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Lady Bulldogs pull away in 46-36 win over Carrollton

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By Todd Martin

The Cornerstone girls' basketball team has struggled with youth and inexperience at times this season, but Tuesday saw the team start to come together.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed Christian Academy of Carrollton 24-17 at halftime, but the Cornerstone girls outscored Carrollton 29-12 in the second half to pull away for a 46-36 win.

"We had a very strong second half, and it was good to see the girls come out fast and make the needed adjustments to win the game," Cornerstone head coach Matt Maxwell said. "We're starting to come around as a team."

The Lady Bulldogs have a very young varsity squad which starts two seventh-graders and goes just seven deep, plus Maxwell found himself short two players against Carrollton. The coach had to call up two players, making an already short bench even shorter.

However, he was very pleased with the way his team responded.

Danielle Hamilton led the way for Cornerstone with 25 points -- with 17 coming in the decisive second half -- on just 18 shots.

"Danielle had an outstanding offensive game," Maxwell said. "She didn't shoot much in the first half, but she really came alive in the second half. She and (freshman) Shelby White have led us all season and they showed why (Tuesday)."

White, the team's point guard, helped control the game, leading the way on defense, and helping get Cornerstone started on offense.

"She did a great job controlling the game from the point for us," Maxwell said. "She's a very strong set shooter, but we're still working on getting her to create her own shot."

The win moved the Lady Bulldogs to 4-7 on the season, and Maxwell noted that this year has been a year of growth.

"We've probably grown more this year as a team than any other year," he said. "We're so young that it's been a constant progression with this team. Our younger girls are starting to believe more in themselves, and the biggest thing is we've got two years with this core group. We don't have any seniors, so as long as we continue to improve and grow as a team, we're going to have a great base to build upon for next season. I'm really looking forward to the remainder of this season. This team is just continuing to get better and better."