CMS Lady Bulldogs falter against Bridgeforth

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
CMS' Briley Bean fires up a three-pointer in the second quarter against Bridgeforth. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (6-4) had their five-game winning streak snapped on Thursday night when they lost 27-18 at home to the Bridgeforth Lady Bobcats.

Cornersville appeared to be in control of the game early on and led by as many as 10 points in the first half before taking a 13-5 advantage into the break. The momentum, though, shifted dramatically in the second half, as Bridgeforth outscored CMS 22-5 over the final two quarters to take home the nine-point victory.

Although Cornersville outscored the Lady Bobcats 5-1 at the foul line, Bridgeforth finished with a 13-6 edge in field goals thanks to a 8-of-13 shooting performance in the third period. CMS did outrebound the Lady Bobcats 34-27, but Bridgeforth offset that by forcing 21 Lady Bulldog turnovers while committing only 14 miscues.

Cornersville had no answer for Lady Bobcat center Kemychia Cross in the second half, as she poured in 16 of her game high 20 points during that span to spearhead Bridgeforth's comeback. Kaleigh Bedingfield also tallied five points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Bobcats, and Taylor McNairy had two points and six steals.

Forward Carson Coble led the Lady Bulldogs with seven points and nine rebounds, while Briley Bean, Hope Taylor, and Madison Hopkins each added three points. Tori Reavis chipped in two points and pulled down a game high 14 rebounds for CMS as well.

Cornersville got off to a good start and built an 8-2 lead in the first quarter behind four points from Coble and baskets from Taylor and Hopkins.

Following a free throw by Bedingfield, which trimmed the deficit to 8-3 early in the second period, Reavis hit a bank shot before Bean nailed a three-pointer from the right corner to give the Lady Bulldogs a 13-3 advantage late in the stanza.

After Bridgeforth narrowed the gap to 13-5 at the break, Coble scored on a offensive put back to make it 15-5 early in the third quarter, but the Lady Bobcats suddenly caught fire offensively and put together a 20-1 run to seize a 25-16 lead midway through the fourth.

Hopkins hit one of two free throws to whittle the deficit to 25-17 before Bridgeforth opened up a 27-17 advantage on a layup by McNairy en route to claiming the 27-18 victory.