CMS Lady Bulldogs fall to Bridgeforth
The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs basketball team went through a trial by fire in their season opener on Tuesday night, as they lost 46-19 at home to an athletic Bridgeforth Lady Bobcat squad.
Bridgeforth controlled the game from the start and built a 23-6 lead in the first half before opening up a 36-8 advantage late in the third quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run with the help of four points from forward Kennedy Wilson to trim the deficit to 36-16 early in the fourth period, but the Lady Bobcats responded with a 10-2 spurt to push their lead to 46-18 en route to claiming the 27-point victory.
Although CMS outrebounded Bridgeforth 30-19 overall, Cornersville struggled to break the Lady Bobcats' suffocating full court press and committed 35 turnovers while finishing with just six field goals on 25 percent shooting.
"They were very quick and we never did conquer that press," said Lady Bulldog coach Joy McMasters. "I thought our kids didn't give up though and kept playing hard. I was pleased with our effort in the second half and thought we rebounded the ball well."
Wilson led Cornersville with nine points and nine rebounds, while Madison Hopkins, Brooke Defoe, Emma Mitchell, and Aliyah Holder each tallied two points with Defoe notching eight rebounds and four steals. Morgan Terry also chipped in one point and three rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.
"Kennedy played really well and has made a lot of improvement since last year," said McMasters. "She used her left hand well around the basket and did a good job rebounding."
Bridgeforth, conversely, committed only 11 turnovers and tallied 20 field goals on 32 percent shooting despite hitting a mere 3-of-27 attempts from three-point range.
Point guard Taylor McNairy paced the Lady Bobcats with 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go along with 11 steals, four rebounds, and three assists. Erin Freeman and Gabby Jimenez followed McNairy with eight points apiece, while Jayla White added seven points. Tee Hollingsworth, Mary Kaitlyn Bruce, and Ombreyah Daly had three, two, and one point respectively for Bridgeforth as well.