The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (20-5) turned Friday the 13th into a horror story for White House-Heritage, as CHS went on the road and thrashed the Lady Patriots 59-35 in their regular season finale.
White House-Heritage (14-8) had given the Lady Bulldogs a tough fight in their first encounter of the season before eventually dropping a 62-51 decision to coach Micah Landers' squad. Cornersville, however, had their way with the Lady Patriots Friday evening and outscored White House-Heritage in all four quarters to steadily pull away for the 24-point victory.
With the District tournament looming on the horizon, Landers thought his team treated the Lady Patriots like an early playoff opponent.
"I think we played with good intensity tonight. We sputtered on offense some the first four minutes of the game, but I thought we played pretty good defense," said Landers. "After the first quarter, I felt like we were in control of the game. When they made their runs and tried to build some momentum, we stood our ground."
Having held their previous four opponents to just 32.5 points per game, CHS turned in another strong defensive performance against White House-Heritage. Cornersville limited the Lady Patriots to only 12 field goals on 26 percent shooting, while recording 13 steals and forcing 25 White House-Heritage turnovers.
The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, tallied 22 field goals on 42 percent shooting and dished out 16 assists as a team. Cornersville also out rebounded White House-Heritage 29-24 and outscored the Lady Patriots 14-8 at the foul line.
Shooting guard Sara Nelms and center Sarah King carried much of the offensive load for CHS. Nelms poured in a game high 20 points to go along with four steals, three assists, and three rebounds, while King hit 8-of-14 shots and finished with 16 points and five rebounds.
Haley Fagan also added six points and six rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs and helped hold White House-Heritage's leading scorer Chelsea Hannah to 4-of-16 shooting.
"Haley did a great job slowing her down. She doesn't get enough credit for her defense," said Landers. "The deeper you go into the playoffs, the more players like Chelsea Hannah you're going to face."
Morgan Carroll and Kristin Fagan each had four points as well with Carroll registering three steals. Courtney Cook (three points), Nina Endsley (two points), Abbey Holder (two points), Makenzie Hopkins (one point), and Brittny Wheeler (one point) rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with Hopkins also notching five assists and two steals.
Hannah paced the Lady Patriots with 15 points, while Kimi Dorris tallied nine points. Haley Upton and Shelby Rae had six and five points for White House-Heritage as well.
The Lady Patriots inched out to an early 4-2 lead, before the Lady Bulldogs hit White House-Heritage with a 12-0 run behind four points apiece from King and Nelms to seize a 14-4 advantage early in the second quarter.
Dorris buried a couple of three-pointers to narrow the gap to 16-10 midway through the second, but Cornersville closed the period with a 9-1 spurt on the strength of six points from Nelms to take a 25-11 lead into the break, prior to opening up a 31-13 advantage early in the third on a pair of layups by King and two Carroll foul shots.
After White House-Heritage trimmed the deficit to 31-17 midway through the third, the Lady Bulldogs put together a 13-4 run thanks to six points from King and four points from Nelms to stretch their lead to 44-21 with 6:26 left in the fourth.
The Lady Patriots notched the next four points to make it 44-25, before Cornersville outscored White House-Heritage 15-10 the rest of the way with the help of four points apiece from Haley Fagan and Kristin Fagan to cruise to the 59-35 win.