CMS Lady Bulldogs pummel Elkton

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
CMS' Madison Hopkins shoots a layup in the first quarter after being fouled by Elkton's Destiny Blade. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (6-7) defeated Elkton for the third time this season when they hammered the Lady Elks 47-12 on Thursday night in their home finale.

After winning the last two meetings by an average of 29.5 points, the Lady Bulldogs once again had little trouble disposing of Elkton and built a 26-6 lead in the first half before outscoring the Lady Elks 21-6 over the final two quarters to roll to the 35-point victory.

Cornersville bettered Elkton in every offensive statistical category, as they finished with a 15-5 edge in field goals, held a 1-0 advantage in three-pointers, and outscored the Lady Elks 16-2 at the foul line.

CMS also outrebounded Elkton 50-20, held a commanding 30-6 edge on the offensive boards, and forced 27 Lady Elk turnovers while recording 20 steals.

With coach Joy McMasters substituting liberally throughout the game, the Lady Bulldogs had 10 different players break into the scoring column.

Reserve forward Aliyah Holder led Cornersville with eight points and eight rebounds, while Carly Salsman, Samantha Prosser, and Kennedy Wilson each tallied seven points with Salsman recording five steals and Wilson grabbing 10 rebounds. Madison Hopkins and Brooke Defoe also added six points apiece, and Kendall Martin and Callie White each had two points. Morgan Terry and Hannah Singleton both chipped in one point for the Lady Bulldogs as well.

"I was pleased that we were able to build a big lead early in the game and were able to play all the girls tonight," said CMS assistant coach Sally Hobbs. "We rebounded well, played good defense, and did a much better job shooting our free throws in the second half.."

Alexis Rose paced the Lady Elks with eight points, while Katelyn Burgess and Taylor Pardon each notched two points.

The Lady Bulldogs broke the game open early by racing out to a 12-0 lead midway through the first quarter with the help of two baskets from Salsman, a Hopkins trey, a Defoe jumper, and three foul shots.

CMS' Carly Salsman battles Elkton's Alexis Rose for a loose ball in the first quarter.

Rose hit a baseline jumper to narrow the gap to 12-2, before Cornersville put together a 14-2 run on the strength of field goals from Wilson, Salsman, Hopkins, Defoe, and Holder to open up a 26-4 advantage late in the second period.

After Pardon hit a layup in the waning moments of the half to make it 26-6 at the break, CMS outscored the Lady Elks 15-4 in the third quarter behind five points from Prosser and four points apiece from Wilson and Holder to push their lead to 41-10.

Elkton trimmed the deficit to 41-12 at the start of the fourth period on two free throws by Rose, before the Lady Bulldogs tallied the final six points of the contest thanks to a pair of offensive put backs from Martin and White and two foul shots by Terry and Singleton to cap their 47-12 triumph.