Bulldogs Rout Raiders on Senior Night

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Cornersville Bulldogs (13-12, 5-7 District) ended their home schedule with a flourish Tuesday, as they hammered Moore County 66-33 on Senior Night to avenge a 57-55 loss to the Raiders earlier in the season.

After taking a 33-24 lead into the break, the Bulldogs blew the doors off of Moore County in the second half and outscored the Raiders 33-9 over the final two quarters to roll to the 33-point victory.

Although Tuesday's game did not affect Cornersville's seeding in the upcoming District tournament, the Bulldogs showed playoff intensity in their dismantling of Moore County.

"We're in a single elimination mindset right now because the playoffs are coming up soon and we don't want to go home early," said CHS head coach Adrian Wilson.

Except for the second period, the Bulldogs completely stifled the Raiders' offensive attack. Moore County missed all 14 three-point attempts and finished with only 14 field goals on 29 percent shooting, which included a horrid 3 of 28 effort in the second half. The Raiders did out rebound Cornersville 29-18, but CHS offset that by recording 15 steals while forcing 24 Moore County turnovers.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, shot 50 percent from the field overall (25-50), which included a 6 of 15 effort from three-point range, committed only 11 turnovers, and dished out 15 assists as a team.

"We were so unselfish tonight. We swung the ball around well and guys knocked down shots. We're hard to stop when we're hitting open shots," said Wilson.

Senior forward Garrett Stiles joined Cornersville's 1,000-point club by pouring in a game high 22 points to go along with three assists and three steals, while senior center Joseph Darnell hit 9-of-12 shots and finished with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, and one blocked shot.

"I'm really proud of my seniors. They came out and performed well on Senior Night. I'm happy for Garrett that he broke the 1,000-point mark. That's the second year in a row that we've had someone accomplish that," said Wilson.

Stiles, meanwhile, seemed more concerned about his team's performance than accumulating personal accolades.

"It feels pretty good, but I'm just glad we got the win," said Stiles. "I honestly didn't know how close I was coming into tonight."

Josh Pope tallied 13 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the Bulldogs as well, while Brent Pope and Trent Davis both had five points and three steals with Brent Pope also registering two blocked shots. P.J. Allen rounded out the scoring for CHS with three points.

Josh Holt paced Moore County with seven points, while Clint Fanning and T.J. Beasley each had six points.

The Bulldogs came charging out of the gates and forged a 22-7 lead in the first quarter on the strength of three treys from Stiles and four points apiece from Darnell and Josh Pope.

After the Raiders trimmed the deficit to 22-11 early in the second, Cornersville responded with a 11-6 spurt thanks to eight points from Darnell and a Josh Pope three-pointer to open up a 33-17 advantage midway through the period.

Moore County tallied the final seven points of the quarter to narrow the gap to 33-24 at the break, but the floodgates opened up in the second half, as the Bulldogs began the stanza with a 21-3 run behind 13 points from Stiles and four points apiece from Darnell and Josh Pope to build a 54-27 cushion early in the fourth period.

Vann Boyce scored on a layup to briefly halt the Cornersville onslaught before CHS put together a 12-2 spurt with the help of five points from Davis and a three-point play by Brent Pope to open up a 66-31 lead late in the fourth en route to claiming the 66-33 victory.