Lady Bulldogs rout Hampshire

Friday, January 13, 2012
Cornersville's Kaitlyn Rogers scores on a layup in the fourth quarter after driving past Hampshire's Justice Grooms. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Having won the last 13 meetings between the two teams, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs once again had little trouble disposing of District 11-A foe Hampshire on Tuesday night, as they pummeled the Lady Hawks 69-29 on the road.

Cornersville (9-9, 5-1 District) buried Hampshire (3-13, 0-6 District) early and built a 44-19 lead in the first half before outscoring the Lady Hawks 25-10 over the final two periods to roll to their third straight victory.

Aided by an 8-of-21 effort from three-point range, CHS finished with 21 field goals on 40 percent shooting, while dishing out 19 assists as a team and knocking down 19-of-22 free throws. The Lady Bulldogs also committed just 13 turnovers, outrebounded Hampshire 26-22, and held an 8-6 edge on the offensive glass.

Defensively, Cornersville recorded 20 steals and forced 30 Hampshire turnovers en route to limiting the Lady Hawks to 10 field goals on 30 percent shooting, which included a 1-of-8 performance from beyond the arc.

"It wasn't a complete game, but it was one of our better games by far," said CHS coach Micah Landers. "We were coming off a really good practice yesterday. They had good intensity and it showed tonight. We didn't play well in the third quarter, but I think it made the girls mad because they know they should have been playing better than that and they finished strong in the fourth quarter."

Senior guards Makenzie Hopkins and Martha Jane McMasters both scored 12 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs offensive attack with Hopkins registering six assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Kaitlyn Rogers and Brook Holt also tallied 11 points apiece, while Ashley Warren, Brittany Umbles, and Ashley Umbles each had six points with Warren notching four assists and four steals. Kaleigh Welch and Tiffany Skeen chipped in four and one point respectively to round out the scoring for Cornersville.

Savannah Kennedy paced the Lady Hawks with 11 points and Savannah Hill added seven points.

Hampshire took an early 2-0 lead on two free throws by Shelby Voss before the Lady Bulldogs went on a 12-2 run with the help of four points from Brittany Umbles and treys from McMasters and Hopkins to seize a 12-4 advantage midway through the first quarter.

The Lady Hawks scored consecutive baskets to narrow the gap to 12-8, but Cornersville ripped off 10 straight points, highlighted by threes from Holt and Hopkins, to push their lead to 22-8 early in the second period.

After Hampshire trimmed the deficit to 25-13, the Lady Bulldogs responded with a 19-4 spurt behind six points from Ashley Umbles, a McMasters trey, and four points apiece from Rogers and Hopkins to open up a 44-17 advantage late in the second quarter before taking a 44-19 lead into the break.

The Lady Hawks then outscored CHS 10-2 through the first five and half minutes of the second half to close the gap to 46-29 late in the third quarter.

Cornersville, though, refocused and ended the game with a 23-0 run on the strength of a four-point play from Holt, two McMasters threes, and six points from Warren to punctuate their 69-29 win.