E. Hickman stops Lady Bulldogs

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Cornersville's Morgan Terry (34) scores on a layup in the first quarter against East Hickman. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After knocking off Marshall County the previous day, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (1-5) were unable to carry the momentum into their next game, as they lost 46-33 to the East Hickman Lady Eagles (6-1) on Saturday morning at the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed 31-15 late in the third quarter before battling back to slice the deficit to 35-30 early in the fourth period.

Rally sours

Cornersville's rally attempt, however, stalled out when freshman center and leading scorer Morgan Terry fouled out a few moments later and East Hickman outscored CHS 11-3 the rest of the way to take home the 13-point victory.

With Terry battling foul trouble much of the game, the Lady Bulldogs looked out of synch on offense and mustered only nine field goals on 26 percent shooting, which include an 0-of-11 effort from three-point range. Cornersville also had trouble breaking the Lady Eagles' full court press and committed 22 turnovers.

"Having Morgan in foul trouble not only messed with our mindset, but it hurt our defensive matchups. Plus we had no post presence on offense when she was out," said CHS coach Peyton Newton. "We're still trying to find ways to get our small guards through the press. Their length gave us a lot of problems."

Still a leader

Despite sitting out nearly half the game, Terry still poured in a team high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with five rebounds and five steals. Fellow freshman Emma Mitchell followed Terry with 11 points and three steals, while Breanne Dunkleman and Carson Coble tallied five and three-points respectively.

Although East Hickman missed all nine attempts from beyond the arc, the Lady Eagles were able to exploit their size advantage in the paint and finished with 18 field goals on 42 percent shooting. East Hickman also outrebounded Cornersville 23-20 and held a 9-8 edge on the offensive glass.

Forward Kaitlyn Campbell hit 6-of-8 shots and paced East Hickman with 16 points. Tatum Gribbins also notched 12 points and Hannah Pendergrass added six points. Alli Crumpler and Chloee Adams chipped in five points apiece for the Lady Eagles as well, while Hannah Rowe had two points.

CHS inched out to a 6-4 lead midway through the first quarter behind four points from Mitchell and a Terry layup, but East Hickman rattled off 12 straight points to seize a 16-6 advantage early in the second period.

Halftime deficit

After Cornersville trimmed the deficit to 20-12 late in the second quarter with the help of four points from Mitchell and two Dunkleman free throws, Crumpler hit two free throws to give the Lady Eagles a 22-12 advantage at the half before East Hickman opened the third quarter with a 9-3 spurt to stretch their lead to 31-15.

The Lady Bulldogs began to claw their way back into it and went on a 10-2 run on the strength of five points from Terry and a Coble three-point play to narrow the gap to 33-25 early in the fourth quarter.

Following a Campbell layup, which stretched the Lady Eagles' lead to 35-25, Terry scored the next five points on a free throw, an offensive put back, and a pull up jumper to whittle the deficit to 35-30 with 6:16 left.

Terry then picked up her fifth foul a minute later and East Hickman quickly extinguished CHS' comeback hopes by tallying nine straight points to forge a 44-30 lead with 1:50 remaining before claiming the 46-33 win.