Lady Bulldogs bounce back

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Cornersville freshman Meri Hannah Walker gives maximum effort, diving for a loose ball despite a large Lady Bulldog lead in the fourth quarter.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

After a tough loss to Marshall County the previous day, Cornersville coach Peyton Newton expected his team to come out ready to jump right back into competitive play against another 2A opponent in the last game before district play starts.

While the team did not jump on the Murfreesboro Central Magnet Lady Tigers (3-8) like Newton would have liked, the Lady Dawgs took control during the second half to pick up a nice win over a larger opponent, 46-35.

"We talked a lot about effort," CHS assistant coach Gerard Randolph said. "Effort was a big thing from last night (against Marshall County). You know, getting loose balls and rebounding. We wanted to put a big emphasis on both of those things and I think for the most part we did that tonight."

"Just having fun and playing the game," Randolph added. "We didn't have fun playing last night. I think we got caught up in playing Lewisburg and the whole crosstown rivalry thing. That was the key effort wise. Just bringing more to the table tonight. I think that helped us a lot more."

Morgan Terry bounced back from a season-low 11 points versus Marshall County with a huge double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds and four blocked shots that set the tone early.

Terry also got help in the scoring column from Taylor Powers with eight points and four assists and Gabby King with six points and seven rebounds.

"The team we played tonight wasn't as intense as the team we played last night," Powers observed. "And I think last night's loss hit us hard because we're in the same county and we wanted to beat them."

No Central players scored in double figures, but four scored six apiece to go along with Kathryn Hays' team-high eight points.

The game was tighter than expected for the majority of the first half as the Lady Bulldogs built a substantial first quarter lead behind five different players scoring before the Tigers roared back to trim the lead to 11-10 after one quarter.

Terry came alive in the second quarter with 11 points and two huge rejections, but once again the Tiger press forced the Lady Bulldogs into careless turnovers and allowed the lead to shrivel to 24-22 at the break.

The third quarter belonged to Terry, Powers, and the Lady Bulldog defense as a two-point halftime lead swelled to nine points heading into the final frame.

"We started taking what the defense was giving as far as on the offensive end of the floor," Randolph said. "They started to play man against us and we were able to get Morgan in some good situations where she could post up and move in on anyone and that helped us tremendously there."

Lady Bulldog guard Daisy Braden looks for the open teammate after beating a Central Magnet player off the dribble.

The fourth quarter was a total team effort as a Terry long range bomb was accompanied by two points each from Powers, King, Sarah Beth Prosser, and Lexi Warren.

The defense once again held the Tigers to below single digit scoring and the Bulldogs headed into district play with a big win to end the Christmas Break.

"We started rebounding the ball and we hadn't done that the past few games," Randolph added. "We were rebounding a lot better in the second half."

Cornersville 11 13 11 11- 46

Central Magnet 10 12 4 8- 34

Cornersville (46): Morgan Terry 24, Taylor Powers 8, Gabby King 6, Sarah Beth Prosser 4, Emma Mitchell 2, Lexi Warren 2.

3-Point Goals (2): Terry 2.

Central Magnet (34): Kathryn Hays 8, Natalie Anderson 6, Molly Kate Anderson 6, Caroline Dykes 6, Abigail Sandman 6, Sydney Copeland 2.

3-Point Goals (3): Hays 2, Anderson.

Halftime Score: Cornersville 24, MCM 22