CMS Lady Bulldogs hold off Elkton
Despite being without the services of starting guard Briley Bean, who was sidelined by a wrist injury, the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs snapped a four-game losing streak on Thursday night by defeating the Elkton Lady Elks 23-17 at home.
Having already beaten Elkton twice this season, the Lady Bulldogs (8-8) held a 13-7 lead at halftime before opening up a 21-9 advantage with 4:50 left in the fourth quarter. CMS then had to stave off a late Lady Elk rally attempt to claim their eighth victory of the season.
Although Elkton recorded a staggering 18 blocked shots, the Lady Bulldogs finished with a 9-8 edge in field goals and outscored the Lady Elks 5-1 at the foul line. Cornersville also outrebounded Elkton 40-23 and held a commanding 21-8 advantage on the offensive glass.
"Having Briley out hurt some because she is a starter, but I was proud of our effort and thought we played really hard. I think our rebounding was the key to winning the game tonight," said CMS coach Joy McMasters.
Center Tori Reavis narrowly missed a double-double, as she led the Lady Bulldogs with a team high nine points on 4-of-8 shooting to go along with 15 rebounds. Carson Coble followed Reavis with seven points, nine rebounds, and four steals, while Hope Taylor tallied six points, 10 rebounds, and five steals. Madison Hopkins chipped in one point for Cornersville as well.
"Tori Reavis did a nice job of scoring inside and rebounding the ball," said McMasters. "Carson is a smart girl that plays with a lot of desire. She is a leader on the floor for us."
Center Keneisha Love paced the Lady Elks with 10 points, nine rebounds, and nine blocked shots, while Kailee Rogers added three points and five blocked shots.
Elkton took an early 2-0 lead on a jumper by Love, but the Lady Bulldogs rattled off seven straight points thanks to a Taylor offensive put back, a jumper by Coble, and three free throws to pull ahead 7-2 midway through the first quarter.
Love hit another jumper to trim the deficit to 7-4, before CMS went on a 6-0 run with the help of two offensive put backs by Reavis and a Coble baseline jumper to stretch their lead to 13-4 early in the second period.
The Lady Elks tallied the final three points of the second quarter to narrow the gap to 13-7, but Cornersville opened the second half with an 8-2 spurt on the strength of baskets from Reavis, Coble, and Taylor to forge a 21-9 advantage early in the fourth period.
After Elkton notched six straight points to whittle the deficit to 21-15, the Lady Bulldogs pushed their lead to 23-15 on a short jumper by Reavis with 2:01 left before holding on for the 23-17 victory.