CMS boys sting Hornets, girls cruise in warm-up for tournament
The Cornersville Middle School boys played the style of basketball that head Coach Adrian Wilson has been preaching about all year and it paid off in an easy 46-16 victory over the visiting Huntland Middle School Hornets. The CMS Lady Bulldogs needed only about the first four minutes in their game to build an insurmountable lead versus a Lady Hornet team that dressed only seven players because of an outbreak of strep throat amongst the squad.
The Three Amigos, The Three Musketeers, and The Three Stooges are all names given to trios of men of fact and fiction characters linked by common characteristics or by uncommon characteristics that make them whole as a unit.
The CMS squad has their own version of the trifecta in the RPM boys that when on, rev up the CMS squad and make them a unit that can beat other teams in a variety of ways. Thursday night, Huntland found out what damage could be done when Rodgers, Pope, and McCord (RPM) are all on top of their games and play as a unit.
There were certainly other contributors as well in the victory for CMS in Aaron Crowell, who played the post and had a solid game, Dillon Bean, who made some key outside shots, and Cody Poarch, who had a solid game off the bench.
The fuel that sparked the fire came from the RPM Boys who each had some incredible moments in the contest. Taylor Rodgers was a monster on the glass and had an outstanding defensive game while scoring 10 points. Josh "Boochie" Pope (14 pts.) was his usual self in pick-pocketing the Hornets on more than one occasion and wearing out a path down the floor for easy lay-ups while running the offense to precision, and then Justin McCord (6 pts.) who came off the bench and was all over the court like Ricochet Rabbit.
The team cruised out to an easy 11-4 first quarter lead, led 27-8 at the half and won going away 46-16. After the game, Coach Wilson had a brief description for each of the RPM Boys. "Rodgers is the best all-around athlete and he is always asking questions in his quest to improve his game," Wilson said. "Josh is our leader with his actions on the court; he is our best pure player and is still learning." Wilson smiled and said about McCord, "Justin is our vocal leader; he comes off the bench and picks people up with his intensity. Justin has always had great manners and is also willing to learn about the game."
The RPM Boys have been friends since the fifth grade, go everywhere together, played on the CMS football team together that won the ELK River Valley Championship, and undoubtedly will be contributors to the Cornersville High School athletic program in a big way the next four years.
CMS girls remain undefeated, McMasters rewards bench
CMS girl's head Coach Joy McMasters is a class person and she proved it Thursday night as she mercifully pulled her entire first unit against the undermanned Huntland team early in the first quarter after they had jumped out to 14-0 lead.
McMasters said after the game, "I was glad to see the younger girls get some playing time. It was good to get a game to reward them for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year."
The entire CMS squad had an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the home crowd in the contest and they all showed hustle, basketball intelligence, and great teamwork in the effort. The game was fun to watch for the Cornersville crowd as they cheered on the youngsters the entire night.
Some of the eighth graders who do not get a lot of playing time that shined were Hannah Hutson, who scored 4 points and showed great court awareness, Chelsea Johnson, who played tough underneath the basket, Bethany Vanhooser, who handled the ball well, Brittney Williams, who was a force in the middle, and Martha Brown, who also played some tough defense.
The seventh graders who flew off the bench into the game were Martha Jane McMasters, a future glass cleaner, Ashley Warren, who had a steal and a rebound, Baleigh Whitson who had two steals, Katherine Crick, who played well, Brittney Crowell, who shined in the low post, Brianna Johnson, who was all over the court, and Courtney Arnold and Jessica Carlton, who each scored a basket.
"This has been a great learning experience for these young girls, McMasters said, they have learned how to win by being a part of this team, and they all have shown me a great work ethic and a great attitude throughout the year."
CMS won the game 36-14 and Huntland head Coach Lisa Elrod urged on the CMS squad in their attempt for a perfect season when she said, "They are an excellent team, with an excellent coaching staff, and I hope they do it."