Cornersville splits with CA

Friday, December 16, 2011
Cornersville's Kaitlyn Rogers scored a career high 20 points to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 51-40 victory over Columbia Academy. Photo by Pap)

Despite losing senior point guard Makenzie Hopkins to an injury early in the second half, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs picked up their first District 11-A victory of the season by beating a previously undefeated Columbia Academy squad 51-40 on the road.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, had a much tougher time in the nightcap and were thumped 57-31 by CA.

Having never lost to Columbia Academy since the Maury County private school joined their district in 2005, the Lady Bulldogs trailed 17-16 at the end of the first quarter, but put together an 11-6 run in the second period to take a 27-23 lead into halftime.

Although Hopkins was forced to leave the game early in the third after being elbowed in the jaw by a CA player, Cornersville still extended their lead to 34-29 by the end of the quarter before outscoring Columbia Academy 17-11 in the fourth to pull away for the 11-point victory.

Junior center Kaitlyn Rogers broke double digits for the sixth time this season and poured in a career high 20 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs (5-5, 1-1). Hopkins and senior shooting guard Ashley Warren followed Rogers with 10 and nine points respectively, while Brittany Umbles added four points. Kaleigh Welch and Brook Holt chipped in three points apiece as well for Cornersville and Ashley Umbles had two points.

Hannah Earl paced CA (5-1, 1-1) with 11 points, while Addie Elrod and Alayna Davis tallied seven and six points respectively.

In the nightcap, Columbia Academy (4-4, 1-1) jumped out to a 13-8 lead in the first quarter before putting together a 16-8 run in the second period to take a 29-16 advantage into halftime.

CA then used a 17-8 spurt in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 46-24 before outscoring the Bulldogs 11-7 in the fourth to cap their 26-point victory.

Freshman point guard Tate Lowery led Cornersville (2-8, 0-2) with 14 points, while Danny Gordon added seven points. Jamie Crowell and David Looney also notched four points apiece for the Bulldogs, and Zack Smith chipped two points.

Zach Johnson scored a game high 19 points to spearhead Columbia Academy's offensive attack, while Caleb Pitts had nine points. Richard Law and Zac Savankham both tallied eight points for CA as well.