Courtney Cook also added seven points and a pair of steals for the Lady Bulldogs and Sarah King tallied four points, four rebounds, and four steals.

Kristin Fagan (three points), Brittny Wheeler (two points), Haley Fagan (two points), Morgan Carroll (two points), Nina Endsley (two points), Abbey Holder (two points), and Ashley Warren (two points) rounded out the scoring for Cornersville.

Heather Fitzgerald and Lindzi Pipkin paced the Lady Warriors with four and three points respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs crept out to a 6-0 lead thanks to layups by Nelms and King and a pair of Holder free throws before Fitzgerald hit a jumper late in the first quarter to trim the deficit to 6-2.

Cornersville though eventually settled down and broke the game open by putting together a 14-0 run on the strength of six points from Hopkins and four points from Nelms to build a 20-2 advantage with 2:16 left in the second period.

Culleoka guard Neisha Wiggins hit one of two foul shots to briefly stop the hemorrhaging for the Lady Warriors but the Lady Bulldogs notched the final six points of the half on two free throws and a couple of layups by Carroll and Nelms to open up a 26-3 cushion at the break.

In the third, Cornersville continued to rapidly expand their lead and outscored Culleoka 14-3 in the quarter behind five points from Cook and three points from Hopkins to forge a 40-6 advantage.

The Lady Warriors then notched the first four points of the fourth to make it 40-10 before the Lady Bulldogs tallied the final eight points of the contest on six free throws and a Kristin Fagan layup to complete their 48-10 triumph.