Lady Bulldogs Cruise Past Columbia Academy

Friday, January 30, 2009

After getting upset by Santa Fe four days earlier, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (16-5, 7-2 District) got back on track Tuesday night by thumping Columbia Academy 54-29 on Homecoming to complete the season sweep of CA (5-16, 0-8 District).

Despite getting off to a slow start, the Lady Bulldogs built a 32-17 lead by halftime before outscoring Columbia Academy 22-12 over the final two quarters to coast to the 25-point victory.

"We spent an hour watching film on the Santa Fe game and a picture is worth a 1,000 words. They saw how poorly they played and I think they were bound and determined not to play that way again," said CHS head coach Micah Landers. "This team is very smart and they have set goals for themselves this season. They realize that the loss to Santa Fe was a set back towards achieving some of those goals and I think that it is going to help fuel them the rest of the season."

Although they hit just 2 of 13 three-point attempts, the Lady Bulldogs shot a respectable 44 percent from the field overall (20-45) and outscored CA 12-1 at the foul line. Cornersville also out rebounded Columbia Academy 30-17 and held a 9-5 edge on the offensive glass.

The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, limited CA to just 12 field goals on 32 percent shooting and recorded 15 steals while forcing 23 Columbia Academy turnovers.

"Our defense fuels our offense. Other than the fact that we gave up some dribble penetration into the lane, I thought we played well overall defensively," said Landers.

Junior guard Sara Nelms turned in a strong all-around performance and had a hand in a majority of CHS' points. Nelms pumped in a game high 18 points and dished out seven assists to go along with five rebounds and three steals.

Center Sarah King also tallied 10 points and four rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs and Haley Fagan notched seven points, four rebounds, and three steals. Courtney Cook added six points and five rebounds as well, while Makenzie Hopkins had five points and four steals. Morgan Carroll and Brittney Crowell rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with four points apiece.

Lacey Hayes paced CA with nine points, while Morgan Thomason and Emily Holmes had six and four points respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to an early 7-0 lead thanks to five points from King and a layup by Carroll, before Columbia Academy went on a 10-4 spurt to slice the deficit to 11-10 late in the first quarter.

Cornersville though settled back down and broke the game open by putting together a 19-2 run on the strength of seven points from Nelms and five points from Fagan to forge a 30-12 advantage with 1:47 left in the second period.

CA then narrowed the gap to 30-17 in the final minute of the second, but Nelms scored on a driving layup in the waning seconds of the quarter to give CHS a 32-17 lead at the half.

In the second half, the Lady Bulldogs continued to distance themselves from Columbia Academy and began the stanza with a 13-5 spurt behind nine points from Nelms to open up a 45-22 cushion early in the fourth quarter.

CA tallied four straight points to trim the deficit to 45-26 before Cornersville outscored Columbia Academy 9-1 over the next five and a half minutes with the help of four points from Crowell to push their lead to 54-27 en route to claiming the 54-29 victory.