Lady Bulldogs pound Columbia Academy
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (16-5, 9-1 District) continued their mastery over Columbia Academy by pummeling CA 60-23 on Monday night at the Maury County private school's new minted Anderson Fieldhouse.
Cornersville dominated the game from start to finish and built a 35-8 lead in the first half before outscoring Columbia Academy 25-15 over the final two quarters to cruise to their third straight victory.
Thanks to Monday's triumph, the Lady Bulldogs moved into a tie for first place with Richland in the District 11-A standings and have now won all 19 meetings against CA since they joined Cornersville's conference in 2005.
With CHS coach Micah Landers substituting liberally throughout the contest, the Lady Bulldogs finished with 20 field goals on 36 percent shooting, which included 3-of-9 effort from three-point range, while knocking down 17-of-23 free throws.
Cornersville, meanwhile, limited Columbia Academy (3-17, 2-9 District) to a mere eight field goals on 19 percent shooting and recorded 17 steals en route to forcing 27 CA turnovers. CHS also outrebounded Columbia Academy 30-29 and turned the ball over only 15 times.
"We turned in a much better effort than we did in our last game and we executed much better. I wanted us to play hard and play with some intensity and we did that. I was really pleased with how we defended tonight," said Landers.
Center Ashley Umbles led a balanced offensive attack by the Lady Bulldogs that saw 11 different players break into the scoring column with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals. Kaitlyn Rogers and Brooke Holt followed Ashley Umbles with 10 and seven points respectively, while Brittany Umbles and Breanne Dunkleman both tallied six points. Haley Stacey, Kelsey Wortham and Claire Garrell each added four points as well, and Britton Stewart chipped in three points. Kaleigh Welch and Carson Coble rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with two points apiece.
"Ashley, Kaitlyn, and Brooke all had good games, but I was also pleased with how the young kids played too. They extended the lead when they got in the game," said Landers.
Leslie Golden paced CA with seven points, while Corinne Shapiro and Hannah Weller had five and four points respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs set the tone early and raced out to an 11-2 lead late in the first quarter on the strength of five points from Rogers and four points from Ashley Umbles..
Columbia Academy trimmed the deficit to 11-4, but CHS put together a 14-2 run behind seven points from Holt and four points from Dunkleman to open up a 25-6 advantage with 2:32 left in the second period.
After Golden hit a layup to make it 25-8, Cornersville outscored CA 10-0 over the final 1:33 of the half with the help of six free throws and layups from Welch and Ashley Umbles to take a 35-8 lead into the break.
The Lady Bulldogs continued to distance themselves from Columbia Academy in the second half and tallied the first eight points of the third quarter thanks to four foul shots and a pair of baskets from Ashley Umbles to forge a 43-8 lead midway through the stanza.
CA used a 10-4 spurt to narrow the gap to 47-18 early in the fourth quarter, before Cornersville outscored CA 13-5 the rest of the way with the help of six points from Dunkleman, four points from Garrell, and a Stewart trey to cap their 60-23 win.