CMS Lady Bulldogs double up Columbia Academy
On Saturday night, the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (4-3) captured their second straight Cornersville Athletic Booster Club tournament title by defeating Columbia Academy 26-13 in the championship game.
CMS narrowly beat Columbia Academy 25-22 in their season opener on Oct. 20 and found themselves locked in a 9-9 tie with CA early in the third quarter of Saturday's contest.
The Lady Bulldogs, though, controlled the game from that point on and outscored Columbia Academy 17-4 the rest of the way en route to claiming their third consecutive victory.
Cornersville finished with an 8-6 edge in field goals, but held a significant advantage at the free throw line and outscored CA 10-1 at the charity stripe while attempting 12 more foul shots (18-6).
The Lady Bulldogs also outrebounded Columbia 35-27, held a 14-10 edge on the offensive glass, and forced 25 CA turnovers.
Carson Coble led Cornersville with 11 points, seven rebounds, and four steals, while Emily Martin tallied eight points, eight rebounds, three steals, and a blocked shot. Tori Reavis (two points), Madison Hopkins (two points), Sam Prosser (two points), and Carly Salsman (one point) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs.
"We decided that we were going to front their big girls and collapse down into the paint on defense. Carson and Tori did a nice job inside for us tonight," said CMS coach Joy McMasters. "I liked how hard we played in the second half and was pleased with the way we shot our free throws."
Autumn Nicholson paced Columbia Academy with six points, while Hannah Weller, Cassidy Chambley, and Anna Marie DeJarnette added four, two, and one point respectively.
After Cornersville inched out to a 5-2 lead in the first quarter thanks to a Salsman free throw and baskets from Martin and Coble, CA trimmed the deficit to 5-4 early in the second period before Martin and Hopkins each scored on layups to give the Lady Bulldogs a 9-4 advantage.
Columbia Academy narrowed the gap to 9-7 by halftime prior to tying the game at 9-9 early in the third, but Coble scored five straight points on three free throws and a layup to stake CMS to a 14-9 lead midway through the quarter.
Following a layup Weller, which cut the deficit to 14-11 midway through the third period, the Lady Bulldogs delivered the knockout blow to CA and closed the game with a 12-2 run on the strength of four points apiece from Martin and Coble to polish off their 26-13 win.