Lady Bulldogs blow out Culleoka

Friday, January 23, 2015
Cornersville's (33) Carson Coble fires up a jumper in the third quarter against Culleoka. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Tuesday night, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak by thrashing District foe Culleoka 56-26 on Homecoming to complete the sweep of the season series.

Cornersville (6-12, 4-5 District) put the game out of reach early and built a 32-12 lead in the first half before outscoring the Lady Warriors 24-14 over the final two quarters to cruise to their 26th straight win over Culleoka.

'Press'ure on

The Lady Bulldogs' full court press proved to be extremely effective against the Lady Warriors (2-17, 1-9 District), as they harassed Culleoka into 46 turnovers while limiting them to only 10 field goals on 26 percent shooting, which included a 0-of-6 effort from three-point range. The Lady Warriors did outrebound Cornersville 42-37, but the Lady Bulldogs held a decisive 23-10 edge on the offensive glass.

"Our defense was great tonight. We were flying around, we were aggressive, and we were communicating well," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton.

The Lady Bulldogs shot only 21 percent (15-of-70) from the field, but knocked down 8-of-23 attempts from beyond the arc and outscored Culleoka 18-6 at the foul line.

"We missed a lot of easy shots inside, but it was nice to see some of those three-pointers finally fall. These girls are working hard on their outside shooting and putting in the time so they deserve to see some success," said Newton.

Terry leads way

Cornersville's (1) Madison Hopkins drives to the basket in the fourth quarter against Culleoka.

Freshman center Morgan Terry led a balanced Lady Bulldog attack with 10 points. Eighth grader Gabby King and Carson Coble followed Terry with nine points apiece, while Emma Mitchell, Carly Salsman, and Breanne Dunkleman tallied eight, six, and five points respectively with Dunkleman recording nine steals. Hope Taylor and Brooke Defoe each chipped in four points for Cornersville as well and Madison Hopkins had one point.

Niki Lee and Taylor Daly paced the Lady Warriors with six points apiece, while Ashleigh Kelly and Sarah Liggett both notched four points.

The Lady Bulldogs pounced on Culleoka early and jumped out to a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter with the help of a Coble trey and baskets from Terry, King, and Taylor.

After the Lady Warriors tallied five of the next six points to cut the deficit to 11-5, Dunkleman drained a three from the top of the key to give Cornersville a 14-5 advantage late in the first period.

Halt to threat

Culleoka outscored the Lady Bulldogs 7-4 over the next six minutes to narrow the gap to 18-12 with 2:42 left in the second period, but Cornersville closed the first half with a flourish by putting together a 14-0 run, highlighted by treys from Salsman, Defoe, and Coble, to take a 32-12 lead into the break.

The Lady Warriors notched the first two baskets of the second half to trim the deficit to 32-16, before the Lady Bulldogs responded with a 9-4 spurt behind five points from Mitchell to open up a 41-20 advantage late in the third quarter.

Following a short jumper from Daly, which closed the gap to 41-22 at the end of the third period, Cornersville outscored Culleoka 15-4 in the fourth quarter on the strength of nine free throws and a pair of threes from Coble and King to cap their 56-26 triumph.