Bulldogs come up short against CA
You can't teach size. Columbia Academy handed the Cornersville Bulldogs their second straight loss on Monday night, as CA defeated CHS 56-39 at Anderson Fieldhouse behind a strong performance from 6'8" center Andrew Golden.
Ranked fourth in the current Class A AP state poll, Columbia Academy (18-3, 9-2 District) built a 25-13 lead in the first half before forging a 41-18 advantage late in the third quarter en route to claiming the 17-point victory.
Despite committing only 10 turnovers and hitting 5-of-13 three-point attempts, Cornersville (4-17, 3-7 District) finished with a modest 14 field goals on 25 percent shooting, while CA blocked 10 shots in the contest.
The Bulldogs did hold a 13-5 edge on the offensive glass, but Columbia Academy outrebounded CHS 34-25 overall.
Although they turned the ball over 16 times and made just 1-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc, CA shot a respectable 47 percent (20-of-43) from the field, highlighted by an 8-of-10 shooting performance by Golden.
"Their big man caused us all kinds of problems. I tried everything I could, but we couldn't find a solution for him," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "We didn't play well offensively either and our shot selection wasn't real good. Defensively we played okay, but we couldn't match their intensity and execution on offense."
Golden paced Columbia Academy with 17 points and six blocked shots, while Taylor Thompson and Jackson Cary tallied 11 and nine points respectively with Thompson grabbing 15 rebounds.
Tate Lowery led CHS with 13 points, and Alex Walker notched nine points. Chance Dalton added six points as well, while Hayden McMahon and Zack Smith both chipped in four points. Jacob Griffis and Tyler Lowery rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs with two and one point respectively.
CA inched out to an early 4-0 lead, before Cornersville narrowed the gap to 8-7 late in the first quarter thanks to a Tate Lowery trey and baskets from McMahon and Griffis.
Columbia Academy then opened some breathing room by putting together an 11-2 run to push their lead to 19-9 midway through the second period.
After the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 19-13 on layups by Walker and Tate Lowery, CA tallied the final six points of the half to take a 25-13 advantage into the break before notching the first six points of the third quarter to open up a 31-13 advantage.
Cornersville closed the gap to 31-18 on the strength of a Tate Lowery three and a layup by McMahon, but Columbia Academy responded with a 10-0 spurt to stretch their lead to 41-18 late in the third period
The Bulldogs tried to get back into the game and outscored CA 15-3 over the next 4:49 behind six points from Walker, five points from Tate Lowery, and a pair of baskets from Smith to slice the deficit to 44-33 midway through the fourth quarter.
Cornersville, though, would pull no closer, as Columbia Academy rattled off 12 straight points to forge a 56-33 advantage before Dalton hit two treys in the waning moments of the contest for the 56-39 final.