Dade County outguns Lady Bulldogs

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Cornersville's Makenzie Hopkins shoots a left handed runner over a pair of Dade County defenders in the first quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Dade County, Georgia, simply had too much offensive firepower for the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (6-7), as the undefeated Lady Wolverines defeated CHS 69-50 behind a barrage of three-pointers at the Community Christmas Classic on Tuesday.

Ranked eighth in Georgia's Class AA poll, Dade County (11-0) built a 28-19 lead in the first half before outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 41-31 over the final two quarters to pull away for the 19-point victory.

Bolstered by a 12-of-18 effort from beyond the arc, the Lady Wolverines shot a sizzling 59 percent (22-of-37) from the field overall while committing only 10 turnovers.

"I thought we gave a better effort than we did last night, but we just didn't match up with them physically," said Cornersville coach Micah Landers. "I don't know if I've been in many games where the other team shoots almost 70 percent from three-point range."

The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, committed just eight turnovers, but shot only 34 percent (17-of-50) from the field, which included a 6-of-21 performance from three-point range.

Guards Erika Woodfin and Holly Gross spearheaded Dade County's long range assault by knocking down six and four treys respectively en route to finishing with 22 points apiece. Center Ansley Chilton also tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Wolverines, while Lindsey Tinker added seven points and seven assists.

Senior point guard Makenzie Hopkins led three Cornersville players in double figures with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, and a blocked shot. Martha Jane McMasters also nailed four threes and finished with a career high 12 points, while Kaitlyn Rogers added 10 points. Ashley Warren (four points), Brittany Umbles (four points), Brooke Holt (three points), and Kaleigh Welch (one point) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs.

"I thought Makenzie was a lot more aggressive in the second half and did a good job of getting to the basket while Martha shot the ball well," said Landers.

After Dade County jumped out to an early 10-3 lead with the help of two treys from Woodfin, Rogers buried a three and hit two free throws to narrow the gap to 10-8 with 1:11 left in the first quarter.

The Lady Wolverines put together a 13-2 run on the strength of three treys to open up a 23-10 advantage midway through the second period.

Cornersville then outscored Dade County 9-5 over the final 3:45 of the stanza thanks to a McMasters three and baskets from Hopkins, Warren, and Umbles to cut the deficit to 28-19 at the break.

In the third, the Lady Wolverines continued to bomb away from beyond the arc and canned five treys in the first four and a half minutes of the period to fuel a 17-7 spurt and stretch their lead to 45-26.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored Dade County 17-10 over the next five minutes with the aid of two threes from McMasters, a Hopkins trey, and a three-point play by Holt to close the gap to 55-43 early in the fourth period, but the Lady Wolverines rattled off eight straight points to forge a 63-43 advantage with 2:31 left before taking home the 69-50 win.