Lady Bulldogs garner bounce back win

Friday, January 26, 2018
Gabby King (15) gives Cornersville the lead for good with two minutes to play in the game.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs, stinging from a 50-42 District 8-A loss at Huntland last Friday, took to the hardwood for a league home game versus Cascade on Monday.

“The Huntland game left a sour taste in our mouth,” Cornersville coach Peyton newton said. “You either learn from or grow from it or you let it get you down and we have a great senior group in there with a lot of experience.”

“We practiced hard yesterday and I think the girls were actually encouraged by the way we played in Huntland.”

For the second time this season Cornersville beat the Lady Champions and both games were close.

After winning 51-44 at Wartrace, the Lady Bulldogs led by a small margin for most of the game on Monday, but surrendered the lead in the fourth quarter before mounting a late comeback to prevail 50-41.

“It was the free throws at the end,” Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. “They (Cascade) started to make shots at the end and they started to press, but I am proud of the girls at the end, taking care of the ball, grabbing some big rebounds and making the free throws.”

Lady Dawg senior standout Morgan Terry was in foul trouble for much of the game, but was still the game’s leading scorer with 13 points.

“Morgan is averaging 23 points a game and only had 13 tonight and we still scored 50,” Newton said. “That’s what I was just telling my assistant coaches that we had more people scoring tonight when she had foul trouble and that shows what kind of team we can be from here on out.”

Terry only had a pair of field goals in the contest, but went a solid 9-for-12 from the free line.

Taylor Powers races in for layup after stealing the ball from Cascade.

Cornersville’s balanced scoring attack was boosted by 10 points from Sarah Beth Prosser and eight points apiece by Emma Mitchell and Taylor Powers.

Gabby King chipped in with seven points, including the go-ahead basket late in the fourth quarter and Abbie Woodard scored three points, while Meri Hannah Walker netted a deuce.

Prosser and Mitchell also had excellent performances from the free throw line with both players tossing in 6-of-9 from the charity stripe.

Powers nailed a 3-pointer to start the game and Prosser made two foul shots moments later to make it 5-0.

Cascade could not make a shot and Powers scored on a steal and score to add two more points.

Mitchell made it a 9-0 contest with two foul shots and with 1:58 remaining in the first period, Haleigh Crouch finally got the Lady Champs on the board with a pair of charity shots.

Cascade enjoyed the late comer role, scoring the last five points of the first quarter to trail 9-7.

Early in the second period, Terry finally got on the board with two foul shots and after a Cascade missed shot, Mitchell scored on a drive to basket to make 16-11.

The Lady Bulldogs took the five-point lead late into the first half at 20-15 before Delaney Vaught and Carmen Ray converted on back-to-back trips down the floor for the Lady Champs to cut the Cornersville lead to one point at 20-19.

Abbie Woodard bangs home a second quarter 3-pointer for the lady Bulldogs, who beat Cascade for the second time this season.

Lady Dawg freshman Abbie Woodward nailed a 3-pointer, but the long bomb was matched by Cascade’s Grace Jackson, making it a 25-22 contest at the half in favor of the home team.

Crouch kicked off the second half scoring with a basket for Cascade before Cornersville scored six straight to take a 30-24 lead and force a visitors’ timeout.

Keeley Sutton drained a 3-pointer out of the stoppage for Cascade and a couple of possessions later, Powers nailed a long bomb to maintain the six-point lead.

Both squads went ice cold for the remainder of third quarter with Cornersville scoring three points and Cascade two.

The Lady Dawgs took a 36-29 lead to fourth quarter, but were shocked on back-to-back 3-pointers by Sutton to start the final eight minutes.

After a Cornersville missed field goal, Jackson scored on a rebound and put-back to give Cascade their first lead of the game at 37-36 with 6:15 remaining in the contest.

With game tied at 40, King converted a bucket in the low post with two minutes left in the game and Cascade scored one more field goal the rest of the game, while Cornersville netted eight points, all from the free throw line to seal the victory.

“Gabby had a big bucket, Emma and Sarah Beth and Morgan all hit their free throws off of big time rebounds after their shots and we took care of the basketball at the end,” Newton said. “This group has what it takes, we just have to keep it.”

The number 10 ranked Lady Bulldogs (16-4, 4-2) lost at number eight Moore County (16-5, 6-0) 73-35 Wednesday night and travel to Eagleville (11-8, 0-4) tonight.

“Eagleville is another tough one we played to a last second win down here, so we don’t have any off nights off and we kind of enjoy that,” Newton said. “As long as we are doing what it takes, we want these close ones because when it comes tournament time, we don’t want a letdown.”

“This is the time of year where either teams are tired of ball and practice and want to do something else or they want to buckle down and play ball and I think this group wants to buckle down and play ball.”

Cascade 7 15 7 12-41

Cornersville 9 16 11 14-50

Cascade (41): Keeley Sutton 12, Grace Jackson 12, Haleigh Crouch 9, Delaney Vaught 4, Carmen Ray 2, Ally Murdock 2.

Free Throws (8-for-15): Crouch 5-for-6, Jackson 2-for-3, Sutton 1-for-2, Ray 0-for-2, Murdock 0-for-2.

3-Point Goals (5): Sutton 3, Jackson 5.

Cornersville (50): Morgan Terry 13, Sarah Beth Prosser 10, Emma Mitchell 8, Taylor Powers 8, Gabby King 6, Abbie Woodard 3, Meri Hannah Walker 2.

Free Throws (21-for-31): Terry 9-for-12, Prosser 6-for-9, Mitchell 6-for-9, Powers 0-for-1.

3-Point Goals (3): Powers 2, Woodard

Halftime Score: Cornersville 25, Cascade 22.