Bulldogs drubbed by Dresden in Classic

Friday, January 3, 2014
Cornersville's Brian Lowe hits a runner over Dresden's Kourtney Sawyer in the third quarter. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Having defeated Huntland 72-65 the previous day, the Cornersville Bulldogs (3-8) came crashing back down to earth on Saturday when they were thumped 71-33 by the Dresden Lions at the Richland Christmas Classic.

Dresden (8-3) dominated the game from start to finish and built a 33-19 lead in the first half before outscoring CHS 38-14 over the final two quarters to roll to the 38-point victory.

Stats' story

The Lions shot a respectable 46 percent (24-of-52) from the field and knocked down 4-of-9 three-point attempts, while committing only 14 turnovers and outscoring Cornersville 19-11 at the foul line. Dresden also controlled the boards and held an 11-1 edge on the offensive glass en route to outrebounding the Bulldogs 45-22.

CHS, conversely, finished with only 10 field goals on 23 percent shooting, hit just 2-of-15 attempts from beyond the arc, and committed 17 turnovers.

"We were just not ready to play tonight. I guess they thought Dresden was just going to give the game to them. We didn't play well defensively and we didn't rebound at all," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph. "Don't get me wrong Dresden is a good team, but we didn't show up today."

Top scorer

Caleb Davidson spearheaded the Lions' offensive attack by pouring in a game high 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Dresser Winn followed Davidson with 14 points and Kourtney Sawyer added seven points. Austin Daniel and Jordan Mitchell each tallied five points for Dresden as well, while Joey Caldwell and Dylan Yates both had four points.

Cornersville's Jamie Crowell fires up a 3-pointer in the third quarter against Dresden.

Brian Lowe and Tyler Lowery paced the Bulldogs with seven points apiece with Lowe grabbing seven rebounds. Jamie Crowell and Tate Lowey also chipped in five points each for Cornersville, while David Looney, Wes Meadows, and Michael Allen added four, three, and two points respectively.

The Lions set the tone early and jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter.

CHS narrowed the gap to 10-5 midway through the first period thanks to three points from Tyler Lowery and a Tate Lowery layup, before Dresden responded with a 12-5 run to open up a 22-10 advantage early in the second quarter.

Lions roar

Allen hit a short bank shot to trim the deficit to 22-12 but the Lions outscored Cornersville 10-4 over the next four minutes to push their lead to 32-16.

After Crowell buried a trey late in the second period to close the gap to 32-19, Caldwell hit one-of-two free throws to give Dresden a 33-19 advantage at the break before the Lions opened the third quarter with a 11-1 spurt to stretch their lead to 44-20.

The Bulldogs tallied seven of the next 10 points thanks to a pair of baskets from Lowe and a Meadows trey to cut the deficit to 47-27 late in the third period, but Dresden outscored Cornersville 10-2 over the next 3:53 to forge a 57-29 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

CHS then narrowed the gap to 58-33 with the help of a layup by Looney and two Tate Lowery free throws before the Lions notched the final 13 points of the game to cap their 71-33 triumph.