CMS Lady Bulldogs pull away from Elkton

Saturday, November 12, 2011
CMS' Carson Coble hits a short turnaround jumper over Elkton's Keneisha Love in the third quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (5-3) rattled off their fourth straight win on Monday night when they traveled down to Giles County and defeated the Elkton Lady Elks 38-26.

Having beaten Elkton 35-31 six days earlier in the Cornersville Athletic Club Booster tournament, the Lady Bulldogs built a 17-10 lead in the first half before outscoring the Lady Elks 21-16 over the final two quarters to pull away for the 12-point victory.

Although CMS committed 10 more turnovers than Elkton, Cornersville offset that by outrebounding the Lady Elks 35-29 and finished with a 13-12 edge in field goals. The Lady Bulldogs also outscored Elkton 12-1 at the free throw line and attempted 12 more foul shots (18-6) than the Lady Elks.

Forward Carson Coble and center Tori Reavis both posted double-doubles for CMS, as Coble finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Reavis tallied 12 points, 16 rebounds, and two blocked shots. Emily Martin added eight points as well, and Briley Bean and Carly Salsman chipped in three and two points respectively.

"I told them that rebounding would be the key to the game and we had to hit our free throws. We did a good job of boxing out tonight," said Cornersville coach Joy McMasters. "Tori and Carson both played well and hustled, but the whole team played hard."

Kailee Rogers paced Elkton with 11 points, while Alexis Rose, Haley Gardner, and Jackie Conway had eight, four, and three points respectively.

After the Lady Elks took a 2-0 lead on a baseline jumper by Gardner, CMS ripped off seven straight points with the help of two baskets from Reavis and three Bean free throws to pull ahead 7-2 late in the first quarter.

Elkton trimmed the deficit to 7-4 at the end of the first period, but the Lady Bulldogs responded with a 10-4 run behind four points from Reavis and three points apiece from Martin and Coble to push their lead to 17-8 late in the second quarter prior to taking a 17-10 advantage into the break.

In the third, Cornersville continued to distance themselves from the Lady Elks and opened the period with an 8-0 spurt on the strength of six points from Coble and a Martin offensive put back to forge a 25-10 lead midway through the stanza.

Elkton outscored CMS 9-2 over the final three minutes of the third period to narrow the gap to 27-19, but the Lady Bulldogs put the game away in the fourth by engineering an 11-5 run with the aid of four points apiece from Coble and Reavis to open up a 38-24 advantage with 2:00 left in the fourth en route to claiming the 38-26 win.