Lady Bulldogs edged in OT
On Saturday, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (4-9, 2-3 District) lost to Santa Fe for the first time in six years when they dropped a hard fought 73-67 decision to the Lady Wildcats in overtime at home.
After building a 47-36 lead through the first three quarters of play, Santa Fe (9-6, 4-1 District) still held a 58-51 advantage with :58 left in the fourth period, but the Lady Bulldogs made a late charge and closed regulation with a 10-3 run to knot the game at 61-61.
The Lady Wildcats, however, regained their composure in overtime and outscored Cornersville 12-6 in the extra session to snap a 14-game losing streak against CHS.
Hindered by a 2-of-20 effort from three-point range, the Lady Bulldogs shot 34 percent (22-of-64) from the field overall. Cornersville did outrebound Santa Fe 43-34 and held an 18-13 edge on the offensive boards, but were hamstrung by 25 turnovers.
Dunkleman helped keep the Lady Bulldogs in the game late, as she scored 17 of her career high 25 points after the third quarter.
"Breanne stepped up and was a leader on the floor. She tried to do whatever she needed to do for us to win. I couldn't ask anymore from her," said CHS coach Peyton Newton.
Morgan Terry followed Dunkleman with 20 points and Emma Mitchell tallied nine points. Carson Coble also added five points, while Madison Hopkins and Gabby King chipped in three points apiece. Carly Salsman rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with two points.
The Lady Wildcats, meanwhile, finished with 24 field goals on 41 percent shooting, hit 5-of-17 attempts from beyond the arc, and committed 22 turnovers.
Katie Muston paced three Santa Fe players in double figures with 26 points, while Emily Thomason and Abigail Chadwell tallied 10 points apiece. Jenna Pack and Hannah Warf each notched eight points for the Lady Wildcats as well.
The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to an early 10-5 on the strength of five points from Terry and a Coble three-point play before Santa Fe rattled off seven straight points to seize a 12-10 advantage late in the first quarter.
After Terry and Dunkleman scored consecutive layups to stake the Lady Bulldogs to a 14-12 advantage early in the second period, the Lady Wildcats put together a 22-9 run to pull ahead 34-23 with 1:53 left in the half.
Cornersville trimmed the deficit to 34-25 at the break thanks to a Hopkins layup before Santa Fe outscored CHS 13-11 in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 47-36.
The Lady Bulldogs began to claw their way back into the contest in the fourth period and went on a 13-5 run with the help of five points apiece from Terry and Dunkleman to slice the deficit to 52-49.
The Lady Wildcats tallied six of the next eight points to forge a 58-51 advantage, but Cornersville responded with an 8-2 spurt behind four points apiece from Terry and Dunkleman to narrow the gap to 60-59 with: 07 left.
After Chadwell hit one-of-two free throws with: 05 left to make it 61-59, Dunkleman knocked down a runner as time expired in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 61-61.
Santa Fe managed to right the ship in the extra session and outscored CHS 6-2 through the first 2:29 of overtime to grab a 67-63 lead.
Dunkleman scored on a layup to whittle the deficit to 67-65, but Cornersville came up empty on three of their last four possessions of the game while Muston made 6-of-8 free throws over the final :47 to seal the Lady Wildcats' 73-67 victory.