Bulldogs bog down against Moore County

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Cornersville's Danny Gordon fires up a three-pointer over Moore County's Dillon Davis in the third quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Bulldogs (1-2) were unable to overcome a bad break on Friday night, as they lost 47-33 to the Moore County Raiders at the Cornersville Thanksgiving Classic while senior center and leading scorer Mike Lovett was forced to leave the game early in the third quarter due to a knee injury.

CHS held a 22-18 lead at halftime, but the Raiders controlled the game after Lovett got injured and outscored the Bulldogs 29-11 over the final two quarters to take home the 14-point win.

After shooting 44 percent (7-of-16) through the first two periods of play, the Bulldogs hit just 3-of-21 field goal attempts in the second half to finish 10-of-39 from the floor overall, which included a 2-of-17 effort from three-point range. Cornersville also struggled at the foul line and made just 11-of-24 free throws, while committing 22 turnovers.

Despite sitting out nearly the entire second half, Lovett scored a team high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go along with four rebounds and two steals. Haydon McMahon followed Lovett with seven points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots, while Jamie Crowell and Danny Gordon tallied five and four points respectively. Stone Riner and Tate Lowery chipped in two points apiece for CHS as well.

"Losing Mike changed everything because our offense runs through him. He scored 13 points in the first half for us. I think it shocked our guys when he got hurt and it took them time to recover, but by the time we did it was too late," said Cornersville coach Adrian Wilson.

Although Moore County shot only 37 percent (20-of-54) from the field overall, which included a 3-of-13 effort from beyond the arc, the Raiders hit 12-of-24 shots during their pivotal second half surge. Moore County also committed 23 turnovers, but outrebounded the Bulldogs 36-22 and held a 13-4 edge on the offensive glass.

Dillon Davis and Dalton Barrier both broke double digits and paced the Raiders with 16 and 12 points respectively.

With both teams getting off to slow starts, the Bulldogs crept out to an 8-4 lead early in the second quarter on the strength five points from Lovett and a McMahon layup.

Moore County outscored CHS 12-8 over the next 5:13 to tie the game at 16-16 late in the half before Cornersville closed the stanza with a 6-2 spurt to take a 22-18 lead into the break.

The Raiders then took advantage of Lovett's absence and opened the second half with a 13-2 run to seize a 31-24 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs narrowed the gap to 31-28 with 6:27 left thanks to a trey from Crowell and a Gordon free throw, but Moore County pulled away down the stretch and outscored CHS 16-5 the rest of the way to claim the 47-33 victory.