Bulldogs win; Lady Bulldogs fall
After nearly knocking off Page and Community the previous week, the Cornersville Bulldogs (3-7) got a well deserved victory on Friday afternoon when they defeated the Huntland Hornets 72-65 at the Richland Christmas Classic.
The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, saw their record fall to 6-4 on the season after losing 59-36 to the Spring Hill Lady Raiders earlier in the day.
Having swept the season series against Cornersville last year, Huntland (4-8) got off to a strong start and built an 18-13 lead in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs, however, began to pick up the pace offensively in the second period and outscored the Hornets 21-15 in the stanza on the strength of nine points from Tate Lowery, four points from Jacob Reeves, and a pair of threes from Michael Allen and Wes Meadows to take a 34-33 advantage into the break.
Cornersville then put together a 17-8 run in the third quarter on the strength of seven points from Lowery and a Jamie Crowell trey to forge a 51-41 lead before staving off a Huntland rally attempt in the fourth quarter with the help of nine points from Lowey and five points from Brian Lowe to claim the seven-point win.
"Our guys were ready to play. We hadn't played in a week so they were eager to play and showed up. We played hard and got after it defensively," said CHS coach Gerard Randolph.
Tate on top
After averaging 22 points per game in his previous four contests, Tate Lowery continued his torrid offensive pace and helped lead the Bulldogs to victory by pouring in a career high 33 points.
"Tate played great and was around the ball all night. He rebounded well and scored on a lot of put packs. He cleaned up around the paint," said Randolph.
Lowe followed Lowery with 12 points and Crowell tallied eight points. Meadows also notched six points for the Bulldogs, while Tyler Lowery and Reeves chipped in four points apiece. Allen and Zack Smith rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with three and two points respectively.
Aaron Williams and Tyler Smith paced Huntland with 14 points apiece. Kobe Foster and Kiel Graham added 13 and 10 points respectively for the Hornets as well, while Kevin Jernigan and Logan Ray both had six points.
With leading scorer Brooke Holt unable to play due to an ankle injury, the Lady Bulldogs never posed a serious threat to Spring Hill (3-4), as the Lady Raiders jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter before putting together a 14-6 run in the second period to take a 29-14 advantage into the break.
After extending their lead to 41-22 in the third quarter, Spring Hill outscored CHS 18-14 in the fourth period to wrap up their 23-point win.
Terry takes lead
Eighth grade forward Morgan Terry was the biggest bright spot for the Lady Bulldogs and led the team with a career high 13 points. Samantha Prosser also tallied nine points, while Kelsey Wortham added eight points. Madison Hopkins and Brooke Defoe rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with four and two points respectively.
Leisa Butler paced the Lady Raiders with 16 points, while Jasmin Jetton added 13 points. Taliyah Lashley-Jones, Kway Wilson, Mikayla Martin, Ashley Lunsford, and Gracyn Martin notched eight, seven, six, five, and four points respectively for Spring Hill as well.