Ethridge halts Lady Bulldogs

Friday, December 5, 2014
Cornersvile's (25) Sarah Beth Prosser hits a runner over Ethridge's (14) Ali Cobb in the second quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After losing a hard fought 40-39 game against a strong New Prospect team the previous evening, the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (7-6) suffered their second straight setback on Tuesday night when they dropped a 33-27 decision to Ethridge Elementary School at home.

Ethridge had narrowly defeated Cornersville 22-21 in the previous encounter on Nov. 4, but the Lady Bulldogs appeared they would avenge that loss after rallying from a nine-point second half deficit to take a 24-23 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Lead fades away

Cornersville, however, faltered down the stretch, as EES outscored the Lady Bulldogs 10-3 the rest of the way to complete the sweep of the season series.

Aided by a 5-of-12 shooting performance in the second quarter, Ethridge finished with a 12-9 advantage in field goals and held a 1-0 edge in three-pointers. The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded EES 35-32, but were hamstrung by 21 turnovers. Ethridge, conversely, turned the ball over only 11 times.

Both teams struggled at the foul line, as Cornersville made just 9-of-20 free throws while EES made only 8-of-17 attempts from the foul line.

"I thought we were starting to turn the corner after the New Prospect game, but we missed too many free throws tonight and made some critical mistakes at the end of the game," said CMS coach Peyton Newton.

Double-double

Cornersville's (11) Sydney Wilson knocks down a free throw in the third quarter against Ethridge.

Sarah Beth Prosser recorded a double-double and led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points, 14 rebounds, three steals, and two blocked shots. Gabby King also tallied 11 points and seven rebounds for Cornersville, while Sydney Wilson added four points and eight rebounds.

Jessica McCormick paced Ethridge with 12 points and Madison Wheeley notched seven points. Caroline Counce tallied six points for EES as well, while Harper Brewer chipped in four points.

Prosser knocked down a baseline jumper to give the Lady Bulldogs an early 2-0 lead, before Ethridge notched the next five points to pull ahead 5-2 late in the first quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs went on a 9-3 run behind five points from King and two Prosser baskets to take a 11-8 lead midway through the second quarter, but EES tallied the final nine points of the half to grab a 17-11 advantage.

Catching up

After Ethridge stretched their lead to 20-11 early in the third quarter, Cornersville scored the next six points thanks to a jump hook by King and four free throws to slice the deficit to 20-17 with :48 left in the stanza.

Counce buried a trey in the waning seconds of the third quarter to give EES a 23-17 advantage, but the Lady Bulldogs put together a 7-0 run with the help of four points from Prosser and a Wilson offensive put back to pull ahead 24-23 with 2:49 left in the fourth period.

Cornersville's lead proved to be a brief one, as Ethridge rattled off six straight points on the strength of four Wheeley free throws and a basket by Cobb to seize a 29-24 advantage with 1:12 left.

The Lady Bulldogs narrowed the gap to 31-27 on a Wilson free throw and a layup by King, but McCormick scored on an offensive put back in the closing moments of the game to seal EES' 33-27 victory.