Late slump sinks Bulldogs
The emotions of Senior Night were not enough to carry the Cornersville Bulldogs (5-20) to victory on Tuesday, as they dropped a 57-43 decision to the Huntland Hornets (15-11) at home in their season finale.
Having lost to Huntland 69-49 earlier in the season, the Bulldogs led for much of the first half in Tuesday's contest, but the Hornets used a late second quarter run to take a 32-27 advantage into the break.
Cornersville's offense then went ice cold in the second half, as Huntland outscored CHS 25-16 over the final two quarters to pull away for the 14-point victory.
Although the Bulldogs committed a season low five turnovers, Cornersville knocked down only 2-of-18 three-point attempts and shot just 25 percent (14-of-57) from the field overall, which included a 3-of-23 shooting performance in the second half.
CHS did hold a 15-7 edge on the offensive glass, but the Hornets outrebounded the Bulldogs 32-29 overall.
"We just couldn't make shots in the second half. We had the right offensive sets, but we just couldn't buy a basket," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "We came out with a lot of intensity, but we need to play like that the whole game. We're probably going to play Santa Fe in the first round of the District tournament so we're going to prepare for them and get a good game plan ready."
Center Jacob Griffis led Cornersville with 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go along with five rebounds, while Alex Walker tallied nine points and five rebounds. Hayden McMahon, Tyler Lowery, and Tate Lowery added six, five, and four points respectively with McMahon recording eight rebounds and three steals. Chance Dalton and Jamie Crowell rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs with three points apiece.
Bolstered by a 7-of-9 shooting performance in the second quarter, Huntland shot 48 percent from the field (20-of-42) and hit 5-of-12 attempts from beyond the arc, while committing 13 turnovers.
Seth Satterfield paced three Hornet players in double figures with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Evans Ray followed Satterfield with 17 points, while Kobe Foster notched 12 points.
The Bulldogs got off to a solid start and jumped out to a 10-3 lead midway through the first quarter behind seven points from Griffis and a Dalton three.
Huntland closed the first period with a 9-2 run to knot the game at 12-12, but CHS grabbed a 19-14 lead early in the second quarter thanks to a Walker trey and a pair of layups from Griffis and Tyler Lowery.
After the Hornets outscored Cornersville 12-6 over the next five minutes to grab a 26-25 advantage, the Bulldogs claimed a 27-26 lead late in the second period on a layup by McMahon.
Huntland then seized the momentum in the final minute of the half when Ray buried a trey with :52 left before Satterfield hit a long three-point heave at the buzzer to give the Hornets a 32-27 advantage at the break.
In the third quarter, Huntland opened up some breathing room by putting together a 12-5 run to forge a 44-32 lead late in the stanza.
The Bulldogs closed the gap to 44-37 early in the fourth quarter on the strength of three foul shots and a Griffis layup, before Satterfield scored two straight layups to stake the Hornets to a 48-37 advantage with 4:43 left.
Cornersville then narrowed the gap to 50-43 with 2:20 remaining with the aid of two free throws apiece from Crowell, McMahon, and Lowery, but the Bulldogs failed to score again while Huntland tallied the final seven points of the contest to cap their 57-43 triumph.