Lady Bulldogs bog down in loss

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Cornersville's Carson Coble goes up for a layup after being fouled by Huntland's Holly Wortman in the first quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Cold shooting proved to be the undoing of the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs on Thursday night, as they lost 51-40 to the Huntland Lady Hornets at home.

After taking a 23-14 lead into halftime, the Lady Hornets saw their lead swell to 44-26 midway through the fourth quarter.

Late charge

Huntland then held off a late charge by the Lady Bulldogs that saw CHS cut the deficit to seven points on two different occasions to claim their third straight win over Cornersville.

"We played one of our best games of the year against Santa Fe and followed that up by playing one of our worst," said CHS Peyton Newton. "We weren't able to get in the gym much this week with school being out and that hurt. Fortunately this wasn't a District game".

Although they knocked down 16-of-20 free throws, the Lady Bulldogs were never able to find the range from the field, as they shot just 22 percent (11-of-50) from the floor overall and made only 2-of-9 three-point attempts.

Cornersville did outrebound Huntland 35-30 and held a 14-10 edge on the offensive glass, but were hamstrung by 19 turnovers.

Heavy pressure

"They pressured the heck out of us and we're at the point where we're hoping someone else will handle the pressure. We've got some people that can handle the ball, but they need to have more confidence. Teams know that and press us," said Newton. "We also missed a bunch of shots that we had been hitting. We got the ball under the basket and just threw it up instead of getting set and going up strong."

Cornersville's Brooke Holt scores on a layup in the third quarter against Huntland.

Brooke Holt recorded her fourth double-double of the season and led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and five steals. Madison Hopkins followed Holt with nine points while Ashley Umbles added seven points and four steals. Breanne Dunkleman, Morgan Terry, and Carson Coble chipped in four points apiece for CHS as well.

Despite hitting only 5-of-25 attempts from beyond the arc, Huntland finished with 19 field goals on 37 percent shooting while making 8-of-16 free throws.

Ali Golden paced the Lady Hornets with 23 points and Tara Cates tallied 11 points. Michaela Clark and Jacey Dudeck also notched five and four points respectively for Huntland.

Cates drained a trey at the start of the game to stake the Lady Hornets to an early 3-0 lead before Cornersville put together a 10-4 run behind four points apiece from Hopkins and Dunkleman to seize a 10-7 advantage late in the first quarter.

Sudden sleep

After Golden converted a three-point play in the waning moments of the first period to tie the game at 10-10, the Lady Bulldogs saw their offense go into hibernation in the second, as they missed all 16 shots in the quarter while Huntland outscored them 13-4 in the stanza to take a 23-14 lead into the break.

CHS trimmed the deficit to 23-16 early in the second half on a layup by Holt, but the Lady Hornets countered with a 14-5 spurt to open up a 37-21 advantage at the end of the third period.

Cornersville narrowed the gap to 37-24 early in the fourth quarter thanks to an offensive put back by Umbles and a Hopkins free throw before Huntland tallied seven of the next nine points to forge a 44-26 lead with 4:51 left.

The Lady Bulldogs tried the make a late charge and outscored the Lady Hornets 14-3 over the next 4:10 behind seven points from Holt and an Umbles three, but CHS came up empty on their final two possessions while Golden hit four free throws to seal Huntland's 51-40 victory.