Lady Bulldogs take win over Culleoka

Friday, January 24, 2014
Cornersville's Brooke Holt scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 48-34 win over Culleoka. Photo by Pap

On Tuesday, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (11-7, 7-2 District) completed the season sweep of Culleoka by going on the road and defeating the Lady Warriors 48-34.

Despite getting off to a slow start, the Lady Bulldogs held a 21-13 lead at the end of the first half before outscoring Culleoka 27-21 over the final two quarters to record their 24th straight win over the Lady Warriors (9-12, 5-4 District).

Although Culleoka held a 5-3 edge in three-pointers, the Lady Bulldogs finished with a 16-9 advantage in field goals and outscored the Lady Warriors 13-11 at the foul line.

Scoring leaders

Senior Brooke Holt led Cornersville with a game high 17 points and eighth grade center Morgan Terry tallied 14 points. Breanne Dunkleman also notched five points for the Lady Bulldogs, while Samantha Prosser, Ashley Umbles, and Carly Salsman chipped in four points apiece.

"We got the ball inside and Brook and Morgan both did a good job of finishing around the basket," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton. "We experimented with putting Brooke in the post and it worked pretty well. She's strong and can overpower her defender when she gets the ball in the paint."

Hayley Foster paced Culleoka with 15 points, while Niki Lee added eight points. Haileigh Shumake, Logan Scott, and Sarah Liggett rounded out the scoring for the Lady Warriors with five, four, and two points respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs stumbled out of the gates while Culleoka raced out to an 11-6 lead in the first quarter behind eight points from Foster.

Quick adjustment

Cornersville, however, got things rolling in the second period and put together a 15-2 run on the strength of nine points from Holt and four points from Terry to seize a 21-13 advantage.

"We started out slow and it took us a little while to get adjusted to their floor. The players were sliding around out there because the floor was slippery and it changed things offensively and defensively. Once we got adjusted to that we played pretty well the rest of the way," said Newton.

The Lady Bulldogs still held a 29-21 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks four points from Terry and a basket from Umbles before outscoring the Lady Warriors 19-13 in the fourth period with the help of a Holt trey and four points apiece from Dunkleman, Terry, and Salsman to cap their 48-34 triumph.