CMS Lady Bulldogs overtake Minor Hill

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Abbie Woodard steps up to the free throw line and adds to her game-high 11 points Monday night versus Minor Hill. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Cornersville Middle School girls overcame an early Minor Hill lead after the first quarter to storm back and win going away 38-21 in a game where Cornersville rotated 16 players.

"After the Ethridge game the other night---a tough loss, we had a great first half and a tough second half and I feel like our effort played a factor in it so we've been talking about effort, playing hard, playing good defense and that usually gets our offense going," CMS coach Peyton Newton said. "So we turned the defense up, they gave great effort, and that led to some transition baskets which we know we have to have to be successful. So very proud of them, that's a total team win that we just put out there tonight."

Abbie Woodard turned in a huge game for the home team with 15 points, 11 rebounds and three steals.

Daisi Bezuldua added five points and two steals and Lexie Warren grabbed six rebounds to go along with three points.

Cornersville went deep into the bench during the win with nine different players scoring and eight different Lady Bulldogs tallying a steal.

The Lady Bulldogs had its hands full at the beginning of the contest when the Wildcats took an 8-4 lead on a Nina Breles layup with 16 seconds remaining in the opening frame, but coach Newton calmed the troops down in between quarters.

"We started out a little slow and again we had to call an early timeout to talk about our effort," Newton said. "That's what we've been practicing, been practicing well, why not put that out there on the floor in a real game?"

"We had some leaders step up and kind of take charge in the huddle," Newton continued. "And again, just turned the defensive pressure up and got some steals and made some easy baskets that we were missing early on. We rely on our defense to help us win games and that's what they turned to in the second quarter and throughout the rest of the game."

Lexie Warren throws an inbound pass to her Cornersville teammate in the second half of the Bulldogs victory.

The comeback started with a Mary Hannah Walker floater in the lane with 5:21 left in the second before Woodard nailed a jumper in the corner to cut the Minor Hill lead down to 9-8.

The comeback was complete on the next play when Woodard grabbed a rebound and took off for a coast-to-coast layup and the first lead of the night at 10-9.

After Breles knocked down 1-of-2 free throws to tie the game at 10, Woodard scored her sixth point of the quarter on an offensive rebound and the Bulldogs took the lead for good.

Five Cornersville players scored in the third period as the lead ballooned heading into the fourth quarter and the Lady Dawgs finished the rout by outscoring Minor Hill 15-3 in the final period for the 17-point win despite finishing just four for sixteen from the foul line.

Cornersville 4 8 11 15-38

Minor Hill 8 2 8 3-21

Cornersville-Abbie Woodard 15, Daisi Bezuldua 5, Allie Wells 4, Meri Hannah Walker 4, Lexi Warren 3, Tatum Delap 2, Clara Jean Thompson 2, Exandria Scheetz 2, Whitney Lee 1

Minor Hill-Nina Breles 11, McKenna Beck 5, Gracie Adams 3, Raylyn Hughes 2

Halftime score-Cornersville 12, Minor Hill 10