Lady Bulldogs fall to Moore Co.
Although the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (13-9) showed signs of improvement on Thursday night, they were unable bring home a victory, as CHS dropped a 46-36 decision to a solid Moore County Raiderette squad in Lynchburg.
The Raiderettes (17-10) held a 30-17 lead early in the third quarter before the Lady Bulldogs rallied to slice the deficit to 35-29 with 7:40 left in the fourth period.
Moore County, though, was able to keep Cornersville at arm's length down the stretch and outscored CHS 11-7 the rest of the way to pull away for the 10-point victory.
The Lady Bulldogs forced 19 turnovers by the Raiderettes, but Moore County shot 50 percent (17-of-34) from the field and knocked down 5-of-9 three-point attempts.
Kirsten Hawkins poured in a game high 24 points to lead the Raiderettes. Kinsley Logan and Katie Thomas notched six and five points respectively for Moore County as well.
The Lady Bulldogs committed 15 turnovers and held a 12-8 edge on the offensive glass, but shot just 36 percent (16-of-44) from the floor, which included a 0-of-9 effort from beyond the arc, while hitting just 4-of-10 free throw attempts.
"I thought we played well especially on defense, but we just couldn't get enough shots to drop and missed too many free throws. We didn't have as many turnovers as we normally do against the press, but we turned it over in big spots," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton.
Center Morgan Terry led the Lady Bulldog with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with six rebounds. Breanne Dunkleman followed Terry with nine points and five steals, while Madison Hopkins added eight points. Ashley Umbles and Carson Coble rounded out the scoring for CHS with two and one point respectively.
The Raiderettes jumped out to an early 8-3 lead before Cornersville outscored Moore County 6-4 over the final 2:50 of the first quarter thanks to four points from Terry and a Dunkleman layup to trim the deficit to 12-9.
After Hawkins notched the first five points of the second period on a trey and a layup to give the Raiderettes a 17-9 advantage, CHS tallied five of the next seven points with the help of two baskets from Terry and a Dunkleman free throw to narrow the gap to 19-14 midway through the stanza.
Moore County then closed the half with a 9-3 spurt to stretch their lead to 28-17 at the break before opening up a 30-17 advantage early in the third quarter on a basket by Hawkins.
The Lady Bulldogs tried to claw their way back into the contest and put together an 8-2 run behind four points from Dunkleman and a pair of layups from Hopkins and Umbles to whittle the deficit to 32-25 with 2:45 left in the third period.
After the Raiderettes stretched their lead to 35-25 on a layup by Haley Henshaw and a Hawkins free throw, Terry scored on a layup before Dunkleman hit a short bank shot to close the gap to 35-29 early in the fourth quarter.
Cornersville, however, would pull no closer than that, as they failed to score over the next five minutes while Moore County tallied five straight points to open up a 40-29 advantage.
Terry then sandwiched a three-point play and a jump hook around a layup by Hawkins to cut the deficit to 42-34 with 1:35 left, but the Raiderettes scored the next four points on two free throws apiece from Makayla Ray and Hawkins to stretch their lead to 46-34 before claiming the 46-36 victory.