Lady Bulldogs beat Columbia Academy

Friday, January 17, 2014
Cornersville's Ashley Umbles hits a short bank shot over Columbia Academy's Leslie Golden in the second quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After defeating Columbia Academy 56-38 just three days earlier, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs completed the season sweep of the Maury County private school on Tuesday when they beat CA 47-36 at home.

Similar to their previous encounter, the Lady Bulldogs (10-6, 6-1) took control of the contest early and built a 24-13 lead in the first half. Cornersville then opened up a 43-27 advantage midway through the fourth quarter before claiming the 11-point victory.

Winning differences

CHS shot only 33 percent (13-of-39) from the field and hit just 3-of-14 three-point attempts, but cashed in at the foul line and made 18-of-28 free throws. The Lady Bulldogs also committed seven fewer turnovers (21-14) than Columbia Academy, outrebounded CA 31-28, and held a 11-10 edge on the offensive glass.

Although Columbia Academy (0-17, 0-6 District) actually eclipsed their season average of 31.3 points per game, they shot only 30 percent (13-of-43) from the floor, hit just 4-of-15 attempts from beyond the arc, and missed 11-of-17 free throws.

"Offensively we were standing around again. We weren't moving and weren't cutting, but I also think we didn't play that well defensively. We didn't talk and didn't move well," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton. "I told the girls before the game that we've got to play well and get some confidence, but I also didn't want to play fast tonight. I wanted to slow the game down so we had something left for Richland on Friday."

Cornersville's Brooke Holt hits a runner in the fourth quarter against Columbia Academy.

Brook Holt led Cornersville with 11 points, while Ashley Umbles turned in a solid all around performance and tallied nine points, 11 rebounds, and five steals. Madison Hopkins also added seven points and Morgan Terry notched six points. Carson Coble chipped in five points as well, while Breanne Dunkleman and Kennedy Wilson both had four points. Kelsey Wortham rounded out the scoring for CHS with one point.

Leslie Golden paced CA with 12 points, while Corine Shapiro added seven points. Sabrina Gilliam and Sutherland Sharder also tallied six points apiece for Columbia Academy.

Early lead

CA jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before the Lady Bulldogs rattled off six straight points on a Hopkins jumper and two free throws apiece from Holt and Coble to pull ahead 6-4 midway through the first quarter.

Golden hit two free throws to tie the game at 6-6, but Cornersville countered with a 12-0 run, highlighted by a Holt trey, to seize a 18-6 lead midway through the second period.

After Shapiro canned a three to cut the deficit to 18-9, CHS outscored Columbia Academy 6-4 over the final 2:42 of the half thanks to a pair of baskets from Umbles and a Terry layup to take a 24-13 advantage into the break.

The Lady Bulldogs continued to expand their lead at the start of the second half and opened the third quarter with an 8-4 spurt on the strength of five points from Hopkins and a Coble trey to open up a 32-17 cushion.

CA outscored Cornersville 7-4 over the final 3:13 of the third period to narrow the gap to 36-24, before CHS tallied six of the first nine points of the fourth quarter with the help of a Terry layup and a runner from Holt to forge a 42-27 lead with 3:45 left.

Columbia Academy used a 9-1 spurt to whittle the deficit to 43-36 with :35, but the Lady Bulldogs held CA scoreless on their final three possessions while Wilson hit four free throws to seal CHS' 47-36 win.