Lady Bulldogs beat Fayetteville, avoid fall to last place

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Sarah Beth Prosser (23), seen here versus Eagleville, led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points versus Fayetteville Friday night at Cornersville.
Photo by George “Pap” Warren

The Fayetteville (4-17, 0-8) Lady Tigers came calling on the Cornersville (11-14, 2-7) Lady Bulldogs for a District 8-A contest on Friday night.

The Lady Bulldogs, led by Sarah Beth Prosser’s 14 points, came out ready to go in the third quarter, then survived a fourth quarter comeback by the Lady Tigers to claim a 42-37 victory.

The win enabled the Lady Bulldogs to gain a sweep of the season series and prevent a last place finish in the district standings.

The first quarter began with Fayetteville controlling the tip, but a steal by Payton Salsman prevented the Lady Tigers from scoring first and a basket by Prosser put Cornersville up 2-0.

The two-three zone by Cornersville kept Fayetteville out front, but a free throw by Hannah Litaker and a shot from beyond the 3-point line by Tyra Haston gave the Lady Tigers the lead.

Prosser scored on a put-back before another three, this time by Hannah Griffin gave the Lady Tigers the lead at 7-4.

Alicia Polk scored a basket, then added a free throw to complete an old fashioned three-point play.

A rebound and put-back by Litaker was the last answer by the Lady Tigers as Prosser nailed a basket, dropped in a 3-pointer and Abbie Woodard slashed to the basket for another three-point play.

Lexi Warren, with an assist from Woodard scored, and at the end of the quarter the Lady Dawgs led 17-9.

Haston drained another 3-pointer for Fayetteville as the Cornersville defense stepped up to induce some miscues until Litaker scored two points to cut into the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 17-14.

Polk scored again off a bad pass and Zanaria Robinson, the tall thin center for the Lady Tigers, scored an inside basket and then blocked a shot that led to the tying score by Litaker.

Cornersville committed its seventh foul at the 3:30 mark of the second quarter and Fayetteville was in the bonus.

The Lady Tigers returned the favor, committing their seventh foul and Camille Finch and Meri Hannah Walker chipped in with two free-throws before Polk scored on a drive to wrap up the half with Cornersville up 24-20.

The Lady Bulldogs came out in the third quarter aggressive on both ends of the floor as Prosser rolled in a free throw and Bethany Fitzgerald canned a basket, while defensive pressure caused Fayetteville into several turnovers.

Prosser scored again and Salsman nailed a three to put the Lady Bulldogs up 32-21.

Prosser score two more baskets and Woodard added two points and the defense only allowed Fayetteville to score three points in the quarter.

After three quarters the score stood Cornersville 38, the Lady Tigers 23.

Litaker led the fourth quarter charge by the Lady Tigers with six points and Carly Andrews added five to make it 40-34 with 54 seconds left and the Cornersville lead was down to six points.

A late basket by Polk, saddled with three fouls, gave Cornersville the final margin at 42-34.

“Tonight’s game was a good time to get a lot of players in there after a nice overtime win on Thursday night,” Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. “We played okay at times, but still made some of the same mistakes we have all year by not boxing out and not knocking down wide open shots.”

“Fayetteville makes you play ugly with their unconventional style, so it was still a good win we needed and has us on a two-game win streak.” The District 8-A Tournament is at Cornersville and Newton has little time to get ready.

“We move on to Huntland (Tuesday) where we want to play hard and tough, come out of there with not only a win, but some confidence with only one game after it to get ready for the district tournament,” Newton said.

Fayetteville 9 11 3 11 – 34

Cornersville 17 7 14 4 – 42

Fayetteville (34) Hannah Litaker 13, Carly Andrews 7, Tyra Haston 6, Zanaria Robinson 4, Hanna Griffin 3, Kyrionna Kelso 1.

Free Throws (5-for-15): C. Andrews 3-for-5, Kelso 1-for-4, Litaker 1-for-3, Haston 0-for-2, N. Andrews 0-for-1.

3-Point Goals (3): Haston 2, Griffin.

Cornersville (42) Sarah Beth Prosser 14, Alicia Polk 8, Lexi Warren 6, Abbie Woodard 5, Bethany Fitzgerald 4, Payton Salsman 3, Meri Hannah Walker 1, Camille Finch 1.

Free Throws (8-for-17): Warren 2-for-2, Polk 2-for-4, Prosser 1-for-3, Woodard 1-for-3, Walker 1-for-3, Finch 1-for-2.

3-Point Goals (2): Prosser, Salsman.

Halftime score: Cornersville 24, Fayetteville 20.