Lady Bulldogs win, Bulldogs downed
Coming off a humbling 41-38 loss to Fayetteville the previous evening, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (12-8, 8-2 District) got back on track by going on the road and defeating Mt. Pleasant 43-27 on Friday night to complete the season sweep of the Lady Tigers.
The Bulldogs (5-15, 3-7 District), meanwhile, suffered their second straight loss after dropping a 64-45 decision to Mt. Pleasant (14-5, 9-1 District) in the nightcap.
Having narrowly defeated the Lady Tigers 54-51 in their previous encounter on Dec. 17, the Lady Bulldogs took charge early in Friday's contest and built a 13-2 lead in the first quarter behind six points from Morgan Terry and a pair of baskets from Madison Hopkins and Ashley Umbles.
After Mt. Pleasant (2-17, 2-8 District) trimmed the deficit to 19-9 in the second period, Cornersville managed to maintain their double digit lead in the third quarter and held a 27-17 advantage at the end of the stanza thanks to five points from Hopkins and a basket from Terry.
The Lady Bulldogs then avoided any late dramatics by outscoring the Lady Tigers 16-10 in the fourth period on the strength of 11 points from Terry to record their 15th straight win over Mt. Pleasant.
Terry continues to make rapid improvement in the low post, as the precocious eighth grade center led Cornersville with a career high 21 points. Hopkins followed Terry with seven points and Brooke Holt added four points. Breanne Dunkleman also chipped in three points, while Umbles, Carson Coble, and Britton Stewart had two points apiece. Carly Salsman and Brooke Defoe rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with one point each.
"Our focus was to get the ball inside and Morgan obviously played well," said CHS coach Peyton Newton. "We also cut down on our turnovers. Madison handled the ball for us and did a good job. Brooke scored only four points, but she guarded their best shooter all night and did a great job."
Katelyn Haywood paced Mt. Pleasant with eight points, while India Frierson added seven points. Alyssa Lemay and Jasmine Turner notched four and three points for the Lady Tigers as well.
After thumping Cornersville 74-42 in their previous meeting, the Tigers had a tougher time with the Bulldogs this time around, but still held a 31-22 lead at the end of the first half.
Mt. Pleasant then put together a 17-9 run in the third quarter to open up a 46-31 advantage before outscoring CHS 16-14 in the fourth period to claim the 19-point win.
"We played a lot better than we did the first time, but we were just outmanned. We contained their three-point shooter, but they hurt us down low," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "We did all we could do against them and I was proud of the way we competed especially since we were playing at their place."
Tate Lowery led the Bulldogs with 11 points, while Tyler Lowery and Brian Lowe tallied eight points apiece. Jacob Reeves, Wes Meadows, and Jamie Crowell also notched seven, six, and five points respectively for the Bulldogs.
Jordan Woodson paced three Tiger players in double figures with 19 points. Walter Crawford and Ken'Yores Smith added 18 points apiece for Mt. Pleasant as well, while Trez Rogers chipped in seven points.