Santa Fe smothers Bulldogs

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Cornersville's Devante Spencer fires up a jumper in the second quarter against Santa Fe. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Friday, the Cornersville Bulldogs fell to 0-3 in District play when they were thumped 59-22 on the road by the Santa Fe Wildcats.

With starters Haydon McMahon and Danny Gordon both sidelined by injuries, the Bulldogs (2-9) were simply overmatched physically by the Wildcats. Santa Fe (6-4, 3-1 District) raced out to a 33-10 lead in the first half, before outscoring CHS 26-12 over the final two quarters to roll to the 37-point victory.

Cornersville's offense was stuck in neutral the entire evening, as the Bulldogs mustered just eight field goals on 20 percent shooting, which included a 1-of-8 effort from three-point range, while the Wildcats recorded five blocked shots and forced 19 CHS turnovers.

Although they hit only 4-of-14 attempts from beyond the arc, Santa Fe finished with 22 baskets on 43 percent shooting and committed just 12 turnovers. The Wildcats also outrebounded Cornersville 39-22 and held a 15-11 edge on the offensive glass.

Freshman point guard Tate Lowery led the Bulldogs with six points, while Stone Riner and David Looney had five and three points respectively with Riner recording seven rebounds and three steals. Zack Smith, Dakota Lovett, Jacob Griffis, and Thomas King chipped in two points apiece for Cornersville as well.

Matt Priest paced Santa Fe with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go along with four rebounds and a blocked shot. Hunter Canton also tallied 13 points, seven steals, and five assists for the Wildcats, while Jake Sproul and Austin Winchester both added seven points.