Lady Bulldogs beat Culleoka, Warriors edge Bulldogs
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (3-6, 2-1 District) recorded their 25th straight win against Culleoka on Friday night when they went on the road and defeated the Lady Warriors 51-44.
Culleoka then snapped a four-game losing streak against the Bulldogs later that evening by pulling out a 43-41 victory in the nightcap.
The Lady Bulldogs got off to a sluggish start in the opener, as the Lady Warriors (1-8, 0-4 District) inched out to a 9-8 lead in the first quarter before taking a 26-25 advantage into halftime.
Cornersville, however, picked up their defensive intensity in the third quarter and put together a 12-6 run in the stanza behind six points from center Morgan Terry and five points from point guard Breanne Dunkleman to seize a 37-32 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs then kept Culleoka at arms' length down the stretch by outscoring the Lady Warriors 14-12 in the fourth period on the strength of 10 points from Terry to claim their third win of the season.
"Culleoka hit a lot of shots in the first half and our intensity wasn't there either. We came out and played a lot better defense in the second half," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton.
Although both teams finished with 16 field goals overall, the Lady Bulldogs held a 5-2 edge in three-pointers and outscored the Lady Warriors 14-10 at the foul line.
Terry led Cornersville's offensive attack by pouring in a season high 21 points. Freshman forward Emma Mitchell drilled four treys and followed Terry with a career high 18 points, while Dunkleman tallied seven points. Taylor Powers and Madison Hopkins rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with three and two points respectively.
"Emma knocked down some big threes for us tonight. I didn't expect her to shoot the ball this well for us this season so that's been a pleasant surprise," said Newton.
Sara Liggett turned in a valiant performance in defeat and paced Culleoka with a game high 24 points. Rayann Adamson also notched 10 points, while Niki Lee added six points. Taylor Daly and Alex Kelly chipped in two points apiece for the Lady Warriors as well.
Playing their first game without senior guard and leading scorer Tate Lowery, the Bulldogs (0-6, 0-3 District) had trouble removing the lid from their basket early on and trailed 8-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Cornersville then put together a 14-6 run in the second period with the help of 10 points from Zack Smith to take a 17-14 lead into the break, but Culleoka (2-9, 1-3 District) outscored the Bulldogs 17-11 in the third quarter to pull back ahead 32-28.
After Cornersville engineered a 13-7 spurt behind six points from Smith and three points from Michael Allen to seize a 41-39 lead late in the fourth period, the Warriors tallied the next four points on a layup and two free throws to grab a 43-41 lead with :6.6 left.
The Bulldogs had a shot to tie or win the game on their final possession, but Smith missed a contested three-pointer as time expired.
Smith led Cornersville with a season high 16 points, while Allen and Ridinger both tallied eight points. Cody Caneer and Justin Black chipped in three and two points for the Bulldogs as well.
Savon Tears paced Culleoka with 14 points, while Craig Parks added 13 points. Tyler Brown also notched five points for the Warriors.