Cornersville splits with Mt. Pleasant

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Cornersville's Kaitlyn Rogers scores on a layup in the third quarter against Mt. Pleasant. Photo by Pap

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs clinched one of the top two seeds in the upcoming District 11-A tournament on Thursday night by defeating third place Mt. Pleasant 52-30 at home to complete the season sweep of the Lady Tigers.

In the second game of the evening, the Bulldogs had a much tougher time of it, as they suffered an 83-39 loss at the hands of a talented Mt. Pleasant Tiger squad.

After inching out to an 8-6 lead in the first quarter thanks to five points from Brittany Umbles and a Brooke Holt three-point play, the Lady Bulldogs (15-5, 8-1 District) outscored Mt. Pleasant 12-5 in the second period behind four points from Umbles and three points from Dunkleman to take a 20-11 advantage at the break.

In the third quarter, Cornersville broke the game open by putting together an 18-7 run on the strength of seven points from Ashley Umbles, a Haley Stacey trey, and four points apiece from Kaitlyn Rogers and Brittany Umbles to forge a 38-18 lead.

CHS then outscored the Lady Tigers 14-12 in the fourth period with the help of four points from Brittany Umbles and baskets from Rogers, Kaleigh Welch, Ashley Umbles, and Dunkleman to cruise to their 13th straight win over Mt. Pleasant (6-12, 6-4 District).

Although the Lady Tigers held a 6-1 edge in three-pointers, the Lady Bulldogs finished with a 20-8 advantage in field goals and outscored Mt. Pleasant 11-8 at the foul line. Cornersville also outrebounded the Lady Tigers 29-17, held a 16-6 edge on the offensive glass, and committed six fewer turnovers (18-12) than Mt. Pleasant.

Brittany Umbles recorded her fifth straight double-double and led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Ashley Umbles and Rogers tallied 11 and seven points as well, while Holt, Stacey, and Dunkleman each chipped in five points. Welch rounded out the scoring for CHS with two points.

"Brittany isn't flashy, but she works hard in the paint. Right now she's the silent majority. She just does her job and at the end of the day she goes home," said Cornersville coach Micah Landers.

Emily McNeese drilled five threes and paced the Lady Tigers with 22 points, while Katelyn Haywood had three points.

The Bulldogs (4-16, 3-6 District) were simply outgunned by Mt. Pleasant (15-2, 8-2 District) in the nightcap, as the Tigers built a 38-21 lead in the first half before opening up a 56-32 advantage at the end of the third quarter.

Mt. Pleasant then rubbed some salt in CHS' wounds in the fourth by outscoring Cornersville 27-7 in the quarter with the help of five three-pointers by shooting guard Dakota Brown to cap their 44-point victory.

Brown hit 11 treys overall and led the Tigers with a game high 35 points. Jordan Woodson followed Brown with 18 points, while Ken'Yores Smith and DaVonte' Webster both notched nine points.

Alex Walker paced the Bulldogs with 10 points and Jamie Crowell tallied seven points. Tate Lowery and Zack Smith also added six points apiece, while Hayden McMahon chipped in five points. Chance Dalton and Jacob Griffis rounded out the scoring for CHS with three and two points respectively.