Lady Bulldogs shut down Hampshire
Despite struggling offensively in the second half, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (9-6, 5-1 District) recorded their second straight lopsided win when they defeated the Hampshire Lady Hawks 38-16 on the road.
The Lady Bulldogs buried Hampshire (5-9, 1-5 District) early and built a 27-9 lead in the first half. Cornersville's offense then bogged down in the second half, but CHS still managed to outscore the Lady Hawks 11-7 over the final two quarters to claim their 18th straight victory over Hampshire.
Aided by a 5-of-8 shooting performance in the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs shot 42 percent (10-of-24) from the field overall, which included a 2-of-6 effort from three-point range, but committed 22 turnovers and made just 16-of-35 free throws.
"I was very pleased with how we played in the first half. We were moving well defensively and moved the ball well offensively. Then we came out dead in the third quarter and started throwing the ball everywhere," said CHS coach Peyton Newton. "Foul shots hurt us too. That's unusual for us because we're usually a pretty decent foul shooting team. We were lucky to come out of here with a win."
Carson Coble and Breanne Dunkleman both tallied eight points to lead Cornersville with Coble grabbing a team high 10 rebounds. Breanne Dunkleman also added seven points and four assists, while Madison Hopkins and Morgan Terry chipped in five points apiece. Samantha Prosser and Ashley Umbles rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with four and one point respectively.
The Lady Hawks were unable to solve Cornersville's 2-3 zone and mustered just six field goals on 17 percent shooting while missing all 18 attempts from beyond the arc and committing 24 turnovers. Hampshire also struggled at the line and hit only 4-of-19 free throws overall.
Breanna Hines, Amaya Ashley, and Lanora Kelly paced the Lady Hawks with four points apiece, while Shelby Voss and Sami Castleberry notched two and one point respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs got off to a fast start and raced out to an 11-0 lead late in the first quarter with the help of five points from Holt and a pair of baskets from Coble and Terry.
After Kelly hit a jumper to trim the deficit to 11-2, Hopkins nailed a three and Umbles made one-of-two free throws to give CHS a 15-2 advantage at the end of the first period.
Kelly knocked down another jumper at the start of the second quarter to narrow the gap to 15-4, but Cornersville responded with a 12-3 run, highlighted by a Prosser trey, to open up a 27-7 advantage prior to taking a 27-9 lead into the break.
Although CHS saw their offense come to a screeching halt in the third and failed to score in the period, Hampshire failed to take full advantage of the opportunity and tallied only four points in the stanza to cut the deficit to 27-13.
The Lady Bulldogs broke their scoring drought in the fourth quarter and put together an 11-2 run on the strength of five points apiece from Dunkleman and Coble to stretch their lead to 38-15 with 1:55 left before taking home the 38-16 win.