Lady Bulldogs edge Eagleville

Friday, November 30, 2012
Cornersville's Brittany Umbles scores on a layup over Eagleville's Taylor Reed in the third quarter. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs ran their record to 4-0 on Monday night by defeating the Eagleville Lady Eagles 41-38 on the road despite being without the services of starting center Ashley Umbles, who was sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Cornersville coach Micah Landers appeared he might have a relatively stress free night early on, as CHS led by as many as 19 points in the first half and held a 25-8 advantage early in the third quarter.

Eagleville (3-4) then came storming back and grabbed a 29-25 lead late in the third quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs eventually righted the ship and countered with a 15-5 run to seize a 40-34 advantage with :58 left in the fourth period before holding on for the three-point victory..

"It was two different ballgames. We had a beautiful first half. We executed well, handled the ball well, and played good defense, but in the third quarter we just fell apart," said Landers. "When we fell down by four, I thought we were in trouble, but we managed to hold it together."

Although they knocked down 5-of-11 three-point attempts and committed 11 fewer turnovers (22-11) than CHS, the Lady Eagles had trouble dealing with Cornersville's superior size in the frontcourt. The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded Eagleville 38-24 and recorded eight blocked shots while the Lady Eagles mustered just 13 baskets on 24 percent shooting despite hitting 8-of-15 field goal attempts in the third quarter.

CHS finished with only 13 field goals as well on 39 percent shooting and made just one-of-four attempts from beyond the arc, but were able to get to the foul line by pounding the ball into the paint and knocked down 14-of-19 free throws, compared to a 7-of-12 effort at the charity strip by Eagleville.

Senior forward Brittany Umbles turned in a strong performance on both ends of the court and led Cornersville with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Kaitlyn Rogers also tallied 11 points, six rebounds, four steals, and four blocked shots, while Kaleigh Welch and Haley Stacey both added four points. Brooke Holt and Breanne Dunkleman rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with three and two points respectively.

Nicole Duke paced the Lady Eagles with 12 points, while Ali Burns and Michelle Johnson notched 11 and nine points respectively.

Cornersville's Kaitlyn Rogers drives past Eagleville's Nicole Duke in the first quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs pounced on Eagleville early and jumped out to a 9-0 lead midway through the first quarter thanks to a Rogers trey, two free throws from Holt, and a pair of baskets from Stacey and Brittany Umbles.

After the Lady Eagles trimmed the deficit to 9-4 late in the first period, Cornersville put together a 14-0 run behind seven points from Brittany Umbles and four points from Rogers to open up a 23-4 advantage with 3:05 left in the second period prior to taking a 23-8 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, Brittany Umbles scored on a layup to push CHS' lead to 25-8, but Eagleville suddenly caught fire offensively and hit the Lady Bulldogs with a 21-0 spurt to pull ahead 29-25 late in the stanza.

Cornersville managed to regain their composure and outscored the Lady Eagles 10-1 over the next 4:48 with the help of four points from Welch and baskets from Brittany Umbles, Stacey, and Rogers to claim a 35-30 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Eagleville narrowed the gap to 35-34 on a free throw by Burns and a Duke three, but Rogers hit a jumper before Brittany Umbles notched the next three points on a foul shot and an offensive put back to give the Lady Bulldogs a 40-34 advantage.

After the Lady Eagles sliced the deficit to 40-38 with the aid of a free throw by Duke and a Johnson trey, Brittany Umbles converted one-of-two foul shots with :20 to make it 41-38.

Eagleville still had an opportunity to tie the game, but missed a three-pointer and two jumpers on their final possession before time ran out.