Lady Bulldogs roll past Riverside Christian

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On Friday night, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs ran their record to 2-0 on the young season by going on the road and thumping the Riverside Christian Academy Lady Knights 56-23.

After defeating the Lady Knights by an average of 41 points in their two meetings last year, the Lady Bulldogs once again had little trouble disposing of RCA in Friday's contest and built a 30-12 lead in the first half before outscoring the Fayetteville based private school 26-11 over the final two quarters to coast to the 33-point victory.

Aided by a 6-of-12 shooting performance in the first quarter, Cornersville finished with a 19-9 edge in field goals and held a 5-0 advantage in three-pointers, while outscoring the Lady Knights 13-5 at the foul line.

Cornersville's Kaitlyn Rogers scores on a layup over Riverside Christian's Morgan Honey in the first quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Lady Bulldogs also outrebounded RCA 39-24, held a 26-10 edge on the offensive glass, and recorded 20 steals en route to forcing 36 Lady Knight turnovers.

"The thing that I was most happy about is that our offense looked more fluid and relaxed," said CHS coach Micah Landers. "We were able to get the ball up the court quickly and our offensive production was good each quarter especially when our starters were in there. I was also pleased with the way that we rebounded and defended."

With Landers substituting freely for much of the contest, nine different Lady Bulldogs broke into the scoring column in the game.

Brooke Holt and Kaitlyn Rogers each tallied 11 points, three steals, and two assists to lead Cornersville, while Ashley Umbles added 10 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Britton Stewart notched nine points and five rebounds as well, and Breanne Dunkleman had five points and five rebounds. Hope Taylor and Kelsey Wortham also chipped in four points apiece for CHS, while Haley Stacey and Tori Reavis both scored two points.

"It was good that we were able to get all of our young girls in and get them some playing time. I thought each of them had some bright spots and did some things well," said Landers.

Morgan Honey paced RCA with 18 points and Megan Green had five points.

The Lady Bulldogs broke the game open early and raced out to an 18-2 lead late in the first quarter on the strength of eight points from Holt, five points from Rogers, and a Dunkleman trey.

Riverside Christian tallied six of the next eight points to narrow the gap to 20-8 early in the second quarter, but Cornersville closed the half with a 10-4 spurt behind five points from Umbles, three points from Stewart, and a Rogers offensive put back to make it 30-12 at the break.

CHS continued to expand their lead in the third quarter and put together a 12-3 run with the help of four points from Rogers and a Holt three to open up a 42-15 cushion late in the stanza.

The Lady Knights notched the next seven points to trim the deficit to 42-22 early in the fourth quarter, but Cornersville outscored RCA 14-1 the rest of the way thanks to four points apiece from Stewart, Wortham, and Taylor to cap their 56-23 triumph.