Lady Bulldogs stampede Elks
With the 2016 season coming to a close, the CMS Lady Bulldogs returned home after two games on the road to celebrate Eighth-Grade Night against Elkton Middle School from nearby Prospect in Giles County.
And what better way to close the book on a season than the 41-9 walloping.
The Lady Bulldogs finished with 19 steals and held the Elks to just four points at the half but really distanced themselves in the second half by outscoring the visitors 23-5 the final two quarters.
"This was a really sloppy ballgame, especially in the first half," CMS coach Peyton Newton said. "We don't like to play sloppy no matter who our opponent is. Sometimes you kind of play to your competition but Elkton came out and did what they could."
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Abbie Woodard with 17 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Daisi Bazuldua added six points, five rebounds, and two steals while Lexi Warren led the maroon and white with eight rebounds and four steals to go along with two points.
Teondra Williams led the Elks with seven of the nine total points.
Cornersville allowed the Elks to hang around during the opening quarter by scoring just five points with two apiece from Woodard and Bazuldua to Elkton's goose egg. The Lady Bulldogs scored nine second quarter points from four different players with the visitors going scoreless until an Elizabeth Coy steal and layup with 1:51 left in the half.
Williams hit her first shot of the game for the Elks to cut the lead to nine, 13-4 headed into the break despite the home team's defensive prowess.
"We had a very stern talk in the locker room at halftime," Newton said. "I told them-'This is it. Don't leave any second out there wasted. Hit your stinking layups, go get the ball and attack the rim.' And that's what we did."
The Lady Bulldogs wasted little time heeding Newton's advice as seven different Cornersville players scored in the third period and when the press was called off with 2:15 left in the third quarter, the nine point lead had ballooned to 27-7.
"We finally finished our shots and we turned the defensive pressure up," Newton said. "Which you see with our middle school and high school teams, that's what we do. Play defense."
Woodard took over the fourth quarter with eight of her game high 17 points and the game spiraled out of control for the Lady Elks, who were outscored 27-5 in the second half.
As the season comes to an end for the Lady 'Dawgs, coach Newton looks forward to building onto the relationships formed with the players during the middle school careers.
"I love this group," Newton explained. "You build a special bond with them this early, but I'm in the lucky position where I get them in high school too if they choose to play and things work out."
"So it's emotional, very emotional," Newton added. "You love them. This is where they build their relationships, where you build the relationships with them as a coach. It's sad in one way but exciting in another to see them grow into the high school level and coach them at that level also."
Cornersville 5 9 15 12 41
Elkton 0 4 3 3 9
Cornersville (41): Abbie Woodard 17, Daisi Bazuldua 6, Tatum Delap 4, Meri Haynes Walker 4, Exondria Scheetz 3, Allie Wells 2, Camille Fench 2, Lexi Warren 2, Hopkins 1
Elkton (9): Teondra Williams 7, Elizabeth Cox 2
Halftime score: Cornersville 13, Elkton 4