Lady Bulldogs blowout Columbia Academy

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Cornersville's Kaleigh Welch scores on a layup in the third quarter after driving around Columbia Academy's Leslie Golden. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After winning the last four District 11-A regular season titles, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs began defense of their conference crown by crushing Columbia Academy 48-13 at home on Friday night in their league opener.

The Lady Bulldogs (6-1, 1-0 District) dominated the contest from start to finish and built a 28-6 lead in the first half before outscoring CA 20-6 over the final two quarters to roll to the 35-point victory.

With Friday's win, Cornersville has now won all 18 meetings against Columbia Academy since the Maury County private school joined their District in 2005.

Despite substituting liberally throughout the game, the Lady Bulldogs committed a season low eight turnovers, finished with an 18-6 edge in field goals, held a 4-1 advantage in three-pointers, and outscored CA 8-0 at the foul line.

Columbia Academy (0-6, 0-2 District), conversely, turned the ball over 26 times, while Cornersville recorded 22 steals, outrebounded CA 38-29, and held a 19-8 edge on the offensive boards.

"I thought the younger girls played well and took care of the ball. Overall, I was pleased with our effort. Hopefully this will give us some confidence because we didn't play well in our last game against Moore County," said CHS coach Micah Landers. "A lot of the girls had the flu this week so I was pleased that we were able to gut it out tonight. I was actually a little nervous about this game because the kids haven't been at school the last couple of days and we haven't been able to practice."

Senior forward Kaitlyn Rogers turned in another solid performance and led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Kelsey Wortham followed Rogers with seven points, while Brooke Holt, Breanne Dunkleman, and Brittany Umbles added six, five, and four points respectively with Holt dishing out four assists. Kaleigh Welch, Ashley Umbles, Britton Stewart, and Carson Coble chipped in two points apiece for Cornersville as well, and Hope Taylor had one point.

Center Leslie Golden paced Columbia Academy with eight points, while Sabrina Gilliam tallied five points.

Cornersville's Kaitlyn Rogers shoots a short pull up jumper over Columbia Academy's Alayna Davis in the first quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs took charge right from the start and bolted out to a 12-0 lead midway through the first quarter with the help of five points from Rogers, a Holt trey, and baskets from Ashley Umbles and Brittany Umbles.

Golden scored on an offensive put back to trim the deficit to 12-2, but Cornersville responded with a 10-0 spurt, highlighted by a three from Rogers, to open up a 22-2 advantage with 5:29 left in the second period.

After CA narrowed the gap to 22-6 thanks to two Golden field goals, Rogers notched the final six points of the first half on a jump hook, a layup, and an offensive put back to give the Lady Bulldogs a 28-6 lead at intermission.

CHS continued to rapidly distance themselves from Columbia Academy after the break and began the second half with a 14-0 run behind four points from Wortham and a Holt trey to forge a 42-6 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

CA outscored Cornersville 7-3 over the next 3:45 to make it 45-13 before the Lady Bulldogs tallied the final three points of the contest on a baseline jumper by Coble and a Taylor free throw to cap their 48-13 triumph.