Viqueen shooters icy against Cornersville

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Viqueen guard Kelli Donovan makes a move to the basket against Cornersville on opening night in Unionville Tuesday night. (T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)

It was cold and dismal outside and the Community Viqueens were simply unable to shake the chill when they entered the gym. It spilled over into a bad outing in a 65-31 loss to the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs in a Hall of Fame game.

"We just have to learn to put the ball in the hole with more consistency," Viqueen coach Allison Martin said. "I thought we played pretty good defense in the first half but we aren't taking the ball to the hole like we need to be offensively."

Cornersville led 15-10 after one period and went up 28-19 at intermission. Katie Leverette netted six points for the Viqueens in the frame.

Katie Leverette (14) challenges a shot by Lady Bulldog Lindsey Dalton (40) in the first quarter. (T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)

The Lady Bulldogs came out smoking in the third quarter led by an intense full-court press and the young Community ball handlers were just ill-equipped to deal with the bigger, stronger visitors who caused eight turnovers during the period.

Lindsey Dalton put six on the board for Cornersville and Mackenzie Hopkins nailed a 3-pointer to open a 42-25 lead to begin the fourth quarter.

The visitors threw caution to the wind as they continued to press the Purple and Gold despite leading by as many as 30 points in the final stanza to cruise to the win.

"Cornersville intensified their effort in the second half and we didn't respond to that very well," Martin said. "We are a young team and we will learn from this game but it is not exactly the way we would have liked to get things started.

"We will have to develop short memories in a real big hurry and get ready for our next opponent. These kids will be ready to play."

Leverette led the Community offense with eight points.

The Viqueens shot 10-for-26 from the free-throw line. The Lady Bulldogs hit 13-of-22 attempts.

Dalton was the game's high scorer with 15 for Cornersville, followed by Haley Fagan with 14. Hopkins totaled 10.

The Viqueens take part in the Red Boiling Springs Hall of Fame Tournament on Saturday. They tip off against RB