Lady Bulldogs' promising start fades in opener
New Prospect (2-0) spoiled the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs season opener on the hardwood, as CMS lost 45-25 to the Lady Tigers on Thursday night at home.
The Lady Bulldogs played well at the start of the game and held a 13-12 lead early in the second quarter. Things, however, quickly went downhill for Cornersville after that point, as New Prospect closed the first half with a 7-3 run to take a 19-16 advantage into the break before outscoring CMS 26-9 over the final two quarters to snap a two-game losing streak against the Lady Bulldogs.
'Just wore down'
Bolstered by a 13-of-25 shooting performance in the second half, the Lady Tigers held a 20-10 advantage in field goals. New Prospect also outrebounded Cornersville 28-26 overall and committed 10 fewer turnovers (26-16) than the Lady Bulldogs.
Forward Rylynne Roysden led three Lady Tiger players in double figures with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Sara Brown and Ashley Pimentel tallied 13 and 10 points respectively for New Prospect as well, while Abby Barnett added eight points and 12 rebounds.
"We started in our press and looked really good, but after that we just wore down and then our mental game suffered. We had too many breakdowns defensively," said CMS coach Peyton Newton. "We only have one girl on the team that got much playing time last year so we're inexperienced right now."
Small forward Gabby King and center Sarah Beth Prosser carried much of the offensive load for Cornersville. King scored a team high 12 points to go along with seven rebounds and four steals, while Prosser knocked down 5-of-9 shots and finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, and four blocked shots. Demi Peters also chipped in two points for the Lady Bulldogs.
"Gabby and Sarah Beth both played well. We had trouble getting the ball down low to them at times, but when we did good things happened," said Newton.
The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to an early 4-0 lead thanks to a pair of layups from King and Prosser before New Prospect tallied the next four points to tie the game at 4-4.
After Prosser scored on an offensive put back and King drilled a three-pointer to give CMS a 9-4 advantage midway through the first quarter, the Lady Tigers closed the stanza with an 8-0 spurt to grab a 12-9 lead.
Last CMS lead
Cornersville notched the first four points of the second period on two free throws from King and a Prosser layup to pull ahead 13-12, but New Prospect outscored the Lady Bulldogs 7-3 over the final 4:20 of the first half to seize a 19-16 advantage.
The Lady Tigers then opened up some breathing room at the start of the second half by tallying six of the first eight points of the third quarter to stretch their lead to 25-18.
CMS trimmed the deficit to 27-22 midway through the third quarter behind an offensive put back from Prosser and a King layup, but New Prospect responded with a 14-1 run to forge a 41-23 lead early in the fourth period.
King then scored on a layup to make it 41-25 before the Lady Tigers notched the final four points of the contest to cap their 45-25 victory.