Liberty got in the way of victory for the Cornersville Middle School squads Saturday night at the CABC Tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs fell behind by as many as 9 points in the first half before mounting a furious comeback that fell just short, losing to the Lady Patriots 28-21.
The Bulldogs were up against some big boys from Liberty and could not handle the inside onslaught, falling 48-37 to the Pats from Shelbyville.
The CMS women hoopsters scored first in the championship tilt when Haley Stacey hit one of two from the free throw line.
Liberty scored six straight before Ashley Umbles nailed a charity shot, making it 6-2.
The Lady Pats went on a 5-0 run just before the first quarter ended, including a three-point buzzer beater by Baylee Cook.
The Lady Dawgs roared back, beginning the second quarter, getting three points from Brooke Holt and two more from Meredith McMasters, forcing a Liberty timeout with 3:58 left in the half.
Liberty's Holli Mitchell drained a three-bomb out of the timeout and those were the last points scored in the half as the Lady Patriots took a 14-7 lead.
The third period belonged to Cornersville as they outscored Liberty 12-4, taking a 19-18 lead into the last six minutes.
The big turnaround was caused by a furious defensive effort by the Lady Dawgs that was capped off by a great steal and three-point play by Breanne Dunkleman that gave CMS a 19-16 lead, their first lead of the game.
Bain drained an early three-pointer to ease the Lady Pats back on top, beginning the fourth quarter.
Dunkleman re-knotted the game at 21 when she put in a rebound in the trees.
The Dunkleman basket would be the last for the Lady Dawgs as they were outscored 7-0 to end the game.
Holt finished with 6 points, leading the CMS squad. Dunkleman and Umbles each had 6 points, McMasters scored 4, and Stacey had one marker.
Bain led the Liberty girls, scoring 14 points.
Liberty big boys lead Patriots over Bulldogs
The Cornersville Bulldogs were up against a big task Saturday night in the CABC final, trying to defend the two big Patriot post players Trevor Arnold and Matt Clanton.
When the Dawgs tried to squeeze in down low in an attempt to defend the post, the Liberty guard duo of Ben Boyce and Kyle Cunningham made them pay from the outside as well.
Cornersville fell into a deep 13-4 hole before Tyler Lowry gave them some late first quarter hope on a driving three-point play, making it 13-7 after one period.
CMS's Tate Lowry hit two free throws to begin the second quarter before Liberty went on a 10-0 run, opening up a 23-9 lead.
The half would end with the Patriots still leading 27-12.
Cornersville cut the lead to ten and then to eight on a bucket by Tate Lowry before Clanton scored four straight in the paint, opening back up a 33-21 lead.
The two teams would battle about even the rest of the quarter as Liberty took the eleven-point lead into the final period at 39-28.
The Patriots took control early in the fourth quarter; going on a big 6-2 run that stretched the margin to 45-30 with less than two minutes to go.
Cornersville could not mount a late charge, settling for second place in the 11-point loss.
Tyler Lowry led the Dawgs in scoring with 12 points, Tate Lowry had 7, Brian Lowe and Zach Shaddy had 5 points each, Zach Smith scored one three-pointer, Jamie Crowell and Zach Welch each scored two points, and Jody Sullivan had a single point.
Cunningham led the Pats in scoring with 18, Boyce had 13, Clanton had 10, Arnold 6, and Chace Warren had one point.
Low scoring Lady Rockets finish 4th
The Forrest Lady Rockets continued their scoring woes, losing to the Richland Lady Raiders 17-12 in the consolation game.
Forrest did not score a point in the first quarter, trailing 3-0.
Savannah Brother finally got the lady Rockets in the scoring column at 4:07 in the second quarter when the 7th grader hit one of two from the free throw line.
Richland took a 5-1 lead before FMS scored four straight to end the half tied at 5. Brothers had one of the buckets and Kirston Holder the other.
Forrest was almost held scoreless once again in the third period, but a Sara Jordan baskets with just seconds left made it 11-7 in favor of Richland after three periods.
Forrest scored to begin the fourth, making it 11-9 before Richland scored seven straight to open up a 17-9 margin with just under three minutes to play.
The closest the Lady Rockets got was the final margin of 17-12.