Hornets pull away from Bulldogs

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Cornersville's Tyler Lowery shoots a short jumper over Huntland's Kobe Foster in the first quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Thursday night, the Cornersville Bulldogs (3-14) were unable to slow down a hot shooting Huntland squad, as they dropped a 69-49 decision to the Hornets (12-5) on the road.

Cornersville hung tough early and trailed just 35-30 with 6:55 left in the third quarter, but Huntland controlled the game from that point on and outscored CHS 34-19 the rest of the way to pull away for the 20-point victory.

Although the Bulldogs recorded 15 steals en route to forcing 22 Hornet turnovers, Huntland made the most of their scoring opportunities and shot a blistering 53 percent (26-of-49) from the field, which included a 6-of-19 effort from three-point range.

Hindered by an 0-of-15 shooting performance in the third quarter, Cornersville shot just 28 percent (18-of-65) from the floor and made only 3-of-19 attempts from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs turned the ball over only eight times and held a 11-10 edge on the offensive glass, but the Hornets outrebounded CHS 46-25 overall.

"We stopped talking on defense and weren't getting in good position.. We gave them too many open shots and they're a good shooting team," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "I was pleased with the way we played for the first two and a half quarters, but after that we couldn't buy a basket."

Cornersville's Jacob Griffis scores on a layup over Huntland's Jacob McLennan in the first quarter.

Tyler Lowery led the Bulldogs by tallying a season high 17 points, five rebounds, and four steals, while Jacob Griffis added 12 points on six-of-nine shooting to go along with five rebounds. Tate Lowery notched 11 points as well, and Hayden McMahon had five points. Zack Smith and Alex Walker rounded out the scoring for CHS with two points apiece.

"I was very proud of Tyler. He played a heck of a ballgame and did a lot more right than he did wrong," said Randolph.

Jacob McLennan and Seth Satterfield both poured in 19 points to pace Huntland. Kobe Foster also tallied 17 points for the Hornets and Kiel Graham chipped in eight points.

Huntland jumped out to an early 6-0 lead but the Bulldogs put together a 11-5 run behind five points from Tyler Lowery and baskets from McMahon, Smith, and Griffis to tie the game at 11-11 late in the first quarter.

After the Hornets outscored CHS 8-2 over the final 2:20 of the first quarter to grab a 19-13 advantage, Tate Lowery hit a runner before Tyler Lowery knocked down a jumper and converted a three-point play to stake Cornersville to a 20-19 lead early in the second period.

Huntland used a 12-2 spurt to seize a 31-22 advantage late in the second quarter before the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 31-26 on layups by Griffis and Tate Lowery.

The Hornets then tallied the final four points of the half to take a 35-26 lead into the break, but Cornersville narrowed the gap to 35-30 early in the third period thanks to a pair of offensive put backs by Griffis.

Following a trey by Satterfield, which gave Huntland a 38-30 advantage, Tyler Lowery and Tate Lowery sandwiched a jumper and two free throws around a basket by McLennan to trim the deficit to 40-34 with 5:35 left in the third quarter.

The Hornets, though, began to distance themselves from CHS after that point and outscored the Bulldogs 16-5 over the next four and a half minutes to forge a 56-39 lead.

McMahon hit a three in the waning moments of the third period to make it 56-42, but Huntland continued to pull away in the fourth and closed the game with a 13-7 run to cap their 69-49 win.