CMS girls win, boys fall vs. Santa Fe
Coming off a loss to Minor Hill earlier in the week, the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (7-4) bounced back on Thursday night by going on the road and defeating Santa Fe 40-27 to complete the season sweep of the Lady Wildcats.
Santa Fe, though, evened the score in the nightcap when the Wildcats beat the Bulldogs 46-34 to record their second win over CMS this year.
The Lady Bulldogs pounced on Santa Fe early and jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter on the strength of nine points from Gabby King and a Sarah Beth Prosser three-point play.
Cornersville then outscored the Lady Wildcats 9-7 in the second period behind four points from Prosser and a pair of baskets from King and Sydney Wilson to take a 21-9 advantage into halftime.
Santa Fe narrowed the gap to 31-22 in the third quarter, but CMS kept the Lady Wildcats at arm's length by putting together a 9-5 run in the fourth period with the help of baskets from King, Prosser, Demi Peters, and Laura Allen to claim their seventh victory of the season.
Although Santa Fe outscored Cornersville 8-6 at the foul line and held a 1-0 edge in three-pointers, the Lady Bulldogs finished with a 17-9 edge in field goals and committed 12 fewer turnovers (33-21) than the Lady Wildcats.
Prosser and King formed a potent one-two punch for CMS, as Prosser poured in a game high 18 points while King tallied 14 points.
"Sarah Beth played a lot smarter when she caught the ball in the post. She used a drop step to get around her defender instead of trying to dribble the ball every time she touched it," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton. "Gabby had a go get it attitude. She got a lot of baskets off steals or scored on some offensive put backs."
Wilson also chipped in four points for the Lady Bulldogs, while Peters and Allen had two points apiece.
Amelia Winchester paced Santa Fe with seven points and Caylynn Hood notched six points. Rylee Long, Laci Warf, Karlee Rowland, and Trinity Kelly rounded out the scoring for the Lady Wildcats with five, four, three, and two points respectively.
In the boys game, Santa Fe inched out to a 10-8 lead in the first quarter before putting together a 12-4 run in the second period to open up a 22-12 advantage at halftime.
After the Wildcats used an 11-3 spurt to extend their lead to 33-15 in the third quarter, the Bulldogs (5-6) outscored Santa Fe 19-13 in the fourth period behind seven points apiece from Cameron Whitaker and Trenton Warren for the 46-34 final.
Aided by their strong performance in the second and third quarters, the Wildcats finished with a 16-11 advantage in field goals and outscored CMS 12-10 at the foul line while committing eight fewer turnovers (28-20) than Cornersville.
Garrett Mills led Santa Fe with 17 points and Eli Hyle tallied 13 points. Camron Hay and Garrett Mills tallied six points apiece for the Wildcats as well, while Kahil Graves and Matthew Hill both had two points.
Eli Woodard paced the Bulldogs with 12 points and Whitaker notched nine points. Warren also tallied seven points, while Henlee Mitchell, Caleb Crowell, and Devin Baus chipped in three, two, and one point respectively.