Cornersville girls blast Hampshire

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber Cornersville High School honored their senior basketball players, cheerleaders, and managers before the Bulldogs' game against Hampshire on Friday night. Pictured, from left, are, front row, Ashley King, Tori Conner, Jamey Singleton, and Amala Elder; back row, Tyler Lowery, Brian Lowe, Jacob Reeves, and Brooke Holt.

Cornersville guard Brooke Holt had an enjoyable Senior Night, as she and her Lady Bulldog teammates wrapped up District play by thrashing Hampshire 62-25 at home on Friday to complete the season sweep of the Lady Hawks.

CHS (14-9, 10-2 District) dominated from start to finish and built a 32-11 lead in the first half before outscoring Hampshire 30-14 over the final two quarters to cruise to their 19th straight win over the Lady Hawks.

"I think playing well against Moore County last night helped us. It showed that we could play with good teams," said Holt. "Since it was Senior Night, we were excited and knew we had to take care of business. Some of the other girls have stepped up lately and I'm really proud of them."

More scoring

After scoring only 38 points against Hampshire in their last meeting, Cornersville carved up the Lady Hawks defense on Friday and shot a sizzling 52 percent (22-of-42) from the field despite hitting just 1-of-8 three-point attempts. The Lady Bulldogs also outscored Hampshire 17-6 at the foul line and committed only 14 turnovers.

"The girls wanted to make it a special game for Brooke because it was Senior Night. They raised their game to another level," said CHS coach Peyton Newton. "I don't know if they're getting more comfortable with the system, but they're getting more comfortable playing with each other and I think their confidence is growing. We've played a few good games in a row for the first time this season."

Cornersville's Brooke Holt scores on a layup over Hampshire's Sami Castleberry in the second quarter.

Center Morgan Terry led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points, while Ashley Umbles tallied 10 points, eight rebounds, and six steals. Holt, Madison Hopkins, Breanne Dunkleman, and Samantha Prosser added seven points apiece as well with Hopkins and Dunkleman both recording four assists and four steals. Britton Stewart and Carson Coble also notched five and four points respectively for Cornersville, while Brooke Defoe and Carly Salsman each chipped in two points.

Hampshire, conversely, committed 20 turnovers and mustered a mere eight field goals on 18 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-18 effort from beyond the arc. The Lady Hawks did hold a 12-9 edge on the offensive glass, but CHS outrebounded Hampshire 35-23 overall.

Breonna Himes paced the Lady Hawks (9-13, 3-9 District) with nine points, while Hannah Lightfoot and Amaya Ashley added eight and five points respectively.

On a roll

The Lady Bulldog got things rolling early and built a 17-1 lead in the first quarter thanks to five points from Hopkins, a Holt trey, and four points apiece from Terry and Umbles.

Hampshire tallied the first five points of the second period to cut the deficit to 17-6, but CHS countered with a 15-2 run behind four points apiece from Umbles and Prosser to open up a 32-8 advantage late in the stanza.

Cornersville's Ashley Umbles scores on a layup in the first quarter against Hampshire.

After the Lady Hawks notched the final three points of the half to close the gap to 32-11, the Lady Bulldogs outscored Hampshire 15-3 over the first 5:42 of the third quarter with the help of six points from Terry and layups from Hopkins, Umbles, Coble, and Prosser to push their lead to 47-14.

Following two free throws from Ashley, which trimmed the deficit to 47-16, Cornersville put together a 14-6 run on the strength of four points from Dunkleman and baskets from Holt, Defoe, and Prosser to forge a 61-22 advantage with 2:47 left in the fourth period before claiming the 62-25 victory.