Lady Bulldogs whip Culleoka, Bulldogs fall to Warriors
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs captured their fourth straight District 11-A regular season championship on Friday night by defeating the Culleoka Lady Warriors 49-32 at home.
In the nightcap, the Warriors received a scare from the Bulldogs, but used a fourth quarter offensive surge to escape with a 43-34 victory.
After narrowly beating Culleoka 43-42 on Jan. 3, the Lady Bulldogs (13-9, 9-1 District) took charge of Friday's contest early and raced out to a 19-4 lead in the first quarter behind six points from Kaitlyn Rogers, four points from Ashley Umbles, and three-pointers from Ashley Warren and Martha Jane McMasters.
The Lady Warriors (8-14, 4-7 District) trimmed the deficit to 29-16 at halftime, before Cornersville opened up a 35-20 advantage in the third period thanks to three points from Rogers and a Makenzie Hopkins trey.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs outscored Culleoka 14-12 in the stanza with the help of four points from Hopkins and baskets from Warren, McMasters, Rogers, and Umbles to record their 19th straight win over the Lady Warriors.
"We played great in the first quarter and scored a lot of transition baskets by forcing some turnovers, but we kind of lost our focus and let them back in the game," said Cornersville coach Micah Landers. "Winning four straight District titles says a lot about the kids. There's a certain amount of pride and pressure to maintain that and I think this group around Christmas time decided that they weren't going to be the ones to drop the ball."
Rogers led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points, while Hopkins added 12 points. McMasters also tallied eight points and Umbles had six points. Warren, Brooke Holt, and Kaleigh Welch chipped in five, three, and two points respectively for Cornersville as well.
Lindzi Pipkin paced Culleoka with 16 points, while Logan Scott and Haley Foster had six and four points respectively.
Similar to their previous encounter, which the Warriors won 58-42, the Bulldogs (2-18, 0-10 District) trailed 17-11 at halftime of Friday's contest before putting together a 10-3 run in the third quarter with the help of threes from Zack Smith and Stone Riner and baskets from Hayden McMahon and Devonte Spencer to seize a 21-20 lead.
Culleoka, however, thwarted Cornersville's upset bid by outscoring the Bulldogs 23-13 in the fourth period on the strength of eight points from Christopher Jackson and six points from Derek Lacey to pull out the nine-point win.
McMahon led Cornersville with 14 points, while Stone Riner and Smith added nine and six points respectively. Spencer also notched four points for the Bulldogs and Jamie Crowell had one point.
Jackson and Lacey both broke double digits and paced the Warriors (12-10, 6-5 District) with 18 and 10 points respectively.