Cornersville sweeps Hampshire
Both Cornersville basketball teams picked up District wins on Tuesday night, as the Lady Bulldogs defeated the Hampshire Lady Hawks 70-41 on the road before the Bulldogs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 54-45 win over the Hawks.
Having won the previous 15 meetings against Hampshire, the Lady Bulldogs (13-3, 6-0 District) held a slim 17-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, but broke the game open in the second period by putting together a 20-4 run to forge a 37-19 advantage at halftime.
Cornersville then pushed their lead to 55-32 in the third quarter before outscoring the Lady Hawks 15-9 in the fourth period to cap their 29-point triumph.
Junior guard Brooke Holt nailed three treys and led three Lady Bulldog players in double figures with 19 points. Ashley Umbles followed Holt with 18 points, while Brittany Umbles tallied 17 points. Kaitlyn Rogers also added six points and Hope Taylor notched five points. Kaleigh Welch and Kelsey Wortham chipped in two points for CHS as well, while Breanne Dunkleman had one point.
"Hampshire came out and played really well in the first quarter and we didn't play with the intensity that we should. After that we played fairly well and obviously Brooke Holt, Ashley Umbles, and Brittany Umbles all had good games," said Cornersville coach Micah Landers. "I think we're in a pretty good position in the District, but we'll still probably have to beat Richland again if we want to win it."
Breonna Himes paced the Lady Hawks (2-13, 0-6 District) with 14 points, while Amaya Ashley and Shelby Voss notched 10 and eight points respectively.
In the nightcap, the Hawks (4-11, 1-5 District) inched out to a 11-9 lead in the first quarter before outscoring CHS 14-13 in the second period to make it 25-22 at the break.
Hampshire then extended their lead to 37-33 at the end of the third quarter, but the Bulldogs (3-13, 2-4 District) came storming back in the fourth period and put together a 21-8 run to pull out the nine-point victory.
"This win was very important for us. I was tickled to death because we played really hard and made a nice comeback to get the win," said CHS coach Gerard Randolph. "Hampshire was fairly athletic and wanted to make it a physical game, but we played good defense and rebounded well in the fourth quarter. Alex Walker didn't score any points for us, but he played well defensively and came up with some big rebounds late in the game."
Tate Lowery led Cornersville with 19 points, while Hayden McMahon tallied 16 points. Zack Smith added nine points as well, and Tyler Lowey notched six points. Jamie Crowell and Jacob Griffis also chipped in two points for the Bulldogs.
Fabian Bojorquez paced the Hawks with 11 points and Andrew Prince followed with 10 points. Zach Hickman and Dustin Pinkleton tallied six points apiece for Hampshire as well, while Hayden Lightfoot had five points.