Collinwood gets revenge in win over Cornersville

Friday, December 22, 2006
Cornersville's Sarah Nelms and Tori Wolaver waiting for a rebound among Collinwood defenders.

The Cornersville High School basketball teams made the long trip to Wayne County on Monday night to take on Collinwood and did not fare well. The Lady Bulldogs lost by 30 points in their game versus the Trojanettes and the boy's team did not do much better as they lost 23.

The Trojanettes are a very talented squad and it will surprise if they do not take a spot in at least the sectionals this year in Murfreesboro. The trio of Abby Andrews, Lesley Daniel, and Hannah Daniel make a formidable force for any opposing team to handle. For the second time this year, the Collinwood squad beat the Lady Dawgs by a wide margin with great defense and fast paced offense.

Hannah Daniel was the first half force in this game as she scored 12 of her game high 23 in the first sixteen minutes of play. Hannah Daniel repeatedly scored from close range and when she was not putting in lay-ups, Andrews was driving the lane or hitting outside shots. The Lady Dawgs trailed by 17 points at the half, 53-26 and could never recover the rest of the game.

Garret Stiles goes inside to score a basket for the Bulldogs.

The second half was just a matter of playing for pride for the Lady Bulldogs and they played as hard as they could, but it was not good enough as the Trojanettes won going away, 62-32. Besides Hannah Daniel's twenty one points, Andrews scored 13, and Lesley Daniel tallied all of her 12 points in the second half. Lizzie Hewitt led the Lady Dawgs with 10 and Sarah Nelms and Sara Barnett each had 6 points.

After the game, Head Coach Micah Landers said, "We are not playing well and the spotlight shined on our decision making tonight. He Added, "We are not passing well and not taking good shots."

On the men's side, a revenge game was in order for the Trojans as they were out to make up for the double overtime loss they suffered last moth to the Bulldogs in Cornersville. The Bulldog squad suffered the same fate as the women at the outset of the contest as they fell behind early and had to play catch-up all night. The Dawgs trailed 19-10 by the end of the first stanza and things only got worse by halftime as the Trojans extended the lead to fifteen, 33-18.

The Trojans came out of the halftime break and picked up just where they left off as they jumped on the Dawgs early and often with fast break baskets and great outside shooting. The Dawgs scratched and clawed, but could never shake the Trojan onslaught and trailed 58-34 by the end of third period.

Revenge was sweet for the Wayne County bunch as they never let up on the Bulldogs and won the game easily, 71-48. Coach Adrian Wilson's squad never quit in the game and played hard to the very end, but this night belonged to Collinwood.

Jimmy Civils led the Bulldogs with 12 points, and Garret Stiles and Stephen Nelms had 10 apiece. The Trojans had a balanced scoring attack with four starters in double figures. Trojan head Coach Jason Morris admitted after the game that revenge was a factor in the contest, but said, "I did not expect the margin to be as big as it was."