Vikings conquer Cornersville

Friday, November 18, 2011
Cornersville's Haydon McMahon shoots a turnaround jumper over Community's Zeke Grissom in the second quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Bulldogs got off to a disappointing start to the 2011-12 basketball campaign, as they suffered a 59-38 loss to the Community Vikings at home on Tuesday night.

Aided by some early Cornersville foul trouble, Community took charge of the game right from the start and forged a 17-4 lead in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs put together an 11-7 run behind five points from Zack Smith to narrow the gap to 24-15 midway through the second period, but the Vikings tallied the final seven points of the stanza to take a 32-15 advantage into the break before outscoring Cornersville 27-23 in the second half to cruise to the 21-point victory.

"I think the slow start affected us because we had three preseason scrimmages and didn't have a start like that. We had some adversity and didn't stand up to it," said Bulldog coach Adrian Wilson. "I'm kind of surprised by that because I thought we'd either win or lose in a close game tonight. The early foul trouble killed us too. Arguably my three best players got in foul trouble in the first quarter. Community was really physical and we didn't react well to it."

Although Cornersville hit 15-of-20 free throws, the Bulldogs couldn't find the range from the floor and finished with only 10 field goals on 26 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-21 effort from beyond the arc, while committing 24 turnovers

Community shot only 33 percent from the floor (22-of-66) and hit just 8-of-18 free throws, but made seven three-pointers, committed only 10 turnovers, outrebounded Cornersville 42-31, and held a commanding 21-6 edge on the offensive glass en route to finishing with 28 more shot attempts than the Bulldogs.

Senior center Mike Lovett led Cornersville with 11 points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots, while Tate Lowery and Haydon McMahon each tallied six points with McMahon pulling down eight rebounds. Smith and Danny Gordon chipped in five and four points respectively for the Bulldogs as well, and Stone Riner and Jamie Crowell both had three points.

Austin Thurber drilled three treys and paced three Viking players in double figures with 15 points, while Jake Leverette and Taylor Paschal added 14 and 11 points respectively with Leverette grabbing a game high 14 rebounds.