Lady Bulldogs sweep Fayetteville
On Friday night, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs kept their record unblemished by defeating the Fayetteville Lady Tigers 49-39 in their home opener to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Having defeated Fayetteville 44-38 in their previous encounter on Nov. 13, the Lady Bulldogs held a 27-19 lead at the break before opening up a 35-22 advantage midway through the third quarter.
The Lady Tigers rallied to slice the deficit to 40-38 with 4:14 left in the fourth quarter, but Cornersville regained their composure and outscored Fayetteville 9-1 the rest of the way to complete the sweep of the season series.
"You're always glad to see your team fight through adversity, but when it's self inflicted adversity it doesn't make any sense," said CHS coach Micah Landers. "I just didn't think we played with a lot of intensity tonight. It's the same old, same old. We just didn't make smart plays whenever we got the lead to double digits."
Aided by an 8-of-12 shooting performance by senior forward Kaitlyn Rogers, the Lady Bulldogs shot 42 percent (15-of-36) from the field overall and knocked down 5-of-14 attempts from three-point range, while hitting 14-of-19 free throws.
Rogers did most of her damage in the first half, as she poured in 21 of her season high 24 points in the first two quarters of play to go along with seven rebounds, five steals, and two blocked shots. Brittany Umbles followed Rogers with 11 points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots, while Brooke Holt tallied eight points. Ashley Umbles also added four points for Cornersville and Kaleigh Welch chipped in two points.
"I thought Kaitlyn played real well tonight and carried us in the first half, but I also thought Brittany Umbles and Kaleigh Welch played well too and did some good things for us," said Landers.
Fayetteville outrebounded Cornersville 28-20 and held a 13-6 edge on the offensive glass, but shot only 33 percent (15-of-46) from the floor, which included a 2-of-15 effort from beyond the arc. The Lady Tigers also struggled at the foul line and made just 7-of-13 free throws overall.
Trevah Thompson paced Fayetteville with 17 points, while Paeshence Thompson and Jasmine Parks added six points apiece. Liz Gurley notched four points for the Lady Tigers as well, and Lexie Horton and Kerry Brown both had three points.
After Cornersville inched out to an early 5-2 lead on three free throws and a Rogers layup, Trevah Thompson made two free throws to narrow the gap to 5-4, before Rogers nailed a pair of treys to give the Lady Bulldogs a 11-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Fayetteville opened the second period with an 8-2 run to cut the deficit to 13-12, but CHS outscored the Lady Tigers 6-2 over the next three minutes behind four points from Rogers and a Brittany Umbles jumper to push their lead to 19-14 late in the stanza.
Following a three from Brown, Cornersville closed the first half with an 8-2 spurt, highlighted by a Brittany Umbles three-point play and a trey from Rogers, to take a 27-19 advantage into halftime.
Gurley hit a jumper at the start of the third quarter to close the gap to 27-21, but the Lady Bulldogs outscored Fayetteville 8-1 over the next 2:33 with the help of two Welch foul shots and baskets from Ashley Umbles, Rogers, and Brittany Umbles to stretch their lead to 35-22.
The Lady Tigers tallied the next five points to make it 35-27, before Cornersville opened up a 39-27 advantage late in the third period thanks to a Brittany Umbles free throw and a three from Holt.
Fayetteville put together a 11-1 run to slice the deficit to 40-38 midway through the fourth quarter, but Holt knocked down a clutch trey from the right wing and Brittany Umbles scored on a layup to stake CHS to a 45-38 advantage with 1:47 left.
The Lady Bulldogs then extended their lead to 49-38 on two foul shots apiece from Holt and Ashley Umbles before eventually claiming the 49-39 victory.