CMS Lady Bulldogs top Richland
The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (10-8) completed the season sweep of Richland on Thursday night by grinding out a 14-9 victory over the Lady Raiders at home with the help of a strong effort from forward Carson Coble.
After beating Richland 29-17 on Nov. 14, the Lady Bulldogs held a 6-4 lead at halftime on Thursday before outscoring the Lady Raiders 8-5 over the final two quarters to notch their third straight win.
Aided by a six-of-10 shooting performance from Coble, Cornersville finished with a 7-4 edge in field goals and out-rebounded Richland 24-20 overall.
Coble finished with 12 points and nine rebounds to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to victory, while Samantha Prosser added two points. Tori Reavis and Hope Taylor grabbed seven and six rebounds respectively for Cornersville as well, and Madison Hopkins recorded a team-high three steals.
"Carson is just a workhorse for us. Anytime she plays well we have a chance to win. She really carried us tonight offensively," said CMS coach Joy McMasters.
Aubrey Goldman, Hannah Helton, Ali Dickey, and Collyn Schmidt each tallied two points for the Lady Raiders, while Marie Perry had one point.
The Lady Bulldogs held a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to an offensive put back and a layup from Coble before Richland tied the contest at 4-4 late in the second period on baskets by Schmidt and Goldman.
After Prosser hit a short bank shot in the waning moments of the half to give Cornersville a 6-4 advantage at the break, Coble scored on two layups early in the third quarter to stretch the Lady Bulldogs lead to 10-4.
The Lady Raiders whittled the deficit to 10-8 by the end of the third quarter with the help of a baseline jumper from Dickey and a Helton offensive put-back, but CMS opened up a 14-8 advantage late in the fourth on the strength of two layups from Coble before eventually claiming the 14-9 win.