Elks ambush CMS Bulldogs
On Thursday night, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs were dealt their fifth straight loss when they were defeated 39-19 by the Elkton Elks in their home finale.
Although CMS had already lost to Elkton twice this season, the Bulldogs (1-10) nearly defeated the Elks in their first meeting this year on Oct. 29 before eventually suffering a heartbreaking 41-39 overtime in the first round of the Cornersville Athletic Club Booster tournament.
Elkton, though, would need no late game heroics in Thursday's contest, as they built a 19-5 lead in the first half prior to outscoring CMS 20-14 over the final two quarters to claim the 20-point victory.
Bolstered by a 6-of-11 shooting performance in the first quarter, the Elks finished with a 17-7 edge in field goals and held a 2-0 advantage in three-pointers.
The Bulldogs did outrebound Elkton 22-17 and held a 10-5 edge on the offensive glass, but Elkton negated Cornersville's advantage on the boards by forcing 24 CMS turnovers with the help of their full court press.
"We had too many turnovers and couldn't handle their press. Most of their baskets came in transition after we turned the ball over," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "We also did some things that we normally don't do and missed a lot of easy shots around the basket."
Ty Landers led the Bulldogs with eight points and three rebounds, while Carson Walker tallied six points and seven rebounds. Kolbe McMahon and Will Vanhooser chipped in two points apiece as well with McMahon recording seven rebounds and five steals. Brock Powers rounded out the scoring for CMS with one point.
After hitting the game winning shot in the initial meeting between the two teams this season, point guard Peyton Hall once again was a thorn in Cornersville's side and paced the Elks with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go along with six assists and five steals. Kyle Oliver followed Hall with eight points and four blocked shots, and Jedidiah Jenkins added five points. Eric Cannon also notched three points for Elkton, while Tucker Duke and Tyler Barnett both had two points.