Lady Bulldogs crush Zion Christian Academy

Friday, February 3, 2017
Morgan Terry (34) breaks loose for a fourth quarter layup in the Lady Bulldogs 69-25 win over Zion Christian on Monday night. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs suffered three straight double figure losses against three district teams that with wins would have put Cornersville in prime position to take the number-one seed into the District 11A Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs bounced back since those losses with two straight district wins over Mt. Pleasant and Culleoka and welcomed winless Zion Christian to town Monday night.

Despite having zero wins on the season the Lady Eagles surprised the Lady Bulldogs early, taking a brief lead two minutes into the second quarter before Cornersville finally put its foot on the gas and ran away with a 69-25 win.

"The intensity allowed us to finally run away with the game," CHS coach Peyton Newton stated. "It still isn't where we want it, but we made some easy buckets and picked the defensive intensity up a little bit."

The Lady Bulldogs were led by Morgan Terry with 20 points and six rebounds and Sarah Beth Prosser with 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals.

"I think we came out and played better defense and we've done a good job of changing up from man (defense) to two-three (defense) in the middle of the quarter," Prosser said. "We've done better about not getting lost in what we're doing."

The Lady 'Dawgs also got help from Brooke Defoe with 11 points and three rebounds and a pair a freshman, Bethany Fitzgerald who led the team in rebounds with eight to go along with four points, and Payton Salsman added four points, three rebounds, and two assists.

Madison Hopkins led the team with four assists.

"We drove in the paint a lot, which is something we hadn't been doing in the three losses," Defoe said. "We talked a lot better and our defense was great."

The Lady Bulldogs found themselves in an unexpected battle with the Eagles early in the game as Zion took an early lead on a Bethany Hampton basket with under four minutes left in the opening quarter.

Payton Salsman knocked down a runner in the lane to tie the game at 11 with three minutes left in the first period.

The younger Prosser (Samantha) grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the put-back as the Lady Bulldogs reclaimed the lead at 13-11 at the end of the opening frame.

The Eagles did not go away easily as Hampton knocked down two foul shots to tie the game at 15 and Halle Adcox made one of two free throws to give the Lady Eagles a 16-15 lead with 5:47 remaining in the half.

Defoe drove in for a layup on the next possession to regain the lead and Prosser scored a three-point play to extend the lead to 20-16 just over thirty seconds later.

Daisy Braden continued the run with a layup on the next possession, followed by another Sarah Beth Prosser three-point play and by the time Samantha Prosser hit two free throws, the one-point Zion lead had ballooned into an 11-point Cornersville margin in just over one minute.

The rout continued as the Lady Dawgs allowed nine more points for the rest of the game.

Terry scored 10 points to end the game and seven other Cornersville players scored in the second half as the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 28-3 over the final two quarters for the 44-point win.

Cornersville will now turn its sights on redemption against Richland, which is currently holding onto the first place position in the district standings.

"We're definitely taking the one game at a time approach," Newton stated. "But not having a practice day before Richland is big."

"We needed to use tonight to work on some things, get some confidence, and do everything right. We didn't do that so now we got to make sure we come in tomorrow night in the first quarter and start playing."

Zion Christian 11 11 1 2-25

Cornersville 13 28 18 10-69

Zion Christian (25): Bethany Hampton 13, Grace Cole 6, Halle Adcox 4, Peyton White 1, Courtney Denoncourt 1

3-point goals (1): Hampton

Cornersville (69): Morgan Terry 20, Sarah Beth Prosser 13, Brooke Defoe 11, Sam Prosser 5, Payton Salsman 4, Taylor Powers 4, Carly Salsman 4, Daisy Braden 4, Bethany Fitzgerald 4

Halftime score: Cornersville 41, Zion Christian 22