CMS Lady Bulldogs smother Elkton
The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs looked a lot like the high school squad against Elkton, holding the visitors to just 11 total points against 47 by the home team, just a few days after the high school team held Hampshire to eight points.
The eight points allowed by the high school team was the lowest in over a decade.
"We preach defense in practice," CMS coach Peyton Newton, who coaches both the high school and middle school teams, said. "This teams buys into defense every day. We practice hard and aggressive in practice every day. I think all the players realize that everything we do starts on the defensive end."
The Lady Bulldogs allowed just three Elkton players to score, while holding the visitors to just five first half points en-route to a 23-5 lead at intermission.
Cornersville excelled on the offensive side with 10 different players scoring, led by Alicia Polk with 11 points, Camille Finch with six points to go along with four rebounds and three steals, and Madison Hopkins and Alli Wells each adding five markers.
Maci Watson chipped in four points and five rebounds and Brayln Powers added four points and four rebounds.
"We had a lot of younger players coming off the bench earlier in the year," Newton pointed out. "They were scared, anxious, and nervous. Now as the season has progressed, they are ready to play hard."
"Going to the bench and being able to count on the younger players has helped us tremendously," Newton added.
The two squads battled back and forth on the defensive sides for the better part of the first period before Wells nailed a 3-pointer to give the home team the 4-0 edge with just 1:25 remaining in the frame.
C.J. Thompson added to the lead by knocking down another long-range bomb just before the end of the quarter and a slight Bulldog lead turned into seven points heading into the second period.
Finch grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the put-back to push the lead to 9-0 before Elkton finally got on the board with a Gracie Hood runner with 3:36 left in the half.
Watson answered on the other end with another Lady Bulldog offensive rebound and put-back for an 11-2 lead with 2:28 in the half.
Hood pulled the Elks back to within 14-4 with under two minutes remaining in the half, but by the time Hopkins knocked down a triple for Cornersville, the Lady Bulldogs finished the half on an 8-1 run for a 23-5 advantage.
The Lady Bulldogs blew the game wide open in the third period with Polk grabbing an offensive rebound and stepping back to nail a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 32-7, before Finch stole an Elks’ pass and went coast-to-coast for the layup and making a free throw on the ensuing foul for the 37-7 lead to put the game firmly out of reach.
The final period was a low-scoring affair on both sides as Polk and Wells scored the lone Bulldog baskets and Elizabeth Cox with the only Elks’ basket in the period for the 47-11 final.
Cornersville 7 16 20 4 47
Elkton 0 5 4 2 11
Cornersville (47): Alicia Polk 11, Camille Finch 6, Alli Wells 5, Madison Hopkins 5, Mia Gross 4, Brooke Calahan 4, Maci Watson 4, Braylyn Powers 4, C.J. Thompson 3, Paisley Young 1.
Three pointers (4): Wells, Hopkins, Polk, Gross.
Elkton (11): Gracie Hood 6, Elizabeth Cox 4, Kelsey Barnes 1.
Halftime: Cornersville 23, Elkton 5.