Cornersville girls easily dominate Zion
After a close six point loss to Clements (Alabama)) in the Ardmore Thanksgiving Tournament, a trip to Columbia to take on Zion Christian Academy (0-3) was just what the doctor ordered for Cornersville.
The Lady Bulldogs (1-3) jumped out to a 46-8 halftime lead before a running clock in the second half ended the blowout with a 75-23 win for the maroon and white.
"I think that we just worked together mostly," Morgan Terry, who led Cornersville with 18 points, 15 rebounds and four steals, said. "We just drove the ball in and kicked out and we also knocked down shots which was a big help because we had made just 2-of-18 3-pointers in the last game and tonight we actually hit a couple and moved the ball quickly and played good defense."
Sam Prosser scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
Gabby King added nine points and Madison Hopkins drilled two threes for eight points to go along with five rebounds and three steals.
The Eagles were led by Bethany Hampton who scored 13 of the teams' 23 points. Only three Zion players scored.
The Bulldogs jumped on the Eagles from the start, building a 26-2 lead after one quarter as seven Cornersville players scored, led by eight Terry points.
"We've been practicing to push the ball up and make easy transition baskets instead of setting up because our offense usually doesn't work," Terry said. "So we just pushed the ball to make layups, so that's what our main focus was tonight."
The second quarter offered much of the same as the Bulldogs outscored its opponent 20-6, led by five points apiece from Hopkins and Sam Prosser.
"We definitely made our shots, that was something I was surprised about," Prosser said. "We'd been missing a lot of shots and we came out and we're hitting shot after shot. We made a lot of shots."
Subs see action
The Zion coach requested a running clock in the second half and Cornersville coach Peyton Newton took the opportunity to cycle in the substitutes for most of the last two quarters as 9-out-of-11 Lay Bulldogs scored on the night.
The Lady Dawgs now turn toward the district games to stay on a winning track after gaining its first victory of the season.
"I think we still need a lot of work, but this game gave us some confidence going into the next two district games," Terry said. "So I think we have a good chance."
Cornersville 26 20 16 13-75
Zion Christian 2 6 8 7-23
Cornersville-Morgan Terry 18, Sam Prosser 13, Gabby King 9, Madison Hopkins 8, Sarah Beth Prosser 7, Brooke Defoe 6, Carly Salesman 5, Daisy Braden 5, Taylor Powers 2, Payton Salsman 2
Three-point goals-Hopkins 2, C. Salsman, Braden, S.B. Prosser, Terry
Zion Christian-Bethany Hampton 13, Kathryn Kennedy 5, Kayla Oliver 5
Three-point goals-Hampton 2, Kennedy, Oliver
Halftime score- Cornersville 46 Zion Christian 8