Webb pulls away from Bulldogs in second half

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Cornersville's Jamie Crowell knocks down a three-pointer in the second quarter against Webb. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Tuesday, the Cornersville Bulldogs (2-11) were competitive for a half, but were unable to keep pace with Webb (6-9) for all four quarters, as the Feet defeated CHS 53-32 at the Community Christmas Classic in Unionville.

After falling behind 21-6 early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs outscored Webb 11-2 over the final 5:35 of the stanza behind seven points from freshman guard Jamie Crowell to narrow the gap to 23-17 at the break.

The Feet, though, stepped on the gas at the start of the second half and put together a 24-3 run on the strength of 15 points from Cham Cham Quao to forge a 47-20 lead early in the fourth quarter before coasting to the 21-point victory.

"Their best player got four wide open shots to start the second half and that can't happen. He knocked them down and I think it kind of took the air out of us," said Cornersville coach Adrian Wilson. "We just didn't have the same fight in us that we had in the second quarter."

The Bulldogs had trouble solving Webb's 1-3-1 zone and mustered just 13 field goals on 33 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-21 effort from three-point range, while committing 25 turnovers.

Crowell and Danny Gordon both scored nine points to lead Cornersville with Crowell grabbing a team high seven rebounds. Tate Lowery and Jacob Griffis chipped in four points apiece as well for CHS, while Thomas King, Stone Riner, and David Looney had three, two, and one point respectively.

"We just didn't knock down any outside shots and had too many turnovers. If we don't make shots against a zone, it's going to be a long night for us," said Wilson. "I thought Jamie Crowell stepped up for us today and gave us a lift in the second quarter."

Webb, conversely, finished with 20 baskets on 40 percent shooting and knocked down 3-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc. The Feet also outrebounded the Bulldogs 30-22, held a 14-7 edge on the offensive glass, and committed only 14 turnovers.

Quao paced Webb with 22 points, nine rebounds, and six steals, while Branson Popp and Kaleb Tilton added 16 and nine points respectively.