Lady Bulldogs hold off Mt. Pleasant

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Cornersville's Ashley Warren goes up for a layup against Mt. Pleasant's Brittney Frierson in the first quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Tuesday, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs extended their current winning streak to eight games by going on the road and defeating District foe Mt. Pleasant 47-41 to complete the season sweep of the Lady Tigers.

After taking a 23-14 advantage into the break, the Lady Bulldogs (14-9, 10-1 District) pushed their lead to 13 points on three occasions in the second half, but had to withstand a couple of rally attempts by Mt. Pleasant in order to record their 10th consecutive victory over the Lady Tigers.

Hindered by a 2-of-15 effort from three-point range, Cornersville shot only 38 percent (17-of-45) from the field overall, but knocked down 11-of-15 free throws and committed just 11 turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs also held an 8-5 edge on the offensive glass and outrebounded the Lady Tigers 27-26.

"It was just a streaky game. I was proud that we won and pulled away two or three times, but I don't feel good about the win because we kept letting them back in the game," said CHS coach Micah Landers. "I don't want to sound like a broken record, but our decision making needs to improve. We shot the ball three times at the end of the game when we should have been trying to run out the clock."

Mt. Pleasant (9-11, 6-5 District) committed a modest 14 turnovers and finished with 17 field goals on 38 percent shooting as well, which included a 3-of-14 effort from beyond the arc, but went to the foul line only five times, hitting four.

Power forward Kaitlyn Rogers led three Cornersville players in double figures with 16 points, four steals, and a blocked shot. Center Ashley Umbles also added 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, while Makenzie Hopkins tallied 11 points, six assists, and three steals. Ashley Warren notched six points for the Lady Bulldogs as well and Tiffany Skeen had two points.

Emily McNeese paced the Lady Tigers with 21 points, while India Frierson, Brittney Frierson, and Chandler Harlan had seven, six, and five points respectively.

Mt. Pleasant took a quick 2-0 lead on a layup by McNeese before Cornersville put together a 10-2 run with the help of four points apiece from Rogers and Umbles to pull ahead 10-4 late in the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers outscored CHS 10-4 over the next five minutes to tie the game at 14-14 midway through the second period, but the Lady Bulldogs tallied the final nine points of the half thanks to a pair of baskets from Rogers and a layup and a trey from Hopkins to take a 23-14 lead into the break.

After McNeese hit a three at the start of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 23-17, Cornersville engineered an 11-4 run on the strength six points from Umbles and a Hopkins trey to open up a 34-21 advantage with 1:35 left in the stanza.

Mt. Pleasant rattled off 10 straight points to narrow the gap to 34-31 early in the fourth period, but the Lady Bulldogs countered with a 12-2 spurt behind six points from Rogers and layups from Umbles and Hopkins to push their lead to 46-33 with 2:34 remaining.

The Lady Tigers scored the next eight points to whittle the deficit to 46-41 with :29 left, before coming up empty on their final two possessions while CHS tacked on a Warren free throw to cap their 47-41 win.