Bulldogs come up short against Eagleville

Friday, November 30, 2012
Cornersville's Jacob Griffis shoots a turnaround jumper over a pair of Eagleville defenders in the third quarter. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Bulldogs (0-4) are still searching for their first win of the season after dropping a 41-29 decision on the road to the Eagleville Eagles (4-3) on Monday night.

Although the Bulldogs nipped at Eagleville's heels for much of the night, the Eagles held a 22-17 lead at the end of the first half prior to opening up a 34-21 advantage late in the third quarter.

Eagleville then withstood a Cornersville rally attempt that saw the Bulldogs trim the deficit to five points midway through the fourth period before eventually pulling away for the 12-point victory.

CHS had trouble finding their rhythm offensively and mustered just 11 field goals on 33 percent shooting overall, which included a two-of-eight effort from three-point range, while committing 26 turnovers.

"I thought we made some strides tonight, but we can't keep turning the ball over like that. Turnovers continue to hurt us," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "I thought we had a shot to win the game when we cut it to five points in the fourth quarter, but then we started making mistakes and turning the ball over again."

Junior guard Jacob Reeves led the Bulldogs with six points, and Alex Walker added five points. Tate Lowery also tallied four points, while Zack Smith and David Looney notched three points apiece. Tate Lowery, Hayden McMahon, Chance Dalton, and Tyler Lowery each chipped in two points apiece as well for Cornersville with McMahon grabbing a team high eight rebounds.

The Eagles struggled to solve Cornersville's 2-3 zone at times, as they hit only 4-of-19 attempts from beyond the arc and shot only 38 percent (17-of-45) from the floor overall to go along with 20 turnovers. Eagleville, however, won the battle of the boards and held a 15-5 edge on the offensive glass en route to outrebounding the Bulldogs 32-21 overall.

Guards Ben Kelly and Josh McCrary paced Eagleville with 11 points apiece, while reserve forward Jason Hawks added 10 points on five-of-six shooting. Chris Hale and Drew Jernigan also scored six and three points for the Eagles.

The Bulldogs held a 6-2 lead midway through the first quarter thanks to a runner by Reeves and four free throws, before Eagleville went on a 12-5 run to pull ahead 14-11 early in the second period.

After CHS narrowed the gap to 14-13 on an offensive put back by Griffis, the Eagles tallied the next eight points to open up a 22-13 advantage midway through the second quarter before Tyler Lowery scored on a layup and McMahon hit a jumper to cut the deficit to 22-17 at halftime.

Cornersville closed the gap to 24-21 early in the third quarter on the strength of a short bank shot by Dalton and a Griffis layup, but Eagleville promptly rattled off 10 straight points to push their lead to 34-21 with :41 left in the stanza.

Cornersville's Alex Walker scores on a layup in the fourth quarter against Eagleville.

The Bulldogs tried to claw their way back into the contest and put together an 8-0 spurt with the help of a Looney three-point play and a trey by Walker to slice the deficit to 34-29 with 3:34 remaining in the fourth period.

Cornersville, though, would pull no closer, as they failed to score again the rest of the way while the Eagles notched the final seven points of the contest to wrap up their 41-29 win.