CMS Lady Bulldogs hammer Elkton
After falling to New Prospect in their season opener four days earlier, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (1-1) bounced back in a big way on Monday night when they crushed the Elkton Lady Elks 45-6 at home.
The Lady Bulldogs put down the hammer early and forged a 28-3 lead in the first half before outscoring Elkton 17-3 over the final two quarters en route to picking up their first victory of the season.
"Usually we only have a walk through on game day, but we had a hard practice today because of how we played last Thursday. We ended up having a good practice and it showed tonight," said CMS coach Peyton Newton.
Cornersville completely shut down the Lady Elks' offense and limited Elkton to just one field goal on eight percent shooting. The Lady Bulldogs also recorded 28 steals in the contest and forced 36 Lady Elk turnovers.
With their defense setting up numerous transition scoring opportunities, Cornersville finished with 20 field goals on 43 percent shooting. The Lady Bulldogs also outrebounded Elkton 24-16 and held a 17-3 edge on the offensive boards.
Getting in the game
Forward Sydney Wilson led a balanced CMS offensive attack that saw nine different players work their way into the scoring column by tallying a career high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with four steals.
"I got on Sydney pretty hard after Thursday night. I told her that we needed her leadership and she responded to that challenge. I knew she would play well tonight," said Newton
Sarah Beth Prosser followed Wilson with seven points, while Gabby King and Demi Peters added six points apiece. Sierra Kinder, Bethany Fitzgerald, and Sydney Downs notched four points apiece as well and Sorrell Garrell chipped in three points. Laura Allen rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with one point.
"I've been telling the younger girls that their time is coming. I need somebody to step up and give us some minutes off the bench. I was very happy with how they played tonight," said Newton.
Faith Cross was the lone Elkton player to see the ball go in the basket and scored all six of the Lady Elks' points.
The Lady Bulldogs came flying out of the gates and built a 15-0 lead in the first quarter behind six points from Wilson, five points from Prosser, and a pair of baskets by King.
Cornersville continued to rapidly pull away in the second period and tallied the first 12 points of the stanza with the help of baskets from Prosser, King, Kinder, Peters, Wilson, and Garrell to open up a 27-0 advantage.
Cross finally got the Lady Elks on the board by hitting one-of-two free throws with :59 left in the half before scoring on a layup a few moments later to trim the deficit to 27-3.
After Allen knocked down one-of-two free throws to give CMS a 28-3 advantage at the break, the Lady Bulldogs opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run thanks to layups from Kinder, Wilson, Downs, and Fitzgerald to stretch their lead to 36-4.
Following a free throw by Cross, which narrowed the gap to 36-4 late in the third quarter, Cornersville outscored Elkton 9-2 the rest of the way behind four points from Peters to wrap up their 45-6 triumph.