Woodville whips Lady Bulldogs

Friday, January 3, 2014
Cornersville's Breanne Dunkleman shoots a layup over Woodville's Baylee Webb in the second quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (6-5) suffered their third straight loss on Saturday afternoon when they dropped a 48-36 decision to Woodville Lady Panthers (12-2) at the Richland Christmas Classic.

Woodville took control of the game early and built a 27-17 lead in the first half before outscoring CHS 21-19 over the final two quarters to claim the 12-point victory.

Missing links

With leading scorer Brooke Holt and starting forward Britton Stewart both unable to play due to injuries, the Lady Bulldogs struggled offensively for much of the contest and finished with just 10 field goals on 27 percent shooting, which included a 2-of-12 effort from three-point range.

Eighth grade forward Morgan Terry turned in her second straight strong performance and led Cornersville with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with five rebounds. Breanne Dunkleman followed Terry with eight points and four steals, while Madison Hopkins and Carson Coble both added five points with Hopkins recording six assists and four steals. Samantha Prosser and Ashley Umbles both chipped in three points apiece for the Lady Bulldogs as well.

"I knew it was going to be tough not having Brooke this weekend. Last night I didn't think we responded well, but tonight we had some other people try to step up, especially Morgan," said CHS coach Peyton Newton. "We're very thin in the post position so she's really helped us since we brought her up. She's worked hard to get in synch with the older girls and is taking more shots now."

Winning edge

Woodville shot only 36 percent (19-of-53) from the field and missed all five attempts from beyond the arc, but outrebounded Cornersville 34-27 and held a 15-11 edge on the offensive glass.

Baylee Webb paced the Lady Panthers with 12 points and Kelsi Sisk notched 10 points. Victoria Bromer also added seven points for Woodville, while Sara Baugh, Krysta McGuinness, and Caytie Dixon each had four points.

Cornersville grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a short bank shot by Terry, before the Lady Panthers put together a 16-6 run to seize a 16-8 advantage with 6:57 left in the second period.

The Lady Bulldogs then narrowed the gap to 16-11 thanks to three free throws from Dunkleman, but Woodville rattled off nine straight points to stretch their lead to 25-11.

After Hopkins and Umbles nailed consecutive treys to whittle the deficit to 25-17, Webb hit a runner in the waning moments of the first half to give the Lady Panthers a 27-17 advantage at the break before Bromer scored on a layup at the start of the third quarter to make it 29-17.

Comebacks stopped

Cornersville's Morgan Terry scores on a layup over Woodville's Tiffany Isbell in the third quarter.

Terry hit a layup and a turnaround jumper to close the gap to 29-21, but Woodville responded with an 8-0 spurt to open up a 37-21 advantage late in the third period.

Cornersville tallied six of the next eight points on the strength of two baskets from Terry and a Dunkleman jumper to cut the deficit to 39-27 before the Lady Panthers outscored CHS 9-3 over the next 5:30 to forge a 48-30 lead.

The Lady Bulldogs then notched the last six points of the game with the help of two free throws apiece from Prosser, Coble, and Hopkins for the 48-36 final.