Huntland tops Lady Bulldogs to sweep season

Friday, February 7, 2014
Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber Cornersville's Samantha Prosser scores on a layup in the third quarter against Huntland.

Huntland (11-16) completed the season sweep of the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday night, as CHS dropped a 47-36 decision to the Lady Hornets on the road.

With senior guard Brooke Holt unable to play due to a sprained ankle, the Lady Bulldogs (14-11) trailed by as many as eight points in the third quarter, but rallied to seize a 35-32 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Cornersville, however, came apart at the seams down the stretch, as Huntland outscored CHS 15-1 over the final 3:30 of the contest to record their fourth straight win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Errors' damage

"At the end of the game, we forced some passes and had a defensive possession where we got mixed up and they hit a three," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton. "We missed some shots and didn't box out on some missed free throws too. We just did some little things that you can't do at the end of the game."

Although Cornersville outrebounded the Lady Hornets 37-32 and held a 16-11 edge on the offensive glass, they finished with only 15 field goals on 29 percent shooting, which included a 2-of-7 effort from three-point range, while hitting only 4-of-15 free throws.

Center Morgan Terry posted a double-double and led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocked shots. Britton Stewart followed Terry with seven points and three steals, while Madison Hopkins, Breanne Dunkleman, and Carson Coble notched five, four, and three points respectively. Ashley Umbles and Samantha Prosser also chipped in two points apiece for CHS with Umbles grabbing nine rebounds.

Stepping up

"I thought Britton had a good game and really stepped up," said Newton. "We obviously missed Brooke, but it was nice to get some other girls some minutes and get ready for the District tournament."

Huntland shot just 31 percent (15-of-49) from the floor and hit only 4-of-20 attempts from beyond the arc, but knocked down 13-of-19 free throws.

Ali Golden paced the Lady Hornets with 12 points and Tara Cates added 10 points. Caylee McLennan notched nine points for Huntland as well, while Holly Wortman, Kara Smith, and Michaela Clark chipped in seven, six, and three points respectively.

The Lady Hornets raced out to 9-2 lead midway through the first quarter, but Cornersville rattled off eight straight points thanks to two free throws and baskets from Umbles, Terry, and Dunkleman to pull ahead 10-9 early in the second period.

Huntland then outscored CHS 10-3 over the last 5:45 of the second period to take a 19-13 advantage into the break before Cates hit two free throws early in the third quarter to give the Lady Hornets a 21-13 lead.

Cornersville's Morgan Terry fires up a jumper in the third quarter against Huntland.

Taking the lead

The Lady Bulldogs began to battle back and put together a 15-8 run behind five points from Hopkins and four points from Terry to whittle the deficit to 29-28 with 6:34 left in the fourth period.

After Wortman converted a three-point play to stretch Huntland's lead to 32-28, Cornersville tallied the next seven points on a Stewart trey and a pair of baskets from Terry to seize a 35-32 advantage.

CHS' lead would prove to be short lived, as the Lady Hornets responded with an 11-0 spurt to go up 43-35 with :42 left.

Terry hit one-of-two free throws to trim the deficit to 43-36, but the Lady Bulldogs came up empty on their final three possessions while Cates and Golden each made two free throws to clinch Huntland's 47-36 triumph.