Elkton beats CMS Bulldogs
After narrowly losing to Elkton in overtime six days earlier, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (0-6) had a tougher time with the Elks on Monday night, as they dropped a 34-21 decision on the road.
Aided by a strong defense and a dominant performance on the offensive glass, Elkton held a 13-7 lead at halftime before outscoring CMS 21-14 in the second half to claim the 13-point victory.
The Elks held a 13-8 edge in field goals and attempted 28 more shots (59-31) by forcing 21 Cornersville turnovers and outrebounding the Bulldogs 42-30, which included a 27-10 advantage on the offensive glass.
"They outworked us tonight in every aspect especially rebounding. We acted like we wanted the ball to come to us and they were aggressive," said CMS coach Adrian Wilson. "We're a real passive team right now, but Elkton is also pretty good."
Shawn Gibson hit two three-pointers and paced the Elks with 12 points, while power forward Jedidiah Jenkins added 10 points and pulled down 20 rebounds. Michael Ledford and Matthew Dunivant also tallied five and four points respectively for Elkton.
Dayveontae Brown and Ty Landers both scored eight points to lead Cornersville with Landers hitting 4-of-5 shots. Dillard Hatchett and Ben Proctor chipped in three and two points respectively as well, while Justin Singleton notched a team high nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
Cornersville trailed 5-2 early on before tying the game at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter thanks to two free throws from Hatchett and a Brown trey.
The Bulldogs' offense went dormant in the second period, though, as the Elks outscored CMS 6-0 in the stanza to take a 13-7 lead into the break before opening up a 15-7 advantage early in the third.
After Landers hit a jumper, Brown made one-of-two free throws to narrow the gap to 15-10 midway through the third, but Elkton responded with a 12-3 run to forge a 27-13 advantage with :32 left in the quarter.
Cornersville trimmed the deficit to 29-19 early in the fourth period with the help of baskets from Proctor, Landers, and Brown, before the Elks the closed the game with a 5-2 spurt to cap their 34-21 victory.