Culleoka clips Lady Bulldogs

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
CMS forward Emily Martin fires up a baseline jumper over Culleoka's Haleigh Shumake in the first quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Saturday, the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season when they were defeated 27-26 on the road by the Culleoka Lady Warriors.

Cornersville appeared to be in control of the contest and held a 21-12 lead midway through the third quarter, but Culleoka suddenly caught fire offensively and used a 15-2 run to seize a 27-23 advantage early in the fourth period before holding on for the one-point victory.

CMS outrebounded the Lady Warriors 38-25, held a 19-5 edge on the offensive glass, and forced 32 Culleoka turnovers, but simply had trouble putting the ball in the basket. Cornersville finished with only 10 field goals on 19 percent shooting, which included a 1-of-10 effort from three-point range, while hitting only 5-of-25 foul shots.

The Lady Warriors conversely, made only 1-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc and converted 6-of-18 free throws, but shot 42 percent from the field overall (10-of-24).

Seventh grader Madison Hopkins led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting, while Briley Bean and Carson Coble tallied five and four points respectively with Coble pulling down 13 rebounds. Emily Martin (three points), Tori Reavis (two points), Hope Taylor (two points), and Carly Salsman (two points) rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with Reavis grabbing 11 rebounds.

"Free throw shooting killed us today. If we make our free throws, we win the game. We had chances to win it, but didn't take advantage of our opportunities," said CMS coach Joy McMasters. "Madison can really play and is improving with each game and Carson did a good job rebounding the ball for us today."

Haleigh Shumake paced Culleoka with 14 points, while Baylee Simmons and Sabrina Anglin had six and five points respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs held a 6-4 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to baskets from Martin, Taylor, and Bean, before outscoring the Lady Warriors 12-5 in the second period behind five points from Hopkins and three points from Coble to take a 18-9 advantage into the break.

After Culleoka scored the first three points of the third quarter to trim the deficit to 18-12, Bean buried a trey from the left wing to make it 21-12 midway through the stanza, but the Lady Warriors put together a 10-0 run to grab a 22-21 advantage early in the fourth.

Following a free throw by Martin, which tied the game at 22-22, Culleoka tallied five of the next six points to pull ahead 27-23 with 4:47 left.

Hopkins then hit a jumper before converting one of two foul shots to trim the deficit to 27-26 with :18 remaining.

Cornersville had one final chance to win the game after the Lady Warriors Megan Polk missed the front end of a one-and-one with 7.5 seconds left, but Hopkins was unable to hit an off balance runner as time expired.