Road trip ends season for Cornersville
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (13-16) continued its postseason woes on Friday in Linden against red hot Perry County, losing 84-37 to the Vikings and wrapping up the 2015-16 season.
"They are just a great team, there really isn't much more to say," senior Bulldog Carson Coble said. "They started out hot and we had an off night."
Hard to stop
The Lady Vikings (23-5) used a 31-6 first quarter lead to squash any region final appearance hopes of the Lady Dawgs and their many supporters who made the hour and a half drive to Linden.
Perry County jumped out of the gate scorching hot, led by Jillian Swew, who was unconscious from long distance, nailing five triples in the opening frame and limiting Cornersville to just three points each from Morgan Terry and Coble.
"I don't believe anything went wrong," Terry, who led her team with 11 points, said. "I just think they were in their home gym and shot the lights out, and when a team gets hot it's hard to stop them."
The Vikings continued to pummel the Lady Bulldogs in the second quarter, scoring 23 more points to Cornersville's 11 and the visitors went into halftime with little hope of a comeback down 54-17.
The lone highlight for the Bulldogs in the first half occurred when Terry hit the 1,000 point milestone in just her sophomore campaign.
"Scoring my 1,000th point was an awesome experience and even though we lost it was still an honor," Terry, who reached the achievement on a free throw in the second quarter, said. "When the opposing team and fans cheered and announced the accomplishment I felt well respected."
The third quarter offered much of the same result as Reagan Floyd scored eight points and Chynia Brooks scored six points for the third consecutive quarter as the Lady Vikings refused to let off the gas and headed in into the final frame up 73-28 with a running clock.
Hope Taylor led Cornersville in the fourth quarter with four of her season high six points to end her career and the Lady Bulldogs limped back to Marshall County with the 47-point loss.
The Vikings controlled the tempo by committing just 10 turnovers to Cornersville's 23 mistakes and the Lady Bulldogs' free throw woes continued by hitting just three of 10 shots from the charity stripe.
"It wasn't the season we had envisioned," CHS coach Peyton Newton said. "Most of the year we had someone out. We got to play very few games with a full, healthy team. We finished second (place) in the regular season, we just didn't take care of business in the district tournament and that set us up with a bad matchup in the first round of the region."
"I couldn't be more proud of them," Newton added. "I told them wins and losses is one thing, but when you see a group pull together and support each other and love each other like they are in that locker room, that's what a coach coaches for and that gives us some pride and excitement going into next season."
The post-season struggles notwithstanding, the Lady Bulldogs finished the 2015-16 season with a lot to be proud of after starting the season 1-7 Cornersville went on a six game mid-season winning streak and finished the regular season with nine wins in its final 13 games while claiming second place in a tough District 11-A.
"I think we just got tired towards the end of the season and couldn't pull it out," Terry said. "But we ended on a good note because we know that wins and losses don't matter. It's how close of a family we are and we always will be."
Terry led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points and Taylor added six points.
Swew led four Vikings in double figures with 24 points, including six 3-pointers, Brooks added 18 points and Miranda Boutwell chipped in 15 points on three triples for top-seeded Perry County.
Cornersville 6 11 11 9 37
Perry County 31 23 19 11 84
Cornersville (37): Madison Hopkins 2, Taylor Powers 5, Carson Coble 4, Morgan Terry 11, Hope Taylor 6, Sam Prosser 3, Brooke Defoe 2, Carly Salsman 1, Sydney Wilson 3.
Perry County (84): Jillian Swew 24, Miranda Boutwell 15, Jaycie Roberts 6, Jessa Tucker 2, Allie Hinson 9, Chynia Brooks 18, Reagan Floyd 10.
Three pointers: Cornersville (6) - Powers 1, Coble 1, Terry 2, Sam Prosser 1, Wilson 1. Perry County (10) - Swew 6, Boutwell 3, Floyd 1.
Halftime score-Perry County 54, Cornersville 17.