Having defeated CMS 46-17 in their previous encounter on Oct. 23, the Lady Bobcats (4-0) took control of Tuesday's contest in the first half and held a 23-10 lead at the break before outscoring Cornersville 17-10 over the final two quarters to claim the 20-point victory.
Although the Lady Bulldogs outscored Bridgeforth 7-3 at the foul line, the Lady Bobcats finished with a 17-6 advantage in field goals and held a 3-1 edge in three-pointers. Bridgeforth also outrebounded Cornersville 33-26 and held a 22-17 advantage on the offensive glass.
"I thought we gave a much better effort this time. Bridgeforth is very quick and athletic, but our kids played hard," said CMS coach Joy McMasters. "We had a lot of good shots at the basket, but they just didn't fall. The last time we had trouble even getting shots off. Their coach said that this was the closest game that they've had this season so our girls can hold their heads high."
Point guard Madison Hopkins paced Cornersville with six points, five rebounds, and three steals, while center Kennedy Wilson tallied five points. Samantha Prosser, Morgan Terry, and Aliyah Holder rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with four, three, and two points respectively.
Erin Freeman paced the Lady Bobcats with 11 points, and Taylor McNairy and Ombreyah Daly added six points apiece. Jayla White and Mary Kaitlyn Bruce notched five points apiece as well, while Tee Hollingsworth, Jensen Harper, and Grace Gerlach each had two points. Gabby Jimenez also chipped in one point for Bridgeforth.
Cornersville inched out to an early 4-2 lead thanks to a free throw by Wilson and a Hopkins trey, but the Lady Bobcats rattled off nine straight points to pull ahead 11-4 midway through the stanza.
After Wilson scored on a layup to narrow the gap to 11-6, Bridgeforth closed the first quarter with a 7-0 spurt to open up a 18-6 advantage.
The Lady Bulldogs cut the deficit to 20-10 midway through the second quarter with the help of a Prosser offensive put back and two free throws from Holder, but White hit a three at the halftime buzzer to give the Lady Bobcats a 23-10 advantage at the break.
In the second half, Bridgeforth continued to widen their lead and put together a 13-4 run to forge a 36-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.
CMS then outscored the Lady Bobcats 6-4 the rest of the way on the strength of two free throws and baskets from Hopkins and Terry for the 40-20 final.