Lady Bulldogs rally past Mt. Pleasant, Tigers trounce Bulldogs

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs maintained their tie with Richland atop the District 11-A standings by defeating the Mt. Pleasant Lady Tigers 41-29 at home on Friday night.

In the night cap, the Bulldogs ran into a buzz saw and were thumped 73-30 by an strong Tiger squad to suffer their seventh straight loss.

Although Cornersville had won the last eight meetings against the Lady Tigers (5-8, 2-3), Mt. Pleasant came into Friday's contest riding a three-game winning streak and jumped out to an 11-8 lead in the first quarter before outscoring CHS 9-7 in the second period to take a 20-15 advantage into the break.

The Lady Bulldogs (8-9, 4-1), however, righted the ship in the third quarter and put together an 11-2 run to seize a 26-22 lead. Cornersville then pulled away down the stretch by outscoring the Lady Tigers 15-7 in the fourth period to record their ninth straight victory over Mt. Pleasant.

Senior point guard Makenzie Hopkins led CHS with 11 points, while Kaitlyn Rogers and Ashley Warren tallied nine and five points respectively. Ashley Umbles and Brittany Umbles also added four points apiece, and Brooke Holt and Martha Jane McMasters both had three points. Kaleigh Welch rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with one point.

Center Brittney Frierson paced the Lady Tigers with 10 points, while shooting guard Emily McNeece was held to nine points by Cornersville after averaging nearly 31 points per game in her last three outings.

Boasting an 11-1 record and a 4-0 mark in District play coming into Friday, the Tigers simply overwhelmed the Bulldogs in the nightcap, as they forged a 36-16 lead in the first half before outscoring Cornersville 37-14 over the final two quarters to roll to the 43-point victory.

Toby Frierson spearheaded Mt. Pleasant's offensive onslaught by pouring in a game high 20 points, while T.J. Smith and Princeton Harlan followed with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Hayden McMahon led Cornersville (2-13, 0-5 District) with 11 points and Zack Smith added seven points. Danny Gordon, Tate Lowery, and Stone Riner chipped in five, four, and three points respectively for the Bulldogs as well.