Richland upends Lady Bulldogs
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season in District play on Friday night when they were defeated 49-42 by archrival Richland in Lynnville.
After beating the Lady Raiders 55-44 in their previous meeting on Dec. 11, the Lady Bulldogs (13-5, 6-1 District) took an 18-16 lead into halftime of Friday's contest and held a 37-36 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
CHS, however, faltered down the stretch, as Richland (10-7, 7-1 District) outscored Cornersville 13-5 the rest of the way with the help of some clutch foul shooting to pull out the seven-point win.
Due to Friday's loss, the Lady Bulldogs fell a half game behind the Lady Raiders for first place in the District 11-A standings.
Hindered by a 3-of-14 effort from three-point range, Cornersville shot only 36 percent (16-of-45) from the field, while hitting just 7-of-15 free throws.
The Lady Bulldogs did outrebound Richland 34-29 and held a 9-7 edge on the offensive glass, but offset their edge on the boards by committing eight more turnovers (22-14) than the Lady Raiders.
"When we got the ball down low we did ok, but we were a little stale tonight. I'll take the blame for that," said CHS coach Micah Landers. "We had trouble getting the ball to the wing, which was frustrating because we worked on that all week."
Senior forward Brittany Umbles turned in a solid performance on both ends of the court and led Cornersville with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go along with a career high 18 rebounds and three blocked shots. Brooke Holt followed Umbles with 11 points, while Kaitlyn Rogers tallied nine points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots. Kaleigh Welch and Haley Stacey chipped in three points for Cornersville as well, and Breanne Dunkleman had two points.
The Lady Raiders hit just 6-of-29 field goal attempts in the first half, but shot 48 percent (10-of-21) over the final two quarters to finish 16-of-50 from the floor overall, which included a 3-of-16 effort from beyond the arc. Richland also knocked down 14-of-17 free throws, highlighted by a 10-of-12 performance in the fourth period.
Kaylin Stacey paced the Lady Raiders with 16 points, while Merianne Patterson and Shelby Allen both added 10 points with Patterson registering seven steals. Ashton Edwards and Chelsea Payne rounded out the scoring for Richland with eight and five points respectively.
The Lady Raiders inched out to a 3-2 lead midway through the first quarter before Cornersville put together a 9-0 run behind five points from Holt and four points from Umbles to pull ahead 11-3 early in the second period.
Kaylin Stacey notched the next four points to trim the deficit to 11-7 before the Lady Bulldogs stretched their lead to 16-9 midway through the second period on a bank shot by Rogers and a Haley Stacey trey.
After closing the first half with an 8-2 spurt to narrow the gap to 18-16, Richland outscored CHS 7-3 through the first 3:40 of the third quarter to grab a 23-21 advantage.
Rogers tallied consecutive baskets to give the Lady Bulldogs a 25-23 lead but the Lady Raiders responded with an 8-2 run to seize a 31-27 advantage late in the third period.
Cornersville outscored Richland 10-5 over the next four and a half minutes with the help of four points from Umbles, a Holt trey, and three points from Rogers to grab a 37-36 lead early in the fourth period, before the Lady Raiders notched the next four points to claim a 40-37 advantage.
CHS cut the deficit to 42-41 with 1:35 left on the strength of two Holt free throws and an offensive put back from Umbles, but the Lady Bulldogs mustered just one point on their final five possessions while Richland hit seven-of-eight foul shots during that span to seal their 49-42 win.