Raiderettes roll past Lady Bulldogs
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (5-1) suffered their first setback of the season on Tuesday night when they were defeated 49-32 at home by a rugged Moore County Raiderette squad.
Aided by a dominant first quarter performance, Moore County (4-3) built a 24-16 lead in the first half before opening up a 46-22 advantage midway through the fourth period en route to claiming their third straight win over CHS.
Although they shot only 38 percent (18-of-48) from the field overall, the Raiderettes burned Cornersville from beyond the arc and knocked down 10-of-23 three-point attempts. Moore County also committed just 12 turnovers, outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 27-22, and held a 9-6 edge on the offensive boards.
Good, bad sides
CHS turned the ball over only 14 times and outscored the Raiderettes 15-3 at the foul line, but finished with a mere seven field goals on 24 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-10 effort from three-point range.
"We haven't played a really tough early season schedule and that showed tonight. Forrest was a formidable opponent, but Moore County was much more physical than us and physically stronger than us at a lot of spots," said Cornersville coach Micah Landers. "I wasn't thrilled with the way we competed either. I thought we were intimidated early on and stayed intimidated throughout the game. We just have to take this game and learn from it. I've never had a game where we couldn't learn something from it."
Erin Thomas drilled five treys and paced Moore County with 15 points. Sarah Raby and Kelsey Camp followed Thomas with 10 and nine points respectively, while Makayla Ray, Erica Limbaugh, Savannah Williams, and Micayah Smith each added three points. Abby Grogan also notched two points for the Raiderettes and Whitney Lemmon had one point.
Lady Bulldog leader
Kaitlyn Rogers led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points and two blocked shots, while Brooke Holt, Ashley Umbles, and Brittany Umbles tallied six points apiece with Brittany Umbles registering three steals and two blocked shots. Haley Stacey, Breanne Dunkleman, and Britton Stewart chipped in three, two, and one point respectively for CHS as well.
Moore County knocked Cornersville back on their heels at the start of the game and raced out to a 15-0 lead late in the first quarter behind six points from Raby and two treys from Thomas.
After the Lady Bulldogs tallied five straight points on a Brittany Umbles layup and three foul shots to trim the deficit to 15-5 early in the second period, Ray buried a three from the right wing to give the Raiderettes a 18-5 advantage.
CHS outscored the Raiderettes 11-6 over the final 5:56 of the first half on the strength of four points from Rogers and a pair of treys from Holt and Stacey to narrow the gap to 24-16 at the break, but Moore County opened the third quarter with a 14-3 run to push their lead to 38-19 with 2:12 left in the stanza.
Following two free throws from Brittany Umbles, which cut the deficit to 38-21 at the end of the third period, the Raiderettes hit Cornersville with an 8-1 spurt to forge a 46-22 advantage with 4:30 left in the fourth.
The Lady Bulldogs then outscored Moore County 10-3 the rest of the way with the help of four points from Ashley Umbles and a Holt three for the 49-32 final.