Lady Bulldogs outgun Culleoka

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Cornersville's Kaleigh Welch scores on a layup in the third quarter while being fouled by Culleoka's Logan Scott. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs defeated District 11-A foe Culleoka for the 20th straight time on Friday night when they thumped the Lady Warriors 70-47 on the road.

Cornersville (8-1, 3-0 District) steadily pulled away from Culleoka and built a 35-26 lead in the first half before outscoring the Lady Warriors 35-21 over the final two quarters to cruise to their third consecutive win.

Aided by a 7-of-17 performance from three-point range, the Lady Bulldogs shot 46 percent (23-of-50) from the field overall, while committing only 14 turnovers and dishing out 18 assists as a team. Cornersville also knocked down 17-of-25 free throws, outrebounded Culleoka 37-20 and held a 15-10 edge on the offensive glass.

Culleoka (2-8, 2-2 District) made 7-of-19 attempts from beyond the arc, but shot just 35 percent (16-of-46) from the floor overall and hit only 8-of-17 free throws while committing 17 turnovers.

"Overall I was pleased with the way we executed on offense against their zone. We got some easy transition baskets and shot the ball well from the outside," said Cornersville coach Micah Landers. "We also rebounded well. We have to rebound and play good defense in order to be successful."

The Lady Bulldogs featured a balanced offensive attack that saw five players break double figures. Point guard Kaleigh Welch and forward Kaitlyn Rogers both tallied 15 points and three steals to lead Cornersville with Welch setting a career high scoring mark. Brooke Holt added 14 points and six assists as well, while Ashley Umbles and Brittany Umbles notched 11 and 10 points respectively with Ashley Umbles pulling down a game high 11 rebounds. Breanne Dunkleman and Britton Stewart also chipped in two points apiece for the Lady Bulldogs and Haley Stacey had one point.

"Kaleigh had a great game. She probably played her best game since I've been coaching her and was even playing on a bad ankle," said Landers. "I liked that we got contributions from a number of different players and thought the younger girls came in and played well too when we needed them."

Haley Foster paced the Lady Warriors with 14 points, while Logan Scott, Ashton Kolter, and Sarah Liggett added 11, nine, and seven points respectively.

Cornersville took control of the game early and jumped out to a 16-6 lead late in the first quarter on the strength of two treys from Welch and a Rogers three.

Culleoka tallied the next four points to whittle the deficit to 16-10 with :45 left in the first period, but the Lady Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run thanks to baskets from Brittany Umbles, Ashley Umbles, Welch, and Rogers to open up a 24-10 advantage early in the second.

Cornersville's Brittany Umbles knocks down a free throw in the second quarter against Culleoka.

The Lady Warriors then narrowed the gap to 24-14 on jumpers by Liggett and Foster, before Rogers nailed a three and Brittany Umbles made two free throws to push Cornersville's lead to 29-14 midway through the second quarter.

After Culleoka outscored the Lady Bulldogs 12-4 over the next 3:12 to cut the deficit to 33-26 late in the first half, Brittany Umbles hit two foul shots to make it 35-26 at the break before Cornersville opened the third period with a 13-1 spurt, highlighted by a pair of treys from Holt and a Welch three-point play, to forge a 48-27 advantage.

The Lady Warriors closed the gap to 49-33 midway through the third, but the Lady Bulldogs stretched their lead to 56-36 late in the period thanks to a Rogers three, and a couple of layups from Dunkleman and Stewart.

Culleoka then put together an 8-2 run to trim the deficit to 58-44 early in the fourth before Cornersville outscored the Lady Warriors 12-3 the rest of the way behind four points apiece from Holt and Ashley Umbles to cap their 70-47 triumph.