Cornersville falls by 1 point against Harpeth
Cornersville's finale at the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic might not have produced the desired outcome for the young basketball team, but the Lady Bulldogs saved their best performance for last, losing a buzzer-beater to class 2A Harpeth 33-32.
The Lady Bulldogs blew a four point lead with two minutes left in the game and missed four late free throws to allow the Lady Indians' (4-1) Maddie Pyrdum to nail a wide open three-pointer for the 33-30 lead as Harpeth snuck out of the tournament with a 3-0 record.
"I felt like we finished hard," said Morgan Terry, who led Cornersville with 10 points. "In the huddle we were talking about not being a first half team and playing all four quarters. We played better together today but we have to stop losing our players on defense."
The Lady Bulldogs played neck and neck with the Indians the first two quarters until Kyleah Ivey finished a three point play with 15 seconds left in the half to break the tie and head into halftime with the 17-14 lead.
The see-saw game continued through the third period as the Indians started the quarter on a 4-0 run before the Lady Bulldogs went on a 12-0 run to take a commanding 26-21 lead and looked ready to run away with the game.
Terry refused to let the Indians near the basket with five second half blocked shots including three in the fourth quarter while the Bulldog defense allowed just two three-pointers the entire contest both in the final minute.
The Indians cut the lead to one, but Emma Mitchell nailed a three pointer to push the Bulldog deficit back to 29-25 with 2:30 remaining in the ball game.
The Bulldogs had a chance to put the game away in the final minutes, but missed three-out- of-four free throws allowing a Abbie Moulton trey to tie the game, followed by the Pyrdum go-ahead three to finish the game.
The Lady Bulldogs had one more chance to tie but missed a contested three-pointer before scoring another two points on an Emma Mitchell put back for the one point loss.
"This tournament was good for us," Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. "We have improved a little bit in each game and part of that's getting three back that missed the first two games. But I do think we've improved, I like where we are."
Terry paced the Bulldogs with 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
Emma Mitchell chipped in seven points and five rebounds.
Cornersville 9 5 7 11 32
Harpeth 10 7 4 12 33
Cornersville (32): Powers 2, Coble 8, Mitchell 7, Terry 10, King 5.
Harpeth (33): Moulton 9, Ivey 7, Pyrdum 7, Garcia 4, Staed 2, Williams 1, Turner 1, Besheas 2.
Three point field goals- Harpeth (2) : Pyrdum 1, Moulton 1.
Cornersville (2): Coble 1, Mitchell 1.