Lady Bulldogs top Hampshire
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (5-9, 3-3 District) snapped a two-game losing streak on Tuesday night when they defeated the Hampshire Lady Hawks 40-25 at home.
Despite getting off to a slow start offensively, the Lady Bulldogs held a 16-10 lead at the end of the first half before outscoring Hampshire 24-15 over the final two quarters to record their 20th straight win over the Lady Hawks (2-13, 1-5 District).
Cornersville struggled from three-point range for the third straight game and missed all 17 attempts from beyond the arc en route to shooting 27 percent (14-of-51) from the field. The Lady Bulldogs, however, held a significant advantage at the foul line and outscored Hampshire 12-1 at the charity stripe.
Cornersville was also hindered by 19 turnovers, but outrebounded Hampshire 37-28 and held an 18-8 edge on the offensive glass.
"It was an ugly, sloppy game all around. I'd like to say their zone gave us trouble, but we had a lot of open shots. We just didn't hit them. We shoot and shoot in practice, but it hasn't carried over into the games yet," said CHS coach Peyton Newton.
Freshman center Morgan Terry saw her string of 20-point games end at five, but still led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with six rebounds.
Breanne Dunkleman tallied seven points and seven rebounds as well, while Carson Coble, Madison Hopkins, and Gabby King chipped in six, four, and three points respectively with Hopkins recording four steals. Emma Mitchell, Taylor Powers, and Carly Salsman rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with two points apiece.
Hampshire had an even tougher time generating offense, as they mustered just 12 field goals on 27 percent shooting and missed all 12 three-point attempts while CHS recorded 16 steals and forced 28 Lady Hawk turnovers.
Breanna Himes paced Hampshire with seven points, while Hannah Lightfoot and Anaya Ashley notched six points apiece. Maddy Brooks and Lanora Kelly chipped in four and two points for the Lady Hawks as well.
Both teams were stuck in neutral early on, as the Lady Bulldogs held a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to a pair of layups from Terry.
Cornersville began to show signs of life offensively in the second period and put together a 10-4 run on the strength of baskets from Dunkleman, Mitchell, Salsman, King, and Terry to open up a 14-6 advantage.
Hampshire tallied the next four points to narrow the gap to 14-10 before Hopkins hit two free throws in the waning moments of the half to give CHS a 16-10 lead at the break.
After the Lady Hawks notched five of the first seven points in the second half to whittle the deficit to 18-15, the Lady Bulldogs outscored Hampshire 6-2 over the next three minutes thanks to a Coble layup and a pair of baskets from Terry to stretch their lead to 24-17 with 2:57 left in the third quarter.
Lightfoot scored on a layup to close the gap to 24-19 before Cornersville went on a 6-2 spurt behind four free throws and a pull up jumper from Hopkins to make it 30-21 early in the fourth period.
Ashley knocked down a jumper to trim the deficit to 30-23 with 6:01 left, but the Lady Bulldogs pulled away down the stretch and outscored Hampshire 10-2 the rest of the way with the help of five points from Dunkleman to wrap up their 40-25 victory.