Lady Bulldogs handed loss by Eagleville

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Cornersville's (34) Morgan Terry scores on a layup in the fourth quarter while being fouled by Eagleville's Taylor Reed. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (9-17) ended the regular season with a thud on Thursday night, as they dropped a 47-31 decision to the Eagleville Lady Eagles on the road.

Eagleville (13-14) steadily pulled away from Cornersville and built a 22-14 lead in the first half before outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 25-17 over the final two quarters to hand CHS its third straight loss.

Shooting struggles

Having failed to break the 40-point mark in each of its last two contests, the Lady Bulldogs once again struggled to put the ball in the basket, as they shot a woeful 26 percent (13-of-50) from the field overall, missed all 13 three-point attempts, and hit only 5-of-12 free throws.

"We didn't follow the game plan and run our sets. We had too much one-on-one stuff. Obviously we're not a team that can do that and score," said CHS coach Peyton Newton.

Freshman center Morgan Terry was the Lady Bulldogs' biggest bright spot and poured in a game high 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go along with four rebounds and a blocked shot.

Game stats

Cornersville's Gabby King shoots a runner over Eagleville's (15) Alli Burns in the second quarter.

Breanne Dunkleman followed Terry with seven points, while Madison Hopkins and Emma Mitchell both chipped in three points with Hopkins recording four assists and four steals. Carson Coble rounded out the scoring for CHS with two points.

Eagleville, meanwhile, shot 35 percent (18-of-52) from the field and hit 5-of-20 three-point attempts. The Lady Eagles also outrebounded Cornersville 40-31 and held a 13-8 edge on the offensive glass.

Alli Burns hit 4-of-5 shots and led Eagleville with 14 points and five steals. Nicole Duke and Kristin Barnes tallied nine and seven points respectively for the Lady Eagles as well, while Chelsea Scott added six points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots.

The Lady Bulldogs inched out to an early 4-2 lead on layups by Dunkleman and Coble, but Eagleville took control of the game by reeling off 12 straight points to seize a 14-4 advantage late in the first quarter.

Closing in

Terry scored two straight layups to narrow the gap to 14-8 early in the second period, before the Lady Eagles responded with an 8-0 spurt, highlighted by a pair of threes from Duke, to stretch their lead to 22-8.

After Cornersville tallied the last six points of the first half on jumpers by Terry, Dunkleman, and Hopkins to cut the deficit to 22-14, Mitchell knocked down another jumper early in the third quarter to close the gap to 22-16.

Eagleville, however, quickly stemmed the Lady Bulldogs' momentum by putting together a 12-4 run behind seven points from Burns to forge a 34-20 lead early in the fourth period.

Cornersville then outscored the Lady Eagles 10-8 over the next five minutes on the strength of nine points from Terry to trim the deficit to 42-30 before Eagleville tallied five of the last six points in the game to cap its 47-31 triumph.

Cornersville: 6 8 5 12 = 31

Eagleville: 14 8 9 16 = 47

Cornersville: Morgan Terry 16, Breanne Dunkleman 7, Madison Hopkins 3, Emma Mitchell 3, Carson Coble 2.

Eagleville: Alli Burns 14, Nicole Duke 9, Kristin Burns 7, Chelsea Scott 6, Shi Knox 4, Karah Snell 3, Taylor Reed 2, Asriana Gonzalez 2.

Three-point field goals: Cornersville (0); Eagleville (5): Duke 2, Barnes 1, Burns 1, Snell 1.

Halftime score: Eagleville 22, Cornersville 14.