Home team sweeps round one of CABC Tournament
There was some home cooking Monday night at the 25th Annual Cornersville Athletic Booster Club (CABC) middle school basketball tournament as both CMS basketball squads made a clean sweep of their first round bracket.
Both teams made easy work of Minor Hill with the girls winning 46-13 and the boys taking a big 48-12 victory over the Wildcats from Giles County.
CMS's Brooke Holt led the way for the Lady Bulldogs, pouring in 11 first quarter points.
Holt, who finished with 17 points on the night, was a key contributor on both ends of the floor in the fast start for head coach Joy McMasters' squad.
CMS did not allow a point in the first period, leading 13-0 after the first six minutes.
Pressure was the name of the game for the CMS ladies who forced the Lady Cats into a dozen first half turnovers, taking a 20-6 lead into the halftime locker room.
The third quarter was much of the same as Haley Stacey boosted the Lady Dawgs, hitting two early free throws and a three-pointer, giving CMS a 25-6 margin.
A Holt theft and bucket made it 27-6, forcing a desperation timeout by Minor Hill with 3:08 left in the period.
Minor hill never recovered and trailed 33-6 after three periods.
McMasters went to the bench in the fourth quarter and received some fine play from Kelsey Wortham, who scored all seven of her points in the final period.
Holt's 17 was tops in scoring for the Lady Dawgs, followed by Stacey with 8, Wortham with her seven in the 4th, Ashley Umbles added 6 points, and Breanne Dunckleman, Britton Stewart, Jamie Campbell, and Meredith McMasters each had two points.
The Bulldogs traveled much the same path as their gender opposites, opening up a ten point 15-5 first quarter lead that held up for the evening's work.
Minor Hill's Kelby started the game by draining a three pointer for the Wildcats before Cornersville stepped on the gas with 12 unanswered points.
Tyler Lowry was a man possessed for the Dawgs, scoring 10 points in the first period, while Zach Shaddy supplied a bucket and Jody Sullivan added a three-bomb buzzer beater.
A Stone Riner steal and dish to Shaddy got the Dawgs going early in a low scoring second quarter.
Shaddy scored once more in the period and so did Lowry.
In the meantime, the Wildcats were tamed by the CMS "D", scoring just one point and trailed 21-6 at halftime.
Brian Lowe got in on the act in the third quarter for CMS, scoring all ten of his points in the period as the Bulldogs pulled away to a commanding 40-12 lead after three periods.
Bulldog head coach Adrian Wilson put in his reserves for the rest of game as the Dawgs cruised home to the 36-point victory.
Lowry finished with an even dozen, Lowe had 10 points, Shaddy ended up with a half dozen, Jacob Reeves scored five, Riner 4, Zach Welch and Sullivan each scored 3, David Looney and Tate Lowry scored 2, and Devonte Spencer added a single marker.
Both CMS took on Richland Middle School in Thursday night's semifinals, hoping for a spot in Saturday evening's championship contests.