Lady Bulldogs pummel Hampshire
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs captured their fifth straight District 11-A regular season title on Friday night by thrashing the Hampshire Lady Hawks 71-14 on Homecoming.
CHS (18-5, 11-1 District) came out firing on all cylinders and built a 41-10 lead in the first half before outscoring Hampshire 30-4 over the final two quarters to roll to their 17th straight win over the Lady Hawks.
Thanks to Friday's triumph, Cornersville finished in a tie for first place in the District standings with Richland.
Bolstered by a 5-of-10 effort from three-point range, the Lady Bulldogs finished with 26 field goals on 49 percent shooting, while committing only eight turnovers and dishing out 22 assists as a team. Cornersville also outrebounded Hampshire 32-22 and held a 16-10 edge on the offensive glass.
After scoring a career high 25 points against Santa Fe three days earlier, sophomore center Ashley Umbles turned in another strong performance in the paint on Friday and led four Lady Bulldog players in double figures with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with five assists and two blocked shots.
Brittany Umbles followed her younger sister with 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and two blocked shots, while Brooke Holt and Kaitlyn Rogers tallied 11 and 10 points respectively with Rogers recording three assists and three steals. Breanne Dunkleman added nine points as well, and Kelsey Wortham notched four points. Britton Stewart also chipped in three points, while Kaleigh Welch, Carson Coble, and Hope Taylor each had two points. Tori Reavis rounded out the scoring for CHS with one point.
"I think we shot the ball well and got some good looks inside. If we can play with that kind of intensity every game, we should have a good night," said Cornersville coach Micah Landers. "We've been getting minutes for our younger girls and getting them some experience because you never know what's going to happen in terms of injuries."
The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, limited Hampshire (2-20, 0-12 District) to a mere five field goals on 13 percent shooting and recorded 21 steals en route to forcing 30 Lady Hawk turnovers.
Breonna Himes paced Hampshire with six points, while Savannah Hill, Amaya Ashley, Morganne Stanfill, and Ashleigh Dangler each had two points.
Cornersville got off to a fast start and raced out to a 14-2 lead midway through the first quarter with the help of three treys from Holt.
Ashley hit a jumper to cut the deficit to 14-4, but the Lady Bulldogs rattled off eight straight points on layups by Rogers, Welch, Ashley Umbles, and Wortham to open up a 22-4 advantage late in the first period.
The Lady Hawks tallied the last four points of the first quarter to narrow the gap to 22-8, before Cornersville pushed their lead to 28-10 midway through the second period thanks to two free throws and layups by Ashley Umbles and Rogers.
After Himes scored on a layup to make it 28-10, the Lady Bulldogs closed the first half with a 13-0 run behind five points from Brittany Umbles and four points from Rogers to take a 41-10 advantage into halftime.
CHS kept their foot on the gas at the start of the second half and outscored Hampshire 18-0 through the first 7:25 of the third period with the aid of eight points from Ashley Umbles and four points from Brittany Umbles to forge a 59-10 lead.
The Lady Hawks trimmed the deficit to 59-14 early in the fourth period on two free throws by Stanfill and a Dangler layup, before Cornersville closed the game with a 12-0 spurt on the strength of seven points from Dunkleman, a Stewart three, and a layup by Wortham to cap their 71-14 victory.