Prosser propels CMS girls past Culleoka

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Cornersville's (25) Sarah Beth Prosser scores on a layup in the second quarter against Culleoka. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After her team's three-game winning streak was snapped by Ethridge two days earlier, Cornersville Middle School forward Sarah Beth Prosser helped CMS start a new one on Thursday night, as she scored a career high 21 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 39-15 road victory over the Culleoka Lady Warriors.

The Lady Warriors (4-3) actually held an 11-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Cornersville (4-2) dominated the game from that point on and outscored Culleoka 32-4 over the final three periods to roll to the 24-point victory.

Lady Bulldog stats

The Lady Bulldogs pounded the ball into the paint for much of the evening and shot 52 percent (16-of-31) through the first three quarters of play before hitting only 2-of-18 field goal attempts in the fourth period to finish 18-of-49 from the floor overall. Cornersville also outrebounded the Lady Warriors 40-15 and held a 16-5 edge on the offensive glass.

"We struggled against their zone at the start of the game so we talked about passing the ball quickly and making the zone move. We got the ball into the paint and our posts did a good job of finishing," said Lady Bulldog coach Peyton Newton.

Prosser impacted the game on both ends of the floor for Cornersville, as she knocked down 10-of-15 shots while tallying nine steals and three rebounds.

"Sarah Beth played well and was more aggressive tonight. I hope that's the start of what we'll see the rest of the season," said Newton.

Scoring

Center Demi Peters nearly recorded a double-double as well and followed Prosser with eight points, 10 rebounds, and three steals. Gabby King tallied eight points as well for Cornersville to go along with six assists, four steals, and four rebounds, while Bethany Fitzgerald chipped in two points and five rebounds.

Despite knocking down 5-of-12 shots in the first quarter, Culleoka mustered only seven field goals on 21 percent shooting, which included a 1-of-6 effort from three-point range.

Carmyn Tullis paced the Lady Warriors with five points, while Laisyn Derryberry and Kaitlyn Young added four points apiece. Emmy Handschug also notched two points for Culleoka.

The Lady Warriors jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before Prosser tallied five straight points on a three-point play and a layup to give Cornersville a 5-4 advantage midway through the first quarter.

Scoreless quarter

Cornersville's Bethany Fitzgerald fires up a short jumper in the fourth quarter against Culleoka.

Culleoka then closed the first period with a 7-2 run to seize an 11-7 lead, but the Lady Bulldogs took control of the game in the second quarter and outscored the Lady Warriors 14-0 in the stanza behind eight points from Prosser and four points from Peters to take a 21-11 lead into the break.

After Derryberry scored on an offensive put back at the start of the second half to narrow the gap to 21-13, Cornersville put together an 8-0 run behind four points from King and a pair of baskets from Prosser and Peters to forge a 29-13 lead midway through the third quarter.

Young hit a layup to trim the deficit to 29-15 with 2:00 left in the third quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs once again clamped down defensively and outscored Culleoka 10-0 the rest of the way on the strength of four points from Prosser and baskets from King, Peters, and Fitzgerald to cap their 39-15 triumph.