Lady Bulldogs fend off Fayetteville

Friday, November 16, 2012
Cornersville's Brooke Holt knocks down a three-pointer in the second quarter against Fayetteville. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs opened the 2012-13 basketball campaign with a win, as they went on the road and defeated the Fayetteville Lady Tigers 44-38 on Tuesday night.

Cornersville got off to a slow start and trailed 22-18 at the break. The Lady Bulldogs, however, regrouped at halftime and outscored Fayetteville 19-6 in the third quarter to seize a 37-28 lead before eventually claiming the six-point victory.

Although CHS committed 29 turnovers and shot only 37 percent from the field overall (16-of-43), the Lady Bulldogs did knock down 3-of-8 three-point attempts and hit 9-of-12 free throws while outrebounding the Lady Tigers 33-31.

Cornersville's Kaitlyn Rogers shoots a layup over Fayetteville's Liz Gurley in the third quarter.

Cornersville, meanwhile, turned in a solid defensive effort, as they forced 23 Lady Tiger turnovers and limited Fayetteville to just 29 percent shooting (16-of-55), which included a 2-of-15 effort from beyond the arc.

"Anytime you can come back after being down at halftime, you've got to be happy. You're not going to have a real clean game at this time of the year," said CHS coach Micah Landers. "I thought we did some things well in the second half. We established our post game, played better defense, and rebounded better."

The Lady Bulldogs' frontcourt carried much of the offensive load against Fayetteville, as the low post triumvirate of Kaitlyn Rogers, Brittany Umbles, and Ashley Umbles combined to score 38 of Cornersville's 44 points.

Rogers scored eight of her game high 16 points in the pivotal third quarter to go along with seven rebounds, two steals, and two blocked shots. Brittany Umbles followed Rogers with 10 points, nine rebounds, and three steals, while Ashley Umbles added 10 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and two blocked shots. Brooke Holt and Kaleigh Welch chipped in five and one point respectively for CHS as well with Holt dishing out five assists.

"I thought all three of our post players played well in the second half. Kaitlyn hit some big shots for us to help change the momentum," said Landers.

Trevah Thompson paced the Lady Tigers with 15 points, while Pashence Thompson added eight points and 15 rebounds. Jamia Baker, Jasmine Parks, Kerry Brown, and Liz Gurley rounded out the scoring for Fayetteville with six, four, three, and two points respectively.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to 9-4 lead midway through the first quarter before Cornersville went on a 6-2 run with the help of baskets from Ashley Umbles, Rogers, and Brittany Umbles to slice the deficit to 11-10 late in the stanza.

Fayetteville then outscored CHS 11-5 over the next seven minutes to open up a 22-15 advantage late in the second period, but Holt nailed a trey from the right corner with 1:07 left in the half to narrow the gap to 22-18 at the break..

After the Lady Tigers stretched their lead to 24-18 early in the third quarter on a jumper by Trevah Thompson, the Lady Bulldogs began to heat up offensively and put together a 12-0 spurt with the help of five points from Rogers, a pair of layups by Ashley Umbles, and three points from Brittney Umbles to pull ahead 30-24 midway through the stanza.

Following a layup by Trevah Thompson, which trimmed the deficit to 30-26, Cornersville outscored Fayetteville 7-2 over the final 3:21 of the third period thanks to a Rogers three and a couple of offensive put backs by Brittany Umbles and Ashley Umbles to stretch their lead to 37-28.

The Lady Tigers used a 10-5 run to close the gap to 42-38 late in the fourth quarter, but Holt hit two clutch free throws with 9.7 seconds left to give CHS a 44-38 advantage before coming up with a steal a few moments later to seal the win for the Lady Bulldogs.