Hornets sting CMS Bulldogs
After turning in a solid effort against Bridgeforth two days earlier, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (0-2) were unable to build on that performance, as they were thumped 54-19 on the road by the Huntland Hornets on Thursday night.
CMS trailed just 6-4 early in the second quarter, but the Hornets dominated the game from that point on and closed the first half with a 20-2 run to take a 26-6 lead into the break before outscoring Cornersville 28-13 over the final two quarters to cruise to the 35-point victory.
"This team was a bit more sound than Bridgeforth and played a little harder than Bridgeforth, but we didn't show up to play," said CMS coach Gerard Randolph. "I think we were satisfied with what we did in our last game and didn't come in here focused. I'm going to work on fixing that in practice."
Bolstered by a 9-of-18 shooting performance in the second quarter, Huntland finished with a 23-8 edge in field goals and held a 7-0 advantage in three-pointers.
Cornersville had trouble breaking the Hornets swarming full court press and committed 38 turnovers, while Huntland recorded 31 steals.
"The frustrating thing is that we practiced against everything they do," said Randolph. "We just couldn't handle their press and mishandled the ball or fumbled it out of bounds."
The Hornets, conversely, committed only 14 turnovers and outrebounded the Bulldogs 33-24, which included a 20-8 edge on the offensive glass.
Forward Will Rector led Huntland with 13 points, four rebounds, and four steals. Raul Petel followed Rector with 10 points and seven steals, while Alex Simmons and Trey Kelly each added five points. Joe Dickson, D.J. Taylor, and Zach Stovall tallied four points apiece as well with Dickson and Taylor both pulling down eight rebounds. Bryson Foster (three points), Brandon Yarborough (three points), Jared Pendleton (two points), and Kaleb Ashley (one point) rounded out the scoring for the Hornets.
Forward Ty Landers paced Cornersville with eight points, five rebounds, and a blocked shot, while Kolbe McMahon notched seven points, six steals, and four rebounds. Austin Ridinger and Cade Landers also chipped in two points apiece for the Bulldogs with Ridinger recording five rebounds.