Lady Bulldogs in hunt for preferred district seed
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs looked to bounce back from an uninspiring loss to Loretto on Thursday night against district foe Culleoka, a team Cornersville beat by 17 points on January 5 to start off a six-game winning streak.
The Lady Warriors (6-12, 3-8) looked like a shell of the team that has only won six games the entire season by pushing the favored Bulldogs (11-11, 9-3) to the brink of defeat before the home team finally squeaked out a victory 51-44 to stay in the hunt for the second place seed in District 11-A.
"That's a team that plays hard every possession," Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. "They may not have the talent we have but they play hard every possession, they do the little things right, they take care of the ball for the most part and they just play hard. They have a good player that just makes tough shots."
"I don't think we played terrible," Newton continued. "Our defense was good but when you miss so many open shots like we did, you give somebody a shot and it's scary. But it was nice to get this win."
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Morgan Terry, who bounced back from a sub-par night against Loretto to lead her team with 21 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and a block. Carson Coble had a great all-around game for the Bulldogs with four points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists and Taylor Powers came through in crunch time, scoring all of her eight points in the fourth quarter.
"For me and Hope (Taylor) we knew it was our last home game being seniors, so we just tried to put forth the effort out there that was asked of us and what we knew was expected," Coble said. "And the other girls too. Before the game in the locker room they knew that the intensity had to be high to win the game. We had to keep the intensity up and keep it coming."
The Bulldogs were able to keep the Warriors at arm's length for the better part of the first half as Sam Prosser banked in a 3-point basket to give Cornersville an early 15-6 advantage.
Alex Kelly scored a layup and Bailey Ingram nailed a three and a jumper for Culleoka to pull to within 17-15, but Prosser scored on a layup and Terry hit four straight free throws and a layup as the Lady Dawgs went into the half with a 26-17 edge.
"It was mostly they were getting easy shots, like put-backs, so we needed to rebound and push the ball," Terry said. "We kept fouling too. More than half of their points were foul shots, so I think that was one of the reasons they stayed in it the whole game."
Rayann Adamson nailed a 3-pointer to cut the Bulldog lead to 30-29 with 3:19 left in the third quarter, but Powers drilled a long bomb to put the Bulldogs back up 34-29.
Adamson hit another 3-pointer to tie the game at 34-34, but two consecutive Terry rebounds and another Powers 3-pointer finally allowed the heavily favored Bulldogs to get another much needed district win.
"I think we are just physically tired," Coble added. "Our mental state for our games is there and we know what we have to do. So it's just a matter of getting our bodies healthy again and resting and taking care of ourselves to win."
The Lady Dawgs have now won 10 of its last 14 games and will look to add another district win against Richland on Thursday night at 6 p.m. in Lynnville.
Cornersville 15 11 5 19-51
Culleoka 6 11 12 15-44
Cornersville: Taylor Powers 8, Emma Mitchell 6, Morgan Terry 21, Hope Taylor 1, Carson Coble 4, Gabby King 3, Sam Prosser 5, Sarah Beth Prosser 2, Brooke DeFoe 1.
Culleoka: Rayann Adamson 14, Bailey Ingram 5, Alex Kelly 5, Ashleigh Kelly 6, Slinky Mulholland 5, Katie Primm 3, Kaitlyn Young 6.
Three pointers: Cornersville (4) - Powers 2, Terry, Samantha Prosser. Culleoka (5) - Adamson 2, Ingram, Mulholland, Primm.
Halftime score-Cornersville 26, Culleoka 17.