CMS Lady Bulldogs surge past South Lawrence

Friday, January 13, 2012
CMS point guard Madison Hopkins scores on a layup in the fourth quarter against South Lawrence. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After losing to South Lawrence 44-25 earlier in the season, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (9-8) avenged their defeat to the Lady Stallions on Monday night when they pulled out a 32-27 victory at home.

South Lawrence held a 21-16 lead late in the third quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs came on strong down the stretch and closed the game with a 16-6 run to record their second straight victory.

Although the Lady Stallions finished with a 13-10 edge in field goals, South Lawrence struggled at the foul line and missed all 15 free throw attempts while being outscored 11-0 at the charity stripe by Cornersville.

The Lady Bulldogs also controlled the boards during crunch time and outrebounded the Lady Stallions 14-7 over the final seven and a half minutes of the contest.

I thought we rebounded the ball better than in our first game and when they tried to pressure us man-to-man we took the ball to the basket," said CMS coach Joy McMasters. "We really hustled and played hard tonight and hit our free throws when it mattered."

Forward Carson Coble led Cornersville with 10 points and nine rebounds, while point guard Madison Hopkins tallied nine points on 4-of-7 shooting to go along with five rebounds. Hope Taylor also tallied six points, and Briley Bean and Carly Salsman both chipped in three points. Samantha Prosser rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with one point, while Tori Reavis grabbed nine rebounds.

Destiny Gobble and Paige Kleinke paced South Lawrence with nine and eight points respectively.

The Lady Stallions held a 5-4 lead at the end of the first quarter before CMS outscored South Lawrence 10-8 in the second period with the help of four points from Coble and a trey by Bean to take a 14-13 advantage into the break.

After the Lady Stallions used an 8-2 run to grab a 21-16 lead late in the third quarter, Cornersville rattled off nine straight points thanks to a pair of baskets from Hopkins, a Taylor offensive put back, and three foul shots to seize a 25-21 advantage with 3:25 left in the fourth period.

South Lawrence trimmed the deficit to two points three times and trailed 29-27 late in the fourth quarter, but Salsman hit two free throws to give the Lady Bulldogs a 31-27 lead before Hopkins made one-of-two foul shots with :04 remaining to seal CMS' 32-27 win.