Lady Bulldogs defeat Spring Hill

Friday, January 6, 2017
Madison Hopkins (1) plays tough defense against Jordyn Secrest (44) as Cornersville forced Spring Hill into over 40 turnovers during the 26-point win. Tribune Photo by Mike Inglsbee

The Cornersville (5-4) Lady Bulldogs team entered the Richland Christmas Tournament winning four out of five games but the loss, a 14-point setback against district foe Mount Pleasant weighed heavily on the teams mind heading into the opening game against Spring Hill (0-9).

"They don't have any wins, but you have to look at who they have played and they've played some quality competition," CHS coach Peyton Newton said. "So we knew we had to come in and we talked about it after Mount Pleasant, we had to be on our game, do our stuff."

Despite playing against a winless Lady Raiders' squad, the Lady Bulldogs looked to improve off the Mt. Pleasant loss and did just that during the 68-42 win over the Maury County 2A team.

"We came in wanting to improve our game since we lost against Mount Pleasant," junior point guard Madison Hopkins said. "We came in hoping this would get us working back together as a team and just get our confidence back up."

If the Bulldogs were looking for a confidence boost this game served as that as four players scored in double figures led by Morgan Terry with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Hopkins and Sam Prosser with 13 apiece, and Taylor Powers had 10 points.

"I think we did good coming back after the break and I also think it gave us a lot of confidence going into tomorrow's game," Terry said. "Also the districts against Culleoka when school starts back."

The game was close during the first quarter as Hopkins erupted for nine first quarter points, but Bethany Odin and Jordyn Secrest combined for seven points to keep Spring Hill close at 15-9 after one period.

The second quarter set the two teams apart as the Bulldogs scored 24 points behind 12 from Terry and seven from Powers and the Cornersville defense held the Lady Raiders to just 10 points in the period for a 39-19 halftime lead.

The squads played tight in the third quarter with a 10-10 tie as Spring Hill cut the lead to under 20 points in the opening minutes of the fourth period before Brooke Defoe scored a layup off an inbounds play and nailed a free throw on the subsequent foul to push the lead back to 59-36.

The Bulldogs outscored Spring Hill 11-6 to finish the game to win its fifth game in six tries.

"We wanted to play as a team, to push the ball up the court and really just hit shots," Hopkins said. "I think we achieved our goals. We've been working hard all week, early mornings in the gym, working on plays, pushing the ball and shooting a bunch and it's paid off."

Cornersville 15 24 10 19 68

Spring Hill 9 10 10 13 42

Cornersville (68): Morgan Terry 18, Sam Prosser 13, Madison Hopkins 13, Taylor Powers 10, Brooke Defoe 6, Daisy Barden 4, Payton Salsman 2, Sarah Beth Prosser 1, Bethany Fitzgerald 1

3-point goals (3): Sam Prosser, Taylor Powers, Morgan Terry

Spring Hill (42): Bethany Odin 13, Jordyn Secrest 13, Alex Ames 6, Amanda Whitson 5, Gracie Willett 3, Kaylee Warwick 2

3-point goals (2): Jordyn Secrest 2

Halftime score: Cornersville 39, Spring Hill 19