Lady Bulldogs fall to first place Eagleville
Friday night’s game at Cornersville saw the Eagleville Lady Eagles (14-8, 5-1) and the hometown Lady Bulldogs (9-13, 1-6) square off in a District 8-A contest.
The Lady Bulldog’s youth, inexperience, and growing pains were evident in a 44-25 loss.
The Lady Eagles were hoping to keep pace with Cascade for the top spot in district standings and they did as both teams finished the night with 5-1 league marks.
Eagleville plays at Cascade on Friday night.
The tip-off controlled by Eagleville resulted in a missed shot and a Bulldog rebound, but a block by Lizzy Thompson gave the ball back to Eagleville
Caley Whitley popped a three and after a Cornersville missed field goal, Thompson dropped a basket and the lead was 5-0.
A free throw by Abbie Woodard put the Lady Bulldogs on the board.
The Lady Bulldogs were trying to adjust to the 2-3 zone that Eagleville was using and a basket by Sarah Beth Prosser, courtesy of a great feed by Alicia Polk was all the points the Lady Bulldogs could muster in the first quarter.
Makala Moates made two 3-pointers and Anna Grace Clement added a free throw for Eagleville and at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Eagles led 12-3.
The second quarter began with Cornersville fighting back via baskets by Bethany Fitzgerald, Prosser, and a 3-pointer by Polk to offset a basket by Clement and the lead was 14-10.
Clement and Polk traded baskets with Polk’s being a quick baseline drive.
Moates hit two more 3-pointers and another free throw by Clement pushed the lead to 23-12.
Polk fired up a long 3-pointer and Eagleville held a 23-15 halftime lead.
Moates converted four 3-point shots for the Lady Eagles and Polk countered with two treys in the first half.
The third quarter saw Cornersville thwarted by the Eagleville’s defense on a steal by Moates, who drove the length of the court for a layup and the lead grew to ten points at 25-15.
Baskets by Moates and Ferguson pushed it out to 29-15 at the 3:41 mark of the period.
A three by Ferguson and a free throw by Clement padded the lead for Eagleville until a 3-pointer by Merihannah Walker kept the Lady Bulldogs from being held scoreless in the third quarter.
After three quarters Eagleville led 33-18 and a put-back by Woodard opened Cornersville’s scoring in the fourth quarter. The sophomore showed flashes of a great basketball talent for the Lady Bulldogs and along with Polk, those two are building for the future.
Moates kept up her hot-hand with a basket and Clement added two free throws before Prosser contributed two from the charity stripe for the home team.
Woodard scored on a good move inside for Cornersville, then Moates had a shot blocked, but in the scramble for the ball, Moates picked it up and scored for Eagleville.
Eagleville added to their score when Ferguson scored a basket and Thompson added a free throw.
After a Cornersville missed shot, the Lady Eagles rebounded the ball and as the seconds ticked off, they had their 19-point victory.
Eagleville 12 11 10 11-44
Cornersville 3 12 3 7-25
Eagleville (44): Makala Moates 20, Anna Grace Clement 9, Haley Ferguson 7, Lizzy Thompson 5, Caley Whitley 3.
3-Point Goals (6): Moates 4, Ferguson, Whitley.
Free Throws (6-for-14): Clement 6-for-12, Ferguson 0-for-2.
Cornersville (25): Alicia Polk 8, Sarah Beth Prosser 7, Abbie Woodard 5, Merihannah Walker 3, Bethany Fitzgerald 2.
3-Point Goals (3): Polk 2, Walker.
Free Throws (3-for-6): Prosser 2-for-4, Woodard 1 for 2.
Halftime Score: Eagleville 23, Cornersville 15.