CMS splits with Bridgeforth

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Cornersville crowd was in for a treat Monday night as both the girls and boys games went down to the wire. The girls game went back and forth and the Lady Bulldogs used an extra period to finish off Bridgeforth 29-28 as Carly Salsman hit two free throws with one second on the clock to end a thriller in Cornersville.

"We knew we had to play good defense tonight," coach Peyton Newton said. "We knew they had 2-3 scorers. If you played good defense you had a chance. We played good defense and had a chance."

Salsman scored six points to give the Lady Bulldogs an early 10-6 lead, but the Bobcats held Cornersville to just five Bethany Fitzgerald points in the second quarter to trim the lead to two points at the half.

Ariana Howard nailed a huge Bridgeforth 3-pointer late in the game to give the Bobcats their first lead at 22-20, but a Salsman runner tied the game at 22-22.

Into OT

Salsman and Howard swapped free throws to tie the game at 23-23 and a Fitzgerald lay up at the buzzer rolled out to send the game into overtime.

Abbie Woodard scored her only points of the game on a 3- pointer with 1:30 left in overtime to give the Lady Dawgs a 27-25 lead before Hanna Hill stole an inbounds pass and hit two free throws to give the Bobcats 28-27 lead with 10 seconds left.

Salsman took the ball into the lane and nailed two free throws with one tick left on the clock to give the Lady Bulldogs the hard fought victory.

"Can't ask anymore from Salsman," Newton said. "That's the kind of player you want on the line at the end of the game."

Cornersville 10 5 5 3 6 29

Bridgeforth 6 7 3 7 5 28

Cornersville-Salsman 15, Allen 2, Fitzgerald 8, Scheetz 1, Woodard 3.

Bridgeforth-Hill 10, Howard 11, An. Howard 2, Garner 1, Bradley 4.

Three-point goals-Cornersville (2): Salsman 1, Woodard 1 Bridgeforth (1): Howard 1.

The Bulldogs were involved in another thriller on Monday night, this time coming out on the wrong side of the scoreboard as Bridgeforth hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to escape with the 34-32 win.

"We missed a lot of easy shots under the basket that probably would have helped us out," assistant Brent Adcox, who filled in for coach Gerard Randolph, said. "That probably would have helped us pull away a little bit."

Tyler Wolaver led the Bulldogs with 20 of the Bulldogs 32 points and led the home squad with 13 rebounds.

Nailbiter

Wolaver scored all of the Bulldogs five points in the second quarter and the Bobcats' Kalil Givens scored six in the frame to give Bridgeforth the slight 15-12 half time lead.

Wolaver scored nine third quarter points as the period ended in a 23-23 tie.

Wolaver and Hunter Sharp combined for eight points in the final quarter and a 32-31 lead but as the final period came to a close, J.A. Eakins nailed a prayer of a 3-pointer to give the visitors the one-point edge.

"We played good defensively tonight," Adcox added. "At times we pressed them really well. The underneath the basket shots that we didn't kiss off the glass probably came back to bite us in the end."

Cornersville 7 5 11 9 32

Bridgeforth 7 8 8 11 34

Cornersville-Wolaver 20, Van Hooser 3, Jackson 2, Sharp 6, McVey 1.

Bridgeforth-Bennett 9, Belefant 6, Givens 12, Eakins 7, Brown 2.

Three-point goals-Cornersville; Van Hooser 1. Bridgeforth; Bennett 1, Eakins 1.