Eagleville sweeps Lady Bulldogs
The Lady Bulldogs had once last chance to sharpen its craft before the district tournament on Tuesday night when Eagleville came calling to southern Marshall County.
Cornersville (12-10) had a great opportunity to evaluate how far it had come since the Lady Bulldogs opened the season against Eagleville (13-13) in a game that saw the Lady Bulldogs finish the contest with its second lowest scoring total of the season at 23.
But despite obvious improvement on both ends of the floor, the Lady Bulldogs were able to get a taste of why District 9A is arguably the toughest 1A girl’s district in the state as second to last place Eagleville was able to walk out of Cornersville with a 51-39 win.
“I think it came down to Eagleville finishing layups and hitting foul shot towards the end while we couldn't get open shots to fall," Morgan Terry, who led all scorers with 16 points, said. "I think we have improved tremendously. Of course we can never be satisfied, but we have worked hard throughout the season to be where we are now. "
Terry also led the Lady Bulldogs with six rebounds, Madison Hopkins added nine points, four rebounds, and two steals and Samantha Prosser chipped in seven points, four rebounds, and two blocks.
Taylor Powers added a team-high three steals to go along with three points and Carly Salsman led the team with three assists.
The Eagles were led by Ryleigh Cobb with 15 points and Makayla Moates with 12 points.
The Lady Bulldogs shot themselves in the foot behind the arc and from the free throw line where the home team made just 14-for-29 from the charity stripe in a game the was decided by 12 points.
Cornersville also shot an atrocious 5-for-23 from long range.
"When we started fouling they made their free throws and when we got down on the other end we missed our open threes," Samantha Prosser said. "We didn't use the opportunities that we had on those and that cost us a lot. And then we only hit half of our free throws, so free throws once again could have won us the game."
In keeping up with the usual pattern during the Lady Bulldogs late season losses, Cornersville started out the game hot with Prosser knocking down two triples to give the home team an 8-2 lead with 3:12 remaining in the quarter.
Emily Domer brought the Lady Eagles back with two straight runners and Moates added the exclamation point with a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in the quarter to tie the game at 9.
After Cobb scored on a layup midway through the second period to give Eagleville its first lead of the game, Domer struck again from downtown to hand the Eagles its biggest lead at 16-12.
Terry knocked down two free throws to bring the Lady Bulldogs back within two before Moates answered with a jumper to push the lead back to four as the second half wound down.
Hopkins gave the Bulldogs the momentum going into halftime after burying a triple to bring Cornersville within one at 18-17.
The Eagles started to pull away during the third quarter as the Lady Bulldogs could muster just four points and Eagleville took its biggest lead of the game at 28-21 with a minute left in the period behind a Moates layup.
Eagleville stretched its lead to nine points at 32-23 on a Cobb layup before the Lady Bulldogs made one final run.
Terry scored on a layup and Hopkins knocked down two free throws to cut the lead to seven with 4:15 left in the game.
The two squads went back and forth before the home team finally cut the Eagle lead down to 36-30 with 2:28 remaining on a Terry layup off the inbound pass.
Cobb pushed the lead back to eight on a Cobb layup before Terry cut the lead back to six for the last time with 1:23 remaining.
The foul line would be the difference in the game as Cornersville missed five in the fourth quarter including the front end of two one-and-ones and the Eagles made 15-of-19 to head home with the 12-point win.
The Lady Bulldogs now have to regroup and get ready to play longtime rival Columbia Academy (11-13, 9-5) in the first round of the District 11A Tournament on Monday night at Cornersville.
The two squads split the games during the regular season with Cornersville winning by four at Columbia Academy before CA made the trip to Cornersville and came away with the 10-point win.
"I'm confident because we get to play CA at home," Terry said. "We just have to have our minds right and prepare for a big game on Monday.”
The Bulldogs have failed to make the region tournament just one time during the past 13 seasons putting extra pressure for this squad to keep the tradition alive.
"It does put a little pressure knowing what everyone expects from us, but we know what we are capable of and we're just focusing one game at a time," Terry added. "And right now we're ready for CA."
Eagleville 9 9 10 23-51
Cornersville 9 8 4 18-39
Eagleville (51): Ryleigh Cobb 15, Makayla Moates 12, Emily Domer 9, Coley Whitley 8, Karah Snell 7
3-point goals (3): Moates 2, Domer
Cornersville (39): Morgan Terry 16, Madison Hopkins 9, Samantha Prosser 7, Taylor Powers 3, Bethany Fitzgerald 3, Payton Salsman 1
3-point goals (4): Prosser 2, Hopkins 2
Halftime score: Eagleville 18, Cornersville 17