Lady Bulldogs crush Hampshire

Friday, December 15, 2017
Cornersville senior Morgan Terry knocks down her second triple of the night in the Lady Bulldogs’ 56-8 thumping over Hampshire.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

On December 7, 2012 the Lady Bulldogs beat Columbia Academy 48-13, on January 13, 2009 they pummeled Culleoka 48-10, and on November 20, 2001 Cornersville blasted Zion Christian 81-9.

But not since 2006 when Cornersville beat Culleoka 57-7 have the Lady Bulldogs held an opponent to as few points as in the 56-8 win over Hampshire on Tuesday night.

The 48-point loss gave the Hawks (0-8) its worst loss in over 17 years.

"We always take pride in our defense," Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. "The intensity and overall teamwork was what I was most proud about tonight."

The former district opponent has only had one winning season over the past 17 seasons, but the Hawks ran into a Cornersville (10-1) squad clicking on all cylinders Tuesday and the game got out of hand quickly.

Cornersville jumped out to a 31-7 halftime lead and held the Hawks to a remarkable single third quarter free throw in the second half to cruise to its eighth straight win.

"We played this team a week ago (61-21 win at Hampshire), so I wanted to see how much tougher we could play them and how much harder we would play," Newton said. "The further we get into the season, we have to get better day by day or we'll get left behind when we get into district play."

Since a loss to 4A Pope John Paul II (AL) in the opening game of the Ardmore Thanksgiving Tournament the Lady Bulldogs have beaten 3A Clements (AL) by three points, 1A Lindsay Lane Christian by 19 points, and finally 1A Decatur Heritage Christian by seven points, all in one day, to bring home third place in the tournament.

Gabby King extends to grab a long outlet pass before attempting a second half layup.

After the holiday break, the Lady Bulldogs have won the past five games by at least 10 points, the last three games by a whopping 109 combined points, and are now 6-0 this season against former District 11-A teams.

Senior Morgan Terry led all scorers with 19 points and Sarah Beth Prosser added eight points, six rebounds, and two blocks.

Payton Salsman, Abbie Woodard, and Taylor Powers all scored six points and Emma Mitchell filled up the stat sheet with four points, nine rebounds, four steals, and three assists.

Abby Jones led the Hawks with four points.

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out on the Hawks immediately with Terry grabbing a steal and hitting a layup at the end of the first quarter to finish the period with 12 points and a 21-5 lead.

Daisy Braden knocked down a long jumper just inside the three-point line and followed with a layup off the inbound pass to push the lead to 25-5 midway through the second quarter.

Cornersville built a 31-5 advantage before Jones hit a layup with 20 seconds left in the half to bring the lead down to 31-7 at the break.

The Lady Bulldogs were all business in the third quarter, scoring 17 points in the frame behind five Terry points, four Prosser points, and the first of two second half triples from Salsman to push the lead to 48-8 after just a single Maci Parsons point for the Hawks.

The home team's defensive dominance continued into the final period, holding the Hawks scoreless while adding 3-pointers from Salsman and freshman sharpshooter Abbie Woodard to run away with the game.

The Lady Bulldogs travel to former district rival Richland (4-4) on Friday to try and push the winning streak at seven against last season's district opponent before traveling to Columbia to take on Zion Christian (4-1) on Tuesday.

Coach Newton takes his squad to the Richland Christmas Tournament to up the competition against a couple of 2A squads in Marshall County (8-2) and Murfreesboro Central Magnet (3-5).

Both teams have played three games against the Lady Bulldogs new district opponents with Marshall County beating Fayetteville by 10 and Cascade by 31, but losing a shocker against Huntland by three points.

Central has lost twice to Cascade by four and 21 points, but took an unexpected win over Eagleville by six points.

"You win 10 games this early in the season and it gives you some confidence," Newton said. "Right now we're having fun together and gelling hard. We have four games until we get into district play so each game we have to get better to have a shot in this district."

Cornersville 21 10 17 8 56

Hampshire 5 2 1 0 8

Cornersville (56): Morgan Terry 19, Sarah Beth Prosser 8, Payton Salsman 6, Abbie Woodard 6, Taylor Powers 6, Daisy Braden 4, Emma Mitchell 4, Gabby King 3.

Three pointers (7): Terry 2, Salsman 2, Woodard 2, King.

Free throws (11-17): Prosser 4-5, Powers 4-4, Mitchell 2-2, Terry 1-2, King 0-2, Meri Hannah Walker 0-2.

Hampshire (8): Abby Jones 4, Madison Campbell 3, Maci Parsons 1.

Free throws (2-4): Jones 1-2, Campbell 1-2.

Halftime Score: Cornersville 31, Hampshire 7.