Bulldogs fall to Fayetteville
The Cornersville Bulldogs had a tough time of it in their season opener on Tuesday night, as they lost 61-41 on the road to an athletic Fayetteville Tiger squad.
Fayetteville came flying out of the gates and built a 19-8 lead in the first quarter before opening up a 30-15 advantage late in the second period.
Cornersville outscored the Tigers 7-1 over the final 1:32 of the first half with the help of a Zack Smith trey, a layup by Hayden McMahon, and a Jacob Reeves offensive put back to narrow the gap to 31-22 at the break.
The game got away from the Bulldogs in the second half, however, as the Tigers put together a 24-6 run to forge a 55-28 lead early in the fourth quarter.
CHS then outscored Fayetteville 13-6 the rest of the way behind five points from Jamie Crowell for the 61-41 final.
Bolstered by an 8-of-14 shooting performance in the third quarter, the Tigers shot 45 percent from the field overall (24-of-53), while knocking down 7-of-19 attempts from three-point range.
Fayetteville also outrebounded the Bulldogs 29-26, held a 10-5 edge on the offensive glass, and committed only 14 turnovers.
"They were very quick and we couldn't rotate to the ball fast enough on defense. They run their offense really well and do a good job of playing to their strengths," said first-year CHS coach Gerard Randolph.
Cornersville, conversely, had trouble dealing with the Tigers' superior quickness on the perimeter and turned the ball over 22 times, while shooting only 37 percent from the floor (17-of-46), which included a 4-of-16 effort from beyond the arc.
"We tried some different things on offense, but we couldn't get anything to work consistently. They were everything people told me they were, but we've got to be more aggressive and take better care of the ball," said Randolph.
McMahon and Crowell led the Bulldogs with eight and seven points respectively, while Smith and Tate Lowery both added six points. Alex Walker and Reeves tallied four points apiece for Cornersville as well, and Dakota Lovett, Jacob Griffis, and Tata Davis each chipped in two points.
Guards Nick Hopkins and Michael Parks were the Tigers two main offensive catalysts. Hopkins poured in a game high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go along with four assists and three steals, while Parks hit 7-of-13 shots and finished with 17 points and four assists.
Darrion King also added eight points and Isaiah Thompson tallied six points. Darren Patterson notched four points for Fayetteville as well, while Andrew Lawson, Kendrell Hall, and Isaiah Steele all scored two points.