Moore County completes season sweep over Cornersville
Following a huge 33-30 win at home over Eagleville on January 9 and a blowout victory over Fayetteville six days later, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs found themselves sitting atop the District 8-A standings and debuting at #9 in the Class A Associated Press Top 10 poll.
But coming into Tuesday night’s game against Moore County (19-5, 8-0), the Lady Bulldogs had lost three of four and faced the number one team in the district, who had just demolished Cornersville by 38 points six days prior.
Unfortunately, the Homecoming matchup did not inspire the Lady Bulldogs against Moore County as the home team played catchup the entire night in a 64-30 loss.
"That's a quality team of course, we just faced them a week ago," Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. "We talked about before the game, don't go out there and get bullied off the floor like we did at their place and I don't think we did."
"I don't think anybody backed down tonight," Newton added. "They did what we asked them to, they kept focus and played hard and we got beat by a better team tonight."
The Raiderettes held Cornersville to its lowest point total of the season at 30, while keeping high scorer Morgan Terry to a season-low nine points.
Emma Mitchell added six points after scoring five to keep Cornersville close in the opening frame while Taylor Powers and Sarah Beth Prosser each added three points.
"We've got to put the ball in the basket," Newton said. "We had some really good defensive possessions but we've got to finish the plays by grabbing the rebounds.”
“But we've got to put the ball in the basket, cut down some turnovers and match their intensity and aggression."
The Raiderettes were led by a trio of players in double figures with Kinsley Logan and Grace Cauble both scoring 13 points and Taylor Holcomb adding 11 points.
Faith Cauble and Katie Thomas added nine points apiece for Moore County.
The Raiderettes also hit eight shots from downtown to just two for Cornersville.
The game initially looked to be closer than the previous matchup with five early Mitchell points and a free throw by Terry to cut the Moore County lead to 10-6, but the Raiders scored four points to close the quarter and put some distance between the two squads.
The Raiderettes blew the game wide open in the second period behind 18 combined points from Logan and Cauble and what was just an eight-point lead heading into the second quarter, had ballooned to a 37-13 advantage at halftime.
The third quarter offered much of the same as Moore County tacked on another 21 points, while holding the Lady Dawgs to just 12.
The fourth quarter belonged to the bench players and as expected, just 11 total points were scored between the two squads as the younger players gained valuable playing experience.
The Lady Bulldogs are firmly entrenched in the third place position in the district standings as both Moore County (19-5, 8-0) and Huntland (14-9, 7-1) have locked up the first two seeds while Eagleville (13-8, 2-4) stands too far behind Cornersville (16-6, 4-4) in fourth place with just two district games remaining.
Cornersville travels to Fayetteville (5-16, 0-7) tonight and to Huntland on Tuesday to wrap up the district regular season play.
Moore County 14 23 21 6- 64
Cornersville 6 7 12 5-30
Moore County (64): Kinsley Logan 13, Grace Cauble 13, Taylor Holcomb 11, Faith Cauble 9, Katie Thomas 9, Anna Smith 4, Chrissy Lockhart 4, Kynleigh Fanning 1.
3-Point Goals (8): Logan 3, Faith Cauble 3, Smith, Thomas.
Cornersville (30): Morgan Terry 9, Emma Mitchell 6, Sarah Beth Prosser 3, Taylor Powers 3, Meri Hannah Walker 2, Lexi Warren 2, Daisy Braden 2, Abbie Woodard 2, Payton Salsman 1.
3-Point Goals (2): Prosser, Mitchell.
Halftime Score: Moore County 37, Cornersville 13.