CMS Lady Bulldogs bounce Elkton from CABC tournament
The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs tasted victory for their first time this season when they whipped the Elkton Lady Elks 37-16 on Monday night in the first round of the Cornersville Athletic Booster Club tournament.
Cornersville (1-2) put the game out of reach early and built a 23-4 lead in the first half before opening up a 33-7 advantage late in the third quarter en route to claiming the 21-point victory.
Thanks to Monday's triumph, the Lady Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the CABC tournament where they will take on Columbia Academy on Thursday night, while Elkton was eliminated from the tourney.
Aided by a 6-of-13 shooting performance in the first quarter, Cornersville finished with a 17-6 advantage in field goals. The Lady Bulldogs also outrebounded Elkton 38-18, held a 18-3 edge on the offensive glass, and forced 29 Lady Elk turnovers, while recording 20 steals.
"It was great to get a win. The kids have worked hard and it was nice to come out on top," said CMS coach Joy McMasters. "We had better ball movement tonight and handled the press better. I think we're playing better together as a team."
Center Kennedy Wilson led a balanced Cornersville offensive attack that saw 10 different players score in the contest by tallying nine points on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with four rebounds and two steals.
Emma Mitchell followed Wilson with six points, while Madison Hopkins, Brooke Defoe, and Kianna Holder each added four points with Defoe recording four steals. Callie White (three points), Carly Salsman (two points), Samantha Prosser (two points), Hannah Singleton (two points) and Morgan Terry (one point) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with White and Terry pulling down eight and seven rebounds respectively.
"It was nice to get the young girls some playing time tonight. I thought they played hard and I was really pleased with Callie White," said McMasters. "They did a good job of extending the lead when they got in."
Alexis Rose was the lone bright spot for Elkton and paced the Lady Elks with 14 points, while Hailey Kelley chipped in two points.
Cornersville came flying out of the gates and forged a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter behind seven points from Wilson and four points apiece from Hopkins and Mitchell.
After Elkton trimmed the deficit to 22-4 on baskets by Kelley and Rose, White made one-of-two free throws in the waning moments of the half to give the Lady Bulldogs a 23-4 advantage at the break before Defoe scored on a layup at the start of the third quarter to make it 25-4.
The Lady Elks narrowed the gap to 25-7 thanks to three foul shots from Rose, but Cornersville rattled off eight straight points on the strength of baskets from Wilson, Prosser, Mitchell, and Singleton to push their lead to 33-7 with 2:20 left in the third quarter.
Elkton then went on a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 35-16 before Holder scored on a layup late in the fourth quarter to cap the Lady Bulldogs' 37-16 victory.