Lady Bulldogs pull away from Fayetteville

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Cornersville's Ashley Warren shoots a three-pointer over Fayetteville's Tamia Baker in the second quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (3-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season by defeating the Fayetteville Lady Tigers 56-38 on Saturday night at the Cornersville Thanksgiving Classic.

Cornersville had trouble shaking the Lady Tigers in the first half and held a 23-17 lead at the break before Fayetteville narrowed the gap to 25-21 early in the third quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs, however, eventually found their offensive groove and outscored the Lady Tigers 31-17 to pull away for the 18-point victory.

After hitting just 7-of-24 field goal attempts over the first two quarters, CHS shot 50 percent (13-of-26) in the second half to finish 20-of-50 from the floor overall, highlighted by three three-pointers, while outscoring Fayetteville 13-7 at the foul line.

Despite an 8-of-16 shooting performance from point guard Nesya Buchanan, the Lady Tigers shot only 25 percent (15-of-61) from the field overall, which included a 1-of-12 effort from beyond the arc.

Fayetteville did hold a 14-11 edge on the offensive glass, but Cornersville outrebounded the Lady Tigers 42-36 overall and forced 17 FHS turnovers.

Brittany Umbles and younger sister Ashley Umbles both posted double-doubles for the Lady Bulldogs, as Brittany Umbles poured in a team high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while Ashley hit 6-of-8 field goal attempts and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kaitlyn Rogers also tallied eight points and Ashley Warren, Martha Jane McMasters, and Makenzie Hopkins added five points apiece. Brooke Holt and Haley Stacey each had two points to round out the scoring for CHS with Holt dishing out five assists.

"I thought we did a better job of adjusting to what they were doing in the second half on both offense and defense, which is a positive. Fayetteville is young but they're very athletic," said Cornersville coach Micah Landers. "I thought the Umbles girls both played well. They shot the ball well, rebounded well, and defended well."

Buchanan paced the Lady Tigers with 18 points, six assists, and five steals, while Trevah Thompson and Liz Gurley notched 10 and six points respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs controlled the first quarter and built a 16-8 lead behind eight points from Umbles and four points from Rogers.

Fayetteville went on a 9-5 run in the second to narrow the gap to 21-17 late in the period before Brittany Umbles scored on an offensive put back as time expired in the stanza to give CHS a 23-17 advantage at halftime.

After the Lady Tigers whittled the deficit to 25-21 early in the third quarter, Cornersville outscored Fayetteville 20-11 over the next 5:43 with the help of eight points from Ashley Umbles, six points from Brittany Umbles, and a pair of treys from McMasters and Hopkins to stretch their lead to 45-32 at the end of the stanza.

The Lady Tigers tallied four of the next six points to close the gap to 47-36 with 6:20 left in the fourth period, but the Lady Bulldogs finished strong and closed the game with a 9-2 spurt on the strength of five points from Warren to cap their 56-38 win.