Huntland edges Lady Bulldogs in OT

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Cornersville's Kaitlyn Rogers knocks down a jumper in the third quarter against Huntland. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs tasted defeat for just the fourth time this season when they lost 61-59 to the Huntland Lady Hornets on the road in overtime.

After taking a 24-22 lead into halftime, Huntland (9-8) opened up a 41-35 advantage early in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs (13-4) rallied to tie the game at 51-51 at the end of regulation.

The Lady Hornets then surged out to a 58-51 lead in overtime before weathering another Cornersville comeback attempt to hold on for the two-point win.

Although the Lady Bulldogs shot a respectable 42 percent (23-of-55) from the field, CHS hit just 3-of-14 attempts from three-point range and made only 10-of-18 free throws. Cornersville did outrebound Huntland 40-27 and held a 16-14 edge on the offensive glass, but offset their advantage on the boards by committing 21 turnovers.

"That was the most prepared team that we played this season. They took away some things that we like to do which led to some of those turnovers," said CHS coach Micah Landers. "Huntland is a solid basketball team and this is a tough place to play, but this loss still stings some."

Junior guard Brooke Holt led the Lady Bulldogs by pouring in a career high 22 points, while center Ashley Umbles tallied 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Brittany Umbles and Kaitlyn Rogers also added 11 and nine points respectively with Umbles registering 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. Kaleigh Welch rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with three points.

The Lady Hornets turned the ball over just 12 times and finished with 22 field goals on 34 percent shooting, which included a 9-of-29 effort from beyond the arc, while making 8-of-12 free throws.

Alexis Smith paced Huntland with 16 points, while Faith Elrod and Courtnee Mayes each notched 14 points. Callie Perkins tallied nine points as well, and Ali Golden had five points. Kellie Gamble also chipped in four points for the Lady Hornets.

Cornersville's Ashley Umbles scores on a layup in the fourth quarter against Huntland.

The Lady Bulldogs inched out to a 7-4 lead early in the first quarter thanks to a Holt three-point play, a layup by Brittany Umbles, and two Ashley Umbles free throws, before Huntland went on a 17-7 run to grab a 18-12 advantage early in the second period.

Cornersville outscored the Lady Hornets 8-0 over the next 2:45 with the help of five points from Holt and three foul shots from Brittany Umbles to pull ahead 22-21, but Gamble buried a trey in the waning moments of the half to give Huntland a 24-22 lead at the break.

The Lady Bulldogs then opened the second half with a 7-3 spurt behind five points from Rogers and a bank shot from Holt to seize a 29-27 advantage midway through the third quarter.

After the Lady Hornets outscored CHS 14-6 over the next 3:21 to claim a 41-35 lead early in the fourth quarter, Cornersville rattled off six straight points on two Holt free throws and a pair of offensive put backs by Brittany Umbles to knot the game at 41-41.

Huntland put together a 10-4 run to open up a 51-45 advantage with 2:06 left in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs tallied the final six points of regulation on the strength of a Ashley Umbles layup, a pull up jumper by Holt, and a Rogers turnaround jumper to tie the score at 51-51.

Things, however, did not go smoothly for CHS at the start of overtime, as they turned the ball over on their first three possessions while the Lady Hornets notched the first seven points of the extra session to grab a 58-51 lead.

Holt then sandwiched two free throws and a trey around a Elrod foul shot, before Ashley Umbles hit a turnaround bank shot to whittle the deficit to 59-58 with :15 left.

Following two free throws by Mayes, which pushed Huntland's lead to 61-59, Holt was fouled with .4 of second left.

After hitting the first free throw to narrow the gap to 61-59, Holt intentionally missed the second, but Smith grabbed the defensive rebound to secure the Lady Hornets' victory.