Lady Bulldogs stumble in loss
After winning the first five meetings against Fayetteville, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (11-8) finally lost to the Lady Tigers on Thursday night when they dropped a 41-38 decision on the road.
The Lady Bulldogs looked listless in the first half and trailed 19-11 at the end of the first two quarters of play.
Cornersville finally showed signs of life in the second half and pulled ahead 37-36 with :41 seconds left, but Fayetteville (2-16) outscored CHS 5-1 over the next 26 seconds with the help of a Tamia Baker three-pointer and two free throws from Sarah Lawson to claim a 41-38 lead.
The Lady Tigers then held Cornersville scoreless on their final possession to hang on for the three-point victory.
Hindered by a 4-of-19 shooting performance in the first half, the Lady Bulldogs shot just 32 percent (14-of-44) from the field overall, which included a 5-of-20 effort from beyond the arc. CHS also struggled at the foul line and hit only 5-of-17 free throws.
The Lady Bulldogs did hold a 10-5 edge on the offensive glass and outrebounded Fayetteville 28-27 overall, but shot themselves in the foot by committing 20 turnovers.
"We didn't come in focused in the first half. We didn't guard anybody and stood around on offense," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton. "I thought we played pretty well in the third and fourth quarters, but they came down and hit three three-pointers at the end of the game. That's one of those teams that doesn't expect to be up at halftime and we gave them confidence."
Brooke Holt led CHS with 15 points and four steals, while Morgan Terry tallied eight points and 10 rebounds. Ashley added six points as well, and Breanne Dunkleman and Madison Hopkins both chipped in four points with Dunkleman recording five assists. Carson Coble rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with one point.
The Lady Tigers committed 21 turnovers and shot just 34 percent (15-of-44) from the floor, but knocked down 8-of-23 three-point attempts.
Baker paced Fayetteville with 17 points, while Lexi Horton and Carrie Staples each added six points. Makenzie Moorehead, Sarah Lawson, and Kerry Brown also notched four points apiece for the Lady Tigers.
Cornersville grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a layup by Dunkleman, but Fayetteville controlled the rest of the first quarter and closed the stanza with a 14-3 run to claim a 14-5 advantage.
CHS outscored the Lady Tigers 6-5 in the second period with the help of baskets from Terry and Hopkins to trim the deficit to 19-11 before Holt nailed two threes early in the third quarter to narrow the gap to 19-17.
After Moorehead scored on a layup to make it 21-17, the Lady Bulldogs put together an 8-3 run on the strength of four points from Terry to pull ahead 25-24 late in the third quarter.
Fayetteville rattled off six straight points to claim a 30-25 advantage early in the fourth quarter, but Cornersville responded with a 7-0 spurt, highlighted by a Holt trey, to seize a 32-30 lead with 5:00 left.
Baker then suddenly caught fire from the outside and canned consecutive threes to give the Lady Tigers a 36-32 advantage.
Following a layup by Terry, Umbles drilled a trey from the right wing to put Cornersville up 37-36, but Baker drained another three to stake Fayetteville to a 39-37 advantage with :30 remaining.
After Umbles hit one-of-two free throws to cut the deficit to 39-38, Lawson made two foul shots with :15 to stretch the Lady Tigers' lead to 41-38.
Dunkleman then missed a desperation three-point attempt on CHS' final possession before Fayetteville grabbed the rebound and ran out the clock to preserve the win.