Huntland stymies Lady Bulldogs
On Tuesday, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs lost to Huntland for the sixth straight time when they dropped a 58-39 decision to the Lady Hornets at home on Senior Night.
Despite getting off to a sluggish start offensively, Huntland held a 28-16 lead at halftime before outscoring Cornersville 30-23 over the final two quarters to take home the 19-point victory.
After hitting just 3-of-18 field goal attempts in the first period, the Lady Hornets shot 49 percent (21-of-43) over the final three quarters to finish 24-of-61 from the floor overall, which included a 4-of-16 effort from three-point range.
Point guard Ali Golden and shooting guard Tara Cates provided Huntland with a potent backcourt duo, as Golden poured in a game high 18 points to go along with three assists, while Cates drilled four threes and finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Power forward Caylee McLennan also tallied eight points and six rebounds for the Lady Hornets.
"Our problems started with us letting number one (Golden) doing whatever she wanted. We let her get into the lane repeatedly and when we did stop her she dished it off to open shooters," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton.
The Lady Bulldogs struggled offensively for the second straight game and mustered just 11 field goals on 19 percent shooting, which included a 2-of-10 effort from beyond the arc. Cornersville did hold a 9-8 edge on the offensive glass, but the Lady Hornets outrebounded CHS 40-31 overall.
Eighth grade forward Gabby King paced the Lady Bulldogs with nine points, while Breanne Dunkleman and Carson Coble notched six and five points respectively. Morgan Terry, Madison Hopkins, and Sarah Beth Prosser also chipped in four points apiece for Cornersville with Terry grabbing a game high 10 rebounds.
Huntland jumped out to a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter before the Lady Bulldogs put together a 10-0 run on the strength of a King three-point play and baskets from Brooke Defoe, Dunkleman, and Hopkins to seize a 10-7 advantage early in the second period.
Following a layup by Golden, which cut the deficit to 10-9, King and Coble sandwiched two free throws apiece around a layup by the Lady Hornets' Jacey Dudeck to give Cornersville a 14-11 advantage.
Lady Hornet run
Huntland began to heat up offensively after that point and outscored the Lady Bulldogs 17-2 over the final 5:04 of the second quarter to take a 28-16 lead into the break before Golden hit a layup early in the third period to make it 30-16.
"We just broke down physically. Everyone has played the same amount of games, but when we get tired we use that as a crutch. We lose our concentration and get frustrated," said Newton.
Cornersville narrowed the gap to 34-22 thanks to a pair of treys from Hopkins and Coble, but the Lady Hornets tallied five of the next seven points to stretch their lead to 39-24 midway through the third quarter.
After the Lady Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 39-28 late in the third period on a Dunkleman layup and a short jumper by King, Huntland put the game out of reach by engineering a 17-2 spurt to forge a 56-30 advantage midway through the fourth quarter before coasting to the 58-39 win.
Cornersville 5 11 12 11 = 39
Huntland 7 21 14 16 = 58
Cornersville: Gabby King 9, Breanne Dunkleman 6, Carson Coble 5, Madison Hopkins 4, Morgan Terry 4, Sarah Beth Prosser 4, Emma Mitchell 2, Hope Taylor 2, Brooke Defoe 2, Sydney Wilson 1.
Huntland: Ali Golden 18, Tara Cates 16, Caylee McLennan 8, Holly Wortman 4, Jacey Dudeck 4, Morgan Sims 2, Kara Smith 2, Madalyn Beard 2, Gabby Bland 2.
Three-point field goals: Cornersville (2) Hopkins 1, Coble 1; Huntland (4): Cates 4.
Halftime score: Huntland 28, Cornersville 16.