Lady Bulldogs cruise past Fayetteville
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (4-7) defeated Fayetteville for the sixth time in seven meetings when they drubbed the Lady Tigers 68-54 on Monday morning at the Richland Christmas Classic.
Fayetteville (3-8) had split the season series with CHS last year, but the Lady Bulldogs had a relatively easy time with the Lady Tigers on Monday, as they built a 38-24 lead in the first half before forging a 51-29 lead late in the third quarter en route to claiming the 14-point victory.
"I talked to them about getting off to a fast start. We had a two-week layoff and I didn't want us to come out flat. We ran a more aggressive defensive system today and it worked well for us," said CHS coach Peyton Newton.
Bolstered by a 10-of-16 shooting performance from freshman center Morgan Terry, the Lady Bulldogs shot 41 percent from the field while knocking down 3-of-12 three-point attempts and outscoring Fayetteville 29-12 at the foul line.
After scoring a career high 30 points in her last outing against Mt. Pleasant, Terry dominated the paint for the second straight game and poured in a game high 28 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals.
Madison Hopkins and Breanne Dunkleman also tallied seven points apiece for Cornersville, while Carson Coble, Emma Mitchell, and Taylor Powers each added three points. Sarah Beth Prosser notched four points as well, and Carly Salsman chipped in three points. Brooke Defoe (two points), Gabby King (one point), and Sydney Wilson (one point) rounded out the scoring for CHS.
Fayetteville, conversely, shot only 32 percent (19-of-60) from the field, which included a 4-of-16 effort from beyond the arc. The Lady Tigers did hold a 12-10 edge on the offensive glass, but the Lady Bulldogs outrebounded Fayetteville 37-33 overall while recording 16 steals and forcing 27 FHS turnovers.
D.J. Horton paced three Lady Tiger players in double figures with 12 points. Nesya Buchanan and Jasmine Parks also notched 10 points apiece, while Carrie Staples, Tamia Baker, and Kevondria Carr each had six points. Kerry Brown chipped in four points for Fayetteville as well.
Fayetteville inched out to an early 6-5 lead before Dunkleman and Powers sandwiched two free throws and offensive put back around a Parks layup to give Cornersville a 9-8 advantage midway through the first quarter.
After Parks scored on a layup to stake the Lady Tigers to a 10-9 lead, the Lady Bulldogs began to take control of the contest and put together a 14-2 run behind eight points from Terry and a pair of treys from Hopkins and Coble to seize a 23-12 advantage early in the second period.
Staples knocked down a three to narrow the gap to 23-15, but Cornersville outscored Fayetteville 15-9 over the final 5:44 of the half with the help of seven points from Terry to stretch their lead to 38-24.
Fayetteville trimmed the deficit to 38-26 early in the third quarter on two free throws by Horton before the Lady Bulldogs countered with a 13-3 spurt on the strength of nine points from Terry to forge a 51-29 advantage late in the stanza.
After the Lady Tigers tallied four of the next five points to close the gap to 52-33, Prosser scored on a layup in the waning moments of the third period before hitting two free throws early in the fourth to stake CHS to a 56-35 lead.
Fayetteville then outscored Cornersville 19-12 the rest of the way for the 68-54 final.