Lady Bulldogs fall late in tourney
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs came into the Richland Christmas Tournament riding a two game winning streak after starting the year 1-7 and losing several games on the final possession.
The Lady Bulldogs took on a red-hot Frank Hughes (8-2) team Monday night and despite eventually falling 57-51, Cornersville once again proved that if it can put together a complete game the Bulldogs (3-7) can play with anyone in 1A.
'Have to do better'
"We didn't overlook (Frank Hughes) we just didn't do what we were supposed to do," sophomore forward Morgan Terry said. "We would let a girl come from the top and get a rebound and put back and we just didn't box out and rebound. We just have to do better."
Terry was tough in the post all night for Cornersville, leading all scorers with 22 points, grabbing six rebounds and blocking six shots. Emma Mitchell chipped in eight points, grabbed two rebounds and handed out three assists.
Carly Salsman got hot late for the Bulldogs scoring eight points and two assists.
Cornersville had trouble shooting early, going down 8-2 after a Paige Churchwell 3-pointer with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter.
Churchwell would break free for a steal and a layup to put the Lady Lions up 12-4 at the end of the first quarter.
Terry would get the Bulldogs back into the game on the first possession of the second quarter with her only 3-pointer of the contest to make it a 12-7 ballgame, but Clifton would go on a 7-0 run to push the lead to 19-7 after a Taylor Durbin offensive rebound and lay in with 2:30 left in the half.
Emma Mitchell started a 7-0 Cornersville run with a steal and coast-to-coast layup followed by a deep Madison Hopkins 3-pointer and a Terry jumper at the halftime buzzer, cutting the lead to 19-14 at the break.
"I think we should have hit more shots in the first half," Salsman said. "We would have been more in the game and we should have come out hustling in the third like we did in the fourth quarter."
The Lady Lions came out of the break on fire with a 10-0 run to grab a 29-14 lead with four minutes left in the half, but Mitchell drove in the lane on two consecutive possessions resulting in a Salsman 3-pointer and a Terry bucket to cut the lead down to 31-19.
Salsman started the contest 0-5 from 3-point range, but went 2-for-2 from 3-point range and 1-for-1 inside the arc for eight second half points to pull the Bulldogs within eight points with three minutes left in the game.
"Coach always tells me to keep shooting and they'll eventually fall." Salsman said. "So I just keep shooting until he tells me not to."
Two Terry baskets on consecutive possessions cut the Clifton lead down to seven with 1:18 left in the game, but Churchwell hit eight free throws in the quarter to seal the game for the Lions.
"I felt like turnovers led to the loss number one, but also we didn't box out or rebound," Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. "We put ourselves in a bad spot. Ugly first half, but we were still in it. (We) came out in the third and let them go on a run and get down by 14-16 points and then decide to play in the fourth quarter and it's just too late."
The Bulldogs played Tuesday night versus a 13-1 Pickett County squad riding a 10 game winning streak with wins over 3A Dobyns-Bennett and White County and whose only loss came against 3A Daniel Boone.
"We can't look down on ourselves for the next game," Terry said. "We just have to come out here and play hard and just do what we know how to do. Because as the team and fans can see, if we play like we did in the fourth quarter tonight we can beat anybody."
Carson Coble added three points, four assists, and four rebounds and Hopkins led the Bulldogs with six rebounds and chipped in five points.
Cornersville 4 10 10 27 -51
Frank Hughes 12 7 17 21- 57
Cornersville (51): Morgan Terry 22, Carson Coble 3, Madison Hopkins 5, Taylor Powers 3, Emma Mitchell 8, Carly Salsman 8, Samantha Prosser 2.
Frank Hughes (57): Julianne Blackburn 12, Taylor Durbin 18, Paige Churchwell 17, Hannah Kate Love 6, Taylor Ann Beckham 4.
Three-point goals: Cornersville (6) -- Powers, Hopkins, Coble, Terry, Salsman 2. Frank Hughes (3) - Durbin, Churchwell, Love.