CMS Lady Bulldogs sweep Riverside Christian

Thursday, February 2, 2012
CMS' Madison Hopkins goes in for a layup in the second quarter against Riverside Christian after making a steal. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (12-8) recorded their fifth straight win on Thursday night when they beat the Riverside Christian Lady Knights 28-25 at home in their season finale.

Having defeated RCA 23-20 seven days earlier, Cornersville held a 17-9 lead at the end of the third quarter before the Lady Knights sliced the deficit to 19-18 midway through the fourth.

The Lady Bulldogs staved off Riverside Christian down the stretch by putting together a 7-0 run to open up a 26-18 advantage with 1:30 left en route to sweeping the season series between the two teams.

Although RCA finished with a 9-8 edge in field goals and a 2-0 advantage in three-pointers, Cornersville pulled out the win by knocking down 9-of-14 free throws in the fourth quarter and outscoring the Lady Knights 12-5 at the foul line overall.

Forward Hope Taylor turned in her best performance of the season and led the Lady Bulldogs with a career high 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds and three steals. Briley Bean and Samantha Prosser also tallied three points apiece, while Madison Hopkins and Carson Coble both had two points. Carly Salsman chipped in one point for CMS as well, and Tori Reavis notched nine rebounds and four steals.

"We finished the season strong with five straight wins. The girls continued to work hard at practice every day and I was very proud of our eighth graders this year," said Cornersville coach Joy McMasters. "Hope played great tonight and carried the team. She works as hard as any player that I've ever coached."

Emma Campbell paced Riverside Christian with 14 points, while Kennedy Honey added six points.

The Lady Bulldogs got off to a solid start and jumped out to a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter thanks to a Hopkins jumper and a pair of offensive put backs by Taylor.

After RCA trimmed the deficit to 6-4 late in the first quarter, Cornersville went on a 6-1 run with the help of three baskets from Taylor to open up a 12-5 advantage midway through the second prior to taking a 12-7 lead into the break.

CMS outscored the Lady Knights 5-2 in the third quarter on the strength of four points from Taylor and a Salsman free throw to push their lead to 17-9, but Riverside Christian started the fourth with a 9-2 spurt to whittle the deficit to 19-18.

The Lady Bulldogs mounted an immediate response and rattled off seven straight points with the aid of five free throws and a offensive put back by Prosser to stretch their lead to 26-18 late before weathering a late flurry by RCA to hold on for the 28-25 victory.