Mt. Pleasant roughs up Bulldogs

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Cornersville's Hayden McMahon drives around Mt. Pleasant's Princeton Harlan in the first quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

It was a long night for the Cornersville Bulldogs on Tuesday, as they suffered a 67-31 road loss at the hands of District leader Mt. Pleasant.

Ranked 4th in the latest Tennessee Class A state basketball rankings, the Tigers (18-2, 11-0 District) put the game away early and built a 35-12 lead in the first half. Mt. Pleasant then opened up a 60-21 advantage with 7:15 left in the fourth quarter before coasting to the 36-point victory.

The Bulldogs (2-19, 0-11 District) were simply overwhelmed by the Tigers' quick and athletic lineup and committed 30 turnovers while mustering just 11 field goals on 32 percent shooting, which included a 6-of-17 effort from three-point range.

Mt. Pleasant, conversely, finished with 30 field goals on 48 percent shooting, highlighted by a 3-of-6 performance from beyond the arc, and turned the ball over only 13 times. The Tigers also held a commanding 22-3 edge on the offensive glass and outrebounded CHS 38-16.

"We just didn't play hard tonight. They jumped on us early and we didn't respond. You don't come in here and play soft and expect to compete with the number four team in the state," said Cornersville coach Adrian Wilson.

Freshman guard Zack Smith drained four treys and led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Danny Gordon also tallied six points and three assists, while Hayden McMahon added five points. Stone Riner and Dakota Lovett rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with two points apiece.

Princeton Harlan paced Mt. Pleasant with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds and three steals. Toby Frierson and Davonte Webster followed Harlan with nine and eight points respectively, while Kenyores Smith and Cory Webster both had six points.