New Prospect pulls away from CMS Lady Bulldogs
On Thursday night, the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (1-3) were dealt their third straight loss when they were defeated 43-26 by the New Prospect Lady Tigers in Lawrenceburg.
Using a stifling a full court press, New Prospect (2-0) built a 23-14 lead in the first half before outscoring CMS 20-12 over the final two quarters to claim the 17-point victory.
Although the Lady Bulldogs held a 3-2 edge in three-pointers and outscored the Lady Tigers 5-1 at the foul line, New Prospect attempted 23 more shots (49-26) and finished with 20-9 edge in field goals by forcing 34 Cornersville turnovers. The Lady Tigers also outrebounded CMS 22-19 and held a 9-6 edge on the offensive glass.
Center Taylor Clark paced New Prospect with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Guards Blake Ulewicz and Josie Brewer followed Clark with nine and six points respectively.
Point guard Briley Bean nailed three treys and led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points and three steals, while Carson Coble tallied 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Emily Martin had four points for CMS as well and Madison Hopkins chipped in one point.
"Their press killed us tonight and they scored a lot of layups off of it. I actually thought our half court defense was good overall," said Cornersville coach Joy McMasters. "Briley Bean had a really good game tonight and shot the ball well from the outside. The girls are continuing to play hard and don't quit."
New Prospect got off to a fast start and raced out to an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Tigers 7-2 over the next three minutes with the help of five points from Coble and a Martin layup to close the gap to 10-7 late in the stanza.
After New Prospect went on an 11-4 run to open up a 21-11 advantage midway through the second period, Bean buried a trey from the top of the key to trim the deficit to 21-14 before the Lady Tigers took a 23-14 lead into the break.
In the third, New Prospect notched the first five points of the quarter to forge a 28-14 advantage, but Coble sandwiched a pair of baskets around a Bean three-pointer to narrow the gap to 28-21late in the stanza.
CMS would pull no closer, though, as the Lady Tigers rattled off 11 straight points to push their lead to 39-21 with 4:20 left in the fourth quarter before cruising to the 43-26 win.