Viqueens knock off Lady Bulldogs

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Cornersville's Ashley Warren scores on a layup in the second quarter against Community after making a steal. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After recording their biggest win of the season three days earlier against District rival Santa Fe, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (6-6) suffered a humbling 48-35 loss to the Community Viqueens on Monday night at the Community Christmas Classic.

Cornersville had won the last 10 meetings against the Viqueens, which included a 48-38 victory in their season opener on Nov. 15, but got off to a sluggish start in Monday's contest and trailed 22-18 at halftime.

Things then went from bad to worse for the Lady Bulldogs in the second half, as Community (4-8) stretched their lead to 48-29 late in the fourth quarter before cruising to the 13-point win.

"I have absolutely no explanation for what happened tonight," said Cornersville coach Micah Landers. "I thought we played with no intensity. After we got down early, we cut it one point in the second quarter, but then we immediately started to play bad again. We have to decide what kind of team we want to be. I thought we really wanted to win after our last game."

Despite committing only 12 turnovers, the Lady Bulldogs were out of synch offensively for much of the contest and mustered just 10 field goals on 26 percent shooting, which included a 5-of-16 effort from three-point range.

Although the Viqueens hit only 3-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc, Community finished with 20 field goals on 47 percent shooting and committed only 10 turnovers. The Viqueens also held a 12-11 edge on the offensive glass and outrebounded Cornersville 25-23 overall.

Senior guard Ashley Warren led the Lady Bulldogs with nine points, and Kaitlyn Rogers added seven points. Makenzie Hopkins and Martha Jane McMasters also tallied six points apiece for Cornersville, while Brittany Umbles and Kaleigh Welch chipped in four and three points respectively with Umbles pulling down nine rebounds.

Forward Katie Leverette hit 8-of-14 shots and paced the Viqueens with 17 points. Hannah Busbee and Brittany Leverette also notched 11 and nine points respectively for Community with Busbee grabbing 11 rebounds.

The Lady Bulldogs held a 6-4 lead midway through the first quarter thanks to a pair of layups from Umbles and two Hopkins free throws, but the Viqueens scored the last nine points of the stanza to pull ahead 13-6.

Cornersville then put together a 10-4 run behind five points from Warren and a McMasters trey to narrow the gap to 17-16 late in the second period, before Community outscored the Lady Bulldogs 5-2 over the final 2:03 of the half to push their lead to 22-18 at the break.

In the third, the Viqueens began to distance themselves from Cornersville and tallied the first eight points of the quarter to open up a 30-18 advantage midway through the stanza.

After the Lady Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 30-22 with 2:46 left in the third period on a Welch free throw and a three from McMasters, Community responded with an 18-7 spurt to forge a 48-29 lead late in the fourth before Rogers and Hopkins both hit treys in the final minute for the 48-35 final.