Lady Bulldogs stay hot
The Lady Bulldogs entered Friday night’s game against Zion Christian with only one loss on the season and most Cornersville (7-1) fans expected win number seven to come relatively easy against the Eagles.
The Eagles finished last season 0-21 including a 48-point loss to the Lady Bulldogs in Cornersville and a 44-point loss at home to the Lady Bulldogs in which the maroon and white opened up a 46-8 halftime lead resulting in a running clock the entire second half.
This season, Zion came to southern Marshall County undefeated (3-0) and gave the Lady Dawgs all they wanted, cutting the lead to three points with 5:56 left in the game before the home team pulled away for the 55-45 win.
"That's a good team we played tonight," Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. "Obviously their press bothered us more than I wanted it to, but we were able to finish the game strong after letting them hang around for most of the second half."
The Bulldogs were led by senior Morgan Terry with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists with seven rebounds and two assists in the final period and Gabby King with nine points.
Sarah Beth Prosser added eight points including a key fourth quarter 3-pointer and Emma Mitchell added seven points.
Bethany Hampton led all scorers with 32 points for the Eagles.
"We are a little less experienced when we go to our bench, but Daisy (Braden) came in and hit a shot, Lexie Warren added a basket, and so did Abbie (Woodard)," Newton added. "So I think as the season goes on and they get more comfortable, it will be tougher for teams when we have to go to our bench."
The Lady Bulldogs built a comfortable 22-9 lead in the second quarter but the Lady Eagles never fell behind and Cornersville finally went for the win heading into the final period.
A Hampton 3-pointer just over two minutes into the quarter pulled the Eagles within three at 40-37 before two Terry free throws and a huge Prosser triple pushed the lead to 45-37 a minute and a half later.
After an Eagle bucket trimmed the lead back down to six Prosser fooled her defender with a nice ball fake and delivered a beautiful pass to King, who nailed the layup while also drawing the foul to push the lead to 48-39 after the free throw.
Hampton added a driving layup to cut the lead back to 51-45 with just under two minutes left in the game before Newton called a timeout to refocus his team.
"I told them not to rush anything, we've got the lead," Newton said. "Obviously, if you have a wide open layup I want you to take it but I wanted to remind them to take smart shots and remain in control of the game."
The break was all the Lady Bulldogs needed as the team slowed down the game and beat the Eagles at the free throw line to end the game with a 55-45 win.
The Lady Bulldogs are now of to the best start since a 9-1 start to the 2012-13 season after starting out last season 0-3 and 2015-16 season 1-7.
Cornersville beat Hampshire 61-21 on the road Tuesday night.