Watertown hands Cornersville loss

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Cornersville's Sara Beth Prosser takes the ball strong to the hole versus Watertown. Photos by Mike Inglsbee

Cornersville opened up at the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic against a tough, athletic Watertown squad that would eventually finish the tournament undefeated after beating the Lady Bulldogs 74-34 and finishing off Cascade and Mount Pleasant later in the week.

"Turnovers were our main problem tonight," Cornersville point guard Madison Hopkins pointed out. "We didn't close out on our three's, we weren't fast enough out there, we were leaving our players open and that kind of slowed us down. We have to let this one go and play a new game next time out."

Big quarter

Morgan Terry launches a three-pointer at the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs (0-3) came out fighting by scoring a season high 21 first quarter points behind six points each from Madison Hopkins and Morgan Terry but allowed the Purple Tigers 29 points to take the early lead on three Brenna Lutrell three-pointers.

Gabby King scored all of her five points in the third quarter to cut the Watertown lead to seven points with under four minutes left in the quarter, but two Shelby Mafield three-pointers started a 30-0 run by the Purple Tigers to end all hope of a comeback for the Lady Bulldogs.

"As soon as they made a few shots we got down," Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. "It snowballed from there. We were down seven points towards the end of the third quarter, we were exactly where we wanted to be. We let a few negative things in there and we lost our mindset."

Tight defense

Watertown would hold Cornersville to just two Sarah Beth Prosser points in the fourth quarter and Lutrell would add two more three-pointers to go with Dee Dee Nunley's 11 points to cap off 26 Purple Tigers points to end the game.

"Our mindset at the end of the game was terrible," Newton added. "We've got to stick as one, learn from it and go watch film. Owning up to our mistakes is a big thing right now, for me as a coach and them as players."

Cornersville 21 0 11 2 34

Watertown 29 0 19 26 74

Cornersville (34) : Hopkins 8, S. Prosser 3, Mitchell 2, Terry 8, Coble 3, King 5, S.B. Prosser 5.

Watertown (74): Mafield 9, Nunley 17, Staals 11, Edwards 1, Games 2, Wright 2, Luttrell 15, Nix 2, Alloco 2, Dickine 7, George 5.

3 point field goals- Watertown (10): Mafield 3, Nunley 1, Luttrell 5, Dickine 1