Lady Bulldogs whip Richland, Raiders rough up Bulldogs
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs picked up an important District win on Tuesday night when they defeated archrival Richland 55-44 at home to notch their second straight win over the Lady Raiders.
In the nightcap, the Bulldogs had a much tougher time of it and dropped a 63-34 decision to a strong Richland squad.
After handing CHS their only District loss last year, Richland came into Tuesday's contest with a 2-0 record in conference play and had defeated their first two league opponents by an average of 27 points.
The Lady Bulldogs (7-1, 2-0 District), however, proved to be up to the challenge and built a 13-9 lead in the first quarter before opening up a 26-21 advantage at the end of the half.
Cornersville then outscored the Lady Raiders 14-8 in the third quarter to push their lead to 40-29 en route to claiming the 11-point victory.
Thanks to Tuesday's triumph, the Lady Bulldogs moved into sole possession of first place in the District standings, while Richland fell into a tie for second with Culleoka.
"I think we cause matchup problems with most of the teams that we play against. I felt we had a good chance of winning tonight. It just depended on how hard we played," said CHS coach Micah Landers. "Overall we just played a really good basketball game. We changed defenses against them a lot and never allowed them to get into a rhythm. We also rebounded well and got several layups against their press."
Senior center Brittany Umbles led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points, while Brooke Holt, Kaitlyn Rogers, Kaleigh Welch, and Ashley Umbles tallied 10, nine, eight, and six points respectively. Breanne Dunkleman chipped in three points for Cornersville as well and Haley Stacey had two points.
Merianne Patterson paced the Lady Raiders (5-4, 2-1 District) with 15 points, while Kaylin Stacey added eight points. Ashton Edwards and Candace Lovell also notched six points apiece, and Shelby Allen had five points. Shannon Higgins and Chelsea Payne both had two points to round out the scoring for Richland.
In the second game of the evening, the Bulldogs (0-8, 0-3 District) trailed just 10-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the Raiders (7-2, 2-1 District) broke the game open in the second period by putting together a 21-6 run to forge a 31-15 advantage at the break.
Richland then stretched their lead to 41-23 at the end of the third quarter before outscoring CHS 22-11 in the fourth period to cruise to their ninth straight win over Cornersville.
Hayden McMahon led the Bulldogs with 14 points, while Jacob Griffis, Tate Lowery, and Jamie Crowell tallied five, four, and three points respectively. Tyler Lowery, Chance Dalton, Hunter Swinney, and Alex Walker notched two points apiece for CHS as well.
Bret Boatright paced three Richland players in double figures with 17 points, while Jacob Farrar Cody Jordon added14 and 13 points respectively.