Lady Bulldogs back to their winning ways
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs hosted an opponent for a second game in a row and came into the Mount Pleasant game looking for the first signature win of a season that has been filled with near misses against stout competition.
Cornersville (2-7, 2-2) had lost four of its last five games by a total of 19 points but finally put together a complete game in a dominating 46-39 win over the Tigers (3-7, 2-2).
Giving it all
"We talked in the locker room first off that you can never change heart," sophomore forward Morgan Terry said. "You can always hustle more, you can change attitudes, or change the way we play and I think that's what we went out and did. We just gave it our all."
Terry led all scorers with 19 points and seven rebounds and fellow sophomore Emma Mitchell contributed nine points, four rebounds and four steals as the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Tigers in every quarter except the fourth.
"Our intensity level stayed up the entire game and we were able to sub out more and not lose the advantage," Mitchell said. "We all came together and contributed points as a team and we shut down some of their key players."
Lemay steps in
A Carly Salsman 3-pointer and a Terry bucket gave Cornersville its biggest lead of the game three minutes into the second quarter, but Alyssa Lemay scored a shot in the lane with 10 seconds left on the clock before halftime to cut the lead back to eight.
Samantha Prosser knocked down a triple four minutes into the third quarter to stretch the lead back to 10, but once again Lemay came calling for the Tigers, grabbing on offensive rebound and scoring on consecutive possessions to whittle the lead down to nine with seven minutes remaining in the game.
Lemay would hit Kaylee Davis for a layup to cut the lead to 38-33 with three minutes left in the contest, but Taylor Powers hit Terry for a layup underneath and Carson Coble hit four-out-of-six free throws in crunch time as the Lady Bulldogs were finally able to put away an opponent and win a game down the stretch.
"We've just gotten better every game," Terry said. "I feel like we're not as sloppy anymore, we're composed and learning how to play together unlike the other games."
Coble finished with four points, four steals, three assists and two rebounds.
Madison Hopkins chipped in with six points and five rebounds to help lead the Cornersville charge, The Lady Bulldogs took on a Zion Christian Tuesday night, facing a team in the midst of a four-game losing streak, but Cornersville is not taking any opponent for granted as this point in the season.
"We can't underestimate them," Terry said. "We just have to go out there and play like they're just another team and get a big win. That's all we can do to boost our confidence for the Christmas Tournament and then our next district game is a big one for us."
Cornersville 11 12 13 10 46
Mt. Pleasant 8 7 10 14 39
Cornersville (46): Madison Hopkins 6, Taylor Powers 2, Carson Coble 4, Emma Mitchell 9, Morgan Terry 19, Carly Salsman 3, Samantha Prosser 3.
Mt. Pleasant (39): Kati Woodson 2, Mabry Davis 4, Alyssa Lemay 18, Alexia Angus 1, Kaylee Davis 14.
Three-point goals- Cornersville (4): Hopkins, Mitchell, Salsman, Prosser. Mt. Pleasant (1): Lemay.