Lady Bulldogs double up Mt. Pleasant
With Christmas fast approaching, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs stuffed some coal in the stocking of another District 11-A opponent on Tuesday night when they hammered the Mt. Pleasant Lady Tigers 58-29 on the road to remain undefeated in conference play.
Mt. Pleasant (2-8, 2-2 District) had played CHS tough on their home court each of the last two seasons and actually held a 10-9 lead early in the second quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs (9-1, 4-0 District) then dominated the game from that point on and closed the first half with an 18-3 run to take a 27-13 advantage into the break before outscoring the Lady Tigers 31-16 over the final two quarters to cruise to their 12th straight win over Mt. Pleasant.
Bolstered by a 9-of-11 shooting performance in the second period, Cornersville shot a torrid 52 percent (26-of-50) from the field overall, which included a 4-of-15 effort from three-point range.
The Lady Bulldogs also outrebounded Mt. Pleasant 32-17, held a 13-7 edge on the offensive glass, committed only 14 turnovers, and recorded 18 assists as a team..
"I was happy that we got the ball inside against their zone and liked what we did with it once we got it there. Our post players did a good job of finishing with authority around the basket," said CHS coach Micah Landers. "One of the things we talk about a lot is rebounding. We don't want to outrebound people by two. We want to outrebound people by 10. If you happen to shoot well too, you end up looking pretty good."
Center Ashley Umbles and forward Kaitlyn Rogers each poured in 13 points to lead Cornersville with Umbles pulling down a game high 11 rebounds. Brittany Umbles tallied 10 points as well, while Kaleigh Welch and Brooke Holt added nine and seven points respectively with Holt dishing out six assists. Haley Stacey also chipped in four points for the Lady Bulldogs and Breanne Dunkleman had two points.
"I feel that we're getting solid production from all of our starters and are getting contributions from our bench. We're doing a good job of sharing the ball right now," said Landers.
Mt. Pleasant, conversely, mustered a mere 11 field goals on 28 percent shooting, hit only 2-of-15 attempts from beyond the arc, and turned the ball over 18 times.
Emily McNeece paced the Lady Tigers with 11 points, while Kaylee Davis and Chandler Harlan notched eight and six points respectively.
Despite getting off to a slow start offensively, Cornersville held a 7-2 lead late in the first quarter thanks to three points from Rogers and layups from Holt and Brittany Umbles.
Mt. Pleasant went on an 8-2 run to briefly pull ahead 10-9 early in the second quarter before Ashley Umbles tallied four straight points on two layups to give CHS a 13-10 advantage midway through the stanza.
After Davis hit a jumper to narrow the gap to 13-12, the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Tigers 14-1 over the final 3:50 of the first half on the strength of four points from Ashley Umbles and a pair of treys from Rogers and Holt to push their lead to 27-13.
Cornersville continued to rapidly distance themselves from Mt. Pleasant at the start of the second half and put together a 15-6 run behind five points from Welch and a Rogers three to open up a 42-19 advantage late in the third quarter.
McNeece made two free throws to trim the deficit to 42-21 at the end of the third period, but CHS outscored the Lady Tigers 12-4 over the first 5:28 of the fourth with the help of four points apiece from Welch and Brittany Umbles to forge a 54-25 lead before claiming the 58-29 victory.