The Lady Bulldogs (7-4) took command of the game early against Richland and built a 15-5 lead in the first half before outscoring the Lady Raiders 14-12 over the final two quarters to claim the 12-point victory.
Aided by their strong defensive performance in the first half, Cornersville finished with an 11-8 edge in field goals and outscored Richland 7-1 at the foul line while attempting nine more free throws (13-4) than the Lady Raiders.
Forward Carson Coble led CMS with a game high 13 points, while Madison Hopkins and Emily Martin tallied five and four points respectively. Tori Reavis (two points), Aliyah Holder (two points), Brooke Defoe (two points), and Briley Bean (one point) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs.
Callyn Schmidt paced Richland with eight points, while Izzie Patterson added three points. Ali Dickey, Grey Hawk, and Hannah Helton chipped in two points apiece for the Lady Raiders as well.
After forging an 8-0 lead in the first quarter behind four points from Coble and field goals from Martin and Reavis, Cornersville outscored Richland 7-5 in the second period with the help of five points from Hopkins and a Holder basket to open up a 15-5 advantage at the break.
The Lady Raiders trimmed the deficit to 21-13 in the third quarter, but CMS went on an 8-4 run in the fourth period on the strength of five points from Coble and a Defoe field goal to cap their 29-17 victory.
Although the Raiders held a 4-2 edge in three-pointers and outscored Cornersville 5-3 at the foul line, the Bulldogs finished with a 15-6 advantage in field goals thanks to their second half offensive flurry.
Point guard Dayveontae Brown spearheaded CMS' comeback by pouring in 17 of his game high 19 points over the final two quarters. Justin Singleton followed Brown with seven points, while Ty Landers, Ben Proctor, and J.D. Crabtree added four, three, and two points respectively.
Michael Allen hit three treys and paced Richland with 11 points. Corey Batchelder and Kody Butcher tallied three points apiece as well for the Raiders, while Ty Rose and Quintin Jordan both had one point.
After Cornersville played Richland to a 6-6 tie in the first quarter with the help of five points from Singleton, the Raiders went on a 7-2 run in the second period to take a 13-8 advantage into the break.
The Bulldogs, however, caught fire offensively at the start of the second half and outscored Richland 15-7 in the third quarter behind nine points from Brown and a Landers three to pull ahead 23-20.
CMS then put the game away in the fourth by engineering a 12-1 spurt on the strength of eight points from Brown and field goals from Singleton and Proctor to seal their 35-21 victory.