Cornersville Middle splits with Elkton
On Thursday night, the Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (9-6) ended their season on a high note when they defeated Elkton 33-14 on the road to complete the season sweep of the Lady Elks.
The Bulldogs (7-8), meanwhile, missed a chance to record their second straight winning season after dropping a 41-35 decision to the Elks in the nightcap.
In the girls game, Cornersville jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter on the strength of four points from Sarah Beth Prosser and two Gabby King free throws, but Elkton outscored CMS 8-7 in the second period to trim the deficit to 13-9 at the break.
The Lady Bulldogs, though, blew the game open in the third quarter by putting together a 13-1 run behind seven points from King and four points from Daisy Braden to forge a 26-10 advantage.
Cornersville then outscored Elkton 7-4 in the fourth period with the help of four points from King and a Prosser field goal to cruise to their second straight victory.
7th graders start
"I let five seventh graders start the game that hadn't started all year and I let them play most of the first quarter. It was nice to send the eighth graders out with a win and get some other girls some experience," said CMS coach Peyton Newton.
King and Prosser shouldered much of the offensive load for Cornersville, as King poured in a game high 15 points while Prosser tallied 11 points. Braden, Demi Peters, and Sydney Wilson rounded out the scoring for CMS with four, two, and one point respectively.
Faith Cross paced Elkton with seven points, while Brooklyn Lopp and Kelsie Caldwell both added two points. Samantha Garner and Destiny Blade each chipped in one point for the Lady Elks as well.
Having lost to Cornersville 43-28 in their previous meeting on Oct. 27, the Elks built an 8-4 lead in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs outscored Elkton 11-7 in the second period on the strength of five points from guard Cameron Whitaker and pair of Caleb Crowell baskets to tie the game at 15-15.
After CMS grabbed a 20-15 lead early in the third quarter thanks to a Henlee Mitchell three-pointer and a basket by Eli Woodard, the Elks closed the stanza with a 14-6 run to pull ahead 29-26.
Elkton then outscored the Bulldogs 12-9 in the fourth period to claim the six-point win.
"After we took the lead in the third quarter, we started turning the ball over and took some ill advised shots. Elkton also ran their zone well and did a good job of rebounding the ball," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "I was disappointed that we couldn't win this game and finish with a winning season, but I have to give Elkton credit because they played well."
Crowell led the Bulldogs with 10 points and Trenton Warren tallied seven points. Woodard also added six points, while Mitchell and Whitaker notched five points apiece. Diego Bazaldua had two points for CMS as well.
Eric Cannon poured in a game high 14 points to pace Elkton. Sean Poarch followed Cannon with nine points and Keshawn Dangerfield added six points. Austin Callahan and R.J. Oyanib also tallied five points apiece for the Elks, while Ashton Gardner had two points.