Lady Bulldogs drop third straight district contest
The fans of both teams of Friday night’s District 8-A matchup at Cornersville are not use to their teams being at the bottom of the standings.
The Moore County Raiderettes came into the contest with an overall record of 5-13 and 1-1 in district play, while the Lady Bulldogs entered the fray with an 8-9 record and 0-2 in league games.
Before the game, when asked how things were going with his team, Cornersville Coach Payton Newton said, “We’re young and growing, but improving with each game.”
Although Cornersville lost 51-29, the game was another step in that direction.
Both teams came in with losses in their last game on Tuesday as Moore County lost to Cascade and Cornersville fell to Eagleville 51-43.
They also share a double-digit loss to district leading Cascade.
Needless to say, a win for either team raises the confidence level of the winner and goes a long way toward a winning season.
The first quarter began with Moore County controlling the tip, but they missed the shot and the rebound went to Cornersville, who also could not convert.
Haille Trott scored for Moore County on a jumper and Cornersville countered with baskets by Sarah Beth Prosser and Alicia Polk. Another basket by Polk and the Lady ‘Dawgs’ were up 6-2. Moore County’s shooting began to heat up as they scored the last nine points of the quarter and led 11-6 after the first period. Both teams struggled with several turnovers.
The second quarter was closer as the Raiderettes switched from a 2-3 zone, to a man-to-man defense, while Cornersville stayed in its 2-3 zone. Baskets by Paisley Young and Prosser, followed with a free throw from Polk tied it up and then with a great feed from Sarah Beth Prosser, Young scored again to edge up Cornersville 13-11.
Moore County’s shots started to fall and as in the first quarter, Moore County used a 9-2 run to lead 21-15 at the half.
The third quarter began with another Moore County run, including a 3-pointer by Kynleigh Fanning and the Raiderettes increased their lead to 28-15.
Prosser scored two baskets and two free throws and as the quarter progressed, a bucket by Abbie Woodard was the only other tally for Cornersville.
Baskets by Trott and Driver increased the lead to 36-24 for the Raiderettes at the end of the third quarter.
Prosser picked up her third foul in the process.
At the 6:22 mark of the fourth quarter, Cornersville picked up their seventh team foul and Moore County was in the one-and-one bonus from the free throw line the rest of the game.
Prosser and Woodard were the only scorers in the final eight minutes as Moore County pulled away.
Woodard was impressive as she weaved her way through the Moore County defense on several occasions, but it was not enough as the Raiderettes took the 21-point win.
Youth and inexperience shows with Coach Newton’s team. Frustration is evident as the players strive to compete, but there is a glint of things to come and that frustration will fade. Polk and Woodard should grow in their roles and like the old saying, “good guard play at tournament time means wins.” The future looks good for the Lady ‘Dawgs’.
Moore County 11 10 15 25-51
Cornersville 6 9 9 5-29
Moore County (51): Kynleigh Fanning 13, Hailee Trott 9, Carolyna Driver 8, Kellie Ray 7, Charlotte Ray 5, Olivia Richards 2, Maecy Fletcher 2, Madison Floyd 2, Chloe Brazier 2.
Cornersville (29): Sarah Beth Prosser 13, Paisley Young 7, Alicia Polk 4, Abbie Woodard 4, Lexi Warren 1.