Lady Bulldogs blowout Culleoka

Friday, January 25, 2013
Cornersville's Ashley Umbles hits a turnaround bank shot over Culleoka's Ashleigh Kelly in the fourth quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Tuesday night, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak by pummeling District 11-A foe Culleoka 66-33 at home to record their 21st straight win over the Lady Warriors.

With Cornersville coach Micah Landers substituting liberally throughout the game, the Lady Bulldogs (14-5, 7-1 District) quickly wore down Culleoka (7-15, 4-5 District) and built a 30-15 lead in the first half before outscoring the Lady Warriors 36-18 over the final two quarters to complete the sweep of the regular season series.

"We had much better intensity and played with a higher energy level than we did in our last two games. We also got a good minutes from our younger girls," said Landers. "I thought it was a good effort overall because Culleoka always plays hard against us. We have to establish some consistency over the next six or seven ballgames to get ready for the postseason."

Bolstered by a 5-of-12 effort from three-point range, the Lady Bulldogs finished with 24 field goals on 37 percent shooting while knocking down 13-of-15 free throws. Cornersville committed just 11 turnovers as well, outrebounded the Lady Warriors 42-24, and held a commanding 24-7 edge on the offensive glass.

Culleoka mustered only 12 field goals on 29 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-13 performance from beyond the arc, while the Lady Bulldogs recorded 14 steals en route to forcing 24 Lady Warrior turnovers.

Senior forward Brittany Umbles record her fourth straight double-double and led Cornersville with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds. Ashley Umbles and Kelsey Wortham also tallied 10 points apiece with Umbles registering 10 rebounds and three steals. Broke Holt added eight points and three assists as well, while Kaleigh Welch and Haley Stacey both notched seven points. Kaitlyn Rogers, Hope Taylor, and Breanne Dunkleman chipped in four, two, and one point respectively to round out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with Rogers recording five steals.

Niki Lee paced the Lady Warriors with 11 points, while Logan Scott followed with nine points.

Cornersville jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead thanks to four points from Ashley Umbles and two Welch free throws before Culleoka rattled off eight straight points to pull ahead 8-6 late in the first quarter.

Cornersville's Kaleigh Welch scores on a layup in the third quarter against Culleoka.

That would prove to be the high water mark for the Lady Warriors, as the Lady Bulldogs responded with a 13-2 spurt, highlighted by treys from Holt and Wortham, to seize a 19-10 advantage early in the second period.

Culleoka tallied three straight points to narrow the gap to 19-13, but Brittany Umbles singlehandedly outscored the Lady Warriors 11-2 over the final 3:51 of the first half to stake Cornersville to a 30-15 lead at the break.

After Brittany Umbles scored on an offensive put back at the start of the third quarter to make it 32-15, Culleoka trimmed the deficit to 34-19 on baskets by Ashton Kolter and Lee..

The Lady Bulldogs then put down the hammer and went on an 18-2 run with the help of a Wortham three and five points apiece from Holt and Stacey to forge a 52-21 advantage at the end of the third period

Culleoka outscored Cornersville 7-2 over the first 2:35 of the fourth quarter to close the gap to 54-28, but the Lady Bulldogs engineered an 8-0 spurt behind four points from Ashley Umbles and baskets from Welch and Wortham to push their lead to 62-38 with 2:36 left prior to claiming the 66-33 victory.