Lady Bulldogs steal win at Fayetteville

Friday, January 18, 2019
Cornersville eighth-grader Alicia Polk had 19 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs in scoring Tuesday night at Fayetteville.
Photo by George “Pap” Warren

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs came to Fayetteville looking for their first District 8-A victory, but Lady Tigers of Fayetteville were looking for a district victory too and hoped to win the game before a home crowd.

It was not to be as Cornersville prevailed 40-26.

Fayetteville took an early 1-0 lead on a Carly Andrews free throw and the Lady Tigers added to their lead with two baskets by Tatum Delay, one of them a 3-pointer.

After a Cornersville timeout, Alicia Polk scored a basket and Bethany Fitzgerald scored and was fouled and added a free throw.

Lady Tiger Hannah Litaker added a two-pointer before Cornersville steals by Sarah Beth Prosser and Polk enabled the Lady Bulldogs to finish the quarter strong.

Polk scored three baskets to wrap up the scoring for the quarter with the Lady Bulldogs in front 12-11.

The second quarter began with a steal by Payton Salsman as the Lady Bulldogs’ 2-3 zone frustrated the Lady Tigers with steals to force turnovers and a lane violation.

Polk scored a basket and Prosser contributed two free throws for their only scores in the quarter.

Both teams were in the bonus free throws because of numerous fouls.

Fayetteville’s Lex Humphrey banked in a 3-pointer and Hannah Litaker added two points for the Lady Tigers.

At the half the score stood at 18-16 with Fayetteville leading.

Cornersville coach Peyton Newton must have given an inspirational speech at halftime because the Lady Bulldogs came out snarling with Polk setting the tone.

The eighth-grader proved she is more than at home with the varsity squad as she made a 3-pointer, had two steals, a breakaway layup, and was all over the court.

Prosser added a basket for the Lady Bulldogs and Fayetteville could only muster three points in the quarter.

The outburst allowed Cornersville to lead at the end of the third quarter, 29-21.

The fourth quarter was more of the same as the Lady Bulldogs continued their tough defense.

Prosser added two baskets and at the 3:29 mark the Lady Bulldogs lead stood at 10 points.

Lady Bulldog sophomore Abbie Woodard added energy to the team with hustle and focus as she is growing in basketball savvy.

A breakaway by Cornersville’s Merihannah Walker wrapped up the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs.

One inspiring moment was the play of 4’4” Lady Tiger Destinee Rhea, who displayed great ball handling ability and on-court awareness she shows that you’ve got to have heart to play this game.

Physical size does not limit this young lady, who scored on a baseline jumper.

“We got an ugly win, but an important one,” Newton said. “Abbie Woodard played her tail off, gave us lots of energy.”

“Alicia Polk, an eighth-grader, does her thing. If we can get all five or seven players on the same page on the same night, we will do well.”

Cornersville 12 4 13 11-40

Fayetteville 11 7 3 5-26

Cornersville (40): Alicia Polk 19, Sarah Beth Prosser 8, Abbie Woodard 8, Bethany Fitzgerald 3, Merihannah Walker 2.

3-Point Goals (2): Polk 2.

Free Throws (9-for-14).

Fayetteville (26): Tatum Delap 7, Lex Humphrey 5, Hannah Litaker 5, Carly Andrews 4, Destinee Rhea 2, Zanaria Robinson 2, Hanna Griffin 1.

3-Point Goals (2): Humphrey, Delap.

Free Throws (10-for-22)

Halftime score: Fayetteville 18, Cornersville 16.