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The Lady Bulldogs hosted Region 6A foe Loretto (12-7) on Thursday night, looking to exact a little revenge on the Mustang team that throttled Cornersville by 52 points to open up the season at Lawrence County in the Hall of Fame Classic.
Cornersville (10-11), winners of seven of its last eight entering the game, got down early and never seemed to muster enough energy to make a serious run at Loretto as the Lady Mustangs held the streaking Bulldogs to its third lowest scoring output of the season in a 50-30 loss.
"We just had some mental breakdowns," Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. "We didn't come out with the intensity we needed. We missed way too many shots, we didn't rebound, we lost our girl too much (on defense) and every little thing you could do wrong we did."
The Bulldogs were without point guard Madison Hopkins for the entire second half with concussion symptoms and the Mustangs held leading scorer Morgan Terry to a season low four points as the Lady Dawgs struggled to find ways to score with its two key playmakers as non-factors.
Senior guard Carson Coble led the home team with seven points, five rebounds and two steals and freshman Gabby King chipped in five points and three rebounds.
Lack of intensity
"I felt like before we stepped on the court our intensity level just wasn't there and everyone was moving slow," Coble stated. "Normally before games we are intense, pumped up and ready to go. We should have had more focus and adrenaline running."
The Mustangs jumped out to an 18-4 lead behind eight Olivia Chadwell points before Terry and Coble nailed two free throws each to cut the lead to ten at 18-8 early in the second quarter.
Abby Prince pushed the Mustang lead to 22-8 with 5:30 left in the half, but Terry scored off an offensive put back, Coble drove in for a lay-up and Sam Prosser provided a spark off the bench with two points, two rebounds, and two steals in the second quarter to keep the Bulldogs within striking distance at the half at 27-15.
"I can come out there and hit a couple of shots here and there but I enjoy defense better," Prosser, who finished with three boards, two steals and a block, said. "I think I'm a better defensive player, I like to be on the ball. Coach (Newton) always gets on me for not moving my feet, so when I do move them I'm a lot better at not fouling and helping my team."
Emma Mitchell started out the third quarter with a jumper to cut the lead back to ten at 27-17, but the Bulldogs would turn the ball over on five straight possessions and score just once more on two King free throws the rest of the period as Loretto ran away with the lead for good and the 50-30 win.
"We were kind of laid back on defense, we were pretty tired," Prosser added. "Our defense got back door cut a lot, they kept giving us the slip. I think we counted up about 11 points there in the second half they had done that on us.'
Despite the 20 point loss, the Bulldogs know they have improved mightily since the initial meeting between the two clubs on the first game of the season when the Mustangs won by 52 points.
"We know we can play with them," Newton said. "They've knocked us out the past few years. It's a situation where we know we can play with them, this gave us a little bit of confidence, if we play our game, play hard every possession, we can beat 'em."
Cornersville 4 11 4 11-30
Loretto 16 11 9 14-50
Cornersville: Madison Hopkins 3, Carson Coble 7, Emma Mitchell 3, Morgan Terry 4, Gabby King 5, Sam Prosser 2, Brooke DeFoe 3, Sarah Beth Prosser 3.
Loretto: Olivia Chadwell 14, Laken Buttrum 1, Cord Wallace 2, Julia Huntley 10, Sloane Rhodes 10, Hope Lamprecht 1, Abby Prince 5, Destiny Gabble 7.
3-point goals: Cornersville (2) - Coble, DeFoe.
Photo by George "Pap" Warren
Gabby King had five points for Lady Bulldogs, who fell 50-30 to Loretto Thursday night at Cornersville.