Lady Bulldogs fall to Wayne County
On Thursday, defending Class A state champ Wayne County (6-6) handed the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (6-8) their third straight loss, as the Lady Wildcats defeated CHS 60-48 at the Richland Christmas Classic.
Cornersville stumbled out of the gate and trailed by as many as 14 points in the second quarter before Wayne County took a 31-18 lead into halftime.
The Lady Wildcats continued to methodically pull away in the second half and opened up a 57-36 advantage with 5:30 left in the fourth quarter en route to claiming the 12-point victory.
Despite missing all six field goal attempts in the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs shot a respectable 42 percent (16-of-38) from the floor overall, highlighted by a 7-of-19 effort from three-point range, but hurt their cause by committing 27 turnovers.
"We had too many turnovers and I don't think many of them were forced. The long layoff affects each team differently. It obviously didn't affect Wayne County, but I thought we came out flat today," said Cornersville coach Micah Landers. "We couldn't get any momentum early and missed a lot of easy shots. Our inability to score early got us out of rhythm and I think we got our heads down."
The Lady Wildcats, conversely, committed only 14 turnovers and finished with 24 field goals on 44 percent shooting, which included a 6-of-20 performance from beyond the arc.
Wayne County also held a 10-7 edge on the offensive boards despite being outrebounded by CHS 26-24 overall.
Power forward Kaitlyn Rogers led the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go along with five rebounds and a blocked shot. Reserve guard Kaleigh Welch followed Rogers with eight points, while Brittany Umbles and Tiffany Skeen tallied six points apiece with Umbles grabbing a game high eight rebounds. Ashley Warren, Makenzie Hopkins, and Martha Jane McMasters chipped in five, four, and three points respectively to round out the scoring for Cornersville with Warren dishing out four assists.
Guard Stacey Creecy drilled three treys and paced three Lady Wildcat players in double figures with 15 points. Kelsey Risner also notched 14 points and Taylor Hatcher had 12 points.
The Lady Bulldogs couldn't buy a basket early on while Wayne County jumped out to a 13-2 lead with 7:20 left in the second quarter.
Cornersville outscored the Lady Wildcats 8-4 over the next minute with the help of a trey and a three-point play from Rogers to whittle the deficit to 17-10, but Wayne County responded with a 9-2 spurt to open up a 26-12 advantage midway through the second period.
After the Lady Bulldogs narrowed the gap to 26-18 late in the second thanks to a Rogers three-point play and a trey from Warren, the Lady Wildcats tallied the final five points of the quarter to take a 31-18 lead into the break before Hatcher hit a short jumper at the start of the third to make it 33-18.
CHS trimmed the deficit to 33-23 on a McMasters three and a runner by Hopkins, but Wayne County put the game out of reach by going on a 24-13 run to forge a 57-36 lead early in the fourth period.
Cornersville then outscored the Lady Wildcats 12-3 the rest of the way behind two threes from Skeen and four points from Rogers for the 60-48 final.