Lady Bulldogs fall late to Columbia Academy

Friday, December 18, 2015
Madison Hopkins scored five points versus Columbia Academy Tuesday night at Cornersville. Photos by George "Pap" Warren

Cornersville took on Columbia Academy on Tuesday night, looking to get that first signature win where it played a complete game without a letdown that allowed the opponent to steal one at the end. That will have to wait until tonight because the Lady Bulldogs allowed Columbia Academy (3-6, 2-1) to creep back into the game in the third quarter and finish strong for the 44-41 win Tuesday night at Cornersville.

"We lost our intensity," senior point guard Carson Coble said. "In future games we just have to keep the intensity up, keep pressing the ball and make them play to our speed."

So close...

The Lady Bulldogs (1-7, 1-3) are now just 13 points away from being 3-0 in District 11A play and are on the brink of turning the one-win season into a competitive year where Cornersville competes for the district title and a spot in the region tournament.

"Our shots just have to start falling," Coble, who led the Bulldogs with three assists, said. "We have to keep passing the ball to find the open shots and working together. It will all come together by district tournament time."

Emma Mitchell opened up the game with a layup, Coble hit a shot and a free throw and Carly Salsman knocked down a three from the corner for the early lead, but Kenzie Hobbs and Sarah Gilliam each knocked down a trey for CA and the Cornersville held a slight 9-6 lead, entering the second quarter.


Madison Hopkins caught fire in the frame, hitting both of her 3-point attempts and Taylor Powers knocked in a three but CA stayed close behind six points from six-foot-five post Leslie Golden and the Bulldogs went into the break with a three-point, 18-15 lead.

Taylor Powers launches a jump shot for the Lady Bulldogs, who lost a close 44-41 contest to CA.

Morgan Terry scored her first points of the game in on the opening possession of the third quarter and a 3-pointer from the corner, but Savannah Alsup matched her trey and Golden scored down low, giving Columbia Academy the lead for the first time in the game with three minutes left in the quarter.

"Our defense kind of went down the drain," Hopkins said. "We kind of got sloppy towards the end of the game. We didn't pass the ball as good as we did in the first half."

No runaway

Hopkins refused to let Columbia Academy run away with the game, hitting three more 3-pointers in the contest to keep the game close until the very end.

"I've been practicing really hard in practice," Hopkins said. "I've been working hard on my shot a lot here lately."

Carly Salsman knocked down another huge 3-pointer to cut the CA lead back to three, but Hobbs matched the Salsman trey with one of her own and the Bulldogs from CA would head back to Columbia with the win.

"We just need to hustle the whole game instead of just half and finish it out," said Hopkins, who finished with a team high of 15 points and five rebounds.

Morgan Terry finished with eight points andsix6 rebounds, Carly Salsman had six points and four rebounds, and Samantha Prosser added three rebounds, two steals, an assist and a blocked shot.

Cornersville 9 9 9 14 41

CA 6 9 13 16 44

Cornersville (41): Madison Hopkins 15, Taylor Powers 4, Carson Coble 3, Emma Mitchell 5, Morgan Terry 8, Carly Salsman 6.

CA (44): Lainey Truett 3, Leslie Golden 12, Kenzie Hobbs 16, Sarah Gilliam 10, Savannah Alsup 3.

Three-point goals: Cornersville (10): Hopkins 5, Salsman 2, Powers, Mitchell, Terry. CA (5): Truitt, Hobbs 2, Gilliam, Alsup.