CMS Lady Bulldogs hold off Minor Hill 28-18

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Cornersville's Gabby King scores on a layup over Minor Hill's Allie Toone in the fourth quarter. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (3-1) didn't earn any style points on Thursday night, but still managed to record their third straight win by defeating the Minor Hill Lady Wildcats 28-18 at home.

Cornersville held a 12-4 lead at the end of the first half, but the Lady Wildcats (0-1) clawed their way back into the contest and rallied to cut the deficit to 20-17 midway through the fourth quarter.

Winning run

The Lady Bulldogs, however, kept Minor Hill at bay down the stretch and put together a 8-1 run over the final three minutes of the game to pull away for the 10-point victory.

Although Minor Hill outscored CMS 6-4 at the foul line and committed six fewer turnovers (24-18) than the Lady Bulldogs, Cornersville held a 12-6 advantage in field goals and outrebounded the Lady Wildcats 37-17 overall, which included a 19-11 edge on the offensive glass.

After scoring a career high 25 points against Columbia Academy two days earlier, forward Gabby King carried Cornersville offensively late in Thursday's contest en route to recording her first double-double of the season, as she scored eight of her game high 15 points in the fourth quarter to go along with 10 rebounds.

Go-to gir

"I felt like Gabby was our only aggressive player tonight. I knew we had to get her the ball in the fourth quarter because she was the only one taking it to the basket," said CMS coach Peyton Newton.

Sarah Beth Prosser also added seven points and four steals, while Sydney Wilson tallied four points and a career high 13 rebounds. Payton Salsman chipped in two points and four assists for the Lady Bulldogs as well.

Cornersville's Payton Salsman drives past Minor Hill's Allie Toone in the fourth quarter.

Allie Toone paced Minor Hill with five points, while Hannah McComiskey, Anna Johnson, Makena Birdsong notched four points apiece. Kennedy Salters also had one point for the Lady Wildcats.

Both teams found points hard to come by at the start of the game, as the two squads were locked in a 2-2 tie through the first quarter of play.

After Prosser scored the first three points of the second period on a free throw and an offensive put back to give Cornersville a 5-2 lead, the Lady Wildcats narrowed the gap to 5-4 on free throws by McComiskey and Salters.

Scoring stretch

The Lady Bulldogs then closed the first half with a flourish and ended the stanza with a 7-0 run behind five points from King and a Wilson offensive put back to open up a 12-4 advantage.

Minor Hill then outscored CMS 9-4 through the first 3:40 of the second half to slice the deficit to 16-13 midway through the third quarter before Prosser tallied four straight points on a layup and a short bank shot to stake Cornersville to a 20-13 lead early in the fourth period.

After the Lady Wildcats notched the next four points to close the gap to 20-17, King stepped up her game during crunch time and singlehandedly outscored Minor Hill 8-1 the rest of the way on the strength of three layups and two free throws to seal CMS' 28-18 victory.