Hornets swarm CMS Bulldogs
On Monday night, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (1-7) suffered their second straight loss when they dropped a 44-28 decision to the Huntland Hornets at home.
After building an 18-8 lead in the first half, Huntland broke the game open by using a 23-8 run to forge a 41-16 advantage early in the fourth quarter before coasting to their second win of the season over CMS.
Bolstered by an 8-of-14 shooting performance in the third quarter, the Hornets finished with an 18-12 edge in field goals and held a 4-0 advantage in three-pointers.
The Bulldogs did outrebound Huntland 29-20, but the Hornets held a 12-8 edge on the offensive glass and committed 17 fewer turnovers (34-17) than Cornersville.
"We hurt ourselves. We cannot throw the ball to the other team and commit turnovers," said CMS coach Gerard Randolph. "We didn't get back and defend either. In the last game, they hurt us with threes, but tonight they hurt us with layups and offensive put backs."
Center Ty Landers led the Bulldogs with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and two blocked shots, while shooting guard Kolbe McMahon tallied 10 points, five rebounds, and four steals. Carson Walker, Austin Ridinger, and Riley Sanders each chipped in two points for Cornersville as well.
"I was proud of Ty. He played hard tonight and kept battling in the post," said Randolph.
D.J. Taylor paced Huntland with 13 points, and Will Rector added 11 points. Bryson Foster also notched five points for the Hornets, while Jared Pendleton, Trey Kelly, and Kyle Jernigan had three points apiece for the Hornets as well.
After Huntland jumped out to a 7-2 lead midway through the first quarter, Walker knocked down a jumper to cut the deficit 7-4, before the Hornets tallied the next three points to open up a 12-4 advantage early in the second period.
The Bulldogs narrowed the gap to 14-8 with 1:56 left in the second quarter thanks to a bank shot by McMahon and a Landers offensive put back, but Taylor scored two layups in the final 40 seconds of the half to give Huntland a 18-8 lead at the break.
In the third quarter, the Hornets began to rapidly pull away from CMS and outscored Cornersville 14-4 through the first four minutes of the stanza to make it 32-12.
Landers hit a short bank shot to trim the deficit to 32-14 late in the third period, but Huntland responded with a 9-2 spurt to push their lead to 41-16 with 4:40 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs then outscored the Hornets 12-3 the rest of the way with the help of six points from Landers for the 44-28 final.