Lady Dawgs claim first round win

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs are all smiles as they beat Culleoka Monday night to advance to the District 11A semifinals. Photos by George "Pap" Warren

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs looked to avoid the upset bug on Monday night to open the District 11A tournament against a Culleoka squad Cornersville had a tough go against two weeks prior to escaping with a seven-point win on January 29.

Cornersville (13-13) made easy work of the Lady Warriors (7-16) on this night, jumping out to an early 39-16 halftime edge en route to a 58-31 victory to move on to the district semifinals at Culleoka Thursday night.

'Solid defense'

"We played solid defense tonight and we hit some shots that we have been missing," Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. "We got a couple threes to fall and we took better care of the ball, but it all started with the defensive effort tonight."

The Lady Bulldogs were led by 25 Morgan Terry points and 10 by Emma Mitchell.

"We've gotten better throughout the season and so have they," Terry said. "I just feel like playing them twice already you know what you have to do, and we knew that it's hard to beat a team three times in one season, but we just went out there and took it home."

Carson Coble and Madison Hopkins each nailed a triple in the opening frame and Terry added six first quarter points to jump out to an early 17-10 edge.

Defense on patrol

CHS held Culleoka to just six second quarter points and a Taylor Powers 3-pointer and six more Terry points put the game out of reach for the Warriors.

"We went out there and knew that it was either win or go home, so we just gave it our all and played as hard as we could," Terry added.

Madison Hopkins returned to the court after being out with an injury and she was a big difference in Cornersville's first round win.

The Lady Bulldogs were helped by the return of starting point guard Madison Hopkins' return from a concussion and faced the Warriors pressure with ease to roll on to the second round of the tournament.

"I felt rusty but I was glad to be back out there with my team and to help in any way possible," Hopkins said. "I felt like we passed the ball really well, we got it down to our post players and they finished, so that helped us out a bunch."

Hampshire next

The Lady Bulldogs will face seventh-seeded Hampshire on Thursday after the Hawks upset second-seeded Santa Fe on Monday night.

Cornersville beat the Lady Hawks by 27 points in their last meeting.

Cornersville 17 12 16 13-58

Culleoka 10 6 10 5-31

Culleoka-Slinky Mulholland 2, Alex Kelly 3, Ashleigh Kelly 11, Katie Primm 1, Rayann Adamson 13, Kayla Harris 1.

Cornersville-Taylor Powers 3, Carson Coble 8, Emma Mitchell 10, Morgan Terry 25, Madison Hopkins 5, Sarah Beth Prosser 1, Sydney Wilson 4, Daisy Braden 2.

3-point goals-Cornersville (4)-Powers, Coble, Hopkins, Wilson. Culleoka (1)-Adamson.

Halftime score-Cornersville 27, Culleoka 16.