Vikings drub Bulldogs

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Cornersville's Stone Riner shoots a runner over Community's Ryan Adams in the third quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Bulldogs (2-10) suffered their fourth straight loss on Monday night when they were beaten 64-31 by the Community Vikings at the Community Christmas Classic.

Having defeated Cornersville 59-38 earlier in the season, the Vikings (10-2) dominated Monday's contest from the start and built a 36-13 lead in the first half before forging a 60-21 advantage late in the third quarter en route to claiming the 33-point victory.

After averaging only 26.7 points per game in their last three outings, the Bulldogs offensive woes continued against Community, as they shot a mere 23 percent (11-of-48) from the field, hit just 4-of-18 attempts from three-point range, and missed 6-of-11 free throws.

The Vikings, conversely, finished with 27 baskets on 44 percent shooting, which included a 9-of-30 effort from beyond the arc. Community also outrebounded Cornersville 42-29, held a 16-12 edge on the offensive glass, and committed just seven turnovers, compared to 14 miscues for the Bulldogs.

Freshman shooting guard Zack Smith led Cornersville with 12 points and five rebounds, while Tate Lowery, Danny Gordon, and Jamie Crowell tallied six, five, and four points respectively with Gordon pulling down a team high eight rebounds. Thomas King also chipped in three points for the Bulldogs and Stone Riner had one point.

Blake Fanning paced the Vikings with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting, while J.D. Parker and Tanner Simmons added 10 and nine points respectively with Parker recording 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. Zeke Grissom, Ryan Adams, and Zack West notched six points apiece for Community as well.