Lady Bulldogs fall to Moore Co.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Cornersville's (10) Breanne Dunkleman scores on a layup in the first quarter against Moore County. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (0-3) are still searching for their first win of the season after dropping a 55-36 decision to an undefeated Moore County Raiderette squad on Friday night in Lynchburg.

Cornersville stood toe-to-toe with the Raiderettes (5-0) early on and held a 20-18 lead late in the second quarter, but Moore County closed the first half with a 12-3 run to seize a 30-23 advantage. The Raiderettes then pulled away from the Lady Bulldogs in the second half and outscored CHS 25-13 over the final two quarters to claim their fifth straight win over Cornersville.

"I was pleased with our effort and intensity the whole time, but we gave up some big shots and committed some turnovers at critical times," said CHS coach Peyton Newton. "I know playing teams like this early in the season is going to help us. We're beat up right now, but this is going to make us a better team in the long run."

Bolstered by a 7-of-18 effort from three-point range, Moore County finished with 19 field goals on 41 percent shooting while committing only 15 turnovers. Kursten Hawkins led the Raiderettes' offensive attack by pouring in a game high 26 points. Kinsley Logan followed Hawkins with nine points, while Katie Thomas and Makayla Ray notched six and five points respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs, conversely, shot only 33 percent (12-of-36) from the field and made just 1-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc. Cornersville did outrebound Moore County 37-20 and held a 13-6 edge on the offensive glass, but negated their advantage on the boards by committing 30 turnovers.

Freshman center Morgan Terry paced the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Madison Hopkins tallied eight points as well, while Breanne Dunkleman and Carson Coble added five points apiece. Emma Mitchell also chipped in two points and eight rebounds for CHS.

Terry carried the Lady Bulldogs early on, as she hit all three of her shot attempts and one-of-two free throws in the first four and a half minutes of the game to stake Cornersville to an 7-2 lead.

Moore County then ripped off 12 straight points to pull ahead 14-7 late in the first quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs put together an 8-0 run with the help of four Terry free throws and baskets from Dunkleman and Hopkins to grab a 15-14 advantage midway through the second period.

Following two free throws from Hawkins, which put the Raiderettes up 16-15, Terry and Hopkins sandwiched a layup and a trey around a basket by Moore County's Chrissy Lockhart to give CHS a 20-18 advantage.

Cornersville's (33) Carson Coble fires up a three-pointer in the third quarter against Moore County.

After the Raiderettes tallied five straight points to grab a 23-20 lead, Coble made two free throws to narrow the gap to 23-22, before Moore County ended the second quarter with a 7-2 spurt, punctuated by a Hawkins three as time expired in the half, to open up a 30-23 advantage.

The Raiderettes then began to distance themselves from Cornersville in the third quarter and outscored the Lady Bulldogs 10-3 through the first 5:09 of the stanza to stretch their lead to 40-26.

Mitchell hit a layup to trim the deficit to 40-28, but Moore County responded with an 13-2 run to forge a 53-30 advantage early in the fourth period.

CHS then outscored the Raiderettes 6-2 the rest of the way thanks to three points apiece from Hopkins and Coble for the 55-36 final.