After defeating Cornersville 27-17 in their previous encounter on Oct. 25, Huntland built a 22-12 lead in the first half of Monday's contest before opening up a 31-14 advantage at the end of the third quarter en route to claiming the eight-point victory.
Although CMS outscored the Lady Hornets 10-2 at the foul line and held a 30-21 advantage in rebounds, Huntland finished with a 16-8 edge in field goals and committed 12 fewer turnovers (28-16) than the Lady Bulldogs.
"I thought we played a lot better than we did the last time we faced them," said Cornersville coach Joy McMasters. "We did a nice job of rebounding and did a good job taking the ball to the basket. I'm encouraged with the progress our program has made this season and I think we're improving."
Reserve forward Morgan Terry led the Lady Bulldogs with nine points, while Carly Salsman, Brooke Defoe, and Kennedy Wilson each tallied four points with Wilson and Defoe grabbing eight and six rebounds respectively. Madison Hopkins and Aliyah Holder also chipped in three points apiece for CMS with Hopkins recording four steals and three assists.
"Morgan Terry played well tonight and gave us a spark off the bench," said McMasters.
Center Caylee McLennon paced the Lady Hornets with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go along with six rebounds and two steals. Kara Smith and Michaela Clark followed McLennon with six points apiece, while Taylor Elrod added four points. Tara Cates, Bethany Hill, and Jordan Sells each had two points for Huntland as well.
The Lady Hornets stung CMS early and raced out to a 15-4 lead with 5:41 left in the second quarter behind six points from Smith and five points from McLennon.
Cornersville outscored Huntland 7-3 over the next three minutes with the help of three points from Terry and jumpers from Salsman and Holder to narrow the gap to 18-11, but the Lady Hornets tallied four of the last five points in the half to take a 22-12 advantage into the break.
After McLennon notched the first three baskets of the third quarter to push Huntland's lead to 28-12, Terry scored on a layup to trim the deficit to 28-14, before Clark buried a trey in the waning moments of the stanza to make it 31-14.